Choosing the right registrar to buy domain names from is not easy. Here are some important points to consider when choosing a registrar for your website.
The first step in putting up a website is to buy a domain name. As they are the URL or internet address for websites, you have to start by choosing a unique name which has not already been used by others. Then the next action is to buy the chosen name from the many registrars that sell domain names.
Since there are so many registrars to choose from, it can be hard especially for beginners. Here are a couple of points that should help you choose the right registrar for you.
Points to consider when choosing domain name registrars
Try to buy from ICANN accredited registrars. ICANN is the apex organization for domain name registration. It controls all web domain registrations. Therefore it is always good to buy from registrars that have accreditation with them. You can identify these kind of registrars by the “ICANN accredited” badge which should be on the home page of their website, usually in the footer/bottom section.
DNS Server uptime
Registrars store domain name information on their Servers. Whenever a search engine or direct URL is made on the internet for your domain name, this server captures it. The server then in turn send it to your web host, the place where your website files are stored. Because of this if the server is down or not working, people will not be able to find your website. It is that Simple. So needless to say it is essential that the server runs pretty much all the time. Server uptime is displayed as percentages eg. 99.99%. The higher the score the better.
Payment method accepted by registrar
Domain names can be bought using PayPal, Credit or Debit Cards, Bank Transfers and other web wallets etc. List of payment methods accepted are different with different registrars. You therefore need to choose a registrar which provides the facility with which you plan to buy the domain with.
Check to see if your desired TLDs are available
Not all registrars have the same list of different top level or country level domain names in their catalogue. The big registrars usually have more complete list of different TLDs. So which TLD you want, viz. .com,.net,.co.uk,.in,.us etc will also have a say on the choosing of the registrar.
Although not the focus of our topic I want to include a very important tip on choosing different TLDs. Anyone who wants a successful website needs to choose TLDs according to their preferred regions. That means if you plan on getting the most visitors from US, you should choose.us. It is a well known SEO fact that search engines including Google favor TLDs relative to their local search engines and also on where the web hosting server is located.
Free Bundled packages
Some domain name registrars also include other related services like web hosting, SSL certificates, whois guard etc., as free bundle when you buy domains. If you are planning to buy these related services anyway, you should check whether there are those that offer your desired service with the it, and buy from them. It can be a very good bargain.
Prices of domain names
Everybody loves to buy the cheapest. However in domain names, cheapest is not always the best. Do not go only by the lowest price, dig a little deeper into the details. For instance there are some registrars who sell.info for as low as $1.99 only. But if you go through the details, this price is for the first year only. Now look at the renewal price, it can be as high as other more desirable TLDs like.com or.net. In such case, it might make more sense to go for the other popular TLDs, especially if you intend to run your site for longer than a year.