Five Best Domain Name Registrars

Posted by Andre Primaries on Wednesday, 7 December 2011

A domain name is the magic that turns a raw IP address like into a human-friendly chunk of text like Here's a look at five of the most popular domain name registrars that help you register and manage your domains.
Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite domain registrar, and now we're back to highlight the five most popular responses. For the sake of establishing a baseline for comparison, we've noted the price of a one year .COM registration at each registrar beside their name. We'd urge you to read the fine print at each registrar, however, because saving $3 on a registration isn't much of a savings if you miss out on useful auxiliary features (like free domain parking, email forwarding, etc.) the slightly more expensive registrar offers.

Namecheap (1 Year Registration: $9.98)

Five Best Domain Name RegistrarsDomain registration at Namecheap is economical, as their name implies, but Namecheap hasn't built a name for itself just by offering the absolute cheapest deals in town. Namecheap's reputation rests on fantastic customer service and value-added packages. You get solid customer service, free email and URL forwarding, free and customizable domain parking, free domain transfers, dynamic DNS services if you want to redirect a domain to your home server, and more. You can jump right to their pricing schedule here or read more about their free features here.

1&1 (1 Year Registration: $4.99)

Five Best Domain Name RegistrarsAll 1&1 domain registrations include a simple five-page starter website (consider it a "super" domain parking package), an email account with 2GB of storage, and free private domain registration to shield your personal information. 1&1 also offers free domain transfer. You can view their price schedule here or read more about their domain packages here.

Go Daddy (1 Year Registration: $11.99)

Five Best Domain Name Registrars
Go Daddy has built a customer base by offering cheap package deals (combining domain registration and web hosting) as well as frequent specials on domain registration. Go Daddy registrations include what amounts to a free mini-hosting plan. You get a five-page web site based on one of their templates, a photo album, blogging tools, and an email account with 1GB of storage. Although Go Daddy doesn't offer free private registration, if you register five or more domains, it's free for all of them. You can read more about their pricing schedule and extras here.

Name (1 Year Registration: $9.99)

Five Best Domain Name Registrars goes beyond simple domain name searches and offers alternative suggestions including domain names that are currently held but up for auction. While the majority of us are looking to register domains cheaply and quickly, it's good to know that the domain other services would simply flag as "Unavailable" is actually up for auction. also has a service called Domain Grabber. If you really want a domain but it's unavailable, you can pay (typically between $20-50) to pounce on the domain should it become available. If simple domain registration is all you need, however, you can read more about their pricing schedule here.

Gandi (1 Year Registration: €12/$16.85)

Five Best Domain Name Registrars
Gandi's mission as a registrar and host is to offer clean, simple, no bullshit service. Every registration includes two free SiteMaker pages, one free DotClear2 blog, private domain registration, a free 1-year SSL certificate, and a personal email. If you manage a large number of domains, Gandi also offers a user-friendly dashboard with tag-based organization and search. You can read more about their price schedule here and free features here.

Now that you've had a chance to look over the five most popular domain registrars among Lifehacker readers, it's time to cast a vote for your favorite:
Which Domain Registrar Is Best? ( Poll Closed )

Total Votes: 9,142

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Oneeye aa said...

You can get the Domain name registration service from here also,i have registered the Domain name at here ....

Andre Primaries said...

I have registered my domain at godaddy. So I can manage my DNS

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