Since Network Solutions lost its monopoly over domain name registration business, a multitude of competing registrars and thousands of resellers have popped up. Now a domain buyer may choose between these various sites at various rates for basically same service.
So why does it matter where you buy your domain names?
No two registrars are same. They vary in price, services offered, ease of use, management system, etc. This is why which registrar to go with is an important decision. If you register your new domain name at one, and find you have overpaid compared to other registrars or you're not happy with service, you either have to let domain drop when registration expires or pay to register it again in order to transfer it to another registrar.
The following are main factors to consider when choosing a registrar when buying a domain. Whether you are buying a new domain or thinking of transfering an existing domain to a different one, consider these before choosing:
The price you pay for your standard .com, .net or .org domain can vary greatly between registrars. While there are "free" domain name services available, many of them either buy domain themselves and only permit you "use" of name, or force you to place large frames full of advertisements on your site in exchange for domain name.
The cheapest you can expect to pay for a domain name would be between $12 and $15. At others you may expect to pay from $20 to $35 a year for same domain.
Remember that price is not only factor. When comparing prices, take into account other services offered by registrar, their customer support, testimonies, etc.
Does registrar you are looking at offer more than just registration? Many will offer additional services with registration of your domain which may make up for additional cost in price.