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15 Best Domain Name Registrars for 2016 and 2017

A domain name can take your project to a whole new level.

And while it only takes 10 minutes to buy one, not all domain registrars are build the same. Before purchasing anything, it’s important to check if they have the key features such as

  • 24/7 technical support,
  • live chat facility,
  • security,
  • pricing and renewal rates.

There are various forms of services out there that offers domain name registration from a brand-new domain registration, domain marketplaces, to web hosting packages (a perfect choice if you are also looking to build a website).

Below, I’ve listed out all the best domain name registrar options to fit your needs.

Enjoy!

Best Domain Name Registrars for 2016 – 2017

Domain Registrars
Rating
 
NameCheap (Editor’s Choice)
9/10
BlueHost
9/10
iPage
8/10
GoDaddy
7/10
1and1
8/10
HostGator
8/10
InMotion Hosting
8/10
Name.com
7/10
Register.com
7/10
DreamHost
7/10

Side note: There are a lot of discounts, price changes when it comes to domain names, so it’s impossible to come up with a universal price. That said, I will try to give you a common price for each registrars.

To learn how to buy a domain name in four steps, read this post: How To Buy A Web Domain Name For Your Website.

NameCheap – The best domain registrar

NameCheap - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: $1 – $15 per year
Official Website: NameCheap.com

Selected by HostReview for the Readers Choice Award 2013, NameCheap is some of the most well-known and recommended domain name registrars. That offers domain names to individuals and businesses, including a wide range of new TLDs that can draw further attention to your particular business segment. NameCheap also have a user-friendly control panel for buying domain names as well as offer hosting and tools for building your website.

This is my domain registrar of choice, where I register a number of domain names, including Bloggingthing.com. So far, I’m loving the ease-of-use and fast, dedicated support.

NameCheap offers Shared Hosting, Reseller hosting, VPS hosting, Dedicated servers and Email hosting at cheap prices. Their domain management system is very flexible. In 2010 to 2015 Namecheap was selected as a best domain name registrar at Lifehacker poll. Namecheap was founded in 2000 by Richard Kirkendall.

You can also buy SSL certificates to protect your sites at very reasonable prices. They offer an outstanding 24/7 live chat support to help you. You can go with them without any doubt to pick your blog name.

NameCheap’s highlights include:

  • Founded in 2000
  • 24/7 live chat support
  • Rated 4.6 out of 5, according to 650k customers
  • Domain names start at $0.88 per year

BlueHost – A solid hosting package

BlueHost - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: Web hosting package, starts at $3.95 per month
Official Website: BlueHost.com

Although BlueHost is not a pure domain registrar, it’s one of the most popular hosting provider for WordPress and best domain name registrar on the internet.

Recommended dominating Content Management System (CMS), this is a great choice if you are planning to start your website on the WordPress platform. BlueHost not only offers top of the industry hosting but also a free domain name to go with it which can help you save up a little on buying your domain name separately.

BlueHost’s customer support is 24/7 in the whole year 365 days, it’s always great to know how you can contact support anytime. Used and loved by many movers and shakers like Pat Flynn, Michael Hyatt and Ramsay Taplin, you can rely on BlueHost to give you the best hosting experiences. A perfect choice if you are looking for an affordable WordPress hosting and a free domain name.

BlueHost’s highlights include:

  • Recommended by WordPress
  • Web hosting start at $3.95 per month
  • Free .com domain
  • No-questions-asked money back guarantee

iPage – Great for small projects

iPage - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: Web hosting package, starts at $1.99 per month
Official Website: iPage.com

Like BlueHost, although iPage is not a pure domain registrar, they offer great web hosting packages starting at as low as $1.99 per month. The best thing about iPage is you can register a free domain when using their affordable hosting service, which is a great deal for individual bloggers and small startups.

iPage claim to provide 99% server uptime for all shared hosting packages, which makes them one of the cheapest and most solid host out there. They offer many services such as SiteLock security, Site Analytics, Daily Spam and Malware scanning, and more.

iPage’s highlights include:

  • Web hosting start at $1.99 per month
  • Free .com domain
  • 24/7 technical support
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

GoDaddy – Best known domain registrar

GoDaddy - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: $2 – $10 per year
Official Website: GoDaddy.com

Godaddy is another domain registrar that also offers web hosting services. Established in 1997, and originally known as Jomax Technologies, Godaddy is now the world’s largest domain registrar company.

A unique feature to GoDaddy is their domain recommendation tool, that helps you brainstorm for the best names via keywords.

While I don’t recommend GoDaddy because of their upsells, they are worth mentioning as one of the more popular registrar in the world that offers .com domain names for $9.99 per year (or $7 if you transfer from another registrar). GoDaddy also offers .us, .biz, .info, .net, .org, .ws, .name, .tv, .co.uk, .me.uk and .org.uk, etc.

Their hosting plans start from $4.99/ month that is same as Bluehost and Hostgator. Godaddy is best for buying the domain name, according to my personal research their hosting service is not much good in past days.

GoDaddy’s highlights include:

  • Established since 1997
  • Recommend domains based on keywords
  • .com domain names start at $9.99 per year
  • Offers .us, .biz, .info, .net, .org, .ws, etc.
  • 24/7 technical support

1and1 – Some of the cheapest

1and1 - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: $2 first year, then $15 per year
Official Website: 1and1.com

Founded in 1988, 1and1 is another cheap and well-known domain selling company. What’s unique about 1and1 is their insanely cheap starting price of only $1 to $2 for first year domain name registrations with exclusive discounts on web hosting plans.

1and1 is currently handling 19 million registered domains for private and business customers globally to date and still growing. 1&1 Internet offers Linux and Windows hosting, Domain registration, Virtual Servers, Dedicated Servers, Email and Ecommerce solutions.

1and1’s highlights include:

  • Founded in 1988
  • Handling 19 million registered domains
  • 19 million registered domains
  • $1 to $2 for first year domain name registrations

HostGator – Solid and affordable

HostGator - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: Web hosting package, starts at $3.95 per month
Official Website: HostGator.com

Currently hosting over 9,000,000 sites, Hostgator is a massive domain registrar as well as hosting provider company. Founded in 2002, HostGator provides super affordable hosting plans for both new and old websites. You can purchase hosting as low as $4 – $5 per month packaged with a free domain name. HostGator is reliable as a solid grounding for bandwidth-heavy sites.

InMotion Hosting – A reliable hosting package

InMotion Hosting - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: Web hosting package, starts at $5.99 per month
Official Website: InMotionHosting.com

Amassing over 35 awards throughout the years from authoritative sites like CNET, is known for their outstanding service, secure web transactions, and best business practices. InMotion Hosting offers web hosting, domain names registration, site building tools, and many useful things.

They also offer 90 days money back guarantee. If you feel unsatisfied with InMotion Hosting services, you can always ask for a no-questions-asked refund.

Name.com – Reputable domain registrar

Name - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: $10 – $20 per year
Official Website: Name.com

Founded in 2003 by Bill Mushkin, Name.com is a well known company and having a good online reputation in the field of domain registration and web hosting. Their hosting plans start from $4.99 per month, and domain registration price is $10.99/ year. Name.com offers the great number of services such as domain registration, website builder, one-click WordPress install, email services, and much more.

Register.com – One of the oldest registrar

Register - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: $10 – $20 per year
Official Website: Register.com

Register.com founded in 1994 and currently managing million of websites and blogs on their hosting platform. Trusted by millions, Register.com is also an awesome domain registrar that is why millions of people trust on this company. Their services are rocking and 24 live support is just outstanding. You can buy or register your web address easily on register.com at lowest prices. Register.com offers following facilities Domain Registration, Shared and Dedicated Hosting, Email services, Online Marketing, eCommerce, and SSL service.

DreamHost – Affordable registrar and hosting

DreamHost - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: $11.95 per year
Official Website: DreamHost.com

DreamHost is some of the more popular domain registrar and web hosting service. You can buy a domain name at a reasonable price of $11.95/ year, and web hosting $8.95 per month. While this is a little more costly than BlueHost or iPage, where you can get a domain name for free, DreamHost made it up with their quality service and solid hosting.

Another great thing about Dreamhost is their lengthen money back guarantee offer of up to 97 days, which allows you to fully experience their service, risk free.

Hostwinds

Hostwinds - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: Web hosting package, starts at $4.50 per month
Official Website: Hostwinds.com

Hostwinds is a user-friendly option for domain registration and hosting, even if you’re transferring from another service.

Hostwinds lists out all the extensions to create your domain name with prices to register, transfer, or renew for each extension, unlike some services that bury these within the website. You simply enter the domain name you want and check the availability, and can theoretically get going in a few clicks. It will then tell you if it is available or taken.

And the best part is that they also got live chat, email, and phone technical support before purchase.

Flippa

Flippa - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: Domain names for sell starting at $50
Official Website: Flippa.com

Unlike registrars like NameCheap that allows you to register brand new domain names, Flippa is a unique domain name marketplace that has a bunch of domain names at very, very low prices, some even costing as low as $1. An extra, you can also purchase full-fledged existing website and mobile app from Flippa. These can be a great starting point for your online presence.

Sedo

Sedo - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: Domain names for sell starting at $20
Official Website: Sedo.com

Like Flippa, Sedo is a global marketplace to buy, sell, and park domain names. Instead of registering a new one, if you are looking to buy a unique domain name like Sausage.com, you’ll want to check Sedo out.

They’ve over 18 million domain names for sale, but the big part is that they’re a huge and well-respected company. This is important if you’re spending over $500 to $50,000 on a domain name from different third parties that you don’t know. This means you put the money in an account owned by a third party that will hold it and only pass it on once the domain has been transferred over into their name. And this is where Sedo comes in, having done many, many of these deals.

SnapNames

SnapNames - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: Domain names for sell starting at $20
Official Website: SnapNames.com

SnapNames is also a domain name marketplace, only dealing with domains that are currently owned by somebody else.

SnapNames offers neat features such as daily auctions, private brokerage of domains, and buy-it-now listings for buying and selling domain names. Showcasing over 30 million domain names, SnapNames is a must-see for small businesses looking to stand out from the crowd.

FatCow

FatCow - Best Domain Name Registrars 2016 and 2017

Cost: Web hosting package, starts at $49 per year
Official Website: FatCow.com

FatCow is a hosting service that has one of the cheapest offers to build a whole website from scratch, with hosting and domain names for just 30 cents during your first month.

After, that the price is $10.99 a month or $59.88 for the whole year, for shared hosting package with enough bandwidth for most people. FatCow also offers quite a few perks if you transfer your domains and hosting to them.

Final words

These are the best domain registrars where you can easily register a name for your online project at the most affordable price.

My most recommended and also where I register my domain names is NameCheap. It comes with at only $10 per domain name per year, and without any hidden fees. On the other hand, you can also get yourself a free domain name is on great hosting sites like BlueHost.

Over to you.

What is your favourite domain registrar? Or which one among the list would you like to give a try?

And of course, feel free to drop a comment if you have any questions about domain registrars, I’ll try my best to answer!

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Anh Nguyen is a blogger and minimalist who's crazy about design and content quality. Learn more about him here, or connect with him on Twitter.

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26 Comments

  1. I’ve been searching for info on registering domains and I found this to be a great resource. I appreciate how you’ve defined a domain registrar and also listed several companies to go through. Thanks for the article, this will be helpful to my work.

    • My pleasure, Sofie. 🙂 I’m glad you found my post helpful and hope you found the perfect domain registrar for your project.

  2. Sarah

    Hi Anh 🙂
    Totally agree with you for 1&1, I have 10 domains there and I never had any problem (almost) !
    I also take some of my domains to NETIM, they are a bit expensive on gtlds but they are really cheap for .cc TLDs 🙂

    • Hey Sarah, this is the first time I heard of NETIM. I get what you mean though, it would also depend on some of the domain extensions you are looking for, and some registrars will be better than others. 🙂

  3. LeNard

    I saw a few registrars I’m going to be looking into. Is there any that is out there you would not recommended? I’m not talking about any that are on your list.

    I agree with you about GoDaddy, they ask for to many up sales. I was with them for two years until I moved over to SiteRubix.

    • Anh Nguyen

      Hey LeNard, interesting question there. Hm, I haven’t had bad experiences with other registrars so no, there aren’t any I wouldn’t recommend. But my advice is always to go for reputable brands instead of smaller ones, even if they are cheaper. This kind of investment can save you a lot of nerves later.

      I hope this helps!

      Cheers,

      Anh

  4. Michel

    Thanks for this interesting post. I haven’t even heard of some of these companies.

    I have used Hostgator and GoDaddy, and although both good, I don’t like the fact that everytime you renew the domain price has gone up by a few dollars.

    I am now in the process of moving my domain names to Wealthy Affiliate as they expire, because at least I know I get them at the same price every year, and the added security features are free. How do you rate Wealthy Affiliate Domain services?

    • Anh Nguyen

      Hey there, Michel! It can be frustrating with the renewal costs for sure. I haven’t tried Wealthy Affiliate’s domain name services, unfortunately as I’m already using NameCheap. But since my hosting with WA has been so awesome, I’d guess their domain registrar wouldn’t disappoint either. 🙂

      Cheers,

      Anh

  5. Usually when I register a hosting plan and a domain name. The domain will be hosted with a different company, but definitely love Godaddy.

  6. Jeannie Brickley

    Hi Anh.

    Your post on the 15 Best Domain Name Registrars for 2016 and 2017 was very informative and detailed. I am going to come back and check it out when I decide to build another site. I am relatively new with online marketing and I can use all the help I can get.

    You gave the reader everything they need to decide where to buy their domain. You will help many to make a more educated choice.

    Jeannie

    • Anh Nguyen

      Thanks, Jeannie. It’s my pleasure to help. 🙂

  7. Gary

    I have used GoDaddy for my previous 2 domains as it is the only Domain Registrar I ever heard of… Thanks to your post and other comments here I think I’m going to give name cheap a try for my next domain.

    In my opinion GoDaddy’s upsell shouldn’t be a disadvantage because people purchase what they needed. Although the packages might be overwhelming for a new user, but they might find it useful down the road nevertheless.

    • Anh Nguyen

      Hey there, Gary. I’m glad this post has helped you in anyways. 🙂 And yes, I understand where you come from about GoDaddy’s packages. While I personally prefer a straight-forward offers, others may enjoy what GoDaddy offers too.

      Thanks for sharing!

      Cheers,

      Anh

  8. Lively Prince

    I’ve used some domain registrars and many hosting providers. And from my own experience I can say that NameCheap is the best domain registrar present. The domain I was getting for $14, I got that just for some $8.88 on NameCheap and not to mention their support is awesome.

    As far as hosting providers are concerned, BlueHost is one of my top, if not the only recommendation. It’s a little bit more costly but the services it offers is certainly worth every penny.

    This is a great list but 1and1, doesn’t deserves to be in it. It may offer some really cheap domains. But to be honest, its’ customer service sucks! Even majority of reviews about it are negative. It’s just a suggestion though.

    Anyways, have a great time ahead!

    • Anh Nguyen

      Hey Prince, I’m glad to hear you’ve found your ideal domain registrar and hosting service! I’ve also have great experience with NameCheap and BlueHost, the support is awesome. 🙂

      About 1and1, it’s true that they don’t seem to have the best customer service. I’ll reconsider whether the price was worth its’ mention. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      Have a great as well.

      Cheers,

      Anh

  9. Marcus

    A good web domain definitely makes your website look professional. It’s so much better than just having a subdomain on a blogging platform like WordPress dot com or Blogger. As for the best place to buy domains, I used to use GoDaddy for all my domains, but in recent years I have moved over to NameCheap. Their website seems easier to use somehow, I’m not quite sure why. The GoDaddy website seems to be overly cluttered with offers and things like that. Do you know what I mean?

    • Anh Nguyen

      Marcus, gotcha. While GoDaddy is still the more popular domain registrar, I’m not a fan of their upsells. On the other hand, NameCheap is more straightforward with a beautiful and easy to use interface. Not to mention the super quick and efficient support. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing!

      Cheers,

      Anh

  10. Hey Anh,

    Today, numerous best domain registrars and WordPress hosting companies available on the web, which offers various services like Domain Name Registration, Web Hosting, Web Designing, VPS servers hosting, Cloud Storage and Email services. Before registering a domain name, we must check out the key features of a registrar that are essential to make it the best domain registrar among dozens of others.

    iPage is the cheapest and most affordable hosting provider in the world for creating our site on the lowest budget. iPage offers many services such as free SiteLock security, Free toll-free number, Site Analytics, Free yellow Page listening, Daily Spam and Malware scanning. Godaddy is another great domain registrar and they also offer web hosting services. BlueHost is one of the most popular and reliable WordPress hosting providers and the best domain name registrar on the internet. Eventually, thanks for reveling a light on this topic.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

    • Hey Amar, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed iPage so much. 🙂 I have a pretty good experience with them as well, great support, neat hosting and a free domain name at one of the cheapest price you can find, what else can you ask for!

  11. Craig

    I have used Namecheap and Bluehost in the past and I have to agree with you that they are definitely 2 of the best hosting and registrar services available.

    One of the most important things I found when using them was their 24/7 technical support. with hosting especially you always reach a point where you need help, whether it’s setting up FTP or other.

    I would definitely recommend either of these. I used Namecheap for choosing a domain and Bluehost for all of my sites.

    • Anh Nguyen

      I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying these two services. They are surely a given to me as well. 🙂

  12. Vic George

    I totally agree with your choice of best domain name registrar – Namecheap.

    I use the platform for one reason: you get automatic protection from snoopers who type in ‘who is’ with your domain name.

    ‘Who is Guard’ comes free with Namecheap domain name purchases. All other registrars require an extra fee for the convenience!

    • Anh Nguyen

      Hey there, Vic. I also used WhoIs last year, it’s a great way to protect yourself if you run a private project. That said, as mentioned in the post, it can cause legal issues as to who own the domain name, you or your host. So you’ll want to look into that before subscribing to this service.

      I hope this helps!

      Cheers,

      Anh

  13. Hi Anh,
    What a great list you presented here.
    Though some of them are new to me and some of them I used and experienced mixed user experience.
    A top company in the list I had a bitter experience. so sad to say this, but at the same time to my surprise some of our friends praise them too! LOL
    Thanks for telling about NameCheap recently I registered my domain with this company.
    Thanks Anh for sharing such a lot of information in this post.
    Keep sharing
    Keep visiting
    Have a great weekend
    Best
    ~ Phil

    • Hey Phil! How are you? I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂 I know how our experiences can differ, it can be that the company doesn’t offer what we are looking for or that we simply are “unlucky” with the support. NameCheap is definitively my favourite as a domain name registrar, I hope you’ll like it too.

      Take care,
      Anh