Choosing Domain Name Registrar:
Choosing and buying the domain is a key part of your online business identity. As your domain name will become the brand name of your business and it may also considerably count the assets of your business.
You can buy the domain name from domain name registrar or from a reseller of registrars too. I recommend you to go with Domain Name registrars directly. So, you know what is a domain name registrar?
A domain name registrar is an online retailer from where you can buy the domain name for your business and other online services. Now it’s time to register that domain name, but which domain registrar would you choose?
You may be bewildered by the number of different registrars available in the market. There are a lot of factors to consider while choosing your domain name registrar.
Who has the best mix of price, reliability, customer support and features? But like many other Fraudulent deals on the web, there are fraud domain registrars who came and disappear within three- four months left you in the middle of the road.
So I recommend you to purchase the domain name from one of the best registrars who have gained the reputation in the market. Here is some advice to help you, when to shop for the right domain name registrar. Let’s have a look:
There are thousand of websites where you can register your domain name, so I recommend you to go with a registrar who is Accredited with ICANN(Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) Registrar or resellers of the registrar.
Do you know who is an ICANN Accredited Registrar?
As per Wikipedia “The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces of the Internet – thereby ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation.“
Check Here list of ICANN Accredited Registrars
The reason for choosing an accredited registrar is to assure that your domain name is officially part of the Internet.
#2. Domain Transfers
You have freedom to transfer your domain name from one service provider or registrar to another. There are a number of reasons to transfer the domain name like if you are not happy with their service or you are getting some other good deal and most likely if you’ve signed up with a Web hosting service that will also transfer your name to its website.
Note: Before transferring your services I recommend you to check what the transfer will require. Do your new service provider will handle the tasks efficiently or not? Do prepare your checklist before transferring the domain, it can be a tedious task for you.
So it’s advisable to check the transfer policies in detail. Generally, you can’t transfer the domain name during the first 60 days of registration. But this period could be much longer. Some registrars may not allow transfers or charge a fee for it. Don’t except for the registrars to refund your money for the left unused service.
Yearly registration costs of a single domain may not vary much with registrars, but the cost of additional services you may want, along with the discounts you might receive if you purchase a number of domains, may differ from registrar to registrar.
Again, read their service agreement on fees with renewals, domain transfers, email forwarding, DNS management, domain locking and domain theft protection. Some registrars will offer these services free of charge along with domain registration.
#4. Duration of the Contract
Registrars offer an ample range of registration games like one year, three, five, and even ten. Be cautious about purchasing a domain for more than a year, though. First, Due to registrar poor service, you might get restricted to domain transfer. Secondly, if they go out of the business then you may face the issues.
#5. Customer Support
Confirm whether you are dealing with the registrar themselves or a reseller linked to the registrar and how you can contact them directly in the future if you need support.
Find out what types of customer and technical support they offer and when these services are available. For example, some registrars offer 24/7 online support whilst others offer telephone support only during office hours.
#6. Check Terms and Services Carefully
Check the policies closely what restrictions and fees are bounded with transferring the domain to another registrar or what will be the pricing renew your domain if it expires.
Also, Check that the registrar’s Terms and Conditions confirm that your domain name will be registered specifically to you in your name and not in the name of the registrar or another third party.
#7. Payment Methods
Most of the registrars offer online payment via credit cards, Paypal or debit cards. Some of them also offer payments via mail but it could be risky. So I don’t suggest go with it.
Some of them also offer to pay directly into their bank accounts. In this case, while you wait for your check to clear someone else can take your dream domain. So don’t risk it and pay online at the time of registration.
#8. Additional Services
Many registrars are one stop shop. They offer supplementary services like hosting services, website builders, e-mail hosting services, SSL certificates and SEO tools. This is perfect for a business owner who wants to keep all web-related services in one place.
# Bonus Point : Privacy Services
Some registrars offer privacy services (also called “whois masking” and “private registration”) where they will use their own name in place of yours on the WHOIS record.
Be noted that whoever is listed as the domain registrant is the legal owner of the domain name. Consider whether or not this could cause possible conflicts in the future.