Why register a domain name?

There are a bunch of reasons – to keep competitors from getting the name you want, making sure you control the message for your brand, etc. – but when it comes down to it, it really boils down to these two: ownership and credibility.


Sure, there are plenty of companies that allow you to build a website on a domain that they own. In fact, we let you do that with our GoCentral Website Builder free trial, and it’s a great way to try a product or service. But as a long-term solution, you’ll want to register your own domain.

Why? Because a domain name is more than just an online address; it’s your online identity – and you don’t want anyone else to own that. With most free trials, you can’t take the domain with you. If you decide to try a new web host or site builder, you have to get a new domain as well. Plus, the domain names provided with free trials are generally long and harder to remember – you’ll end up with lilysbikes.godaddysites.com instead of just lilysbikes.com.

But if you register and own your own domain name, you can avoid these issues. You’ll have a shorter, more memorable domain that you can take wherever you want.


Let’s be honest. If you own a business and you don’t have a website – or you have a website that’s using a free trial domain – potential clients may question your credibility.

Even if you’re a small, local business, customers expect to find you online. It’s the first place they look when they’re trying to find a product or service (or even check what hours you’re open). And if you’re using a lengthy temporary domain, it looks like you don’t take your business seriously enough to invest in your own address.

In other words, if you don’t own a domain name, your site may feel inauthentic. So step up your game and register your own domain. You’ll probably find that more customers will step up to try your services.

Getting started.

Owning a piece of the web is easier than you think.

How do I register a domain?

Registering a domain name is a simple, straightforward process. If you have a credit card in hand and a domain registrar in mind (cough, cough…GoDaddy), then you’re pretty much good to go. Just follow the prompts on the registrar’s website and you can have your own domain in a minute or two.

Think you’ll need more help? Give our customer support team a call. They can work with you over the phone to register a domain and set you up with any other website services you might want. You’ll still need a payment method in hand, but they’ll take care of the rest. They’ll answer any questions you might have and can even help you brainstorm ideas for a great domain name if you still haven’t decided on the right one.

How do I find the perfect domain?

You know you need a domain name. You know it’s easy to register one. But you can’t decide on the domain name that will be perfect for you or your business. You’ve read numerous articles that tell you to “make it short;” “make it memorable;” “make it amazing;” “be creative;” “don’t be too creative.” It can get confusing in a hurry.

Stop. Take a deep breath. Here’s the reality: Having a good domain now is better than wasting months (or years!) trying to come up with the perfect domain. It’s that simple.

And the great thing about domains is you can own as many as you want. If you register a good domain now and then think of another awesome domain later, just grab it. In fact, owning more than one domain can actually be a strategic move for your business. And if you ever need help, we have an award-winning support team who’s here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Choose from hundreds of options.

The internet used to be limited to a total of eight general domain extensions – .com, .info, .org, .net, .mobi, .biz, .asia and .xxx – and 75 country-code domains, like .us or .co.uk. Not anymore.

Today, there are hundreds of new, unique choices – everything from .bikes to .guru to .plumbing. And as the world’s biggest and best domain registrar, GoDaddy has an unbeatable selection of more than 350 domain extensions and 125 country-code domains.

Next steps
Once you’ve registered a domain, it’s time to put it to use! Mosey on over to our blog to get expert advice on the next steps after buying a domain name and tips on how to grow your business through your new website. Registering a domain is easy, affordable and gives you your own piece of the web to use whenever or however you choose. So don’t put it off any longer. Find your domain today.


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 GoDaddy’s Private Registration services, 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. Want to know a bit more about how privacy works? Check out our blog post on that very topic.

How much does 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 for registration!

How long does my registration last? Can it be renewed?

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 1-3 years. If you want to keep it longer, it’s easy to renew your domain with GoDaddy. You can choose to manually renew or set up auto-renewal, so that you can ensure it stays registered to you and only you.

Is GoDaddy accredited by ICANN?

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