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Choose a Domain Registrar


Search the web for the best place to register a domain name

Your first task is to spend up to ten minutes searching the web for someone that you can register a domain name with. Domain names are not bought, they are registered and you pay to register domain names for a set period of time - normally from one or two years. 

The rules and regulations surrounding registration of domain names can change from country to country and are also dependant on the country to which the domain name belongs. The registrar you use doesn't have to be in your country, but it should be someone that you're comfortable giving your money to.
 
Be sure to ask your peers on the challenge discussion page for advice because they will likely have valuable information that you can use in your search for a domain registrar. You may even choose to use the same one. When you've found a registrar you're happy to do business with, this task is complete.

Task Discussion


  • Jeff Friend said:

    Typically I utilize the hosting provider to register the domain.  It just seems to make things a little more simple.  In my case I have utilize iPage for several of my last few domains/websites.

    -Jeff

    on April 8, 2015, 10:15 p.m.
  • JesmionEdu said:

    Hi, i usually go on with free registrar, like wordpress.com
    on July 9, 2014, 11:48 p.m.
  • Johnny van der Laan said:

    www.laanwebdesign.nl

    on May 12, 2014, 12:20 p.m.
  • wyh4l84 said:

    I've subscribed to awardspace's free hosting plan. I've been using it since August last year and it seems the services are fine. I haven't encountered any issues yet. TLDs (top level domains) aren't available for free accounts and I have to upgrade to a paid account to edit the DNS though.

    I also registered a domain with 50webs. TLDs are free for a year and the DNS is configurable. But you can't hotlink and the file size limit is 500kb. Also, I'm having problems with configuring my FTP client.

    on May 11, 2014, 9:42 a.m.
  • GENTLE JACK said:

    I have registered with freehosting.com

    on April 26, 2014, 8:29 p.m.
  • Orpheus said:

    will go for godaddy and wordpress

    on March 14, 2014, 6:40 p.m.

    algotruneman said:

    Do understand that using Wordpress isn't actually going to give you the total control over the layout that this Webmaking 101 sequence is about. The goal is to do your own HTML coding for the content and progress from there to do CSS for style control and even JavaScript eventually to provide some dynamic content. Wordpress is going to do most of the heavy lifing if you go that way.

    on March 14, 2014, 7:05 p.m. in reply to Orpheus
  • Skwal said:

    I have a domain now :)

    http://skwalweb.net

    on Jan. 5, 2014, 1:46 a.m.

    algotruneman said:

    Looking forward to seeing what comes next!

    on March 14, 2014, 7:07 p.m. in reply to Skwal
  • StansSongs said:

    I have registered domains with several Registrars, but I registered the last 3 with Justhost.com and I can renew them from the Cpanel, and their prices are on par with most of   the others I have used or found by searching  when it is time to renew it anyway.
    I registered  several domain  names years ago  that was  at a reallly cheap price, but come renewal time, it was outrageous!   ( a well know registrar ).
    They also offer (with hosting, right now @ 2.95  a month, I think ,) unlimited e mail accounts,  databases,  bandwidth transfer and many more  good things.

    I have used them for  about 7 years now with no problems so far.

    I currently have 4 domains registered through them . I have one still through another registrar  whom I used years ago.

    Some of my current domains are www.Stanwilliamsmusic.com  www.Artistpromo.net   www.Stans-songs.com  www.Vanzants.net and www.Stratozfear.com

    on Nov. 26, 2013, 8:37 a.m.
  • Ryan Guy said:

    After a great deal of searching I can say that DreamHost is the best registar I have come across.

    on Nov. 17, 2013, 4:20 a.m.
  • v4lent1na said:

    For now I'd rather stick to free services such as Blogspot or Wordpress.com.
    I just write blogs and I don't have a revenue so I can't pay for a domain fee.

    I have a blog here: http://101webmakingchallenge.wordpress.com/

    on Sept. 8, 2013, 9:11 a.m.
  • Veronica said:

    I've already registered a domain -- www.veronicabeaty.com

    on Sept. 1, 2013, 11:19 p.m.
  • wikiglobalgov said:

    After a bit of searching around and reading forum posts I went with Dream Host. I don't have a great deal of experience but I am already finding it more user friendly than 1&1.

    on July 30, 2013, 8:01 a.m.
  • ericaeducator said:

    I've created websites using a variety of domain providers.  When I create sites with Wix, I usually upgrade and use their provider (who charges an arm and a leg after the one year period is up) -- at that point I switch to GoDaddy -- definitely your best bet for the cheapest price.  Also, for any of you who do the GroupOn thing, GoDaddy will OFTEN have majorly awesome bargains on there -- Like, pay $17, get $70 worth of services from them.  I've also created quite a few sites with Wordpress.COM (org participation is forthcoming ;) and when I create those sites for the purpose of professional and clean looking pages, I upgrade to ensure that there isn't any advertising on there.  I agree with those who recommended GoDaddy, because if you are doing your own thing outside of Wix or Wordpress (or, even if you are using those) it's definitely the cheapest way to go based on my own research (and trust me, I've done TONS of research on this!)

    --erica enlightened

    on July 27, 2013, 11:08 p.m.
  • Joby John KJ said:

    godaddy.com and networksolutions.com are the good and reliable options, i prefer going with godaddy.com

    on July 24, 2013, 5:02 a.m.
  • KimFernandez said:

    Go Daddy is only 0.99 for the year. Might be worth if for those who are trying out web design for fun.

    on May 31, 2013, 6:35 p.m.

    Red_Squall said:

    Nice recommendation.... I normally stick with ipage.com, but saw this and decided to "check-it-out". I found that their basic package is perfect for this task.

    Kuddos

    --Red Squall

    on June 5, 2013, 2:31 a.m. in reply to KimFernandez

    hamabeboi said:

    I think it only works with a promotional code, which you can find here: http://renewalcoupons.com/99-cent-domains-godaddy-coupon-codes/ It's a third party site, so operate at your own risk.

    HB

    on June 5, 2013, 2:40 a.m. in reply to Red_Squall

    Red_Squall said:

    I see... Yeah I actually chose the hosting plan for $1.00 per month (for 12 months), and got the domain free with it.

    Awesome heads up though.. Thanks

    -Red

    on June 5, 2013, 2:47 a.m. in reply to hamabeboi
  • Saivamsi said:

    I choose Godaddy, because I got deal for .COM, you can get for $0.99 for a year with one free page and email. 

    on May 20, 2013, 10:52 p.m.
  • Alex Dodd said:

    Hey guys just a heads up, LifeHacker.com has a deal with DreamHosting where you can get 1 year of great hosting AND a .com/.net/.org etc domain for $20!

    I've just used it to get my website started, you can check it out at alexdodd.net, but there isn't much going on there yet but it shows its not a scam!

    Seriously guys thats less than $2 a month for both a domain AND hosting! Most places won't even give you a domain for that cheap! Definately go for this!

    All I ask in return is you check out my blog and leave some feedback, maybe give me a follow!

    on May 14, 2013, 4:14 p.m.
  • Mark Valentine Aikins said:

    I prefer to use godadday.com

    on May 10, 2013, 11:56 a.m.