Domain registration overview

Registration overview

A domain registration is the name of your site, which must first be purchased in order for the domain to display online. There are a variety of different names and Top Level Domains (TLDs) that you can choose from in order to register. This article provides general information in regards to domain registrations with DreamHost.

The basics

Generally speaking, there are two major steps to get your site online:

  1. Purchase the domain registration (the name of your site).
  2. Purchase a hosting plan and add your site to it.

A domain registration (or TLD - Top Level Domain) is the first half of a two-step process for getting a site on the Internet. Purchasing a domain registration provides contact information for the registrant (the owner of the domain name), and assigns the nameservers which control the domains DNS settings.

The registration information for any domain name can be looked up with a WHOIS search. You can take a look at the following article for more details on the WHOIS information and how you can retrieve it for your domain name:

The common .COM/.NET/.ORG/ and .INFO (as well as other TLDs) offer privacy for the contact information you provide when you register. However other TLDs may not offer any privacy protection. View the following article for a list of registrations that do NOT support privacy at DreamHost:

Free registrations

The DreamHost shared hosting service provides you with one free domain registration for the first full year.

You can use your free registration credit for the following TLDs:

  • .club
  • .com
  • .info
  • .life
  • .net
  • .online
  • .org
  • .store
  • .tech

In order to qualify for one free domain registration credit, you must sign up for an annual shared hosting plan (monthly shared hosting does not apply). This free credit is NOT available under any other hosting plan. Please visit the following pages to view more details:

You can read more about the free registration offered with the shared hosting service in the following article:

Multiple domain registration

DreamHost allows you to register multiple domain names such as example.net, example.store, and example.club in a single sign up process through the panel.

You can read more about how to register multiple domains in the following article:

Renewals

Visit the Renewals article for details on how to renew your domain registration at DreamHost.

The latest pricing can be found in the "List of Current TLDs and Pricing" table on the following page, which dynamically generates the most up-to-date pricing info for new domain registrations and domain renewals:

Transfers

Effective December 1, 2016, ICANN is revising its Transfer Policy. Any change made to the registrant's name, organization, or email address will put the domain in a 60-day transfer lock; it will also trigger notification emails that are sent to the old and new registrant notifying them of the change.

Please visit the following article for further details:

For an overview on how to transfer your registration to DreamHost, or away from DreamHost, please review the following articles:

Purchasing your domain registration

View the following article for information on how to purchase a domain registration.

Hosting your domain registration

If your domain registration was purchased at DreamHost, you can host it by adding a hosting plan and adding your site to it.

If instead you had previously purchased the registration at another company, you must update your DNS settings at that company. View the following article for more information.

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