There are many different domain registrars: GoDaddy, Network Solutions, Sedo, Moniker and a host of others. Some have coupons available and some do not. My company owns domains in the triple-digits as part of our growing network of microsites, so it’s important to use services specific to our needs. Generally speaking, I stick to a few domain registrars depending on my specific needs for a given website. Price, trust and consolidation are all factors that come into play. When you’re ready to register a domain for your business, you can use one of the services listed below. Perhaps the most important thing about registering domains is to keep very good records somewhere for which registrars you’re using, the domains you have registered, your login information and when the domains are up for renewal. Sometimes email reminders from a domain registration company will hit your spam box or you’ll miss the email. The domain will expire and it could be very difficult – and expensive – to get it back.
GoDaddy Domain Names
We happen to use GoDaddy for most of our domain inventory. Their checkout process is a bit cumbersome because you have to flip through several pages of upsells before making a purchase, but it’s worth their low pricing as compared to other providers. They also provide a simple interface where you can manage all of your domains in a single place.
Note: With GoDaddy the $7.49 pricing will show up when you go to checkout from the shopping cart – before that the price will show at $11.99. This is good for all .com domains, except auctions.
If you are purchasing a domain through Godaddy Auctions then this is a 2-step process:
First, click through this link and use Coupon Code AUCTION12 for 50% off your auction registration.
Then, log out, come back to this page and click this link, then use coupon code promo10 instead, for 10% off your entire order.
Consorte uses Network Solutions for our most important assets. We feel that although they tend to be a little more expensive than the other registrars, their system is very secure and they are one of the longest standing companies in the business.
1and1 Domain Names
1and1 offers very reasonably priced domain names. If you plan to buy domains in bulk, this is definitely an option to consider.
Cheap SSL Certificates
If you’ve got an ecommerce website, then you’re going to need an SSL certificate in order to accept transactions through your merchant account. It’s also a good idea to have one if you have some kind of user login on your site, to protect their password information. They cost as much as $300 or more per year from some providers, but you can actually get one for $12.99 from GoDaddy.