5 Alternative Domain Registrars to GoDaddy

Looking for a domain registrar alternative to GoDaddy, the largest in the world? There are thousands of ICANN-accredited registrar choices. Here are some of my favorites that generally offer more affordable pricing and often more intuitive User Interfaces for making DNS changes.

  1. Google Domains
    From $12/year. The Big Gorilla. Killer Kahuna. Or Big Brother, if you prefer. Particularly useful if you use lots of other Google services.
  2. Hover
    Domains from $12.99. Owned by Internet giant Tucows. Free Whois Privacy included.
  3. Enom
    Another Tucows affiliate – but based in Kirkland, Washington!
  4. Dotster
    Domains from $9.99/year
  5. Cloudflare
    My new favorite domain registrar service with no-markup pricing – coming soon from my favorite Content Delivery Network.

Tip: many domain registrars provide domain hosting as well. And some of these accredited registrars tie your (annual) domain registration and (monthly) hosting accounts together. Meaning you must continue to pay a monthly fee to your ‘domain registrar’ if you ever choose to change your domain host. For this and other reasons, my recommendation is to keep your domain registration and hosting separate.