Before You Choose A Domain Name Registrar


Domain Name Registrar

A domain name registrar is also known as a domain host. So when asked where did you host your domain name? It simply means where did you register your domain name. If your domain name is for business, then you must take into consideration your domain name registrar. The first step in securing and protecting a good domain name starts with the domain name registrar. Therefore, before you choose a domain host, carefully examine the following:


Accreditation

Always check if the domain host is accredited by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN is an international non-profit organization that creates contracts and regulations for domain registrars to follow. Even if the domain name registrar is a reseller, do make sure they are accredited with a domain registry. If your domain name is not important to you, then you can ignore the domain host accreditation.

Contract Duration

Most domain hosts offer domain name registration on a yearly basis. This implies that you can register your domain name for one year, two years or even five years. You can get a discount if you register your domain name for a longer period. But do note that if you register a domain name for more than a year, you won't get a refund if you decide to switch registrar in the future. If you are not sure of the domain host reputation, never commit to a long term registration.

Payment Methods

A good domain host should have a flexible payment system that allows anyone to easily pay for a domain name. Most domain name registrars accept payments from PayPal, credit/debit cards, bank deposit and check.

Cost

The cost for domain name registration, renewal, transfer, webmail, whois protection etc may differ from one domain name registrar to another. While some may offer some of those services for free, others may charge for it. Do note that a domain host offering cheaper services doesn't make it more reliable than others whose services aren't that cheap.  Most registrars use low-cost service to attract customers and in the long run, don't offer good service.

Always check the cost of renewing the domain name. Some registrars may offer you cheap domain name registration for the first year and charge you exorbitantly for renewal.

Transfer Fee

For some reasons, you may want to transfer your domain name to another registrar in the future and so, therefore, before making that first payment to register your domain name, always check their transfer policy. Some registrar may not allow 'transfer out'. Some may charge to 'transfer out' and some may not. But you will be charged to 'transfer in', as this will cover the cost for one year registration.

Customer Support

This is one very vital aspect you shouldn't overlook. As a first time user, you may not know about their customer service, therefore always go online and find out what others are saying about them. Also, ask friends and business colleagues who may be using them too. Some domain host has responsive customer support. Make sure you choose one that is very easy to contact by any of the provided communication channels.

Additional Services

Your main aim is to register a domain name but yet, check for other services rendered by the domain host. Such services may include web hosting, SEO, marketing, web design, affiliate program etc.

It always very important to read the fine print. That 'submit' or 'agree' button is a legal binding that you agree to the terms and conditions, guidelines and policies of the domain host. Carefully read that, else you may later find out that what you expected is not what you want.  Understand it very well so that you won't lose your domain name in the future or spend what you never expected.

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