In the past there was only one major registrar, network solutions. They were
given a contract from the US government to manage the root servers for the
most popular internet domains (.com, .net and .org). Today with open
competition there are hundreds of registrars many offers significant value
in terms of features and price.
Making a choice:
A number of people have emailed asking which registrar they should use.
There are many choices, your best bet is to compare yourself and choose a
registrar that provides the services you need at a price you can afford.
For many customers, price is the most important consideration. Domains are a
commodity item and for the most part you receive the exact same registration
regardless of which company you choose.
Since the registrations are identical registrars try and differentiate
themselves based on features. If you are just looking for straight domain
name registration then working with any registrar will give you what you
want however if you want to use your domain the extra features may be
Most registrars provide a web interface were you can manage your domain.
This allows you to update your contact and billing details and configure
your domain settings without the delay of having to contact someone.
Your domain must be setup with 2 nameservers at the time of
registration. If you are just securing your domain and donít with to use it
right away most registrars provide free domain parking. This means that they
will provide you with 2 default nameservers for free and your site will
resolve to a tempory page until you are ready to use it.
Registering a domain secures it for your use but does nothing on its own.
Some registrars offer add on services such as email at your domain. This
allows you to send and receive email like firstname.lastname@example.org rather than
you@your_isp.com. Even if your registrar offers such services you are always
free to use your own ISP or another company for email services.
Without domain hosting people will not see anything when they try and reach
your site using a web browser (perhaps they will see a temporary page if you
have free parking setup for your domain). If you are not securing a domain
for a future use then you will likely want hosting services to allow a web
site to be setup for your domain. With web hosting you can add a web site to
you domain and bring it to life.