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The 3 Best Domain Registrars for your website in 2020

best domain registrars

Introduction to Domains

The very first step towards creating a new website, for whatever purpose it may be, be it business or personal, is setting up a domain name for the website.

When you enter your website name in a browser, that request is 

– sent to a global network of servers called the Domain Name System or DNS

– the DNS looks up the name-servers associated with your domain, and forwards the same to your hosting firm

– your hosting provider, then, forwards the request to the IP where your website is hosted out of

– finally, the data is sent back to the receiver and displayed in the browser

dns system

Types of Domains

There are multiple types of domain names, ending in abbreviations that echo their standard type of website 

.com is short for Commercial, and is the most common domain in use

.edu is short for Education, and hence mostly represents centres of learning

.gov represents Govt websites (it is a restricted domain shorthand, and not up for public use)

.net represents Network, and while initially it was supposed to be somewhat a restricted level domain, it has now become one of the most popular ones, right after .com

– .org represents Organisation, and while initially intended for only nonprofits or charities, that has not been upheld, so the next time you see a .org website, it may or may not be a nonprofit

.io was meant to be a Country Code Domain Extension (ccTLD) for the British Oceanic Territory, but has been adopted by many tech startups, because of resemblance to input/output nomenclature in tech

.ai is a Country Code Domain Extension (ccTLD) for Anguilla, but many AI startups have started using it because of its novelty

Both .ai and .io domains are coming into vogue in recent times, and are highly priced than the others due to their novelty and number.

Pointers for choosing Domains

The main pointers that you should be looking at while choosing a domain for your website are as follows:

KEYWORD RESEARCH

– For SEO purposes, you should be choosing the best possible domain name for your website. Tools are available on websites like SemRush.

– If you have any intention at targeting your website to a global audience, you must refrain from choosing a ccTLD domain, i.e. – domains like .us, .uk, .in, etc.

– PRICING 

– Any standard .com or .net domain shouldn’t cost you more than 15$ annually, without add-ons. If you are being charged more, it would be a good idea to verify the site credentials. Purchase of any custom domain, however, is different

– SUPPORT

– While buying any tech or SaaS product, support offered and the reviews of the support system must be verified. Websites like Trustpilot are good options for checking the veracity of claims made on the site.

– ADD-ONS

– Almost all the registrars offer multiple add-on services with a new domain purchase, but that is because they know what all you require while setting up a new website. They also know what all you don’t require. So, be very careful while choosing bundles together add-ons, as seldom will you get value out from the total package.

That being said, let’s look at a list of our pick for the Top 3 Domain Service Providers currently.

DOMAIN.COM

domain.com

DDomain.com is one of the oldest registrars and the biggest player in the space.

PROS 

Support is good

– Reliability is there

– User panel is good

– Prices are stable

CONS

– No con as such

Our Score - 4.8
4.8/5

Domain.com is the most reliable name when it comes to a new domain or transferring one, however, their prices could 1-2$ higher than the other names on this list. But quality wise, it’s top notch.

NAMECHEAP.COM

namecheap.com

Namecheap is a domain and hosting service provider that has been around for a while now.

PROS 

– Support is prompt and helpful

– Prices are stable and cheaper than domain.com in general

– Reliability is there

– Lots of add-ons available

CONS

– Control panel could be better in design

 

Our Score - 4.4
4.4/5

Namecheap is a good enough option as any for starting out. There is quite ease in clubbing a lot of other add-ons as well to the domain purchase.

GODADDY.COM

godaddy.com

GoDaddy has skyrocketed in terms of market recall in recent times, due to extensive campaigning.

PROS 

Sleek user panel

– Lots of add-ons available

– Prices are cheap and at par with Namecheap

CONS

– Support is bad for GoDaddy, and it’s a known fact – however, for a standalone domain purchase, it might not matter that much

– GoDaddy add-ons are tricky – their support is publicly slow and unresponsive when it comes to their lower level hosting plans

Our Score - 4.0
4/5

 

Domain.com and Namecheap are, in our opinion, the two best bets for overall domain purchase. GoDaddy has a nice modern admin panel and is good too, but add-on purchases are not recommended from our experience.

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