What is a domain name?

A domain name is a string consisting of alphabetical or alphanumerical alphabets which belongs to a particular person or an organization. There can’t be two exactly same domain names.

A domain name consists of a name related to a particular person or an organiztoion and  ends with a Top level domain (TLD) such as .com, .edu, .net, .org etc. There can be country level Top domain such as .au, .ae, .uk, etc.

eg. kundanstech.com (kundanstech relates to a person or organization and .com is TLD)

There is also a second level domain or sometimes called as sub-domain. For example mail.google.com. In this example the term “mail” is the second level domain.

A domain level has an IP address associated with it. An IP address consists of digits separated by dots. For example kundanstech.com IP address is 162.144.119.137

A domain name has to be registered by Domain name registrars which are authorized by ICANN (Internet corporation for assigned names). A domain name has to be renewed on yearly basis. Most of the Domain name registrars allows you to host websites.

After you create a domain name you can use it for either making a site or only for creating your personal email or for both.

How to choose a Good domain name

  1. The domain name should be easy to remember. Shorter the better.
  2. It should relate to the content of the site if you create a website. A domain name related to the technology shouldn’t have content related to farming.
  3. Better not to have dashes and numbers as it may not look professional and may not be easy to remember.

Below are the sites which helps you to find and register domain names

Please note that the fee for domain register includes only for domain name. There may be addition fee for ICANN which is $0.18. Also prices may different at times due to promotions.

The registration fee which I am writing about is for .com domain as it is the most popular domain among bloggers. The price for other Top level domain such as .net, .org may have different value.

Also I have only mentioned here about WordPress, as Content Management Software which most of the popular web hosting companies allows you to install. But there are other CMS software also which top web hosting companies allows you to install in their servers such as Joomla, Drupal etc.

1. Godaddy

  • £8.10 / year for domain register.
  • Offers website, WordPress hosting services
  • Has inbuilt website builder for free
  • One click WordPress hosting service
  • Cloud hosting

godaddy

2. Bluehost

  • $11.99 / year for domain register.
  • Offers website, WordPress hosting server.
  • Has inbuilt website builder
  • One click WordPress hosing service
  • Cloud hosting

bluehost

3. Dreamhost

  • $ 13.95/ year for domain registration.
  • Website, WordPress, Cloud hosting service.
  • Built in Website builder for free
  • One click WordPress install service

 

dreamhost

4. Networksolutions

  • $19.99/ year for domain registration.
  • Inbuilt custom website builder for free
  • Website and WordPress hosting service.
  • One click WordPress installation

networksolutions

5. namecheap

  • $ 10.69 / year for domain registration.
  • Website and WordPress hosting service.
  • One click installation such as WordPress.

namecheap

6. register

  • $ 38.04 / year for domain registration
  • Inbuilt website builder for free
  • Website hosting service.
  • No inbuilt WordPress installation

register

7. Hostgator

  • $12.95 / year for domain registration.
  • Website, WordPress, cloud hosting service.
  • Built in Website builder for free.
  • One click installation for WordPress

hostgator

8. active-domain

  • $11.95/year for domain registration.

activedomain

9. domain

  • $9.99/year for domain registration.
  • Website and WordPress hosting service.
  • Once click installation for WordPress.

domain

10. enom

  • $13.95/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting.
  • Cloud hosting service.
  • Inbuilt website builder.
  • One click WordPress hosting

enom

11. dotster

  • $9.99/yr for domain registration
  • Website hosting service.
  • Inbuilt website builder
  • One click WordPress installation

dotster

12. 123-reg.co.uk

  •  £ 11.99/yr for domain registration
  • Website hosting service
  • Inbuilt website builder
  • Once click installation CMS such as WordPress

123reg

13. 1and1.com

  • $14.99/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting service.
  • Inbuilt website builder.
  • One click installation for WordPress

1and1

14. ukreg

  • £ 1 for the registration and £ 10.99/yr for renewal.
  • Website hosting service

ukreg

15. vexat

  • $9.79/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting service.
  • Inbuilt website builder

vexat

16. hostmonster

  • Free domain registration while hosting website.
  • Website hosting service
  • Inbuilt website builder
  • One click WordPress installation

hostmonster

17. lunarpages

  • $19.95/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting service.
  • Inbuilt Website builder for free

lunarpages

18. justhost

  • Free domain name with website hosting.
  • Website hosting service.
  • Inbuilt website builder for free.
  • One click WordPress installation.

justhost

19. siteground

  • Free domain name with Web hosting.
  • Web hosting service
  • One click installation for WordPress

siteground

20. inmotionhosting

  • $14.99/yr for domain registration.
  • Web hosting service.
  • Inbuilt website builder for free
  • One click installation for WordPress

inmotionhosting

21. ipower

  • $8.99/yr for domain registration.
  • Web hosting service.
  • Website builder for free
  • One click WordPress installation

ipower

22. Powweb

  • Free domain name registration with web hosting.
  • Web hosting service
  • Website builder for free
  • One click installation for WordPress

powweb

23. host department

  • $12.60/yr for domain registration.
  • Web hosting services
  • One click installation for WordPress

hostdepartment

24. Pairnic

  • $19/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting service.
  • One click installation for WordPress

pairnic

25. Jumpline

  • $10/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting service.

jumpline

26. Midphase

  • $8.99/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting service.
  • Inbuilt website builder
  • One click WordPress installation

midphase

27. Liquidweb

  • $15/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting service.
  • One click WordPress installation service

liquidweb

28. aplus

  • $11.69/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting service.
  • Inbuilt Website builder

aplus

29. 123ehost

  • $10.25/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting service.
  • Inbuilt website builder
  • One click WordPress installation

ehost

30. gesthost

  • € 9.30/yr for domain registration.
  • Web hosting service.
  • Inbuilt Website builder

gesthost

31. rxhost

  • Free domain registration with hosting
  • Website hosting service.
  • Inbuilt website builder
  • One click installation for WordPress

rxhost

32. names.co.uk

  • £14.99/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting service.
  • Inbuilt website builder
  • One click WordPress installation

namesuk

33. netregistry.com.au

  • $12.45/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting service.
  • Inbuilt website builder tool

netregistry

34. buydomain.com

  • $9.99/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting service.
  • Inbuilt Website builder tool
  • One click WordPress installation

buydomain

35. marcaria.com

  • $12/yr for domain registration.
  • Website hosting service.
  • Inbuilt Website builder tool

marcaria