A cheap domain name? It’s possible!
Purchasing a domain name is often the very first step when launching a brand-new website or blog. This is because each domain name is completely unique. Since a domain name serves as a means of identifying your website from among all the other sites present on the web, it requires its own unique and evocative name.
What lies behind the price of a domain?
Several factors contribute to the price of a domain name.
A domain name’s base price is determined by the registers depending, among other variables, on how long its extension is. Management fees are then added, particularly when the register doesn’t offer automatic communication and the processes must be carried out manually. Finally, some domain names are considered as ‘premium’, which also has a direct influence on prices.
How can I find a cheap domain name?
Domain name prices may vary quite significantly based on how expensive the extension is at the registry, whether or not the registration process requires manual intervention, and if the name in question is considered ‘premium’ by the registry. It is therefore possible to choose a domain name that is slightly different from a premium one (and to therefore go from a premium price to a regular price), or to choose an extension whose price is lower, to bring down the overall cost of the domain name.
In 2007, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) launched a program to expand the domain name system. As a result, in 2013 it became possible to create new domain name extensions , allowing for the creation of many additional top-level domains.
Geographical extensions (such as ‘.fr’, ‘.co.uk’, ‘.de’, ‘.ie’, etc.) as well as generic extensions (such as ‘.com’, ‘.net’, ‘.org’, etc.) now coexist with much more specific options. These new extensions, for instance, give more precise geographical information (such as ‘.paris’, ‘.nyc’, etc.) while others have to do with an industry (‘.radio’, ‘.hotel’, ‘.bank’, etc.). Companies and brands can even apply for the creation of their own name to be turned into a new, exclusively dedicated extension.
These extensions offer better online visibility and provide new opportunities to those wishing to adopt a more significant domain name.
It is worth noting that some extensions are more expensive than others and may have an influence on the overall price of a domain name.
Not all registrars offer the same services along with their main domain name offer. When you purchase a new domain name, look at all the services included with the offer. Gandi’s offers include a number of options. If you have more specific needs, several additional possibilities are available.
Mailboxes, DNS management, technical support, compatibility with various devices… Pay attention to what may or may not be included in the price.
Sometimes, a promotion is the perfect solution to save money on your dream domain. Gandi offers promotions on a regular basis, including some on very cheap domains. Keep an eye out!
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