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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.