Cheapest Domain Name Registrars

The Top Cheapest Domain Name Registrars

Domain names range in cost from "free" to $35 or more per year. Google the term "cheap domain names" and you’ll almost get 4,000,000 (4 million) results. That many domain registers is a little hard to sort through, isn’t it?

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While you may be looking for the cheapest domain name registrar, sometimes cheapest isn't always the best; and on the flip side many reputable hosting companies (which you'll need for your website anyways) will offer low-cost or even free domain names when you host your website with them.

With that said, I've put together a list of the most budget friendly and reputable places you can get a domain name and/or hosting account with.

You can save yourself the time and trouble of researching those 4 million pages of results and go with a trusted recommendation from a trusted source. The majority of them offer deals and web hosting. Pricing is for a standard ".com" address.

Bonus: Bluehost, our #1 recommended web host (see below) offers a free domain name with your hosting account for the first year. If you're just getting started with a new website and in need of a hosting account you can't go wrong with that option. You can see my complete BlueHost web hosting review here.

If you don't get your domain name included with your hosting plan, then you'll need to get a separate hosting account from a separate company. Check out our top 5 cheap web hosts here.

1
BlueHost

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As mentioned above, BlueHost is a great budget host for those building a new website or blog and they offer a free domain for your first year when you get a hosting account with them.

BlueHost supports free WordPress hosting as well, which is an important consideration as many people choose to build their websites using a self-hosted WordPress solution.

  • Annual Fee: Free, with purchase of entry level hosting package ($6.95 per month).
  • Offers hosting service: Yes
  • Discounts (multi-year or multiple domains): n/a

See our complete Bluehost Web Hosting review here.

2
Namecheap.com

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NameCheap is one of my favorite places to register a domain name if you're looking to just purchase domain names and host your website in another place. NameCheap also offers their own hosting account plans as well.

NameCheap is a very well liked and respected for those in the online marketing community. Though many like to buy their domains with one provider and host with another; you can't go wrong getting your domain name and hosting with NameCheap.

A very common thing many online marketer's will do is purchase their domain name at NameCheap and then their hosting at BlueHost.

  • Annual Fee: $10.69
  • Private registration: $2.88 / year
  • Offers hosting service: Yes
  • Deals available: Receive free private registration for the first year, with new registrations.
  • Discounts (multi-year or multiple domains): n/a

See our complete NameCheap web hosting review here.

3
GoDaddy

GoDaddy Domain Name
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With a huge advertising budget and national ads (including the Super Bowl) there's not doubt you've heard of GoDaddy before. While their prices are competitive you'll be faced with numerous options for up-sells and add-ons, making the purchasing path a little more complicated than other options.

If you decide to get your domain name with GoDaddy then just stick with a regular domain purchase and skip all of the add-ons; which can add up and make purchasing the domain name very costly.

  • Annual Fee: $8.99 for the first year. $14.99 for each additional year.
  • Private registration: $8.99 / year
  • Offers hosting service: Yes
  • Deals available: Always
  • Discounts (multi-year or multiple domains): Register 6 domains or more and pay just $9.99 per domain and receive free private registration.

See our complete GoDaddy Hosting review here.

4
HostGator.com

HostGator Domain Name
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HostGator is one of the most popular web hosts amongst newcomers to online marketing. While they don't offer free domains and their domains are higher in price than other options; their budget friendly hosting plans make them a great all-in-one stop for registering domain names and hosting accounts.

My personal recommendation, if you choose to host with HostGator, would be to get your domain name elsewhere.

  • Annual Fee: $15.00
  • Private registration: $10.00
  • Offers hosting service: Yes
  • Deals available: Not on domains
  • Discounts (multi-year or multiple domains): n/a

See our full HostGator web hosting review here.

5
1and1.com

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 Another well known company, due to an aggressive national advertising campaign, is 1&1. Though appropriate for any type of business, 1&1 really markets themselves towards the bricks-and-mortar business audience.

  • Annual Fee: $0.99 for the first year ($14.99 for each additional year)
  • Private registration: Included
  • Offers hosting service: Yes
  • Deals available: Often
  • Discounts (multi-year or multiple domains): n/a

6
Network Solutions

Though they are not very well known as a brand, Network Solutions was one of the first domain name registrar companies. Network Solutions is a well established company and you can't go wrong purchasing a domain name with them.

  • Annual Fee: $34.99
  • Offers hosting service: Yes
  • Deals available: Free with purchase of annual hosting package.
  • Discounts (multi-year or multiple domains): n/a

7
Register.com

Register.com takes a very unusual process when it comes to ordering a domain name. They don't advertise the prices of domain names up front and require the prospective customer to register with a user-name and password before even seeing pricing information.

  • Annual Fee: information not publicly available
  • Private registration: Not noted
  • Offers hosting service: Yes
  • Deals available: Often
  • Discounts (multi-year or multiple domains): n/a

8
Hostway.com

Primarily marketed as a hosting company, Hostway.com has been in business for over 17 years and hosts the websites of notable clients including Samsung, Wix, and Fox News.

  • Annual Fee: $9.95 (first year) and $9.95 (renewals)
  • Private registration: $9.95 / year
  • Offers hosting service: Yes
  • Deals available: No
  • Discounts (multi-year or multiple domains): n/a

9
Moniker.com

Originally just a domain name registrar, Moniker.com has evolved into a full service company offering domain registrations, hosting, and email services.

  • Annual Fee: $11.99
  • Private registration: $4.00
  • Offers hosting service: Yes
  • Deals available: No
  • Discounts (multi-year or multiple domains): n/a

10
Netfirms.ca

Founded in 1998, Netfirms is an all-in-one domain, hosting, and email provider. Netfirms has very aggressive offers, promotions, and discounts for new customers in the market for a domain and hosting solution.

  • Annual Fee: $9.95 for first year. Renewal fee is $11.99 per year.
  • Private registration: Included
  • Offers hosting service: Yes
  • Deals available: Yes
  • Discounts (multi-year or multiple domains): n/a

Note: Edited by Online Business/Hosting Expert Brian T. Edmondson