If you are getting ready to create your online presence for the first time, you are probably noticing that various domain names cost more or less than others depending on what company you are looking at. Why are there so many price differences between the different domain types, and are there any suggestions for finding the best deal? Well, to answer the first question, the reason there are so many different prices is simply good old supply and demand. More people want their sites to end in a .com or .org than in .us or .biz. As a result, companies generally charge more for the more popular choices for domains that are out there.
Another factor that influences price is the size and reach of the domain you are registering for. For example, if you are registering a domain in small country, and want the domain to be the country, it can cost a lot more than getting a .com address. In small countries, there are fewer customers and therefore they have to charge more money to make up the difference in revenue that larger domains generate in larger countries where more customers are available. If you want a country specific domain, it will cost a bit more on average, but if you can settle for a general .com or .net address, you can save some money.
In all of these examples, there is also a middle man to consider. The registrar will get a cut of the price for processing your information. They then forward your order to the actual entities that are in charge of the various domains, and they get a cut as well. Throw in some more money for various taxes and surcharges and some other incidentals, and it’s easy to see why certain domains cost more than others.
Also, if you are considering buying a domain that is already registered but for sale, you can pay a lot of money if it is or will be in high demand. If you see a domain name that you like and it’s available for sale, you can expect to pay anywhere from a few dollars to tens of thousands depending on the anticipated value of that particular name. In the end, how much you will end up paying will depend on the company you choose and the value the name you want carries.