Domain registration overview

Registration overview

A domain registration is the name of your site, which must be purchased in order for the domain to resolve 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

Domain registration (or TLD - Top Level Domain) is the first half of a two-step process for getting a site on the Internet. It takes care of providing contact information for both the registrant (the owner of the domain name) and the nameservers; the latter handle the actual domain-name-to-IP-address lookups.

It’s possible to delete a domain registration within 5 days of purchase. This is often necessary if it was misspelled when purchased. However this time period is not available for certain TLDs. Depending on the TLD you purchased, it’s possible there is no grace period at all.

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,, and 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:

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