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How To Buy A Domain Name From A Domain Owner

Sometimes, as a brand and business, you might just have to buy a domain name from a domain owner. This, in fact is the present reality as most good domain names have already been registered.

Choosing the right domain name for your business isn’t something that should be taken lightly as a good domain name may be the one thing that you need to transverse the murky waters of e-commerce. READ 7 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A DOMAIN NAME.

According to Verisign, there are 332.4 million registered domain names. Of that number, only 172 million are active sites. How about the rest? Well, this is where I officially welcome you to the world of the domain name aftermarket where deals are made every day.

So, even though your domain name may have been registered by someone else, do not worry as many people flip domain names for profit. This guide is here to give you steps and tips to follow if you want to buy a domain name from a domain owner.

 

1. Search for the name at a domain registrar

Chances are this is the point where you first discovered that your ideal name was already registered. When searching through a domain registrar like Godaddy or a marketplace like Afternic, if the owner of the domain you want has listed the name for sale, you’ll see a premium price next to the name.

This premium is only paid once. Once you gain ownership, the domain name can now be renewed at a normal price.

If this is the case and the price is within your means, you can easily click on the buy now button and fill out the necessary information to initiate the transaction.

After the deal has been completed with the seller fully paid and the name transferred to you, congratulations, you are now the official owner of that domain name. This is usually the easiest route to follow when trying to buy a domain name from a domain owner.

However, if you got the infamous, “This name is unavailable” and you’ve searched the different marketplaces and you couldn’t find a listing of the domain name you are interested in, then it’s time you girded up, as this is where the real work starts.

2. Go to your address bar and type in the domain name

Maybe, you searched for a domain name at a domain registrar and you can’t quite tell if the name is for sale. In this case, you’ll have to type the domain name into your browser and go directly to the address. Here are several outcomes to expect

  1. The domain name is on a developed site: If this is the case, try to contact the website owner via the contact page indicating your interest in acquiring his/her domain name. If there’s no For Sale banner on the website, chances of you getting a positive response might be slim.
Website For Sale
  1. The domain name goes to a parked page: Parked pages are one-page, no-content websites, filled with ads and a For Sale banner on the site. Clicking on the banner will either show you a Buy It Now (BIN) price or a contact form where you can send in an offer to buy the domain name from the domain owner.
Domain Name Parked Page
  1. The domain name does not resolve: What this means is that nothing comes up when you type the name. Mostly, this is as a result of the domain not pointing to any nameserver. If this is the case, it’s time to find the domain owner’s contact details.

 

3. Do a WHOIS search

If the domain isn’t listed for sale on a registrar or domain marketplace and there’s no link to contact the owner through the site or the name simply doesn’t resolve, it’s time to do a WHOIS search to find out who owns the domain.

WHOIS is a domain name directory that contains relevant information about any registered domain name. Here is how to do a WHOIS search

  1. Go to WHOIS.com
  2. Type in the full domain name into the WHOIS search bar. Make sure to include the extension without any space. For instance: example.com
  3. Click on search

A search through WHOIS and will result in the display of the owner’s name, email address, phone number and home address. Other information may include the domain name registrar where the name is registered, date of registration and expiry.

But, some people may have their info protected by a privacy protection service either by choice or by the recently passed GDPR by the EU. For instance, here is the privacy protection on Folio365.com when you do a WHOIS search on it.

Domain name privacy

You can see that instead of our contact information being displayed, you only see that of the privacy protection service, in this case, the contact email is a long string of chararcters  ending with @folio365.com.whoisproxy.org

So, to contact a domain owner who is using a privacy service to protect his/her details, you will have to go through the registrar by sending an email through the email listed on the privacy service. Once received, the mail will be forwarded to the domain owner.

4. Make contact and make an offer

So, you’ve finally gotten the contact information of the domain owner, or the registrar contacted him/her for you. Now is the time to make an offer to buy the name.

Sending an email to the owner, asking how much he wants for the name, without including your offer in the email, will probably get you nowhere.

This is because some domain name owners get inquiries every day and won’t respond to no-offer emails. In such cases, either the owner ignores you completely thinking you aren’t serious, or he sends you a ridiculously high price to get you off his back.

Also, making a low ball offer of $10 or even $50 for a name well worth at least $5000 won’t work either.

Make a domain name offer

Prepare to make a fair offer. For a domain name worth at least $5000, you can start negotiating from at least $1500 to $2000. Maybe, you and the owner may finally agree at a price point of $3000 to $4000. 

So, be ready to negotiate if you really want that domain name especially if it’s a common phrase, name or word as those run into really high premiums ranging from some hundreds of thousands to well over several millions.

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5. Use a brokerage service

Like I just mentioned, some names come at really high premium prices. For instance, Slots.com sold for $5.5million while Carinsurance.com sold for as high as $49.7 million.

So, if you find yourself in a situation where you are dealing with such high priced names, it is advisable to hire a broker. Ideally, a broker will help you negotiate better with the domain owner. Some brokers charge a fixed price while others may insist on a commission.

While you may incur some additional cost going with a broker, the benefits are totally worth it. You will save both time and energy. And what more, you are more likely to get a better deal with a broker than without.

6. Always use an escrow service for payment

Payoneer Escrow Service

Never ever pay for a domain name via a wire or bank transfer especially for high value domain names. There are several escrow services around like Payoneer Escrow, Escrow.com. Even domain name market places like Undeveloped, Sedo, Afternic all offer escrow services.

With an escrow service, you pay a third party to oversee the transaction. The simple mechanics of how an escrow service works is

  1. You and the domain owner reach an agreement
  2. You pay into the escrow account. The escrow service notifies the domain owner of payment.
  3.  Domain owner transfers the domain name to you and notifies the escrow service of the transfer.
  4. You notify the escrow service once you receive the domain. The escrow service releases payment to the domain owner.
Payoneer Escrow Steps

Alternatives:

Well, like all things in life, nothing is ever sure. We are all victims of time and chance. Maybe after trying all these steps to buy a domain name from a domain owner, you still met a dead end. Don’t give up. It’s time to consider some alternatives.

1. Wait for the name to expire and place a backorder

Fact of life: Domain names expire every day. Another fact of life: Not all of them are great. This is simply because people safeguard the great domain names they have with auto-renewals. But once in a while, some gems make it through the crack. And this is where backorders come in.

A backorder is a way to put in a request for a domain name, should it ever expire. There are several backorder services like Namejet, Dropcatch etc. who can help you backorder a domain name (for a small fee).

It’s important that you understand that backordering a domain name doesn’t necessarily mean instant success. This is because domains don’t just drop the day they expire. There are several days of a grace period given to the owner to renew the name before it becomes open to the public. And more often than not, the name gets renewed (especially if it’s a great name).

So waiting for a name to expire and backordering it is what I call the wait and see approach. And the chances of successfully getting a name this way is slim to nothing as people rarely allow good domain names go.

2. Go for an alternate domain name extension
.com or new extension

I am a proponent of .com. I strongly believe that it’s the king of the domains. But, if you really must use a specific domain name because it fits your brand or business and you can’t get your hands on the .com, you can register the name with a different extension.

For example, rather than homeloans.com, consider registering home.loans (those examples are already taken by the way). HERE IS HOW TO REGISTER A DOMAIN NAME

Buying a domain name from a domain owner can be done. The question is, “What’s a good name worth to you?”

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Choosing the right name for your business in 7 steps

The branding process for any business or organisation SHOULD START with choosing the right name and ensuring its availability. Initially, when starting out, some people make the mistake of focusing on everything else but the name like location, advertisement, funding etc. Only for them to find out later, that the name they had in mind is no longer available either as a trademark or as a domain name.

As humans, ours is a culture that believes in the giving and receiving of names. A name can be a harbinger of goodwill or that of doom to your brand, business or organisation. This is why in 7 steps, I’ll guide you through the process of choosing the right name and domain for your business. 

 

1. NAME ORIGINALITY

There are businesses and companies that prefer the exact match type of naming protocol. For example, such companies come up with Arizona State Power Bikes as their name and by extension their domain name. Nothing wrong with that.

However, this type of naming convention can prove to be quite restrictive as such brands become successful and expand in the future. What if the brand is opening up another branch at say, New York or Tokyo or somewhere in Nigeria like Enugu? The name, Tokyo Arizona State Power Bikes will definitely be an overkill. 

 

Ours is a culture that believes in the giving and receiving of names
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Sometimes, to be original, you may have to forget the keyword entirely or use it creatively. Think Google or Yahoo or even the Greeks who coined the word, Alphabet.

These brand names work because they‘re original. Originality means that you can do just about anything with the name. Hence, Google can decide to go into space navigation or even sports and the name, Google, will still work.

So if you’re going for originality, avoid trends. Brainstorm with your team. Don’t just think outside the box; do away with the box entirely. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a team, brainstorming can be a little hard to do just by yourself. Fortunately, you can always use sites like SQUADHELP, where freelancers can help you come up with some great names for your business.

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2. KEYWORD MATCH

Like I said before, there’s nothing wrong with exact match names. But you’ll have to use it the right way. For SEO purposes, keywords are key to the success of a brand’s website as they help bring in traffic. For this reason, it’s important to include a keyword in your name and website.

However, there are rules. When choosing the right name based on a keyword match, the keyword has to fit. You’ll have to ask yourself two critical questions:

  1. Does this keyword explain what my business is all about?
  2. Will it still be relevant in the future should things change?

For instance, if you offer data services to the farm and agricultural business, an exact match name like FarmData will be a great keyword name. However, if your customers include other industries either now or in the future, then you might have to rethink the name. 

 

3. RADIO TEST

radio test your name

Your brand’s name and domain name should pass the radio test. A name is said to pass the radio test if it spells as it sounds. If you heard the name over the radio, you should be able to write it successfully. Most long, complex, and misspelt names usually fail this test.

Ultimately, when choosing the right name, ensure that it passes the radio test. This way, your name will easily roll off the tongue when people talk about it. 

 

4. SHORT AND MEMORABLE

Long names are hard to remember. Lengthwise, the rule is to stick to names that aren’t longer than 15 characters or are made up of more than three words. You don’t want to be stuck with a wordtoolongforpeopletoremember.com on your hands. The fact that Google bought the domain name, abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com, doesn’t mean you should.

For a memorable business name and domain name, remember to Keep It Short and Simple (KISS). 

 

5. TRADEMARK AVAILABILITY

At this point you have that awesome, original name that’s easy to spell and people can remember. Before you run off and start printing t-shirts, it’s imperative that you check for the availability of your name for registered trademarks. If you overlook this step, it can prove to be an expensive mistake as there might be legal repercussions to deal with.

Here are different online portals where you can check for trademark availability.

6. DOMAIN AVAILABILITY

.Com: King of the domains

If you’re still undecided on whether to get a domain name or not, HERE ARE 7 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A DOMAIN NAME.

In choosing a domain name, .COM is still king. Despite the introduction of various other extensions, none has quite the impact that .com has.

Picking a non .com domain name should be a last resort. If you must, you can go for legacy extensions like .org or some CCTLDs like .de, .au or industry relevant extensions like .loans, .app, .art etc. 

 

7. BUY OR REGISTER THE NAME

If a name is available, register the trademark as soon as possible. If the name already has a trademark (especially for the same class you want to do business in), here are 2 possible outcomes:

  1. Negotiate with the owner for a trademark transfer (assignment). Here is HOW TO CHANGE TRADEMARK OWNERSHIP
  2. You can’t reach the trademark owner, or he/she isn’t interested. In this case, it’s time to pick another name by restarting steps 1 to 6 of this guide. 

For domain names, here are 3 possible outcomes: 

  1. The name is available. Register the name as soon as possible at a good domain registrar like DYNADOT. READ OUR GUIDE ON HOW TO REGISTER A DOMAIN NAME. 
  2. The domain name is already registered but it‘s for sale and you’re willing to buy it. READ OUR GUIDE ON HOW TO BUY A NAME THAT IS ALREADY REGISTERED. 
  3. The domain name is already registered. It’s for sale but you don’t want to buy. Or you want to buy the name but the owner doesn’t want to sell. In this case, it’s time to pick another name by restarting steps 1 to 6 of this guide. 

Remember, be original. Keep it short and simple. And if at first you don’t find that name, try, try and try again.

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7 Reasons Why You Need A Domain Name Today

What's in a Name? That which we call a rose by any other name will smell as sweet​
Juliet says to Romeo
in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

To Juliet, a name might not mean much but in the domain world, a name means everything. A domain name is what sets you apart from the crowd; it’s the start of your digital identity. With the ever flourishing and thriving online culture we have at the moment, the importance of a domain name can’t be overemphasized.

Any person, business or corporation planning to have an online presence, should start by investing in a domain name. There are many diverse reasons why you should register or buy a domain name. However, I’ve taken the time to articulate most of these reasons in 7 points.

 

1. BRAND CONSOLIDATION

A great brand is one that is versatile. It is on the constant lookout for more ways and channels to consolidate its brand’s authority. Invariably, companies like Google, Viacom and Facebook etc understand this concept. That’s why they are all great brands.

Some of these brands may have started out with the traditional business model of having physical locations all over the globe. But with the introduction of the internet, things have changed. Subsequently, proactive brands (both then and now) are establishing an online presence by having domain names and websites that are tied to their businesses and brands. These companies understand that it’s either you grow and flourish or you stagnate and die.
Hence, to expand your brand, it’s time you took it online and it starts with getting a domain name today.

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2. TRADEMARK PROTECTION

Another reason for a brand to have a domain name is to protect their copyrights and trademarks. Google is a great example of a company that does just that. Google has over 18000 domain names including different variations to their brand registered in almost all TLD extensions. Some of these names are hilarious like googlesucks.com (And yes, they have it in .net and .org too).

Mostly, Google redirects some of their names to their official site, while others are domains for products that they have already developed. Protecting your brand like Google ensures that your competitors won’t be able to trade and ride on the back of your brand’s success. 

 

3. E-COMMERCE

The internet has changed the way we do business. Hence, this has led to the revolutionary world of e-commerce. More people are looking online to get products that were once exclusive to brick and mortar businesses. Historically, this trend was born out of the need to save time as well as to avoid the hassles usually associated with physically going to a shop to pick up an item. In some cases, a product isn’t even available locally. Some companies who saw the light then, diversified their investments to take advantage of the e-commerce storm.

Today, we have online businesses without a single physical shop available thanks to things like dropshipping . And the number is growing everyday. So to capitalize on this, consider selling some of your products and services online. To do so, you’ll need to get a suitable domain name. READ OUR COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE ON HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT DOMAIN NAME FOR YOUR BUSINESS.

Online Shopping

4. GLOBAL EXPOSURE

Who is on the internet? Everyone. Unlike a brick and mortar establishment, businesses that are online are better exposed globally. A domain name and by extension a website helps you take advantage of this vast audience. The world is literally your stage.With a domain name and website, you can share updates about new products, new locations and generally new developments within your business or organisation. Hence, a website serves as your showcase to the world.

All these benefits of course, starts with a domain name as the right domain name can attract both type-in and walk-in business. For instance, if you register an exact match domain name related to your business and what your business does, internet users searching for those keywords will easily find you. Ultimately, a good domain name will go a long way towards generating traffic to your website which can easily translate to walk-in business for your offline shop. 

 

With the right domain name and website, the world is your stage
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5. ACCESSIBILITY

Just like you are better exposed to the rest of the world, the rest of the world can easily reach you now. No longer will you be restricted to the 9 to 5 working hours that is obtainable for most offline businesses. A domain name and website will ensure that you are available 24/7 all year round.

Additionally, with most websites having a blog these day, the gap between brands and customers have been further shortened. Consequently, this has led to an increase in brand loyalty. This is because having a blog alongside your website helps your customers connect to your brand on a personal level. 

 

6. PROFESSIONALISM AND CREDIBILITY

Generally, having your own domain name, website and email addresses will give you and your business a much more professional look especially, when compared to using a free email service like yahoo or gmail.

For instance, which looks better: sales@amazon.com or amazonsales@yahoo.com?

The first example looks both professional and credible while the second one looks like spam at best and fraudulent at worse. Hence, if you want people to take you and your business seriously, it’s time you got a domain name.

 

7. FUTURE INVESTMENT

Domain Investor

As a future investment, it’s a great idea to register the domain name for a business you want to develop later. This helps you safe guard a particular domain name from being registered. Eventually, you can then develop it later when your business idea or project becomes ready.

You must have heard of domaining, domainers or domain investors. In case you haven’t, domaining is the practice of investing in domain names with the hopes of selling it for a profit in the future. Yearly, domain names are become increasingly valuable. Hence, domainers who register good names now, will be sitting on piles of gold in a few years’ time, something akin to domainers who registered one-word dictionary domain names some 15- 20 years back.

In conclusion, don’t get left behind. Buy that domain name today. Build that website now. Who knows? Maybe your idea is the next big thing that we’re all waiting for. We’ll never know if you don’t start. 

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Registrars With Cheap Domain Name Registrations

There are so many price comparisons out there for cheap domain name registrations but not all of them take the time to actually articulate which domain registrars have truly cheap prices as opposed to having pricing tactics that get you on the upsell.

Most of these registrars who boast of having cheap domain name registrations either have a 2nd year price shocker, or have an add-on ICANN fee separate from the listed price, or have price conditions that only apply to new customers and bulk purchases.

But before we dive into our list of the cheapest domain name registrars, here are the 5 criteria we used to arrive at our list

  1. Regular Registration Price: This is the normal registration price you’ll pay if there were no promos whatsoever.
  2. Renewal Price: This is the normal price that you will pay to renew the domain name after it expires and every other year after that.
  3. Transfer Price: This is the normal price it will take to transfer a domain name from another registrar.
  4. Redemption Fee: This is the price you’ll pay to restore your already expired domain name as long as it’s still redeemable.
  5. Domain Privacy Fee: This is the price you’ll pay for the privacy of your domain’s Whois information.

So, even if a registrar may offer a 1st year registration of $1 but has recurring renewals of $15 in subsequent years, while another registrar has its price at say $9 for both registration and renewals, the latter wins in our book. This is because in 3 years, you’ll have to spend $31 with the first registrar and $27 with the second.

So, we’ve taken the time to compile this list of the best 10 domain registrars with cheap domain name registrations in 2018 (including GoDaddy and Google Domains). Note: This list will be periodically edited and updated as prices change. All the domain name registrars on this list are ICANN accredited.

For a quick side by side comparison between the different registrars, there is a price comparison table at the end of this article. The prices listed in this article are all based on .com registrations only.

 

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NAMEBRIGHT: 1ST

NameBright Domain Registrar

NameBright is an ICANN accredited domain registrar. TurnCommerce, the brain behind Namebright, has over 1 million domain names.

Registrations at Namebright have been increasing over the years. Primarily, this stems from the fact that they have partnered with both Dropcatch and Huge Domains who are both in the dropcatching and premium domain industries respectively.

NameBright wins the number 1 spot on our list of cheap domain registrations as you can register a .com domain name for just $8.53 and renew it for the same price. Additionally, if you want to transfer in a domain name from another registrar to your Namebright account, it’ll also cost you $8.53.

If for some reason, your domain name expires without renewal and you want to restore it, this will cost you a redemption fee of $85 (as long as the domain name is still within the redemption period).

However, what stops Namebright from being perfect is the absence of a free domain privacy forever as they only offer free privacy for just the 1st year after which, domain privacy will cost you $2.95 yearly.

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NAMESILO: 2ND

Namesilo domain registrar

With over 1.28 million registered domains, Namesilo has come a long way and still remains one of the best domain name registrars for people looking for value.

Winning the number 2 spot on our list of cheap domain name registrations, Namesilo happens to have one of the cheapest and the most transparent pricing structures for domain names. Registering a .com domain name with them will cost you $6.89 at promo price and $8.99 at regular price.

Domain renewal is pegged at $8.99 and at $8.39, you can transfer in a domain from another registrar. The redemption fee for expired domains is at $75, which is 10 dollars cheaper than Namebright.

Namesilo offers free domain privacy for life, another area where Namesilo excels over Namebright.

Moreso, Namesilo has other perks like free domain parking, a thriving marketplace where you can buy premium domain names, and a host of other freebies.

The only thing that Namesilo doesn’t do is that it doesn’t offer any hosting plans. However, that isn’t really a downside as it’s never a good idea to have your domain and hosting at the same place.

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DYNADOT: 3RD

A personal favorite of ours, Dynadot is a registrar we’ve come to respect at Folio365. This is because Dynadot practically excels at everything.

Taking up the number 3 spot on our list of domain registrars with cheap domain name registrations, .com registrations at Dynadot can be done at the promo price of $6.99. Devoid of that, normal registrations, renewals and transfers are all pegged at an affordable price of $8.99

Restoring a domain name at Dynadot will cost you a redemption fee of $69.99, which is five dollars cheaper than Namesilo and fifteen dollars cheaper than Namebright.

With a clean and robust platform, a thriving marketplace, a domain forum and several other tools and freebies, Dynadot is truly one of the best domain registrars you can find for cheap domain registrations..

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WHOIS.COM: 4TH

Yes, you heard right, you can buy a domain name at Whois.com, popularly known for Whois information. In fact, that is where we bought our very first domain name from. And the prices are cheap.

Winning the 4th position on our list, is Whois.com. Despite not having any promo prices for .com registrations, Whois.com somehow manages to still offer cheap domain registrations and renewals at $9.88.

For transfers and redemptions, you’ll have to pay $8.88 and $80 respectively. For $2.88, you can get domain privacy as Whois.com doesn’t offer any free domain privacy, which is ironic considering the fact that it’s the official website for Whois.

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MONIKER: 5TH

Moniker domain registrar

Alongside GoDaddy, Moniker happens to be one of the giants in the domain name industry. But unlike GoDaddy, Moniker’s offerings are way cheaper.

Making it to the 5th position on our list is a bit of a surprise as most big domain companies don’t mix well with cheap prices. However, Moniker pulls it off by offering both .com registrations and transfers for the promo price of $8.39. However, this promotion will be ending by 31st December 2018.

Regular registrations and renewals are pegged at $11.99, a good $3 more expensive than Dynadot and Namesilo.

Domain name privacy is completely free of charge. The domain redemption fee of $125 for Moniker is the 2nd highest on our list (The first being $175 for Hover). So, it’s advisable to pay attention to those domain renewal notifications or better still, enable auto-renewal for all your domain names at Moniker.

With a great interface, a responsive support and a host of other features, Moniker is one of the great places to go for cheap domain registrations.

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GOOGLE DOMAINS: 6TH

Yes, the good old Google. With close to 2 million domain names, this conglomerate ventured into the domain name industry in 2015. There are no bell and whistles with Google. What you see is basically what you get. No promos, no ‘special’ deals; just straight up pricing.

We ranked Google Domains at number 6 of the domain registrars with cheap domain registrations. Google offers .com domain registration, renewal and transfer at $12. To restore a domain at Google, you’ll have to pay a redemption fee of $100. Additionally, you get free domain privacy for as long as your domain is registered with them.

One downside is that Google Domains is still in its Beta stage. Hence, the service isn’t yet available for all locations. So, if your location is unavailable, you might have to choose a billing address in an available country. Hopefully, we hope this changes soon.

Another downside to Google Domains is the limited offer of domain extensions compared to other registrars on this list. Extensions like .mobi and .tv are not available at Google Domains. Hence, it’s advisable to check their list of available domain extensions before signing up especially if you think you might venture into other extensions outside the usual .com, .org etc.

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NAMECHEAP: 7TH

Namecheap domain registrar

Started in 2000, NameCheap has been in the domain name industry for 18 years. This ICANN accredited company has been providing services at cost-effective prices both for webhosting, SSL and domain registration. With over 6 million domains in its portfolio, Namecheap is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the domain name industry.

However, Namecheap isn’t the cheapest place to register a domain name. Finding itself at number 7, Namecheap offers 1st year cheap domain registrations at $10.98 and subsequent renewals at $12.98.

So, how come Namecheap isn’t above Google’s $12 on our list? With Namecheap, there’s the pesky little ICANN fee of $0.18 to contend with. Hence, this brings their actual prices to $11.16 for registration and $13.98 for renewals which is higher than Google domains.

Transfer fees and redemption fees are set at $9.69 (plus $0.18 ICANN fee) and $101.86 respectively. Their redemption fee is the 3rd highest on this list behind Hover and Moniker. So, it’s advisable not to let your domain names expire unless you don’t need them anymore.

Initially, Namecheap used to offer free Whois protection for the first year alone and subsequent renewals at $2.88. However, last week, Namecheap announced that they are now offering privacy for life as long as the domain is registered at Namecheap

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GODADDY: 8TH

Godaddy domain registrar

The Daddy of them all. GoDaddy happens to be the world’s largest domain name registrar with over 57 million domains globally.

However, size doesn’t necessarily mean cheap or best as GoDaddy’s prices can be quite steep sometimes. Hence, its rank at number 8 on our list of the best registrars with cheap domain registrations.

GoDaddy offers cheap domain registrations for .com at the promo price of $11.99 while transfers are pegged at $7.99. Regular renewal prices are at $14.99.

Domain privacy at GoDaddy is definitely not free as it comes at the price of $7.99, the highest price on this list. Redemption fees at GoDaddy is pegged at $80

Despite these prices, GoDaddy still remains popular as they have countless TLD and ccTLD domain extensions as well as other features like domain auctions, premium domains and a discount domain club.

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HOVER: 9TH

Hover domain registrar

Hover is one of the popular domain name registrars out there. Owned by Tucows, Hover generally provides good value even though their prices aren’t the cheapest.

At number 9 of our list, Hover is one of the registrars with cheap domain registrations as they offer .com registrations and transfers at $12.99. Subsequently, renewals are pegged at $14.99. Domain Privacy is offered for free as long as the domain is at Hover.

Allowing a domain name registered at Hover to expire can be an expensive mistake especially if the name is valuable to you. This is because, to recover a domain name that’s still within the redemption period, you’ll have to pay a redemption fee of $175. So, it goes without saying that you should enable auto renewal for your domain name.

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1AND1: 10TH

At face value, 1and1 looks like the cheapest option as they always have a $0.99 price tag on their domains. That is until you get to your cart and realize that you must buy at least 2 years subscription to take advantage of that which isn’t really much of an advantage. 

At number 10, 1and1 is definitely not the cheapest place to register a domain name as other registrars on this list are cheaper including GoDaddy. .com registrations at 1and1 is listed at $8.99 for the 1st year registration and $14.99 for subsequent renewals or transfers. But then, that isn’t the final price you see at checkout as 1and1 lists the $0.18 ICANN fees separately. Hence, the true prices for registrations and renewals/transfers are $9.17 and $15.17 respectively.

Even though they offer free privacy for life and have the cheapest redemption fee at $40, it doesn’t change the fact that renewing a name at Namebright will cost you $8.53 while renewals at 1and1 is at $15.17, a significant difference of $6.64.  

However, despite its position on our list, 1and1 is still a registrar that offers cheap domain registrations especially when compared to registrars like Network Solutions.

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PRICE COMPARISON TABLE

You can find below a comprehensive price table comparing the different domain registrars’ prices. Normal  1st year registration prices are written thus $xxx while promo prices are written with a P infront like this: P$xxx.

1ST

NAMEBRIGHT

$8.53 1st Year Reg
  • Transfer: $8.53
  • Renew: $8.53
  • Redemption: $85
  • Lifetime Free Privacy

2ND

NAMESILO

P$6.89 1st Year Reg
  • Transfer: $8.39
  • Renew: $8.99
  • Redemption: $75
  • Lifetime Free Privacy

3RD

DYNADOT

P$6.99 1st Year Reg
  • Transfer: $8.99
  • Renew: $8.99
  • Redemption:$69.99
  • Lifetime Free Privacy

4TH

WHOIS.COM

$9.88 1st Year Reg
  • Transfer: $8.88
  • Renew: $9.88
  • Redemption: $80
  • Lifetime Free Privacy

5TH

MONIKER

P$8.39 1st Year Reg
  • Transfer: $8.39
  • Renew: $11.99
  • Redemption: $125
  • Lifetime Free Privacy

6TH

GOOGLE

$12 1st Year Reg
  • Transfer: $12
  • Renew: $12
  • Redemption: $100
  • Lifetime Free Privacy

7TH

NAMECHEAP

$11.16 1st Year Reg
  • Transfer: $9.87
  • Renew: $13.98
  • Redemption:$101.86
  • Lifetime Free Privacy

8TH

GODADDY

P$11.99 1st Year Reg
  • Transfer: $7.99
  • Renew: $14.99
  • Redemption: $80
  • Lifetime Free Privacy

9TH

HOVER

$12.99 1st Year Reg
  • Transfer: $12.99
  • Renew: $14.99
  • Redemption: $175
  • Lifetime Free Privacy

10TH

1AND1

P$9.17 1st Year Reg
  • Transfer: $15.17
  • Renew: $15.17
  • Redemption: $40
  • Lifetime Free Privacy

Eventually, the decision to go with a particular registrar lies with you. Before you sign up, make sure you read the fine prints as they contain information about things like grace period, what happens at expiry etc. which can help you in the decision process.

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Registering a domain name

How To Register A Domain Name In 5 Steps

Establishing your online presence as a brand and business is an important task you’ll have to undertake if you want to get ahead in this present world. And it all starts when you register a domain name.

The importance of a domain name can’t be overemphasized as it can be the difference between you having a unique digital identity and being lost in the crowd with the rest of the world. To understand this better, HERE ARE 7 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A DOMAIN NAME.

But before you rush off to register a domain name, you must ensure that you have the right name to begin with. CHOOSING THE RIGHT NAME FOR YOUR BUSINESS is as important as choosing the right domain name since more often than not, you’ll want the two to match.

Once you’ve gone through the rigorous process of choosing the right name, you can now go ahead to register a domain name for it. Here are 5 steps to follow if you want to register a domain name.

 

1. CHOOSE A DOMAIN REGISTRAR

Domain name registrars are organizations accredited by ICANN to sell domain names to end-users. Nowadays, domain name registrars are a dime a dozen ranging from exclusive domain companies like Dynadot, Godaddy and Namecheap to big conglomerates like Google.

In choosing a domain registrar, you’ll have to consider their prices for domain registration, domain renewals as well as how good their support is and other features and perks they may offer.

Personally, our domain registrar of choice is DYNADOT as we find their prices to be consistently affordable and their support, reliable. Read our comparison of THE BEST MOST AFFORDABLE DOMAIN NAME REGISTRARS.

2. SEARCH FOR THE DOMAIN NAME

Before you can register a domain name, you’ll have to search for the name to make sure that it’s available and not registered by someone else.

Put the domain name you want to register in the search box and press enter

If the name is unavailable, it means someone else has the domain name. You’ll have to choose another domain name to register. However, if you really, really want the domain name that’s already registered, HERE IS HOW TO BUY A DOMAIN NAME FROM A DOMAIN OWNER.

If the domain name you searched for is available, you’ll see ‘This name is available’ next to it. As you scroll down, you’ll also see other domain extensions that are available for your name.

A domain extension is the part that is appended to your name. For instance, if your domain name is example.com, then the .com is the domain name extension. There are several domain name extensions you can choose from like .com, .org, .de, .uk, .app, .io, .shop etc. It all depends on what you want.

 

3. REGISTER THE DOMAIN NAME

If your domain name is available, go ahead and click the ‘Add’ button next to the name to add the name to your shopping cart. Once the name is added, click on the cart icon at the top right hand corner of your menu to view your shopping cart.

Dynadot register a domain

Viewing your cart, you’ll realize an additional item there, Domain Privacy. Domain Privacy is a way to protect the privacy of your domain name and all the related information about it. Privacy protection is important because it prevents spammers from getting your contact details. The good news is that Dynadot offers free domain privacy at no additional cost.

dynadot cart page

Choose the number of years you want to register the domain name for. This can range from 1 to 10 years. After that, if you have a coupon code, you can enter it into the ‘Promo Code’ box. However, if you don’t have a discount code, you’ll have to click on the ‘Checkout’ button to proceed.

 

4. CREATE AN ACCOUNT

Once you’ve clicked on the ‘Checkout’ button, you are requested to login to complete the payment process.

If you are a new customer and you do not have an account, simply click on the ‘Create an account’ link and fill in your details to register.

Register page at Dynadot

Once you’re done, a new account will be created for you and you can now go ahead and make your payment.

 

5. PAY FOR THE DOMAIN NAME

Payment method ate Dynadot

To register a domain name, you’ll have to pay for it. There are several payment methods you can choose from like

  • Credit Card
  • Paypal
  • Alipay
  • Skrill (Moneybookers)
  • Money Order/ Check
  • Bank Wire
  • Account Credit

Some payment options are only available for some locations. Choose one payment method and ‘Submit Order’. Once your payment order has been processed, you will receive an email indicating that you’ve purchased a domain name with tips on how to manage your domain name, setup nameservers, build a website and other resources.

It’s important to note that you’ll have to renew the domain name once it expires. Towards the expiry date of your domain, you’ll receive email notifications at intervals asking you to renew the name. Do not ignore these emails especially if you want to keep the domain name. Except you are no longer interested in a domain name, it is advisable to setup auto-renewals on all your domain names.

Congratulations, you just completed the process on how to register a domain name. You are now the proud owner of a domain. It’s now time to put that domain name to use by building a website for it.

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