Domain Registration is a simple process, with only a handful of important procedures. Once you’ve done one, its very much the same on all the available reg sites.
It is of course important that you make sure about Nameservers and whether you want complete anonymity as regards whois information. All these settings are done here, on your registrars websites.
DNS entries are usually done on the registrar site, for example proving ownership of a site for Google Analytics can be done with a text record. So its nice if this process is made easy and provided with plenty of help, to avoid you making a mistake.
BTW although I have listed Page Builders as a plus, these are only really suitable for very simple one page ( maybe 1 to 4 ) sites, you certainly wouldn’t be building a big site on these.
US based – does as it says on the tin – provides cheap domain names , (though to be fair DynaDot was found to be an average of 30% cheaper over the .com .net .org top line domains) no hassle, their site well laid out and logical. I have a lot of site names registered here, I always find NC very easy to access and use.
Recommended, especially if your customer base is mainly US , there is only one choice…. NameCheap
24/7 customer service, though sometimes it’s a bit slow. They do have a chat line, but compared to other sites with service like Hostgator ( hosting ) chat, you can be waiting a good while.
If you need a no frills domain with just the basics, you can get 12 months FREE with .tk .ml .ga .cf .gq
Obviously for newbies this is not an ideal situation, not all the usual names .com .net .org etc are NOT available here, help is by email , so quite slow, there is not much in the way of help pages, so this is for the more experienced marketers, who already know exactly what they want.
This is a UK .co.uk site . I have about 50% of my site names from 123Reg, great site , easy to navigate, never had any reason to complain, good help pages steer you to the right information and if you can’t find the pages, the staff are very quick and very helpful
DynaDot is a new name to me at least, it was recommended by a friend and when I looked it up, I can see why. Unlike GoDaddy, all the options are provided free, website builder, whois guard, for just $9 a year. Comparing that with GoDaddy again , it’s a $20 saving already.
They do have all the usual upsells but you can browse and select at your own choosing, these are not thrust at you with the pushy type “add it in the cart already to go” attitude.
Domains renewal is OFF by default so don’t forget to do it !
DD is a small company so don’t expect 24/7 customer service, having said that , users do report a good speedy reply for queries. All very important especially for newbies
Unusually DD gives you a free email account! So for a simple One Page site, for example to use for selling services to local businesses, this is a very nice plus point
Get your web name AND hosting in one place, ok but it has to be said they are a lot better at the selling domains business than they are with backup for hosting customers, I found lots of complaints online. Having helped a friend who decided to go with GD for his web name, I found their interface more difficult than any other to navigate.
On the plus side they do have good security on site to protect you.
They are expensive compared to most, for example a .com is $18 , double what hostgator charge
Whois guard is $10 – wow! again way over the average price. So that’s $28 so far with just Domain and Whois.
Their upsells are added if you don’t opt out – naughty? Their website builder for example is added to your domain purchase if you don’t notice and untick the option.
Ok but not great