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We have done the hard work to help you find the cheapest domain name registration services. We are constantly checking thousands of prices, bringing you the latest offers and discounts providing you with the most comprehensive list of domain name prices in the UK. To get started simply select the domain name extension that you require and view a list of the companies that offer domain name registration services for that particular extension.
Compare .com Domain name Registration

.com Domains

The most popular domain extension in the world, boasting over 127 million domains registered. Compare .com Prices
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co.uk Domains

The UK's most popular domain name extension. Being the no.1 choice for business and individuals in the UK. Compare co.uk Domain Prices
Compare .UK domain name registration

.UK Domains

Shorter alternative to the co.uk domain name extension. Relatively new but fast becoming a popular choice. Compare .UK Domain Prices
Compare .me.uk Domain name Registration

Me.UK Domains

The perfect choice for individuals looking for a personalised email address or website. Compare Me.UK Domain Prices

What is a domain name & do I need one?

Getting your site online starts with a domain name. A domain name is the address for your website. Allowing your visitors to find your site easily, so every domain name has to be unique. In order to to register a domain name you need to go through a domain name registration provider. As the name suggests domain name registration providers, register a domain on your behalf though the associated registry. As well as allowing you to manage domain processes such as setting name-servers and DNS settings.

What are the most common TLDs (Top Level Domains)?

Most people know a few of them. In the UK the most common are .com,  .org, .net, .info or ccTLDs (Country-code Top Level Domains) such a .uk. Since 2009 though the choice out there has swelled to over 1000 different domain name extensions. However the most popular in the UK hosting market are still .com or .co.uk.

Can I register any domain name?

No, first you need to ensure that the domain name you require is available for registration in your required extension. So if you was to try and register hostratings.co.uk you would find that this domain has already been registered. So would need to choose another domain name or domain name extension. Also its worth noting that some ccTLDs require you to be a resident or conduct business within that country so these would restrict you from registering a domain from that country.

What is the difference between registry, registrar and registrant?

A domain registry is the organisation that manages TLDs. They create the domain extensions and decide on the rules for registration and handle the WHOIS for those extensions. The UK's ccTLD registry is Nominet, which handle any .uk, .cymru or .wales registrations. Generally you cannot register a domain name directly with a domain name registry. This is where a domain registrar comes into place.

A domain registrar will register a domain name on your behalf with the associated registry. A good example of a domain name registrar is 123-reg who will register a domain for you for a yearly fee. Once you have registered a domain name you will become the domain registrant.

A domain registrant is the owner of the domain name. This can be a company or individual who owns and maintains the domain name. Anyone can register a domain name as long as you meet the domain name registry requirements to registering that particular extension.

What makes a good domain name?

Choosing the right domain name can be extremely difficult. The obvious chose is the choose your company, brand or organisation as your name. But if this has been taken, then your choices are start to become limited. If you are a business we would always recommend choosing either a .com or .co.uk as this is still peoples first thought when typing in a URL. If you was looking for Nike's website the first thing most people would choose type is .com or .co.uk. Keeping it short and easy to remember works too. Having to spell out your URL to a prospective customer each time you want to tell them to visit your website can frustrating and easily forgotten. Before 1998 no-one had really heard of Google now it is a common word in most people's vocabulary. Showing that a short and punchy name can go a long way.

Should I register a domain with my web hosting provider?

There is no reason why not to register a domain name with your web hosting provider. In fact many offer intensives such as free domain name registration to encourage you to sign up with them. Before you do though, make sure that you read the terms and conditions. As you may end up paying inflated renewal prices or paying a fee to transfer the domain away from them. It is important to remember though you do not need to have your web hosting and domain name with the same provider.