I recently had a question come my way regarding why you would want to opt to spend the extra money on a private domain name registration instead of just registering the domain name.
Registrars like GoDaddy are notorious for trying to get you to sign up for a ton of different things when you register a domain name, so it’s important to know what you need and what may not be entirely necessary to get started.
Here is my reply.
Most times when you’re registering a new domain, you only need to register the domain itself and add privacy if you want to keep the registration info private. I only use the “privacy” stuff for a couple of my domains.
There are a few reasons that you’d want to use private registration, virtually all of them revolving around issues relating to privacy. For instance, private registration will keep all your registration info from the public view.
A “whois” search will show you the relevant details of the registration for a domain name like length of registration, contact info for the registrant, DNS settings, etc. If you don’t use a business address and/or phone you may want to keep that stuff private by purchasing the domain privacy stuff.
As to whether or not you need to pull the trigger on private registration, It really depends on the popularity of your site and whether or not you want your address visible to those who do a “whois” search.
I will say that I own more than 45 domains, with only a couple that are private, and there has never been any reason for concern on my part. However, if you’re someone who has a big audience like Pat Flynn, or Jeff Goins, it’s not a bad idea to keep that stuff private.
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