How much a domain name costs depends on a few things. You’ll be able to search for each domain via their endings, too. Some domain endings will be more expensive than others. This is because they have different statuses as general top level domains (gTLDs), country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), and new top level domains (nTLDs).
A domain can be registered for up to five years in one go. It’s a good idea to register your domain for as long as possible, first of all so you can put your mind at ease and have one less thing to think about, but secondly so you protect yourself against domain grabbing, in which other people register internet domains with the intention of selling them for more money rather than using them themselves. Domain grabbers target unprotected terms, but are still an inconvenience if you have to buy the domain you want for more money. Cybersquatting is more malicious, in which squatters concentrate on established trademarks and brands with the aim of selling the rights to their proper owner for a fee. This is why it’s important to renew your domain in time, and to register it for as long as possible.
Furthermore, the damages incurred by losing your domain to someone whether via squatting, grabbing or an innocent mistake, are immense. Visitors may perceive your site to be less reliable than others if it’s down for a longer period of time, or relocates to a new domain that they can’t find. A good solution to this issue is to ensure that your domain gets auto-renewed at its point of expiry. This is the default setting with IONOS, meaning you don’t have to change anything to ensure your domain stays yours.
Expired domains are often overlooked, but they may already have good backlinks and a lot of SEO work behind them. Always make sure you’re not snatching a domain that the previous owner actually still wanted, but if an old domain is truly available again it might be worth looking into – just make sure it’s worthwhile, and not associated with an old, untrustworthy business, for example.
The IONOS shop offers certain domains at reduced prices for new customers. This is ideal to minimize the costs of getting up and running. You may have noticed that some nTLDs are more expensive than others, or classic TLDs in general. This is because nTLDs allow popular domains which have already been claimed to be opened again with the new extension. Although the registration fee for an nTLD may decrease over the next few years, buying the extension from someone who has it will become more expensive. For example, an exact match domain name will become more expensive as people become aware of its value. Furthermore, the domain name you want may be taken if you wait for too long – act quickly to avoid missing out.
Premium domains are already registered, and cost more than a usual domain registration, because they are perceived to have a higher value. But why invest in a premium domain? Like expired domains, these domains may already be SEO optimized, be keyword-rich, and contain backlinks. Furthermore, you may get the exact name you want, and add authenticity to your new project. In order to sell the domain, the owner will set a price at a marketplace like SEDO or Afternic, and those who want to buy the domain can head there to see the listing. These domains can cost thousands, but if you find the perfect domain, you’ll thank yourself down the line for making a good investment.
When registering your domain, make sure you take the renewal price into account. Is the renewal price for a flashy nTLD too high to be sustainable? On the other hand, you might be able to afford further domains, due to their lower registration and renewal costs. You must pay for the renewal for each domain, so it’s worth making sure you know what fees are waiting for you down the line – the fees can be found in the comparison table above.
The internet corporation for assigned names and numbers (ICANN) charges a fee of $0.18 per year for each domain that is registered, renewed or transferred. One-year registration costs $0.18, and accordingly, five-year registration costs $0.90.
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