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Top 2021 Domain Registrars – Forbes Advisor

Methodology

Domain registrars need to do one specific thing: let you choose and register a domain name for your website. However, it helps when they also have options like DDoS protection and other security measures. We’ve put a lot of emphasis on the price of this guide, as well as things like free WHOIS protection. Domain registrar services should also provide assistance in connecting customer domains to websites. This can be done either through a knowledge base or with hands-on help from the customer support team.

What you need to know about domain registrars

A domain registrar is a service that “sells” domain names. When you register a domain name, you don’t really own it, you rent it or rent it, which is why you have to renew your domain name every year or every term. There are some additional services you should be aware of before choosing a domain registrar.

Why WHOIS privacy is important

Without going too deep into what ICANN and WHOIS are, suffice to say that it is the non-profit corporation that is responsible for the security of the internet and the naming structure of websites such as ‘She is. It requires anyone who registers a domain to provide accurate and identifiable contact information, including name, address, email address, and phone number. Not everyone is comfortable with this information being public.

Domain registrars have found a way to protect your information and continue to provide ICANN with the information it needs. These domain privacy features replace your information with registrar information, at least publicly. Anyone can search who has registered a domain name, so domain privacy can reduce spam for you and protect you.

What is the difference between domain extensions?

Perhaps the most popular domain extension is .com, but other TLDs include .net, .org, .edu, and .gov. There are literally hundreds more for you to choose from, and the less popular extensions are generally cheaper, with a few exceptions. The popularity of .io and .co has skyrocketed recently, so they are more expensive.

Some extensions are limited and you cannot purchase them if you do not meet certain conditions. Restricted extensions include .edu and .gov. Overall, all extensions work the same. The .com extension is preferable because it is easy to remember.

Tips for choosing a domain name

Because .com is so popular, you may have difficulty finding your business name available as .com. You can try one of the more obscure extensions, such as .info, .store, .shop, or any of the hundreds available. If you want to get a .com, consider making changes to your business name.

Suppose “ghostlycastle.com” is not available, then try these changes:

  • Add items, such as “a” “the” or “a” (aghostlycastle.com, theghostlycastle.com)
  • Try adding another word to your domain (ghostlycastleexperience.com, myghostlycastle.com)
  • Optionally include a hyphen (ghostly-castle.com, the-ghostly-castle.com)

Disclaimer: It should be noted that many of the domain registrars that we include in our list of the best domain name registrars are subsidiaries of Endurance International Group (EIG) including Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and BuyDomains. The fact that they’re all under one roof shouldn’t affect the service you receive for domain registration, but it’s good to know.