The road to buying a domain name can be a very stressful process due to the various vendors that are available in the market. Domain registrars such as GoDaddy, BlueHost, NameCheap, Shopify, Hostgator offer various level of services.

As you do your research, you will get different opinions and suggestions on who is the best and which is the easiest way to get a domain name.

At the end of all this research, you will end up with a long list of domain registrars that you can choose from. However, very often, you may not actually know how to choose a good registrar from this list. For one, always keep in mind that one should only choose registrars that are accredited by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Here are the other key aspects that you need to look at to make the eventual choice among domain registrars.

1 Customer Support

You may be surprised that we mention customer support as the first aspect to look at when choosing to buy domain name from domain registrars. However, you will be astonished to hear the number of times domain name owners switch or transfer registrars due to bad customer support provided to them. As the traffic to your website grows, you will face problems and this is the time that you want to get help and fix it. Imagine you are in the middle of a serious issue and you are not getting the support you need from the domain registrar. That can be very frustrating. So it is important to choose a domain registrar that offers 24/7 support and it should also have multiple types of support services such as phone, chat & email. 

2 Transfers

The reasons for why you would want to transfer your services to a different domain registrar can be many. Regardless of the reason, your transfer should not be a frustrating process. It is important to read the transfer policies of each domain registrar that you have shortlisted. You may end up with the best domain registrar now but if you there is an ironclad transfer policy then you may be unable to transfer to the next best domain registrar. It is better to choose a registrar who offers a free transfer, if you are getting into the domain world for the first time.

3 Duration of your Contract

Before you buy domain names, you need to check the duration of your contract with the domain registrar. You may have a contract for one year, two years, 5 years, etc. You need to check the ifs and buts of your contract along with the renewal fees within the duration of your contract and after. First time owners tend to opt for a one year duration as it helps them check for a better registrar if they are not satisfied. If they are satisfied then they can continue with the same through auto renewal.

4 Costs

Many registrars offer hosting services as well as domain registration. You need to check the costs of what you are paying for and what you are getting from it. It has become a practice to avail hosting services when you buy domain name these days. These registrars also offer other services such as DNS management, privacy & protection, email forwarding, and many more. So it becomes important to find out the cost of these services provided and if they are a part of your contract. You never know what hidden costs are involved so always keep an eye out for those.

5 Additional Services

As mentioned earlier, as you buy domain name, you may also want services such as hosting, domain protection, privacy, etc. A startup owner would need all the help he or she can get in the initial stages of their budding business. They might need several add-ons along with the domain services that they get. So having a lookout for the additional services that a registrar offers along with the domain registration is necessary. You will be at ease if all you need is under one cap. For example, Shopify will tend to offer you additional services geared towards ecommerce, making them a registrar more suited for ecommerce store owners.

Ensure that these registrars will inform before you lose your domain name, whenever you do not renew it or your contract is about to expire.

All the above aspects are very important to look into. 

Now that your arsenal is full with the information you need to buy domain names, we suggest that you get started. You can check out all the best domain registrars out there. Be sure to read the reviews and ratings of previous or current users. This will save you from a lot of hassle. Good luck finding the right domain name

Published by Joseph Nicholls