Making the Right Choice for a Domain Registrar

Jan 2


Dan Grossman

Dan Grossman

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Choosing a domain registrar has become a complex task since Network Solutions lost its monopoly over the domain name registration business. The market is now flooded with a plethora of competing registrars and thousands of resellers. This means that domain buyers have a wide range of options to choose from, all offering similar services at varying rates. However, the choice of registrar is crucial as they differ in terms of price, services offered, ease of use, and management system. This article will guide you through the key factors to consider when choosing a domain registrar.

Why Your Choice of Domain Registrar Matters

Not all domain registrars are created equal. Differences in price,Making the Right Choice for a Domain Registrar Articles services offered, user-friendliness, and management systems make the choice of registrar a significant decision. If you register your new domain name with a registrar and later find that you have overpaid or are dissatisfied with the service, you either have to let the domain drop when the registration expires or pay to register it again to transfer it to another registrar.

Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Domain Registrar

When buying a domain, whether it's a new one or you're thinking of transferring an existing domain to a different registrar, consider the following factors:

1. Price

The cost of a standard .com, .net, or .org domain can vary significantly between registrars. While there are "free" domain name services available, many of them either buy the domain themselves and only permit you "use" of the name, or force you to place large frames full of advertisements on your site in exchange for the domain name. The cheapest you can expect to pay for a domain name would be between $12 and $15. At others, you may expect to pay from $20 to $35 a year for the same domain. However, price should not be the only deciding factor. When comparing prices, also consider the other services offered by the registrar, their customer support, and customer testimonials.

2. Services

Does the registrar offer more than just registration? Many registrars offer additional services with the registration of your domain which may justify a higher price. For instance, offers site building tools, a domain redirection service, and email services for free with the registration of a domain. If these services are beneficial to you, they may justify the $35 registration fee. If you don't need any additional services, then may not be the best choice for you, as there are many other good registrars that charge much less than $35 for a single domain.

3. Management

Another crucial factor to consider when choosing a registrar is their method of domain management. Once you have registered the domain, how do you manage the information associated with it? You may want to change contact information or nameservers in the future. Most registrars offer a control panel type interface for managing your domains. This allows you to simply log in on the web and change the information you want changed. However, some registrars have much more complicated systems. Network Solutions, for example, was known for its inefficient and complicated system of making simple changes.

4. Support

When you encounter a problem with your domain or need to know how to do something, customer support is crucial. Smaller sites reselling domain registration may not be able to provide the same level of support as one of the main registrars. Check out the site's help section for its depth and check how easy it is to find an email address or form to fill out for help.

In conclusion, consider these factors when choosing where to register your domain name to find the registrar offering the perfect combination of price, service, management, and support for you.

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