If you have a site you need a domain name and address where your site can be
reached. You already know that. But what you may not know is that not all domain name registrars are created equal. Some offer tools for suggestions, premium name purchasing, and domain auctions as well as other features. Not to mention the price difference and sales you can find through different registrars.
Here are our top 5 domain registrar sites.
GoDaddy is the biggest player in the game and the most well-known. Even non-web people know who GoDaddy is thanks to a huge advertising campaign. While some advanced bemoan the popularity of GoDaddy, it can’t be overstated that they offer great rates, plenty of sales and packages and their process is intuitive and easy to use. Plus, you will find high-quality support via phone, email, and live chat. They also provide transfer services as well as brokering for premium domain names.
eNom is a straight-ahead domain registrar without the frills of other sites. You won’t find any really advanced features or benefits here, just a straightforward process for registering domains. If you know what you want and are ready to purchase, this one is for you. You won’t find a lot of sales, just an everyday price of $13.99 for a .com with access to the newest domains that include .news, .ninja, and .video.
NameCheap is a little more feature-rich than some registrars like eNom, and specializes in matching you with every domain extension available- most of which you won’t even know existed. They offer .info extensions from as low as $3.88 with other domains coming in an array of prices that might surprise you. Some domains are even as low as $1.00. NameCheap also provides you with a surprisingly robust search tool that includes bulk purchasing, favorites, and filters to narrow your search.
123Reg is a UK-based registrar and web host, but domains are really their bread and butter. The search tool isn’t incredibly advanced but more than serviceable and even provides a category breakdown. They offer some domain extensions that are regional to the UK and also provide premium domain services. Just don’t expect to find any US Dollar conversion rates!
UK2 is another UK-based registrar that provides complete web solutions but focuses on the domains. UK2 offers some great specials including a free .co.uk domain when you purchase a .uk domain- both will run you £5.99. A .com address will only run you £6.99 or $10.65 American. A pretty good deal if you are willing to go with an off-shore registrar. The search function is pretty straight-ahead, but will do what you need it to do. You will also find support via phone, email, and chat.
If you are looking for an easy and cheap option for registering your domain, GoDaddy is probably the option you want. There are constantly sales and specials, and prices go down even more when you bundle and register for more than one year at a time. While there are many other options, GoDaddy will do what you need and do it quickly and cheaply.