Does the Price of a Domain Depend on the Name Chosen?

Why am I billed more than the listed price for my domain name?

Does the Price of a Domain Depend on the Name Chosen? Why do Some Domains Cost So Much?

by Christopher Heng,

Over the years, I have received many questions about domain names from's visitors. Among them are a set of queries with a common theme: why did the domain name that the visitor choose cost substantially more than the prices given on the registrar's price list? Others felt cheated because after they went through the shopping checkout process, they ended up with a total bill that was more expensive than that listed price.


Price of a Domain Name

There are a few reasons why the final price you pay at the end of your shopping process is not the same as that mentioned in the registrar's price list.

Note that I'm merely explaining why the final amount differs from the initial price listed. Some of these extras that I mentioned will eventually be paid for one way or another. For example, if you are designing a website, you will definitely need a web host, and you can either use your registrar's web hosting facilities, or choose some other company. Likewise, even if you don't pay multiple years in advance, you will eventually need to renew the domain. In other words, I'm just giving an explanation for the price discrepancy; I'm not trying to tell you whether or not you should buy the extras.

Other Questions About Domain Names

If you are interested in knowing more about domains before buying your own, below are some articles you may find useful. You can find even more in my complete list of domain name articles.

All the best for your site!

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