Oct
10

The Best Popular Domain Name Registrars Comparison

10/10/2018 12:00 AM
Registrars
(Alexa Rank)
Register
 
Renew
 
Transfer
 
Whois
Privacy
Free Features
 
Discount
 
Payment Method
 
GoDaddy.com
(Alexa: 173)
$12.17
($1.17)
$15.17 $8.17 $7.99 DNS Limit 1 per
customer
at $1.17

Credit Card
Paypal, Skrill, Alipay

1and1.com
(Alexa: 1,271)
$15.17
($1.17)
$15.17 $15.17
($1.17)
$0.00 DNS
1 Email Accounts
Email Forwarding
WHOIS Privacy
Limit 1
per customer
at $1.17
Credit Card
Paypal
Namecheap.com
(Alexa: 1,695)
$11.16 $12.98 $9.69 $0.00 DNS
Email Forwarding
WHOIS Privacy
  Credit Card
Paypal, Dwolla
Bitcoin
Uniregistry.com
(Alexa: 6,357)
$10.88 $10.88 $10.88 $0.00 DNS
WHOIS Privacy
  Credit Card
Paypal, Topcoin
Above.com
(Alexa: 11,955)
$9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $0.00 DNS
WHOIS Privacy
  Credit Card
Paypal
NameSilo.com
(Alexa: 16,237)
$8.99
($7.99)
$8.99 $8.39
($7.39)
$0.00 DNS
Email Forwarding
WHOIS Privacy
Limit 1
per customer
at $7.99, $7.39
Bitcoin, Google Wallet
Credit Card
Paypal, Skrill
Dynadot.com
(Alexa: 32,027)
$6.99 $8.99 $8.35 $0.00 DNS
Email Forwarding
WHOIS Privacy
  Credit Card
Paypal
Skrill
Porkbun.com
(Alexa: 140,687)
$8.84
($7.84)
$8.84 $8.84 $0.00 DNS
Email Forwarding
SSL Certificate
WHOIS Privacy
Limit 1
per customer
at $7.84
Credit Card
Paypal

How to Choose the Right Registrar

Today there are hundreds of domain name registrars to choose from.

Once you’ve found the perfect domain name for your needs you need to take special care in purchasing it through the right registrar. Below we highlight a few factors you’ll want to consider during your search.

1. Pricing and Registration Period

The first thing you want to check is the domain name prices. For example, some domain registrars may offer lower prices for the first year registration, but their renewal prices can be different and significantly higher.

You can register a domain name for a minimum period of 1 year. However, some companies may require a higher registration period like 2 years minimum. You can register a domain name for up to 10 years at a time.

You also need to check for any additional fees for domain transfers, renewal, and other charges.

2. Domain Transfers

Domain names can be moved from one domain registrar to another. Normally, you wouldn’t need to transfer your domain name right away, but if you’re unhappy with your domain registrar, then this option should be easily available.

First thing you need to keep in mind is that you cannot transfer a domain name during the first 60 days of the registration. This initial period is decided by ICANN. After that, you are allowed to move it to any other registrar that you want.

Most domain registrars make it easy to transfer domain names without any extra fee. However, some may try to make it complicated or charge an extra fee.

Make sure that you review the domain transfer policy before you buy a domain name from a registrar.

3. Domain Expiration Policies

Domain names are registered for a specific duration. You can renew your domain registration before its expiration date. However, if you forgot to renew your domain name, then it expires and anyone can register it.

For businesses, this means someone can take over their domain name. To make sure that this doesn’t happen, you can set up automatic renewals for your domain name.

Even if you use the automatic renewal feature, it is a good idea to check your domain registrars expiration policy. Some domain registrars offer a grace period even after the expiration. This grace period allows you to renew your expired domain name.

We have heard dozens of horror stories of business owners losing their domain name because their credit card expired, and their registrar did not have a grace period. This is one of the many reasons why it’s extremely important to choose the right domain name registrar.

4. Add-on Services

You may also want to review what other services are offered by your domain registrar. While you may not need these services right now, it is good to know that they have them.

These add-on services may include domain privacy, domain parking, extended expiration protection, and more. Some domain registrars may even sell WordPress hosting service, email hosting service, and more.


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