Where to Buy a Domain Name for Your WordPress Site

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When building your first WordPress website, the primary step is to find a domain name and register it. It doesn't really matter where you buy the domain from with regards to WordPress, but not all registrars are equal. When choosing a registrar you need to consider their prices, interfaces, and additional services they offer.
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When building your first WordPress website, the primary step is to find a domain name and register it.

It doesn’t really matter where you buy the domain from with regards to WordPress, but not all registrars are equal.

When choosing a registrar you need to consider their prices, interfaces, and additional services they offer.

The domain registrar we use today is Namesilo.

It has made it super easy for our team to manage and buy domains over the years, so it’s one of the easiest recommendations I can make.

In the past, I’ve also used MyDomain and GoDaddy.

MyDomain was decent but GoDaddy, although hugely popular, makes constant attempts to upsell and has an overall sales-y approach that bothered me.

Namecheap is another alternative with a nice interface and fair prices, but NameSilo has remained our registrar of choice for now.

How much does it cost to buy a domain?

I know for most of you price will be the prime factor when choosing a registrar.

I checked the prices from the above providers and compared them.

The prices quoted below are for a .com domain for one year, as of 2022.

Namesilo: $10.95 per domain (bulk discounts are available)

Mydomain: $9.99 (but the price may rise soon)

GoDaddy: $11.99

Namecheap: $13.99 (Privacy add-on comes free for the first year)

The price of DOT COM domains increased across the board as of 1st September 2022. The prices shown above reflect this change. Namesilo has been very transparent about this change, even offering current customers to renew early and keep their original price for a few more years.

This, among other factors, shows the kind of company that you’d be working with, which is why we’ve continued to trust in their platform.

Remember that domains need to be renewed every year. With some registrars, you can also pay upfront for 2 or more years to receive a small discount.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can you buy a domain name on WordPress.com?

Yes, but there are two versions of WordPress to consider. WordPress.com is a hosted service where you don’t pay for hosting separately and they offer a domain as part of their plans. WordPress.org, on the other hand, requires you to get your own hosting.

Can I get a free domain with my hosting plan?

Yes, many hosts offer a free domain name when you set up your website’s hosting with them. For example, Bluehost offers a free domain for 1 year as part of its pricing. However, you’re better off registering your domain separately with a registrar like Namesilo.

Can I buy a domain name forever?

No, domain names are registered on a yearly basis, so you’ll have to keep renewing them every year. Alternatively, some registrars have offers where you can pay for a few years at a time and you’ll receive a small discount. Likewise, you can purchase multiple domains at once to get yet another discount.

How much does a typical domain name cost?

On average, most domain names should cost you between $11 and around $20. Of course, if you want a domain name that’s one word or very competitive, it can even cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars, but in most cases, you’re looking at under $20 a year.

Our preferred domain registrar

For now, we’re sticking to Namesilo. The renewal process, management options, and costs are a great fit for us.

Many of these providers also offer hosting services, so you can have everything under one roof if you prefer it like that.

However, I would recommend you use one of our recommended shared WordPress hosting providers or managed WordPress hosting providers for hosting purposes.

Jean Galea

Jean Galea is an investor, entrepreneur, and blogger. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and Spotlight, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.

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  3. Hey Jean, thanks for the post… perfect timing. Reason being is I am moving my sites over to WPEngine and am looking for a decent service for email. Was going to move all my domains over to Namecheap to use theirs but someone warned me that their email wasn’t very good.

    Question. Do you have experience with the email services at Mydomain? Appreciate any feedback you or your readers could give me.. thanks!

    1. That’s a good question Bob, I was lucky enough to have signed up with the Google for Business free email hosting before they shut that down, so I haven’t had a need for email hosting till now. Therefore I can’t really tell you much about the Mydomain email service. Possibly one of the readers can share their experience however.

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