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Domain.com
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Founded in 1998, Domain.com is a domain registrar and web host for individuals, entrepreneurs, and small and midsize businesses. It offers popular TLDs and more than 25 country-code TLDs, with domain name registrations for as little as $2.99 annually and a one-year commitment required. Each domain registration includes:

  • Let’s Encrypt free SSL
  • URL forwarding
  • Automatic email forwarding to any valid email address
  • Domain transfer lock that prevents domain hijacking or unauthorized transfers
  • DNS management that ensures users retain control over their DNS


All new registrations are set to auto renew to prevent domain names from accidentally expiring. Domain.com also allows domain registration transfers. Domain Validated SSL costs start at $3, Wildcard SSL starts at $9, and E-commerce SSL starts at $22.50 per month. Domain Privacy + Protection requires an additional fee.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Email forwarding
  • Spam/phishing protection

Cons

  • Domain Privacy + Protection costs extra
  • SSL certificate costs extra

Summary

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Domain.com
  • Starting Price
    • Free Domain Name Available
    • TLD Registration: Starts at $2.99/year
    • TLD Renewal: Starts at $2.99/year
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Domain Available
    30-Day Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7/365
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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1&1 (iONOS)
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Established in 1988, IONOS is a domain registrar, web host, and cloud partner for small and midsize businesses. All new domain contracts include private registrations when available and come with a free Wildcard SSL certificate to protect the domain name and all related subdomains. Each unique domain receives a professional email account connected to the name with 2 GB of space that’s upgradable.

IONOS has up to 10,000 subdomains to customize a user’s website and one-click activation to connect the domain with email, hosting, and/or social media profiles. Its domain transfer lock ensures unauthorized third parties can’t transfer domains. For an additional $1.25 per month, Domain Guard protects against hackers trying to alter users’ DNS records. Users can get a free domain name with select hosting, website, and email plans and enjoy 24/7 phone, email, and live chat support.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Email forwarding
  • Spam/phishing protection
  • Free Wildcard SSL certificate

Cons

  • Domain Guard costs extra
  • Business SSL costs extra

Summary

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1&1 (iONOS)
  • Starting Price
    • Free Domains available
    • Domain Registration: Starts at $0.80/year
    • ICANN Fees: $0.18/year/domain registered, renewed or transferred
    • One year Registration: $0.18
    • Five Year Registration: $0.90
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Domains Available
    30-Day Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Bluehost Logo
Bluehost
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Bluehost is a domain registrar and web hosting service founded in 2003 that provides tools and services to help small businesses succeed online. It supplies original Top Level Domain (TLD) names, including .com and .net, country-code TLDs, and new generic TLDs, such as .boutique and .menu. Clients can purchase multiple domains for the same website or use them for additional sites. Users can also transfer .com, .org, .net, .us, .co, .biz, and .info domain extensions directly into their control panel.

Bluehost offers auto renewal to protect domains from accidentally expiring. Its domain lock service prevents unauthorized transfer and saves preferred names until the buyer is ready to use them. Bluehost’s Domain Privacy + Protection, available for an additional $15 per year, helps protect users from spam and identity theft. It provides 24/7 expert support via phone, chat, and email.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Phone, chat, and email support
  • Email forwarding
  • Spam/phishing protection

Cons

  • Domain privacy costs extra
  • Registration/renewal fees are nonrefundable

Summary

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Bluehost
  • Starting Price
    • .com: $12.99/year
    • .org: $9.99/year
    • .net: $14.99/year
    • .tech: $4.99/year
    • .co: $14.99/year
    • .website: $1.99/year
  • Free Trial/Demo
    30-Day Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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DreamHost
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
DreamHost offers more than 400 TLDs, starting as low as $6.99 annually, that include private registration at no additional cost and automatically renew. Domains also include a Let’s Encrypt free SSL certificate and free subdomains. Users can use optional domain locking to protect against unauthorized transfer requests and have access to domain forwarding and easy domain transfers. Clients also get free unlimited subdomains with VPS, Shared, and Dedicated hosting.

DreamHost’s Proxy Protection shields personal and contact information, replacing clients' contact information with DreamHost's information. It also protects users from spam email and email phishing and forwards legitimate emails to users’ true address to keep it secret. DreamHost’s in-house support staff is available 24/7 via email, live chat, and social media, with a Help Bot available 24/7 through the chat widget.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free private registration
  • Chat, email, social media support
  • Email forwarding

Cons

  • Chat widget operated by help bot
  • No free demo or trial

Summary

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DreamHost
  • Starting Price
    • .COM domain: $6.99/year
    • TLD Registration: Starts at $0.89/year
    • TLD Transfer: Starts at $5.95/year
    • TLD Renewal: Starts at $9.95/year
    • Domain Privacy Protection: Free
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Domains Available
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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Dynadot
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Dynadot is an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) accredited domain name registrar and web host founded in 2002. It provides domains in the most popular TLDs, with two-factor authentication to lock registered domains and prevent unauthorized transfers and protect domain privacy at no extra cost. E-commerce clients needing encrypted communication between their server and customers’ browsers can add regular SSL for $16.99 annually and Wildcard SSL for $80 annually.

Dynadot has bulk modification tools that allow users to update multiple domains simultaneously and manage nameserver servers and contact records. Clients can also organize domains with smart folders, making it easier to make changes across segmented domains. Clients interested in unavailable domain names can put them on a watchlist and receive alerts, then bid on expired domains through Dynadot’s auction tools when they become available.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free domain privacy on all domains that allow it
  • Email forwarding
  • Spam/phishing protection

Cons

  • SSL certificate costs extra
  • No free trial

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • .com Domain Registration: $8.99
    • TLD Domain Registration: Starts at $0.99/year
    • Launching TLD: Starts at $19.99
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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Gandi
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Founded in 1999, Gandi was one of the first domain registrars approved by ICANN in France. Users can register new domain names with over 700 extensions available or transfer existing domains. Each new domain name registration includes two free email mailboxes with 3 GB of storage, and more mailboxes can be added for a fee. Clients also receive unlimited aliases and email forwarding.

New domains through Gandi also come with a free Standard SSL certificate suitable for simple hosting. SSL certificates for any type of site are available at annual fee, including Standard SSL for $16, Standard Wildcard SSL for $160, Pro SSL for $47, Pro Wildcard for $340, and Business (EV) SSL for $360. Users can manage their DNS on a secure interface, and Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) are available for most popular extensions.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free Standard SSL certificate
  • Two free email boxes
  • Email forwarding

Cons

  • Wildcard SSL costs extra
  • Business-level SSL costs extra

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • .fr: $15.00
    • .com: $15.50
    • .io: $38.00
    • .net: $18.50
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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GoDaddy
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
GoDaddy allows bulk domain searches so users can find and register up to 500 domain names simultaneously. Users can also transfer existing domains and forward domains to any existing website. It allows up to 100 subdomains to create custom web addresses and provides real-time monitoring to make sure domains are always up and running. Auto renewal is available to prevent losing important files on expiration dates. SSL certificates are offered at $79.99 annually for Standard and $295.99 annually for Wildcard.

GoDaddy's domains come with basic privacy protection to protect against domain hijackers, but its full domain protection and privacy and ultimate domain protection and privacy options provide further protections. Both prevent spam with a private email address and protect domains from transfers, whether accidental or malicious. GoDaddy also extends domain renewal periods to protect against billing errors and expired credit cards.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free demo
  • Email forwarding
  • Spam/phishing protection

Cons

  • SSL certificates sold separately
  • Pricey Wildcard SSL

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • .org: Starts at $9.99
    • .net: Starts at $14.99
    • .biz: Starts at $0.99
    • .guru: Starts at $1.99
    • .com: Starts at $11.99
    • .site: Starts at $0.99
    • .College: Starts at $9.99
    • .Cloud: Starts at $4.99
  • Free Trial/Demo
    30-Day Free Trial
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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Google Domains
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Google Domains start at $9 per year with free premium features, including two-step verification, one-click DNSSEC, privacy protection, email forwarding, domain and subdomain forwarding, secure Google Cloud DNS, and 24/7 live customer support. Clients are protected from spam and identity abuse with Google Domains’ privacy protection, which keeps contact information private in WHOIS and RDAP. Its one-click DNSSEC safeguards domains from attacks, such as DNS spoofing and cache poison attacks. Cloud DNS scales to meet website traffic demands and provides fast DNS resolution.

The exact cost for domain names depends on the extension chosen, with over 300 extensions available, or users can transfer an existing domain. Google Domains’ free, built-in email forwarding allows users to create up to 100 email aliases, or they can get professional emails and other tools from Google Workspace.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free DNSSEC
  • Free domain privacy
  • Email forwarding

Cons

  • Popular TLDs cost $12 or more
  • Popular generic TLDs cost $100-$500

Summary

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Google Domains
  • Starting Price
    • Domains: starts at $9/year
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14-Day Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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HostGator
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
HostGator was founded in 2002 and provides web hosting and domain names. It partners with Domain.com to sell most generic extensions and only sells specific TLD extensions directly, which include .com, .org, .net, .website, .me, .biz, .info, .online, .site, .space, .club, .co, .us, .host, and .tech. Some domain extensions require a minimum two-year registration.

Registering with HostGator provides a domain control panel designed for easy use and lets users manage all aspects of their domains from a single dashboard. Domain renewal defaults to auto renew to prevent accidental expirations. HostGator also includes domain locking to prevent the unauthorized transfer or hijacking of clients’ domain names. Domain privacy protection is available for an additional fee.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free demo
  • Email forwarding
  • Spam/phishing protection

Cons

  • Limited TLD extensions
  • Domain privacy feature costs extra

Summary

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HostGator
  • Starting Price
    • .com Domain registration: starts at $12.95/year
    • .com Domain Transfer: starts at $7.95/year
    • Registration of Other TLDs: Starts at $0.95/year
    • Transfer of Other TLDs: Starts at $3.95/year
  • Free Trial/Demo
    45-Day Free Trial
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7/365
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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Hostinger
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Founded in 2004, Hostinger offers the most popular TLD extensions for new domains, and users can transfer existing domain names. Clients looking for a web hosting package qualify for free domain names. Domain registration includes an auto renewal option, and users can get priority support for an additional $1.99 per month.

Domain privacy protection is available to protect personal information on public databases, which also helps prevent spam. Hostinger provides this service for an additional $5 per year. Clients that sign up for Hostinger’s Business plan receive a free SSL certificate, and those who choose shared or cloud hosting plans can purchase an SSL certificate for $11.95, which is good for the lifetime of their account. All other clients can purchase the Comodo PositiveSSL Certificate for $7.49 per year.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Email forwarding
  • Spam/phishing protection

Cons

  • Free SSL certificate only available with Business plans
  • Renewal rates are much higher

Summary

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Hostinger
  • Starting Price
    • Free Domain available
    • Domain Registration: Starts at $0.89/year
    • Single Shared Hosting - $0.99/month
    • Premium Shared Hosting - $1.89/month
    • Business Shared Hosting - $3.99/month
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Domains Available
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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HostPapa
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Founded in 2006, HostPapa is an independent web hosting company and domain registrar based in Canada. It offers traditional domain extensions including .com and .org, popular country-code TLDs, and generic TLDs such as .guru and .club. Clients who sign up for a HostPapa website builder plan receive free domain name registration.

Standard SSL certificates cost $19.99 per year, and Wildcard SSL certificates cost $69.99 per year. Clients can also get email addresses tied to domain names for an additional fee, with basic email priced at $1 per user per month and advanced email for $2 per user per month. HostPapa provides 24/7 customer support via phone and email in four languages: English, Spanish, French, and German.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free demo
  • Email forwarding
  • Spam/phishing protection

Cons

  • Limited pricing information online
  • Extra fees for domain privacy and email services

Summary

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HostPapa
  • Starting Price
    • .xyz Domain: $1.99
    • .online Domain: $4.99
    • .cloud: $8.99
    • .club Domain: $1.99
    • .blog Domain: $9.99
    • Starter: $3.95/month
    • Business: $3.95/month
    • Business Pro: $12.95/month
  • Free Trial/Demo
    30-Day Free Trial
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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Hover
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Hover offers more than 300 TLD extensions and free domain privacy on supported domains. Most of its TLDs support WHOIS privacy, which stops hackers, spammers, and unwanted marketers. Hover domains are easily connected to clients’ hosting or publishing tools and can be used with any of the popular services online. It increases the security of client accounts with two-step verification for sign-ins.

Hover offers bulk pricing for clients needing numerous domains, such as agencies and resellers. Auto renewal is available to prevent unintended domain expirations, with advance notice of upcoming renewals. Hover charges an additional fee of $5 per year for email forwarding. Clients wanting email addresses matching domain names can purchase a small mailbox with 10 GB of storage for $20 per year or a large mailbox with 1 TB of storage for $29 per year.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Domain privacy included
  • Spam/phishing protection

Cons

  • Email forwarding costs extra
  • Matching email addresses cost extra

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • .ca - $15.99
    • .co - $25.99
    • .com - $12.99
    • .design - $4.99
    • .info - $17.99
    • .io - $29.99
    • .me - $19.99
    • .mobi - $19.99
    • .net - $15.49
    • .news - $26.99
    • .online - $4.99
    • .org - $13.99
    • .tech - $7.99
    • .co.uk - $10.99
    • .us - $14.99
    • .xyz - $11.99
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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InMotion Hosting
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
InMotion Hosting offers web hosting and domain name registration. Domain registration includes easy domain management, secure domain locking, domain privacy for an additional fee, automatic renewal, and 24/7/365 live U.S.-based customer support. Clients with existing domains can transfer them to InMotion when they activate new hosting services. Because most hosting plans include free domain registration, clients can transfer domains at no additional cost.

Domain privacy costs $12.99 per month and can be added to most domain registrations to protect users from scammers and unwanted solicitations. Clients can also add web hosting or design services to their account at any time. Web hosting plans are backed by 30-day or 90-day money-back guarantees based on plan type and length. A free SSL certificate comes with each hosting package.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Email forwarding
  • Spam/phishing protection

Cons

  • Domain privacy costs extra
  • No free trial offered

Summary

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InMotion Hosting
  • Starting Price
    • Domain Privacy: $12.99/year
    • Domain registrations: $15.99/year
    • Shared Hosting: Starts at $2.49/month
    • VPS Hosting: Starts at $17.99/month
    • Reseller Hosting: $0/month
    • Wordpress Hosting: $4.99/month
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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Name.com
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Name.com offers hundreds of domain name extension options, from standard TLDs to country-code and generic TLDs. It provides several free services with domain name registrations, including email and URL forwarding to connect new domains to each client’s current online presence. URL forwarding can redirect a new domain to an existing URL, including social media handles or GitHub repositories. Email forwarding sends email aliases tied to new domain names to current email boxes. All prices include ICANN fees.

New accounts also include two-step verification for added security and DNS templates. Clients can add advanced security features for $4.99, including domain privacy protection with WHOIS privacy, an SSL certificate for every domain, and Domain Lock Plus. Transferred domains receive extended registration for one year, a free SSL certificate, and domain privacy protection.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free URL forwarding
  • Free email forwarding
  • Spam/phishing protection

Cons

  • Advanced security costs extra
  • Domain privacy costs extra
  • No free demo or trial

Summary

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Name.com
  • Starting Price
    • TLD Domain Registration: Starts at $1.99/year
    • TLD Domain Renewal: Starts at $5.99/year
    • TLD Domain Transfer: Starts at $3.99/year
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Domains Available
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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Namecheap
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Namecheap gives users a choice of numerous domain name extensions, including popular country-code and generic TLDs, along with competitive prices and free services. Clients who register a new domain name or transfer an existing domain name receive free privacy protection for life with WhoisGuard Privacy Protection. This service keeps personal information private through a contact information shield, prevents domain hijacking and fraud, and kills spam. Clients can also protect their website data and visitors from fraudulent activity with free DNSSEC security.

Namecheap offers a two-month free trial for matching email addresses. Once the trial period ends, clients can continue using their email addresses for a fee starting at $0.74 per month. SSL certificates are available for additional fees starting at $8.88 per year. Users also have 24/7 customer support via live chat.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free domain privacy for life
  • Free DNSSEC security
  • Email forwarding

Cons

  • Free email for only two months
  • SSL certificate costs extra

Summary

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Namecheap
  • Starting Price
    • Traditional Top-level Domains (TLDs): $6 - $15/year
    • Newer TLDs: $10-25/year
    • Custom Domain: Starts at $4.88/year
    • Business Essential Domains: $1,898/year
  • Free Trial/Demo
    60-Day Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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NameSilo
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
NameSilo offers bulk pricing for clients wanting to register up to 500 domains at once and a wide range of domain name extension choices. Domain registrations come with several free add-ons, including WHOIS domain privacy for life. Other free perks include email forwarding, DNS management, domain forwarding, registry lock, and Domain Defender Protection. Clients also receive domain parking, custom WHOIS records, portfolio management, and subaccount tools.

Clients can transfer domains and receive an additional year of registration if the domain hadn’t been renewed within the past 45 days with the previous registrar. SSL certificates are available for an additional annual fee, including Protection SSL for $9.59, Essential SSL for $15, and Extended Validation SSL suitable for e-commerce sites for $99.99.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free domain privacy
  • Free Domain Defender Protection
  • Email forwarding

Cons

  • SSL certificate costs extra
  • No free trial

Summary

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NameSilo
  • Starting Price
    • .com Domain Registration: $8.99
    • .net Domain Registration: $11.79
    • .org Domain Registration: $10.79
    • Domain Registration: Starts at $5.99
    • Domain Transfer: Starts at $4.89
    • Domain Transfer: Starts at $2.75
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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OVH
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Founded in 1999, OVH offers hundreds of name extensions so users can create new domains to fit a variety of needs. Each domain registration includes DNS management, domain privacy, contact management, protection against domain theft, and DNSSEC to protect against DNS hackers and cache poisoning. Clients can configure subdomains and customize email address management through their DNS zone.

Clients who reserve a domain name can link it to their social network. They can also customize the management of their email addresses, including redirecting email to the server of their choice. The OVH Mail Migrator allows users to migrate email accounts from Yahoo, Gmail, IMAP, and previous versions of Exchange to OVH’s Exchange 2016. Migration is free, but email accounts cost $3.99 per account per month, with 50 GB of storage included.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free email migration
  • Free domain privacy
  • Spam/phishing protection

Cons

  • Email accounts cost extra
  • No free demo

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • .com: $11.49
    • .us: $8.49
    • .co: $10.17
    • .shop: $1.70
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/8
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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Register.com
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Register.com provides global domain name registration, web hosting, and website design and management services. It offers some of the most popular domain name extensions and has hundreds of additional extensions available. Clients can add domain privacy for $11 per domain per year, which protects their personal information on the public WHOIS database to prevent contact from spammers and telemarketers. Clients with an existing domain can transfer it to Register.com for only $10, with a free one-year extension included.

Register.com offers several options to potential clients looking for a domain name that’s already taken, including backorder, bidding, and certified offers. Domain Expiration Protection keeps clients’ current domain names and associated websites and email accounts safe and operational for up to one year following expiration for $10 per domain name. SSL certificates start at $49.50 per year, with a two-year term required.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Domain expiration protection available
  • Email forwarding
  • Spam/phishing protection

Cons

  • Domain privacy costs extra
  • SSL certificates cost extra

Summary

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Register.com
  • Starting Price
    • Domain Registration: Starts at $10.63/year
    • .com Domain: $8.88/yr
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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Shopify
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Shopify offers domain name registrations starting at $14 per year with over 50 customized standard, country, and premium domain extensions available. Setup and configuration are performed directly through Shopify and automated to make things easy. The provider never displays clients’ personal information on public WHOIS databases to protect domain privacy.

Clients receive free subdomains to separate pages from their primary domains. They also receive unlimited subdirectories to sort products within collections in their Shopify store. Clients can set up email forwarding for an unlimited number of email addresses to destinations of their choice. Management tools let clients manage their email forwarding and renew or remove domains from their store.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free subdomains
  • Email forwarding
  • Spam/phishing protection

Cons

  • Limited pricing information online
  • No free demo offered

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14-Day Free Trial
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
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SiteGround
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection
Established in 2004, SiteGround provides domain name registration only when activating a new hosting account or to clients with existing hosting services. Domain names can’t be purchased separately, but existing customers who drop hosting services later can keep their domain name as long as they continue to pay renewal fees. Users can also transfer their existing domains, which can take up to 14 days to complete.

Clients can create unlimited email accounts tied to their domains with shared hosting plans. They can check these email accounts from anywhere with SiteGround’s webmail clients. Clients also have access to DNS services and a user-friendly domain management panel. Live customer support is available 24/7.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Email forwarding
  • Spam/phishing protection
  • 30-day money back guarantee

Cons

  • Domain names are nonrefundable
  • Must purchase hosting account
  • No free demo or free trial

Summary

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SiteGround
  • Starting Price
    • Popular Domains: Starts $15.95/year
    • Country Domains: Starts at $14.95/year
    • Special Domain Registration (First Year): Starts at $11.95
    • Special Domain Renewal: Starts at $14.95/year
  • Free Trial/Demo
    30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Support Options
    Online Live support 24/7
  • Privacy Protection
    Yes
  • Domain Theft Protection
    Yes
Features
  • Customer service: Online live support 24/7
  • Privacy protection
  • Domain theft protection

How We Chose the Best Domain Registrars

Domain registrars reserve domain names and assign IP addresses for individuals and businesses. A unique domain name provides a professional appearance and makes it easier to find online profiles. There are numerous domain registrars offering the latest domain extensions, security features, and services. We evaluated registrars on important factors, including domain features, email features, and customer support options.

Domain Features

Most domain registrars have similar domain features, with many intended to keep the user’s domain secure. We recommend providers that offer privacy protection and domain theft protection. To ensure a user doesn’t accidentally lose their domain name, we also suggest choosing a provider that offers auto renewal.

Email Features

Email features add value to a user’s domain while keeping emails safe. We looked for registrars that provide email forwarding to ensure users’ correspondence appears professional and arrives where it should. We also recommend providers with spam/phishing filters to protect email accounts from unwanted spam or junk emails and phishing attempts.

Support Options

Good domain registrars provide comprehensive customer support to assist users with questions and technical issues. We recommend providers that offer at least one way for users to reach live support 24/7, such as email, phone, and/or chat.

What Are Domain Registrars?

Domain registrars are companies that order domain names on the user’s behalf. They register the domain name and corresponding IP address for the user with the administrative organization that dispenses unique domain names from a central database called a registry. The user purchasing the name maintains full control over the domain and can transfer to another registrar later. Entrepreneurs and new businesses building an online presence can benefit from creating a unique domain name that helps lead potential customers or clients to their website.

Must-Have Features of Domain Registrars

Must-Have Feature Why It Matters
Domain privacy protection Domain privacy, sometimes called WHOIS privacy, protects domain owners’ personal contact information from being published on public databases. Keeping this information private protects owners from unwanted solicitations from spammers and telemarketers who look up publicly listed contact information.
Domain theft protection Domain theft protection prevents someone from hijacking a person’s domain name and illegally transferring it to someone else. When a domain is stolen, any webpages and emails tied to the domain quit working.
24/7 live Support Domain registrars that offer 24/7 live customer support ensure someone is always available to assist their customers with any needs that arise. Whether this support is offered through phone, email, or chat, providers who are available any time show they’re concerned about their customers’ needs.

The Cost of Domain Registrars

Domain names are almost always billed on an annual basis, with individual fees based on the domain extension. For example, common domain extensions such as .com and .org are often cheaper than premium TLDs, such as .expert or .legal. Some domain registrars provide a bulk discount to clients that register several domains at the same time, and initial registration fees are often less than renewal fees. Any additional fees, such as privacy protection or email addresses, may renew annually along with the domain or may be charged on a monthly basis.

Common price ranges: 

  • Lowest-priced: $0.80-$12/year
  • Mid-range: $15-$30/year
  • Highest-priced: $40+/year

What to Consider When Choosing Domain Registrars

  • Security features: Domain registrars protect websites from malicious content with Domain Name System Security Extensions. DNSSEC is a vital security feature because DNS by itself isn’t secure. DNSSEC verifies data origination to confirm data came from where it was supposed to and provides data integrity protection to ensure data wasn’t modified in transit.
  • Domain transfers: Domain transfers allow domain owners to switch providers if they aren’t happy with their current one. Most domain registrars allow outgoing and incoming transfers, but it’s a lengthy process meant to protect domain owners and must be handled efficiently.
  • Auto renewal: Domain registrars often offer auto renewal as a billing option to ensure a customer doesn’t accidentally let their domain name expire. When a domain name expires, it can cost a lot to redeem it. If it’s not redeemed in time, the owner could lose the domain name they have tied to their business.

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