If you own any domain names, you may already be aware that your personal information is accessible to the public by performing a Domain Whois Lookup. If privacy is important to you, then I’m sure this list should come in handy. Out of the hundreds of registrars worldwide, I hand selected these registrars based on a few important criteria:
- They would have to offer free Whois privacy for the life of the domain.
- Their prices must be at least average to lower end.
- They must be ICANN-accredited.
This list is provided in alphabetical order.
1&1 is currently offering a special promotion: .COM for $0.99, .NET for $8.99, .ORG for $8.99, .INFO for $8.99, .CLUB for $9.99 and many other domain extensions on sale. These prices are valid only for the first year and limited to domain extension per customer. Each domain registration comes with free Whois privacy (n/a for .US, .CO and .CA), a 5-page starter website builder, and an email account with 2GB mailbox space. www.1and1.com
This registrar offers competitive pricing on their domain registrations and renewals. No coupon is needed to take advantage of their everyday low prices, although they do occasionally offer coupons. Each domain registration comes with free Whois privacy and domain parking. www.above.com
This registrar may be lesser known of the bunch, but this India-based company is quickly growing its customer base throughout the world. They offer competitive pricing and access to many of the new domain extensions (gTLDs). With each domain registration, you receive free Whois privacy, free email accounts, and free domain forwarding. www.bigrock.com
They claim to offer “Low Domain Prices that Last,” and rightfully so. This company is one of the most aggressively priced registrar. They set registrations and renewals at the same price, and savings increase the longer you register the domain. Each domain registration comes with free Whois privacy and domain forwarding. www.cosmotown.com
This company needs no introduction. It was only a matter of time before Google decided to get into the domain business. They are still in beta, but once they’re done with the testing phase, they should be opening up their registration services to the general public. Google’s domain pricing is on the lower to average range and comes standard with free Whois privacy. domains.google.com
Hover is a service of Tucows, Inc., a publicly traded Internet company that was founded 1994. Hover.com offers registration services for gTLDs, ccTLDs, and many of the new gTLDs as well. They’re fairly priced and they offer bulk discounts for high volume. Every domain registration includes: domain forwarding, bulk management tools, and free Whois privacy. www.hover.com
Headquartered in the Bahamas, this registrar is known to offer some of the lowest prices on the Internet. Each domain registration comes with free Whois privacy, URL forwarding, and email forwarding. www.internet.bs
This is one of my favorite registrars because of their simple, yet robust domain management system. They also offer low registration and renewal prices even for those without a big portfolio. NameSilo is one of the newest registrars, but they are quickly growing in popularity. With each domain registration, you can enjoy free Whois privacy, domain parking, and domain management tools. www.namesilo.com
This registrar may not have the lowest prices in the industry, but they make up for it through their simple, clean and innovative website. They also offer Domain Tracker and bulk domain management tools which make your job easier. Uniregistry currently offers all major gTLDs, as well as many new gTLDs for registration. Each domain registration comes standard with two-factor security authentication, free social media/web forwarding, and free Whois privacy. www.uniregistry.com
This company was founded in 2003 in Denver, Colorado. They offer various web services including domains, website builder, web hosting and more. Their prices are on the lower to average end of the scale. Although they normally charge $3.99 for Whois privacy per domain, there is a coupon code (PRIVACYPLEASE) you can use to get it free for the first year. www.name.com
Founded by domainers, this is one of newest registrars to come on the scene. Their domains are very aggressively priced, but their free Whois privacy service is only good for the first year. After the first year, they charge $2.95 per domain privacy. www.namebright.com
I started using Namecheap about 10 years ago when I registered my first domain. I no longer use them due to their price increases, but that comes with the territory as companies get bigger. They offer free Whois privacy for the first year, and then goes to $2.88 per domain starting the second year. www.namecheap.com
Know of any other domain registrars that belong on this list? Let me know.
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