Best Domain Registration Companies

A domain name can be an extremely valuable asset, more so than you may realize. And having the right domain registrar is key.

Many people choose to purchase their domain names form the same hosting provider that hosts their website. In fact, hosting providers often time provide a discount to users who do. But many experts warn that this may be putting too many eggs in one basket.

The world of online business can be cutthroat, and not everyone plays by the rules. Suppose a competing company or website decides to contact your hosting provider and claim that you are stealing their content and that they are going to sue both you and the hosting provider. Or suppose someone spoofs your e-mail address and sends out thousands of spam e-mails that look to have come from you. Or suppose someone manages to hack your website and starts causing all sorts of trouble. Even if it isn't your fault, any one of these reasons may be enough for your hosting provider to decide to suspend or terminate your account. Now your website is dead in the water and who knows how long it will be until it is back up, or until you are able to transfer your domain.

Now, if you had registered your domain from a different company than you use for hosting, you'd be back online in a matter of minutes to hours (depending on DNS propagation). You'd simply purchase another hosting account, upload your site backups (please make sure you have everything backed up locally), contact your domain registration provider, and point your domain to your new web host. Crisis averted.

If you don't have control of your domain name, then the rest doesn't matter. Make sure you have selected a domain registration provider you can trust. To help you get started, here are the top ten domain registrars.

The Top Ten

1 Namecheap

Value for money for hosting and more...

Name Cheap has great prices and also great customer service. We are glad to get our domain and hosting through them.

Love the service and ease of use!

Best company ever. I have 45 domains in Namechep. Best for hosting also.

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2 GoDaddy GoDaddy GoDaddy is a publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company. As of January 2016, GoDaddy was said to have had more than 61 million domain names under management, making it the world's largest ICANN-accredited registrar.

They have come a long way since their beginnings. The service is far better and the products they offer are well integrated.

Good service, quick help, easy to use site.

Honest and faster service


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I have all my sites there no hidden cost everything transperent that's why moved there. Hate GD who cheated

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4 Cosmotown

I like that they post their fixed prices! They don't ask for a dollar one year then jack it to thirty the next!

Most honest site, and friendly too

They offer the best prices compared to any other domain registrar I've seen.

How to pay for domain

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5 eNom

I have been working with ENOM for a number of years now, probably 10, using them exclusively for my domain registrar. I have never had any complaint; not from myself nor any of my clients.

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6 1&1 Internet

Very bad company! they charge your credit card for the domain but then they cancel the domain. the next year they try to charge the credit card again for the domain that they cancel 11 mo ago.

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7 Dotster

This company should be in the dictionary under "fraud." Very dishonest. They have several ways in which they set up services that you never ordered, or double-bill you. Your settings will change within your account, then they will claim that they never did anything and that YOU have made the changes. Look in "Billing Central" to see what they are planning to charge and when. Currently they are planning to charge me for "hosting" next month and I've NEVER had any hosting with them- ever! - Just one example of their B.S.

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9 Network Solutions

RUN..! Their service and products are getting worse and worse since acquired them. I have over 20 domains there and I am moving the all away.

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10 BigRock

I am a user of it.I also have domain of godaddy but service of bigrock is better

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The Contenders

11 Moniker
13 Bruwink
14 Namesco
16 Hosting Raja
17 NetFirms
18 Hostpapa
19 Cloud Shards

Handy to use when ordering a VPS or Shared hosting service. All in one package is nice.

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