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You know how many people missed the opportunity to register the domain names of their choice because they were too busy looking for the ‘right’ domain registrar? Here we have listed the best domain name registration services for 2014 so you do not need to miss the domain name(s) you have always wanted. Find out below about how you can also get a free .COM domain name!

Our research found that the best cheap domain registration is offered by Netfirms. In addition, Godaddy is the most popular domain name registration service. 1&1 UK provides the cheapest UK domain registration (.co.uk, .net.uk, .org.uk). Namecheap offers domain transfers for only $6.99 using Namecheap coupon code SWITCH2NC. If you just need email with your domain name, try Register.com because their $9.99 domain price includes 100MB business email.


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Registrar
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DNS Mgmt
Privacy 1
URL Forwarding
Email Forward
Starter Page
.COM
.NET
.ORG
.BIZ
.MOBI
.INFO
Web Hosting
Promotion

Rank #1
GoDaddy
Best Domain Registrar
Free
Free2 or $9/year
Free
Free
Free
$11.99
$12.99
$9.99
$5.99
$6.99
$1.99
$3.75/month
Free privacy for 5+ domains

Rank #2
Namecheap
Best Transfer
Registrar
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
$9.69
$9.69
$9.69
$28.88
$7.99
$2.98
$2.91/month
.info = $2.99
.mobi = $7.99
Use coupon code SWITCH2NC for domain transfer = $8.16
with free privacy

Rank #3
Netfirms
Cheapest
Registration
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
$7.99
$7.99
$7.99
$9.95
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$9.95
$9.95/month
Lowest priced using this exclusive link
FREE Webmail
FREE Privacy

Rank #4
1&1.co.uk
Cheapest UK Registrar
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
£4.99
£4.99
£4.99
£4.99
£12.99
£0.99
£2.49
+ £2.49 for .uk domains
+ 10 FREE .uk domains with 1&1 Shared Hosting

Rank #5
Register.com
Best Domain + Email
Free
$11/yr
Free
Free
Free
$9.99
$9.99
$9.99
$9.99
$9.99
$9.99
$8.95/month
Free Business Email
100MB email storage

Free Domain Name

Free domain registration? Is that even possible? The answer is and absolute yes, and we will talk about how to get a free domain in a little bit. We are not talking about infamous top level domains like dot.tk, .co.nr or .co.cc which are only used by spammers and phishing scammers and will not make your website look trustworthy. We are talking about the more common TLDs like .COM, .NET or .ORG

Buying a domain is more like buying a plot of land for our house. Unless we are into land trading, at one point or another we want to have the land developed into the beautiful dream house we have always wanted. The same with buying a domain, if you do not develop the domain into a website, you gain nothing. Therefore, if you need to start developing your website, you will need a web hosting for the domain, preferable with a Sitebuilder if you are new to building websites.

The Insider’s Secret to Free Domain Name

Now, this is how you can actually get a free website domain. Many web hosting companies now offer free web domain if you take a hosting plan from them. For example, InMotion Hosting provides beginner friendly Sitebuilder, huge storage & bandwidth and support second to none for you to start your website. They are rated A by Better Business Bureau which shows their serious commitment to customer satisfaction and server reliability. If you do not have any hosting plan yet, go for it and get that free domain name. Hosting websites only cost from $6.95 $5.95/month at InMotion Hosting which is cheaper than the price of a meal at good restaurant.

Limited Time Offer: Click here for $1 Off Per Month on initial purchase!


Incorporate you business today with GoDaddy.com -

1 Privacy protection is also known as WHOIS protection or private domain registration. Privacy protection can be important in many cases because spammers can mine data from the WHOIS database to find your private or personal contact information. They use this information to send you SPAM or simply sell your email address and other information they collected to the highest bidders. Privacy protection is done by providing an alternate information in the WHOIS database, rather than yours.

2 Godaddy gives free domain privacy with 5 (or more) domain registrations.

Most of the prices above are special unadvertised price. You may not get the same price if you go directly to those registrars. Make sure you click on the links above the get those special prices.

Most of these domain registrars also offer some of the best domain web hosting packages but their customer services and technical support in terms of web hosting may not be as good as companies created mainly to provide web hosting services. If you are also looking for a web hosting, then you may be able to get free domain names with your web hosting. Companies such as iPage and Fatcow offer free domain with their cheap web hosting plans. Don’t forget to read the iPage review and the Fatcow review first.

Over 4 million new web domain registrations take place per month. Grab yourselves the domain name you have been thinking about before it is too late.

How to Get a Website on Your Own Domain

Okay, now that you have a domain name, how do you get a website you may ask? Click here to learn the basics about how to get your own website available and reachable on the Internet.

Did you find what you are looking for? You can ask us at http://bestdomainregistrars.org/contact

  1. Ell
    October 5th, 2009 at 23:58
    Quote | #1

    You have Go Daddy privacy listed free …I went there it is 8.99 for each domain

    • admin
      October 8th, 2009 at 00:28
      Quote | #2

      Hi Ell, it looks like our table was not aligned correctly on non-Firefox and some older IE browsers… It has been fixed now and if you look again, the above table says $9/year for domain privacy from Godaddy. It is $8.99 to be exact but surely not free like from Netfirms. Also note that the free privacy from Netfirms are only for .COM and .NET domains and does not apply to .ORG TLDs.

      However, you can get free domain privacy from Godaddy if you order 5 or more domains in one checkout process.

  2. Ell
    October 9th, 2009 at 15:01
    Quote | #3

    Thanks…

  3. Wetpaks
    October 13th, 2009 at 04:21
    Quote | #4

    You should also distinguish between free Whois Privacy Protection “during first time registration only”, versus registrars that offer it for free even for repeated domain renewals.

    For example, Namecheap only offers free privacy during registration, and then you have to pay for it upon domain renewal. Compare it with Domainmonster.com that offers free privacy year after year.

    • Jon Winfrey
      October 13th, 2009 at 07:32
      Quote | #5

      wetpaks, you are correct about Netfirms giving the free privacy for only the first year. If you are thinking about longer terms or for multiple domains, Namecheap and Godaddy are the better deals. A .COM domain at domainmonster.com cost GBP7.95 (about US$12.50) which is still more expensive than Namecheap or Godaddy because Namecheap.com charges only $2.88 per year for domain privacy after the first year while Godaddy offers free domain privacy for 5 domains and above.

      • November 11th, 2009 at 14:05
        Quote | #6

        Jon,

        It is NOT true that Netfirms gives free privacy only for the first year. Whois Privacy Protection is free of charge with Netfirms for the entire lifetime of the domain.

        Thanks,

        Netfirms

      • User
        January 2nd, 2010 at 13:45
        Quote | #7

        Maybe not, but why I can not buy domain name with your company more then 1 year? Looks like there is some catch

  4. Wetpaks
    October 13th, 2009 at 12:37
    Quote | #8

    Domainmonster.com current reg price for .com is actually just $9.99 US Dollars + free whois privacy (no renewal needed), so it’s cheaper than Namecheap on the 2nd year. Anyway, my point was, in your table, perhaps you can put instead of “FREE” for Namecheap, put there “FREE for New Regs/$2.99 for renewals”. This is to separate it from registrars who actually offer “truly free” whois protection and no need to pay for whois protection renewals.

    • admin
      October 14th, 2009 at 07:33
      Quote | #9

      Thanks wetpaks for the info on domainmonster, and please do show us how you can get a .COM domain for US$9.99 inclusive of domain privacy. We are not seeing that price on their site. All we can see is their .COM price of £7.95 which is not exactly equivalent to US$9.99 (more like US$12+). We are even thinking of listing them on our list above in the future. They are indeed quite cheap if they can give $9.99 + domain privacy, year after year. As of now, we still think that Netfirms and Godaddy are the best deals in town.

      • January 29th, 2011 at 12:08

        Register using Google Apps & get a domain name & free privacy.

  5. Ray
    October 23rd, 2009 at 05:38

    I think ResellerClub should also be on that list.

    From a Reseller’s perspective, they pretty much have everything covered. They go as low as $7.50 on domains with free privacy (on all years), DNS & Dom Fwding with the domain.

    Till date, I haven’t seen any cheap gimmicks like Go Daddy and their hosting is quite cheap as well.

    • October 23rd, 2009 at 10:42

      sounds good Ray, but don’t you need to have initial spending/deposit of at least $199 to get that kind of price? I think many people are not ready to fork out that kind of money to save on a single domain. Most are not ready to become domain reseller, which can be quite profitable I must say.

      • Ray
        March 17th, 2010 at 05:00

        True..but everything you deposit is usable and I’ve never had an issue recovering money from them

  6. Daryl
    November 23rd, 2009 at 19:12

    I’m looking for a domain set-up with unlimited email box that I can also set up a ftp site and a website. I also don’t want to have any pop-ups attached to my website. Which domain would be best. I’m a designer and often have to transfer files over 100mb.

    • November 24th, 2009 at 08:25

      Daryl, sounds like you need a paid hosting service (because you do not want popups). You can try these domain web hosting services they recommend here.

      http://www.bestdomainregistrar.org/domain-web-hosting

      You should be able to build websites from one of these services and also FTP comes with each hosting package.

  7. Peter Paredes
    December 20th, 2009 at 15:16

    I registered 2 domains with 1&1 – one .co.uk and one .com
    I was told that I can only have WHOIS protection with the .co.uk address and not the .com one. Does anyone know any way I can protect the .com one now I have registered this address? Or should I cancel it and re-register it with another domain registar?

    • January 18th, 2010 at 09:14

      Don’t cancel. Just transfer to a different registrar that offers WHOIS protection for .COMs like Netfirms or Godaddy (need to register at least 5 domains with if you want free whois protection with Godaddy).

  8. Kathleen Miller
    January 29th, 2010 at 16:47

    How about a registar who doesn’t “auction” your domain name to third parties in foreign countries BEFORE its expired so they can hold it for ransom? You know the one {hint: NS} that simultaneously keeps you thinking your domain name has not expired by keeping it in your account manager with an expiration date a year into the future but when your website goes offline suddenly and you call they tell you the account number next to the expiration date is different! Any registars where you actually OWN your domain names and not just rent???

    • mav
      February 23rd, 2010 at 10:51

      Kathleen .. I have sent ICANN reports of NS doing this and
      also monitoring the registrar available fields from Godaddy
      to Moniker. they don’t give a sh*T..

      unless everyone raises hell with ICANN.
      want to see improvement then start a blog / target ICANN
      …for every language!

  9. March 3rd, 2010 at 18:35

    netfirms is not honoring ANY of the pricing you have listed. Netfirms will not even honor the prices on THEIR OWN WEBSITE!!!!!!

    • March 8th, 2010 at 02:48

      Gary, did you go straight to netfirms.com and expect to get the discount?

      You are suppose to click on the special link above and not simply go direct to Netfirms.com – more like an exclusive unadvertised promotion. I got 17 domains from them and saved like $50 in total. A great savings. Now I just need a good hosting which allows multiple domains at a reasonable price. Any suggestions?

  10. Peter
    July 27th, 2010 at 13:29

    Hi,

    Is there any domain registrar which offers free email accounts anymore? I don’t care for the forwarding thing, as when I reply to a client, I want it to be from my business account, rather than personal.

    Is 1&1 the cheapest way of doing this – 69p a month currently. But, I’d prefer free, as that £8 or so a year adds up and annoys me – cos email should be free!

    Thank you!

  11. Tony
    September 11th, 2010 at 09:14

    Maybe this was said before buy Namecheap does not have FREE private registration..its cost $2.88 US per year.

    • September 12th, 2010 at 02:29

      Maybe you should try first before you leave any comment.

      I have registered many domains with Namecheap and they do give free domain privacy Free With New Registrations and Transfers, but for the first year only. They are still much cheaper than Godaddy after the first year. I especially like their pricing for domain transfer (with the coupon code).

  12. mike
    November 6th, 2010 at 18:59

    say i want to buy and resell domains
    which would be best for me

    • November 11th, 2010 at 23:22

      If you are a web designer reselling to small number of clients or want to be a domain investor, find out about Godaddy Discount Domain Club where you can buy .COM for $7.69* – 35% Off , .NET for $6.49* – 56% Off, .ORG for $7.29* – 51% Off and discounts for other TLDs as well.

      If you plan on reselling domains for profit, you should try one of the Godaddy Reseller plans.

      Good luck.

  13. November 13th, 2010 at 11:03

    GoDaddy is my choice #1 as a domain registrar.
    So far had no problems with my domains, low cost pricing, easy domain management.

    I agree with comparison table – very objective.

    Keep up the good work.

    Dado

  14. Athur Askey
    November 27th, 2010 at 05:53

    Netfirms sucks – auto rebills at 12 dollars 2 weeks before its due.

    • December 4th, 2010 at 01:40

      Athur, FYI all domain registrars will enable auto-billing by default. This is done to avoid you losing your domain at the end of your 1-year. Of course they will contact you before your domain expires and ask you to manually renew, but bad things can happen to emails – like getting lost in the bulk folder or you changing your email address.. For busy business owners and people who own hundreds of domains, auto-billing is a life saver.

      If you do not like to be auto-billed or you just bought a domain to use for a year, then change that billing preference in your control panel settings.

  15. Phillip
    November 29th, 2010 at 09:30

    What is the cheapest and best registrar for a .tv (dot tv) domain

  16. March 10th, 2011 at 19:30

    Is there a way to put your name in a list if someone let’s their domain name go? can you put several you are interested in? is there more than one place that does this?

  17. April 4th, 2011 at 12:24

    I think the most important line item is missed in this comparison chart. Which company CEO openly sport kills wildlife like Elephants and Leopards. GoDaddy! #1 Sport wildlife killer!

    • Kelli Smith
      April 9th, 2011 at 03:24

      Agreed, thank you Elephant Killing. I am actually here looking for the best place to move my 100+ domains from GoDaddy. I will never buy a domain from them again. I’m sure the other CEOs have their issues as well, but hopefully they won’t openly gloat in public about their nasty, ignorant behavior and call themselves humanitarians.

  18. Matt
    April 15th, 2011 at 16:13

    Re elephant killing (the act, not the poster) – okay, great. Now what do you do? I have 25 names, and I’d like to switch, but you have to consider costs. There don’t seem to be a lot of reliable and cost=effective options. What am I going to do, spend up to $300 in transfer fees, depending on registrar, and that’s even before considering what are likely to be higher registration and renewal costs. Granted godaddy isn’t a monopoly, but they are large enough now to provide the services they do at prices below their competition, and then they can do what they want with vile behavior, chauvinistic marketing, etc. It sucks, but if you don’t have deep pockets, what do you do?

    • April 16th, 2011 at 23:57

      Hi everyone,

      If you need to transfer your domain from Godaddy or any other registrar, Name Cheap has one of the best deal. Use the coupon SWITCH2NC and move your domains at a bargain. The usual price is $9.16 and the coupon code will reduce the price to $8.16 (ICANN fee included). Every domain transfer includes a number of useful free features and free WhoisGuard privacy protection.

      When you move your domain to Namecheap.com, all remaining time on your domain with your current registrar will be transferred PLUS they will extend your domain for one more year.

  19. Simran
    August 27th, 2011 at 07:24

    GoDaddy.com stole my domain and put it on their auction without deleting it from the servers. Do not let domains expire on GoDaddy.com. They with take the domain and will not release until you pay around $155 or put it on auction starting at $95. I am planning on moving all my domains away from GoDaddy.com.

  20. September 15th, 2011 at 02:49

    What is the best website where i can reg domain by using my AlertPay account.

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