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You get free stuff with our domain names.

As if making the world you want online isn’t awesome enough already, buying a domain name from us is like a partnership. You go make your own way. We got you covered with domain management tools to help you achieve your online goals.

Simple domain setup. You don’t need any technical skills.
Up to 100 subdomains to create a custom web address.
Real-time monitoring to make sure you're always up and running.
Quick, simple tools to forward your domains to any existing website.
400 professional email aliases (like sales@coolexample.com).
World-class support from GoDaddy Guides standing by ready to assist.

Why register a domain name?

The most successful businesses use the same set of words and images as customer touchpoints — on their websites, in their emails and order confirmations, on their signs, etc. This is branding at its simplest. And the digital pieces of your brand all spring from your domain name.

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Stake your claim.

When you register a domain name for your business or big idea, it keeps others from using those names to pull traffic away from your website.

Take control.

With a web address, you can send customers, friends and prospects wherever you want — whether that’s a website, blog, social page or storefront.

Protect your rights.

Buying domain names gives you an exclusive piece of digital real estate that cannot be used by anyone else as long as it’s registered to you.

So, yeah… Registering domain names is a smart move.

Your domain name establishes your online identity and increases branding, marketing and communication opportunities. Register multiple domain names to:

Keep your competition from registering a domain name that draws customers away
Promote the products and services you offer on their own individual domain names
Drive more traffic to your website
Enjoy more opportunities to market to — and be listed on — search engines
Create distinct advertising strategies to reach different target markets
Provide customers more ways to find you on the Internet
Capture common misspellings, instead of sending visitors to an error page
Protect your brand and online identity from unsavory parties
To get started, check to see if the domain name you want is available. If available, you’ll be able to choose how long you want to register it during the checkout process.
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Let’s get your best domain name.

With the billions of domains registered today, standing out in the crowd has never been more important. Thankfully, all you need is the right approach to your search for a domain.

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Shorter is always sweeter.

The average length of some of the most common domain name extensions is around 13 characters. That’s a lot to remember these days, when attention spans are about as long as that of a goldfish. The most relevant and meaningful names stand out when they’re short and easy to remember.

Time to get creative.

If your perfect domain isn’t available with some of the more popular domain extensions, just keep looking. Today, you have hundreds to choose from, including international domain names. These can help you build local credibility — or just let you unleash your creativity.

Not finding what you want?

It used to be that, when you went to register a domain name, there were less than two dozen domain extensions to choose from – including .com, .net and .org,
to name the most popular ones. Now there are literally hundreds of domain extensions available.

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A web address they’ll remember.

The new domains are easy to remember because they’re specific to your industry or location. Want to promote your photography business? Try .photos or .photography. Opening a trendy new eatery? Check out .cafe or .pub. And nothing beats .club for your kids’ soccer team or neighborhood book group.

The chance to promote your location.

Got a business that serves local customers? Check out your country’s ccTLD, like .ca for Canada or .co.uk for businesses in the UK. If your products or services are popular in a particular locale, these are a good choice since people often search for “product + location.”

Don't register a domain name that's trademarked, copyrighted or being used by another company. This can lead to losing the domain and legal problems.

Avoid numbers or hyphens. Anyone who hears your web address won't know if you're using a numeral 5 or "five." If your business name has a number in it, register both versions — with the number and the with the number spelled out. (Dashes are just asking for trouble and generally look unprofessional.)

Quick tips for getting started with your new domain name.

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  • Build a new website on it or forward your domain name to an existing website to attract more visitors.
  • Create a professional email address you’ll be proud to share with customers.
  • Make it easy for customers to find you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social platforms with a personal domain.
  • Invest in promising names you later sell for a profit.

Keep going — there’s a lot more a domain can do.

If you already used our domain search tool and registered a web address, nice work! Now it’s just a matter of using that domain name to its fullest potential. There are lots of things to consider, so let’s look at some of our top ideas.

We’re the world’s largest domain marketplace.

Buy and sell domain names with our end-to-end investor tools.

Trust the largest domain registrar with the details.

GoDaddy didn’t get to be the world’s largest registrar by accident. We can handle all your domain needs.

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Keep your private details, uhh… private.

As soon as you register a domain name with us or any other registrar, some of your personal information is displayed in a public directory. But when you add Privacy Protection to your domains:

  • We replace your name and contact details with our partner company's, Domains By Proxy, so no one ever sees your name, address, email or phone number but us.
  • You still control your domains and all email addressed to them as well as the right to sell, renew or transfer them — your domains are still 100% yours.

You may sleep better knowing your personal information isn't on display to the whole world.

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Keep your domain locked & in your hands.

Let's say you forget to renew your domain. Or you change the email address on your GoDaddy account. This is all it takes for someone to step in and transfer your domain name away without your permission.

But put Business Protection to work on your most important domain names and they'll be safe for up to 12 months.

Business Protection:

  • Blocks both accidental and malicious domain transfers
  • Keeps your personal details hidden from snoops and crooks
  • Publishes an online business card so customers and partners can find you

Why register a domain with GoDaddy?

With more than 78 million domains under management, we’re the domain name registrar with more experience than anyone. We'll make sure you find the right domain and that it's got a secure home online.

Frequently asked questions about domains.

What is a domain name?

Domain names were created to make IP addresses easy to remember. Every computer has an IP address assigned to it – much like a street address. But instead of having to memorize each IP address number, we assign domain names to these numbers so we can easily remember them. The domain name system, or DNS, takes domain names and translates them into their IP addresses so that computers can communicate with one another.

When you enter a domain name into your web browser, the browser simply uses that domain to locate its corresponding IP address and then shows you the website associated with it. If you own a business, GoDaddy can help you find a domain name that best suits the business so you can easily promote your website.

But GoDaddy isn't just about domain names. We've got everything you need to get online. From cheap web hosting and email hosting to building your website and attracting new customers, GoDaddy has you covered.

A domain name, like www.coolexample.com, is a lot like a street address for a house or business. Let's use the White House as an example. The street address, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is an exact location — like an IP address. You might not know the exact street address, but when you visit Washington, D.C., you can tell your driver that you want to visit the White House and still get there. This is how a domain name is used: It's an easy way to reach the exact location of a website without having to remember its numeric address.

A domain name consists of, at least, a top-level and a second-level domain. A top-level domain (TLD) is the part of the domain name located to the right of the dot ("."). The most common TLDs are .com, .net, and .org. Many domains, also called extensions, can be registered by anyone, like .com, .net, and .org.

A second-level domain (SLD) is the portion of the domain name that is located immediately to the left of the dot and domain name extension. For example, the SLD in coolexample.com is cool example.

A domain name represents a physical point on the Internet — an IP address. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) governs coordination of the links between IP addresses and domain names across the Internet. With this standardized coordination, you can find websites on the Internet by entering domain names instead of IP addresses into your Web browser.

How do domains work?

When visitors enter your domain name into a web browser, the browser uses your domain name to find the associated IP address and, therefore, the website. People use domain names instead of IP addresses because it is easier to remember a name rather than a series of numbers.

Your domain name and its associated IP address are stored in a common database along with every other domain and associated IP address that are accessible via the Internet.

How do I search for a domain name?

  1. Go to the domain search bar at the top of this page.

  2. In the search field, enter the domain name you want to register, and then select the domain name extension from the list.

  3. Click Search.

If the domain name you requested is already registered, we provide available alternatives. For example, you might be able to select a .co or .me domain extension, rather than .com. Or you could register www.coolexample.info instead of www.coolexample.com.

If the domain name is available, follow the instructions to complete the checkout process. Be sure to include valid contact information for each contact. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the governing body for domain names, requires valid contact information for the registrant, the technical contact, the person or company responsible for billing, and the administrative contact). If you enter false information, your domain name can be canceled.

Can I get help with my domain name search?

Absolutely! Our domain name search tool can assist you by offering suggestions and alternatives to any domain you search. If you’re still having issues or just want some help, our world-class  GoDaddy Guides are available to help lead you toward the best domain name possible for your business or personal use.

Can I choose any domain name?

A handful of domains will have restrictions on them, which means you can only purchase them if you meet certain criteria or have authorization (some examples are .gov, .edu. and .mil). But most extensions are available to everyone. In fact, most country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) are available for anyone to purchase, even if you don’t reside in the country in question.

Is there a limit on how long or short my domain can be?

Typically, there is a limit to domain length, with the minimum being 1 character and the maximum being 63 characters. Ideally, you want your domain name to accurately reflect your brand, whether it’s personal or business-oriented. We provide some guidelines for picking out a great domain name — whatever your situation may be.

Do I need an SSL certificate to register a domain name?

No, but it’s strongly advisable if you plan on using your domain name for a website. An SSL certificate encrypts any data visitors share on your website. It’s mandatory if you’re accepting online payments and Google will tag any site without an SSL certificate as “Not Secure.”

Can I purchase any domain extension?

A handful of domains will have restrictions on them, which means you can only purchase them if you meet certain criteria or have authorization (some examples are .gov, .edu. and .mil). But most extensions are available to everyone. In fact, most country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) are available for anyone to purchase, even if you don’t reside in the country in question.

How many domain names can I buy?

There’s no limit, so go ahead and grab as many as you like. Some people buying a domain name will grab those similar to the one they love. It can help them expand their presence on the web and even protect their great ideas from imitators.

How much does domain registration cost?

The cost of registering a domain name depends on the extension. Many domain extensions cost as little as $10.00, and some are even cheaper. On the other hand, if you want to purchase a .auto domain name, be prepared to pay close to $40,000.00!

How long does my domain name registration last?

How long your domain registration lasts can vary depending on the domain you purchase. Many domain name registrars will allow customers to register domains for 10 years at a time, but typically customers will register domains for one to three years.

What is domain privacy?

With a standard domain registration, ICANN requires some of your personal information to be published. However, with our Domain Privacy, you won’t ever need to worry about your contact information becoming publicly available. It’s super easy to add this feature to most domains and to display proxy information instead. We have your best interests at heart when it comes to privacy.

How do I renew my domain?

If you want to extend your registration, it’s easy to renew your domain with GoDaddy. You can choose to manually renew or set up auto-renewal, so you ensure it stays registered to you.

Is GoDaddy accredited by ICANN?

Yes, GoDaddy is accredited by ICANN, so you can rest assured that your domain will be legit.