Why DreamHost for Domains?
FREE Private Registration
We believe you should be able to control how much of your personal information is shared online. Our WHOIS Domain Privacy is included at NO COST (for the life of your domain) and will renew automatically.
Need a bunch of subdomains for your site? No worries. Enjoy UNLIMITED subdomains with Shared, VPS, and Dedicated hosting.
Domain Transfers Made Easy
Consolidate all of your domains under one account by transferring to DreamHost. Enjoy all of the above benefits, and stop wasting money on private registration fees.
Simple Domain Management
A single page in our panel makes it possible to manage domains, edit DNS records, setup domain forwarding, and more. If you get stuck, our support is here 24/7 for you.
Some Tips on Getting a Great Domain Name
Use our Domains Search Tool
Get domain availabilities, prices, and even suggestions by using our Domains Search Tool.
Keep it Concise
The maximum length of a domain name is 253 characters…the sites most of us visit are way less. Keep it simple to stay memorable.
Reserve Your Name
Personal domain names are a good +1 to your owned domains. Use your own name as a property to forward visitors to sites you want associated with yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions
Finding a web host that fits your needs means looking for a few telltale features. Usually, a solid hosting package will give you some bonuses beyond storing your site’s data, as we mentioned earlier. When researching which domain you should buy, you might want to consider using a tool like Google’s Keyword Planner. This will help you identify keywords that can give you a competitive edge while still being sufficiently popular and easy to remember.
It’s also essential that your domain name accurately captures what your website is about. At a glance, it should offer prospective visitors an idea of the kind of content they’ll find and possibly even your site’s style and tone. Finally, remember to keep your domain name short, simple, and easy to remember. A confusing domain name can drive visitors away, while a well-considered choice can help you build traffic much faster.
Fortunately, it’s easy to search for available domain names. Any registrar or web host that offers domains should provide you with a tool that lets you enter in the desired domain name and check its availability. You’ll also typically be presented with alternative suggestions, as well as domain names that include various top-level domains. So if your original idea is taken, you may be able to find something very similar. Once you know what domain you want, you should be able to obtain it by selecting a “buy now” button next to the name. Then, it’s just a matter of entering some personal and payment information and completing the purchase process.
If you’re picking up a domain name from your web host, you should also be able to choose and buy your name alongside your plan. If you get your domain name somewhere else, though, don’t worry — you can still connect it to your site’s web host.
We recommend transferring your domain to DreamHost, so you can manage your entire website in one location.
As background, ICANN, the governing body for domain names, mandates that all domain registrars publish the personal contact information of domain registrants in the public WHOIS database. Email and phone scammers scrape and collect this information for spam, scams, and identity theft.
Domain Privacy prevents these spammers from collecting your personal info. DreamHost's complementary (yes it's free for the life of your domain) Domain Privacy service works by masksing your personal information in the WHOIS database with DreamHost's corporate information, so you're protected from unscrupulous marketers, spammers, robo-callers, junk mailers, and stalkers.
We believe you should be able to control how much of your personal information is shared online. That's why we include WHOIS Domain Privacy free for the life of your domain registration (not just the first year).
Compare us to our competitors who charge $14/yr. and more for private registration, (even more than the price of the domain!) and see how much you can save by registering your domains at DreamHost.
Many of our customers save hundreds of dollars each year in private registration costs by transferring existing domains from their current domain registrar or hosting company to DreamHost. Over time, these fees really add up, and consolidating all your domains at DreamHost can help save you money long term.