A domain name is one of the most important purchases that you make when starting a website. Choosing a reputable domain registrar can be a difficult task and doing business with the wrong one can end in a disastrous way. By choosing from the list of domain registrars below, you'll decrease the chances of having issues with your domain and often save money on future domain purchases.

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NameSilo is one of the lesser-known domain registrars, but one of the most reputable from our experience. I currently own over 30 domains which are registered through this the company and I value their consistently low prices, excellent support, free domain protection, and free WHOIS privacy. If you're looking to buy a new domain, I HIGHLY suggest checking out NameSilo. Be sure to read our full review.

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Domain.com is another solid domain registrar whom offers reasonably priced domain names with competitive features. While you don't get free WHOIS privacy (costs an extra $7.99/yr), you do get URL forwarding, email forwarding, DNS management, and transfer locking capabilities.

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Namecheap offers a variety of domain types and had a solid reputation in the online community. Their domains are often discounted for the first year and renew at a higher price, but nothing outrageous. All domain purchases come with free WHOIS privacy and optional SSL certificates (extra cost).

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1&1 is a domain registrar and web hosting provider that is well-known due to their successful marketing campaigns. You can get a year's worth of a 1&1 domain for cheap although the renewal rate is often considerably higher. All domains include free WHOIS domain registration, 1 email account, and 24/7 support.