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.
Generally speaking, there are two major steps to get your site online:
- Purchase the domain registration (the name of your site).
- 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:
You can use your free registration credit for the following TLDs:
In order to qualify for one free domain registration credit for the first full year, you must sign up for a 1-year or 3-year annual plan on a Starter Shared, Unlimited Shared/Happy Hosting, or any annual DreamPress plan (monthly Shared or monthly DreamPress plans do 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 Shared hosting and DreamPress plans 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:
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:
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:
- Transfer your domain registration to DreamHost
- Transfer your domain registration away from DreamHost
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.
- Domain registration FAQs
- How to purchase a domain registration
- Can I purchase multiple domains at the same time?
- WHOIS overview
- What are the domain registration terms and conditions?
- How do I transfer my domain registration away from DreamHost?
- How do I transfer my domain registration to DreamHost?
- How do I redeem my domain registration?
- How do I renew my domain registration?
- How do I use a free domain registration?
- What if my domain registration expires?