Domain registration can be a very straightforward process, although there are definitely different steps along the way that will require some thought. Perhaps the most important thing you can do for long range planning is to try and find the best domain hosting partner that you can when you go to start your registration.
Here are some areas to look at when you start a search for a provider that can offer you the best service:
Rates are consistent
There are a lot of different providers that offer a discount for new domain registration. The initial thought for many people can be to take the cheapest one and then change later if they need to. What will take you less time overall and probably save you money when you buy a domain name is to instead find some partners and check their prices for renewal of domains to ensure that the provider that you choose is not one that raises the rates significantly when you renew the domain that you will be getting.
Access to domains
There are a great deal of domain name options for suffixes that have just come on the market the very first time. And while the overriding hope for website owners is that they will get a domain on the popular .com suffix, it may not be available, forcing you to look at your next level of choices. It is therefore a good idea to ensure that your provider has access to the widest selection of domain suffixes possible so that your options will not be limited. It is also a good idea to ensure that you research secondary suffix traffic statistics before you choose one so that you can get a feel for how popular they are relative to each other. It is also a good idea to consider locking your domain name into a .com suffix and secondary suffixes that you like at the same time because once you start, people that see the success of your .com domain may want to use your domain name and a secondary suffix to forward traffic to their own site. They may therefore, snap up secondary suffixes that you could have used to add traffic to your .com suffix.
Domain hosting services
Although setting up your domain on a particular provider is normally fast and easy, the services that they provide you can vary. It is therefore important to ensure that the domain host allow you to make detailed changes to the configuration of the domain name that you have registered there. Being able to change A records, and forward domains are ways that you can leverage the flexibility of a solid provider. Another consideration is integration with a third party cloud provider. It can be a tedious chore to make the changes necessary for a site to serve the right information to webmail providers like Google and Microsoft. So when you go with a new domain provider, finding one that has integrated the process can save you time and money.