There are hundreds of companies that offer domain registration, notes industry news site TheDomain.com. The top domain five registrars are Hover, Namecheap, Gandi, Dreamhost and Name.com according to a 2012 reader poll by Lifehacker. Namecheap is the most popular option based on price, reliability, customer service and features.
People can register domain names that end in common domain name extensions, such as .biz, .com, .info, .net or .org, through most registrars. Domain registrars must receive accreditation through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to legally offer certain popular extensions, such as .name, .net, .pro, .aero and .com.
Some web hosting companies offer domain registration as part of their hosting packages. These web hosts may also be domain registrars, or they may outsource their domain registrations to another company.
People may have to use a specific registrar to purchase a domain name with a specialized or unique domain name extension. To register a domain name with a country code domain extension name, a buyer must choose a domain registrar that has a Registry-Registrar Agreement to offer that specific domain extension. Some companies cannot legally offer certain domain extensions for sale unless the buyer meets requirements for citizenship, business ownership or another condition.