Things to consider when choosing a Domain Registrant
A lot of Registrants will offer free domains when you host your site with them. Don’t think this means for live. Even though some providers won’t specify this up front in their websites, there is no free for live domains. Domain Names are renewed every year, so you might be able to get your first year for free but you will have to pay to renew after the first year.
We have included a list of the most popular providers with their domain name registration fees as well as the domain renewal price. We have also included the ones that offer free domain with hosting account.
Domain Names best offers, order by cheapest renewal price
Registration Price: $8.88 includes WHOISGUARD 1 year free
Renewal Price / Year: $10.69
Registration Price: $12.95 (regular price, but they offer 60% off now)
Renewal Price / Year: $12.95
Registration Price: $13.95 * (First year free when purchasing hosting services)
Renewal Price / Year: $13.95
Registration Price: $0.99
Renewal Price / Year: $14.99
Registration Price: $11.99 * (First year free when purchasing hosting services)
Renewal Price / Year: $15.99
Which one to choose?
Firs consider if you want to just purchase a domain or if you also are going to need a host for your site with the same provider, it has some benefits to host your site and domain with the same provider but there might be cases where you just want to purchase a domain. If you are only looking for domain purchase 1&1 is the cheapest option for the first year but NameCheap will be the cheapest option in the long run.
Some host providers will include the domain for free when you purchase a host solution, but keep in mind this offer is only for the first year, domains are renewed every year, so it’s important to take note of how much you will have to pay for renewal year after year.
If you are just starting your business and you are not sure on the future of your new business, I would suggest you use the cheapest registration price or free domain with hosting account. If you are looking for a long term, choose base on the renewal price.
The prices shown above are based on .com domains, prices vary by type of domain you choose, so go to those sites and search for a domain to see a list of prices based on the domain extension or use the domain search feature below: