The Top Domain Registrars Of 2017

We have searched far and wide, registering thousands of domain names to come up with this list of the top domain registrars of 2014. We look at a number of factors, including registration price, support, registrar features and user feedback. Here is the list of the top domain registrars of 2014.

1 GoDaddy

GoDaddy.com

Summary:
  • Founded: 1997
  • Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  • Services: Domain registration, domain auctions, hosting, servers, ecommerce solutions, website builder
  • Domain extensions available: Over 230
  • Support: 24/7 live support (online help desk platform, phone, email)
  • Known for: Industry’s largest registrar, 24/7 support, one stop shop
Detail:
GoDaddy.com has become the powerhouse in domain registration. With more than 57 million domains under management and more than 12 million customers, GoDaddy is by far the largest domain registrar in the world. The company's enormous success can be attributed partly to its aggressive advertising campaigns. Founded in 1997, GoDaddy became a household name by running often-controversial commercials during the Super Bowl every year. Despite being the industry’s largest registrar, GoDaddy is known for great customer support, 24 hours/day availability, competitively priced domains and a wide variety of other services, including hosting, website building packages and more.

2 101Domain

101Domain.com

Summary:
  • Founded: 2000
  • Headquarters: Carlsbad, California, USA
  • Services: Domain registration, hosting, SSL certificates, trademark registration, internationalized domains, email solutions
  • Domain extensions available: Over 900
  • Support: Online help desk platform, phone, email
  • Known for: most domain extensions available, international TLDs
Details:
101Domain.com is a highly versatile registrar with broad depth across nearly every TLD and great bargains. As the leader in international domain registration, 101Domain.com has become the go-to registrar for buyers looking for internationalized domain names (IDNs) and country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). Combined with its extensive list of standard top-level domains, the company has more than 900 extensions available. If you're looking for a domain in another language, such as Chinese characters, 101Domain.com is definitely the way to go. The registrar even offers a "domain translate bulk tool," which helps buyers translate their desired domains into other languages. Its wide array of ccTLDs are also easily sortable by country and continent.

3 UniRegistry

UniRegistry.com

Summary:
  • Founded: 2012
  • Headquarters: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, UK
  • Services: Domain registration, free Whois privacy
  • Domain extensions available: Over 170
  • Support: 24/7 live support (online help desk platform, phone, email)
  • Known for: high support levels, streamlined registration
Details:
UniRegistry was founded by industry heavyweight Frank Shilling in 2012 and has grown quickly. Shilling is believed to own one of the largest portfolios of domain names in the world. Whereas as most of the other registrars on our Top 10 list have large teams of employees, UniRegistry is primarily operated by a small group of "domain registry experts." The company is clear in its mission: to make the process of domain buying as quick, easy and streamlined as possible.

4 Domain

Domain.com

Summary:
  • Founded: 2000
  • Headquarters: Vancouver, Washington, USA
  • Services: Domain registration, hosting, web design, website builder, SSL certificates, online marketing
  • Domain extensions available: Over 230
  • Support: 24/7 live support (phone, live chat, support console)
  • Known for: Great add on services, great pricing
Details:
Domain.com has emerged as a major player in domain registration, thanks in part to strong word-of-mouth referrals from a loyal fan base. With a name like Domain.com (perhaps the most obvious name for a domain registrar in the industry), it's no wonder that the company continues to attract new customers. Founded in 2000, Domain.com originally marketed an assortment of Web solutions and continues to offer hosting, email, SSL certificates and online marketing services on top of its domain registration services.

5 Register

Register.com

Summary:
  • Founded: 1994
  • Headquarters: New York, New York, USA
  • Services: Domain registration, hosting, website builder, email solution, online marketing tools, SSL certificates, ecommerce solutions
  • Domain extensions available: Over 250
  • Support: 24/7 live support (phone, live chat)
  • Known for: great customer service, best price guarantee
Details:
With 2 million domains under management, Register.com easily makes it on our list of the Top 10 Domain Registrars. Not only is it one of the most prominent names in domain registration, it's also one of the oldest. The company's origins date back to 1994, originally as an internet services provider known as Forman Interactive. Five years later, the company became one of the first five registrars to sell .com, .net and .org domains. Today, Register.com offers a "Price Match Guarantee" – Register.com is willing to match pricing of any domain if customers find a better deal at another registrar.

6 1&1

1&1.com

Summary:
  • Founded: 1988
  • Headquarters: Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Services: Domain registration, domain auctions, hosting, website and ecommerce solutions
  • Domain extensions available: Over 230
  • Support: 24/7 live support(online help desk platform, phone, email)
  • Known for: Great promotions, 24/7 support, hosting
Details:
1&1 Internet (1and1.com) may not have the worldwide brand recognition of a company like GoDaddy, but with more than 19 million domains under management, it's one of the largest and most successful registrars in the industry. Founded in 1988, the company is also one of the oldest in our Top 10 Domains list, originally providing technology products and eventually web hosting. On its website, 1&1 boasts 13.64 million customer contracts and a team of more than 6,500 employees around the globe. For years, the company has maintained a stellar reputation for its hosting services, and that reputation has naturally carried over into its domain registration.

7 Networksolutions

Networksolutions.com

Summary:
  • Founded: 1979
  • Headquarters: Herndon, Virginia, USA
  • Services: Domain registration, hosting, website builder, SSL certificates, ecommerce solutions, email solutions, online marketing
  • Domain extensions available: Over 250
  • Support: 24/7 live support (online help desk platform, phone, email)
  • Known for: Industry leading support, great bundled pricing
Details:

Founded in 1979, Network Solutions is one of the oldest companies in the domain registration business. Although the company got its start as a technology consulting company, Network Solutions has become one of the most trusted and successful registrars in the industry. Back in the early 1990s when domain registration was free, Network Solutions was awarded an exclusive contract with the National Science Foundation to become the sole registrar for .com, .net and .org domains. As an industry pioneer, Network Solutions has continued to build a solid company that boasted 6.6 million domains under management as of 2009.

8 NameCheap

NameCheap.com

Summary:
  • Founded: 2000
  • Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Services: Domain registration, hosting, website builder, SSL certificates, WhoisGuard
  • Domain extensions available: Over 380
  • Support: 24/7 live support (live chat, support tickets, community forum)
  • Known for: great value, intuitive domain management interface
Details:
NameCheap.com built up a loyal following early on by becoming a low cost registrar relative to its peers. In addition, they focused on simplifying the domain registration process. By all accounts, the strategy worked. Today, NameCheap is one of the most successful registrars in the industry with over one million customers and three million domains under management. In 2012, it was voted the "Most Popular Domain Name Registrar" in a Lifehacker poll. The company has also steadily gained recognition for its hosting services and in 2013 was recognized as the #1 Readers' Choice by HostReview.

9 Sedo

Sedo.com

Summary:
  • Founded: 2001
  • Headquarters: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Services: Domain registration, domain auctions, domain appraisals, broker-assisted domain acquisitions, domain transfer & escrow services
  • Domain extensions available: Over 280
  • Support: Chat & ticket system, email support (M-F, business hours only)
  • Known for: Domain marketplace, resellers, premium domains
Details:
Sedo is unique from other registrars in that it is the world's only global domain marketplace, offering the largest selection of premium domains with more than 18 million domains for sale. The company provides numerous outlets for those looking to purchase already-registered names, including domain brokerage services. For sellers, Sedo offers domain auctions, appraisals and other resources to help customers market and promote their domains. The company's transfer and escrow services also help buyers and sellers complete transactions seamlessly (all for a fee, of course). As of 2014, Sedo reported it was processing more than $6 million in domain transactions every month.

10 UnitedDomains

UnitedDomains.com

Summary:
  • Founded: 2011
  • Headquarters: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Services: Domain registration
  • Domain extensions available: Over 280
  • Support: Phone & email support (M-F, business hours only)
  • Known for: streamlined domain registration
Details:
United Domains, Inc. offers streamlined domain registration for those who don't need the "extras" commonly sold by other registrars, such as hosting or website building tools. As such, United Domains has somewhat limited support, available by phone and email only during East Coast business hours, Monday through Friday. The Massachusetts-based company is the U.S. subsidiary of The United Domains Group in Europe, founded in 2000, which owns other notable industry players, including 1&1 Internet and Sedo. In partnership with those sister organizations, the company has more 1.5 million domains under management and offers more than 280 top-level domain extensions.

11 Hover

Hover.com

Summary:
  • Founded: 2008
  • Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Services: Domain registration, Free Whois Privacy, email solutions
  • Domain extensions available: Over 400
  • Support: Phone, email, support tickets
  • Known for: Great customer support, easy registration, promotions
Details:
Hover.com is another registrar that practices the approach "less is more." The company is focused on making domain registration as simple as possible for buyers who just want a domain at a decent price, without any of the extra add-on products that other registrars sell. When you arrive at Hover.com, you are presented with two options: register a domain or transfer one from another registrar. In a 2012 LifeHacker poll of more than 17,000 people, Hover was voted the 3rd best domain registrar in the industry.

12 eNom

eNom.com

Summary:
  • Founded: 1997
  • Headquarters: Kirkland, Washington, USA
  • Services: Domain registration, hosting, website builder, SSL certificates, online marketing solutions
  • Domain extensions available: Over 275
  • Support: Phone, support tickets
  • Known for: Additional services, focus on resellers
Details:
Enom.com has become one of the biggest registrars in the industry. Even though eNom positions itself as "the #1 Reseller Registrar," you don't need to be a reseller to get a great deal on a domain. The registrar offers an extensive range of domain extensions, including hundreds of newly released gTLDs (generic top-level domains). eNom's parent company is Demand Media, which also owns Name.com, another big name in domain registration. As of 2013, eNom reported having 8,800 resellers who have registered more than 14 million domains.

13 Name

Name.com

Summary:
  • Founded: 2003
  • Headquarters: Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Services: Domain registration, hosting, website builder, SSL certificates, email solutions
  • Domain extensions available: Over 300
  • Support: Phone and email
  • Known for: Donating to charity, great pricing
Details:
Name.com was ranked the 2nd most popular domain registrar in a 2012 LifeHacker poll. Although the company's size and recognition isn't quite on the same level as larger registrars like GoDaddy, Name.com remains a popular favorite among many domain buyers. The self-proclaimed "Little Registrar That Could" reported having 1 million domains under management in 2010. Name.com was acquired in 2013 by Demand Media, the same company that owns eNom, another Top 10 Registrar. Like most other registrars today, Name.com offers a range of other services in addition to domain registration, including hosting, SSL certificates and website building tools.