What is a domain name registrar?
Similar to how a street address is used to locate a home or business in the real world, a domain name is a simplified web address used to find a particular website on the internet.
A domain name is the address of your website that people type in a browser URL bar to visit your website. In simple terms, if your website was a residence, then your domain name will be its mailing address. You can renew your domain registration before its expiration date. Domain names are registered for a specific duration. However, if you forgot to renew your domain name, then it expires and anyone can register it.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names (ICANN) – has accredited domain registrars such as GoDaddy, and NameCheap.com. To make domain names widely available, ICANN allows companies to apply for accreditation and become a domain registrar. These companies then compete with each other to sell domain name licenses which allows you to get better service and tools when you purchase your domain name.
GoDaddy.com is the largest domain provider in the US. Unfortunately, in our experience, GoDaddy often elects to take advantage of their customers by overcharging for their services and providing unscrupulous support for their services. I say this from experience and do not mean to disparage GODADDY in any way.
NameCheap.com is the second-largest domain registrar in the United States and argumentatively commands more respect in the domain name arena than other domain registrars.
NameCheap is the second-largest domain registrar in the United States and commands more respect in the domain name arena than GoDaddy.
One nice thing about NameCheap is that they offer free lifetime WhoisGuard privacy protection with all their domain names.
Domain names can be moved from one domain registrar to another. The first thing you need to keep in mind is that you cannot transfer a domain name during the first 60 days of the registration. This initial period is decided by ICANN.
Typically a ( .com ) domain name should not cost you more than $14.99 / year, while [.net] domains can cost a little more.
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