Best domain name registrars

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Hover is another clean and simple registration site that we like for it’s top-notch domain management tools. In addition to a great control panel, each domain you buy comes with unlimited domain forwarding and free private domain registration to keep your personal info hidden. Email accounts are available for an additional fee. Check their pricing schedule here to learn more.


Perhaps the most well-known registrar in the business, GoDaddy is both loved and hated. On the one hand, people love it for it’s relatively cheap package deals and abundant promotional codes that can be used to get deep discounts. On the other hand, some users criticize the service for its aggressive advertising and upselling practices. Regardless, we like them for their fast customer service and wide variety of domain registration/web hosting bundles.



Though it is mainly geared toward entrepreneurs and small business owners, DreamHost has reasonable rates and offers cloud storage and computer services for everyone. This site makes it particularly easy to transfer domain names from other companies and has gotten positive feedback from customers. Of all the registrars on this list, it probably offers the easiest process for registering.

Domain Monster


This company is from the UK and only offers .uk registration, but they can be used by American customers to look more pretentious. They are said to have some of the best customer service around and their prices are fairly cheap. Their website is a little confusing to navigate, which is a bummer, but they have a cute monster as a mascot so that’s something.



This site boasts two big things: cheap prices and high security. Not as well known as the others on this list, NameSilo offers a flat rate with no extra privacy or security costs. NameSilo claims some of the best privacy and security features around, despite offering these benefits for free.

What do you think of our list of the best domain name registrars? Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below.

This article was originally published on Jan. 27, 2013.

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