Domain Name Registration

Make a name for yourself online.

What is domain name registration?

Nothing too complicated. It’s the process of finding a web address (like or, and then signing up to use it. It’s more like leasing a condo then buying a house. You technically don’t own the domain, but once you’ve registered it, you’re free to keep it as long as you continue paying the annual registration fee.

Hunt down your perfect domain.
The first step is a domain name search for the best one that isn’t in already taken. A .com domain is usually the most popular choice, but if you find that version of your domain is unavailable, don’t worry. There are lots of other domain extensions (the letters right of the dot) you can use for some pretty cool combinations.

Then I become the regi-what?

The registrant. There’s actually some pretty specific jargon when it comes to domain name registration. Fortunately, it isn’t hard to master the basics:

  • Registrant — This is you, the person who’s currently registered the domain.
  • Registrar — Like a supermarket, the registrar is the business that offers a variety of domains to register.
  • Registry — These organizations own and manage one or more top-level domains (i.e. all .com domains), keep track of all their registrants and set rules (if any) for using it.
  • ICANN — The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is kind of like domain name headquarters.
  • WHOIS — Pronounced “Who Is,” this is a public record of who owns what domain, except for those with private registration.

Why should I register a domain name?

There are a quite few reasons, actually. But most of the 300+ billion domain names registered around the world have one of two things in common.


Getting online.

A great domain is essential if you’re looking to get started online with a website or online store. While many tech providers let you create a site on a free domain that they own, it’s not the best way to build a brand. When you register a domain, you have the freedom to have it say anything you want — and even move it to another provider.

Making money.

Some savvy online entrepreneurs have a knack for registering a web address they know will generate lots of demand, and then selling it for a profit on the domain aftermarket. Anyone can be a domain investor (as they’re called), you just need to learn a few things, like where to find the cheapest domains.

How do I choose the best domain name?

With the billions of domain names registered today, standing out in the crowd has never been more important. All you need is the right approach to domain name registration.


Shorter is always sweeter.

The average length of .com and .net domain name extensions is around 13 characters, which is 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.

Domain name registration FAQ

Will my name and contact information become publicly available when I register a domain?

With a standard domain registration, yes. ICANN requires this 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 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 $4,000.00!

How long does my domain name registration last? How do I renew my domain?

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.

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.