There are a lot of considerations for companies and individuals to make when they get started with a domain registration. But once you know the name that you want, much of the remaining work has to do with choosing a good hosting partner and ensuring that you purchase a plan that you need.
Here are some options that can provide you with more of a choice when you go to register your domain name:
Look at new domains:
It is traditional for most companies to choose a .com extension when they go to register the name that they want to use on the Internet. On the other hand, over the past few years there have been a number of new extensions released that can either extend the reach of the domain name that you choose or fit it more perfectly in the first place. If you have a club named the Ace Club and you want a domain, the Aceclub.com might be good, but the Ace Club might be a better way of showcasing your firm overall. So it is a good idea to go into your purchase decision with the notion that you may either add more domain extensions or replace the .com with something better.
Find a good provider:
Although stability in terms of service is probably the most sought after trait in a hosting provider, the features and the pricing scheme can also make a difference. One company, register.com, makes it quite evident through the number of features that they have available that they are one of the most experienced providers online. Their domain search engine, for example, will look through all relevant extensions and immediately provide you with prices for unpurchased domains as well as domains that are up for auction.
When it comes to pricing, you may be able to get great introductory pricing from a provider, but it is the renewal pricing that you should probably be comparing to see how competitive they actually are. This is because most providers will not heavily discount the domain the next time you renew it. On the other hand, some providers will offer multi-year discounts, making it easy for you to buy a domain name at a lower cost.
Use your registration options:
One of the most popular options available when you buy a domain is the ability to hide the fact that your company is the owner in the Internet authority database. This can be useful if you have a lot of sensitive information that you work with because it is harder for hackers or people that want to data mine your firm to tie your physical location to the website that you own. Another registration option that is available from many providers is the capability of putting your domain name up for auction while you own it if you decide that you do not want it. In some cases, if your domain name is strong, you can receive a good price for it. The more automated the system that your provider has, the easier it is for you to jump in and check market prices and response.