Ever since the advent of the internet, selling goods or services has become a lot easier. If you have a great idea for a product or a service, you can get started with a website within minutes. Apart from a business plan, you will need a great domain name that will also become your brand identity. So before you get to register a site, play with a few ideas and come up with at least 2-3 good domains names. Ask a few friends if it matches the purpose of your business. Sleep on it and when you are ready, head over to a domain registrar to register your domain name.
There are hundreds of registrars online. So which one should you go for?
Before you make that decision, let us establish what extension you should choose for your site. If you want to be a local business, go with your country specific extension. For example, if you primarily operate out of Switzerland, choose a dot CH extension (.ch).
You could also choose an extension based on your business, For example, news sites can go with dot ‘NEWS’ extension (Africa.news).
Once you know which extension you want, head over to any of these domain name registrars and buy a domain name.
Based on customer reviews, price and reliability, these are the top 5 domain name registrars.
GoDaddy is one of the most popular and affordable domain registrars. With over 75 million domains registered, they are also the biggest registrars on the internet. They introductory prices on the top-level domains like dot com, dot net, or dot org are usually quite cheap and is usually around $7-12. They also register a multitude of country-specific domains as well as interest-based extension. Although they have a lot of add-ons, most of them are expensive and it has gotten hard to navigate through their cart without adding extras.
Hover is not a well-known domain registrar, but it has a fair pricing on domain names, provides free Whois privacy and a good search filtering facility. It is owned by Tucows, a very well respected registrar.
Dynadot is known for its low prices, free add-ons and their powerful search tool. Finding an available extension is a lot easier with this registrar. You can also include results from domain auctions, its own marketplace and other sources.
Google got into domain business a few years ago. It is a hassle free service that is also easy to use. There are no marketing gimmicks, hard to read small prints or unnecessary bundled add-ons. There are virtually no up-sells to click through. They make registering a domain super easy for beginners. The only problem is that they don’t sell every possible extension So your choices are limited.
Namecheap has been around for a long time and is known for its low prices and trouble-free service. You can search for a single domain or in batches of 50 names. They also provide free Whois Privacy protection.