A domain name is a website address made of a website name, followed by a dot, then an extension like .com (fitsmallbusiness.com, for example). You can receive a free domain by buying web hosting packages that include them or via domain name registrars offering little-known extensions like .tk. Paid domains offer extensions that lends to greater business credibility like .com or .net domains.
BustAName is a free domain generator that stands out by comparing the domain prices among domain registrars like 1&1, NameCheap, and Dreamhost. You can choose from .com, .biz, .net, .org, .info, and .biz extensions and begin your search by inputting multiple keywords at a time, which BustAName will then select from to come up with your list of possible domains. Given its comparison feature, BustAName is best for companies needing the best deal on a domain.
Make sure you can use their SMTP servers for outgoing email. Many hosting and domain name registration providers will not let you use their SMTP servers for sending emails. They assume you can send email via your internet server provider’s SMTP servers. However, a great many ISPs and broadband providers will only let you use their SMTP servers on their branded email accounts (i.e. [email protected]). This means that if you use your own email address (i.e. [email protected]), you won’t be able to send email via their SMTP servers. There are workarounds but you shouldn’t have to go to the trouble.
GoDaddy is a domain generator and registrar that stands out by alerting you of already owned high-traffic domains, then assists you in appraising the domain and negotiating a purchase price from the current owner. While its domain generator is free, its domain broker services are $69.99 per domain, plus a 20% commission once the domain is acquired. GoDaddy is best for businesses willing to pay premium prices for a domain that already generates high traffic.