How to register a domain name

When you look for a domain using our Domain Name Search, you’ll find the information regarding its availability with a list of similar domain names you may be interested in. Our Bulk Options tool allows to check options for a number of names and set filters by extensions:

You can enter fully-qualified domain names (Top-Level Domains or TLDs like .com, .net, etc.) or look up the names for the TLDs chosen (the Search these extensions option):

At the Domain search results page, it’s also possible to change the list of TLDs using the Bulk search button with the TLD quick search option:

PLEASE NOTE: It’s possible to enter up to 50 domain names at a time. Each name, however, must be on a separate line.

For example, let’s assume that you wish to register You go to Domain Name Search, enter to the Search field and click on Search.

On the next page you will see the Explore more button, which allows you to filter the results by the following options: Professional, $1 or less, Personal, and other categories:

There are several different statuses that a domain can have:

  •  V (or blank): The domain name is available for the registration. You will see the Add to Cart button next to these types of domain names.
  •  Special: The domain name is available and may be registered at a promotional price at that particular moment.
  •  Taken: The domain name is either registered by someone else or reserved by the Registry. You may also see the Make Offer button next to these particular domain names. By clicking on it, you allow our partners - DomainAgents - to enter into negotiations on your behalf to purchase the domain name for you.
  •  Premium: The label either indicates it is a premium domain name that’s sold by its current owner, or a high-valued premium domain name that is already released for registration and/or currently reserved by the Registry. Some premium domain names can be paid monthly with the special Finance option, with the corresponding button next to them:

Please keep in mind that some domain names have special requirements or need additional details provided upon registration. In these instances, you will see the "i" icon next to them:

When you add a domain name to your Shopping Cart, you will receive the following options to select from: add a Stellar Hosting package, add a 1-year PositiveSSL certificate, add a 2-month Private Email trial subscription or add a 1-month EasyWP subscription:

Click on the "+ Cart" icon to select the additional products you’d like. Once all the necessary products are in your Shopping Cart, click on the View Cart button:

Here you can review your products, add the amount of years for specific services and/or change their billing cycle. You can also check the Improve Your Site section that allows you to add Stellar Hosting, Private Email, GSuite, PositiveSSL certificates or other app subscriptions:

Click on the Toggle button to enable or disable the auto-renewal option as well as other services like WhoisGuard and PremiumDNS. The Save for Later icon saves any item and the "x" button removes the unnecessary one:

PLEASE NOTE: The "pinned" items will be added to the Saved For Later menu in your Shopping Cart:

Once you are ready to order the products, click on the Confirm Order button to proceed with the checkout:

If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to enter your Namecheap account username and password on the next page. If you do not have a Namecheap account, you will be able to create one on the same page.

If you register a domain name for the first time, and you have not provided your contact information (the postal address, phone, etc.), you will be prompted to do it before proceeding to the Billing stage. To do this, click on the I’m registering on behalf of a company option to fill in your respective Company Name and Job Title:

PLEASE NOTE: By default, these contact details you provide will be used for all future orders.

If some Extended Attributes for domain names with special requirements are to be provided, you will be redirected to the Setup page. Here you can configure the Whois contact information, WhoisGuard privacy protection and nameserver settings for each domain name, separately:

If the Whois contact information needs to be provided without the Extended Attributes for a number of domain names, you will be suggested to change the settings for all domains in a batch, although it’s possible to set them up individually:

You will be able to switch back to batch setup at any moment:

The majority of domain names need to have the Registrant, Administrative, Technical and Billing contacts, while other can have the Registrant and Administrative contacts (.CA domains) or even the Registrant contact only (.EU and .UK domains).

You may choose to Use default account contact, Add new contact or Use previously saved contact. For new and previously saved contacts, there will be an option to edit and save them in your Namecheap account:

By default, WhoisGuard Privacy Protection is enabled for the supported TLDs at the time of purchase. However, it’s possible to disable it in the corresponding section:

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the restrictions of certain Registries, WhoisGuard cannot be used with a specific number of domain names. You may check additional information on the WhoisGuard page.

To change nameservers, you can click on the Show Additional Settings link. After the setup is complete, click on the Continue button to proceed:

PLEASE NOTE: You may skip this step, with the settings saved, during the previous order or specified at the Domain Contacts Presets and DNS and Redirect Presets menus in advance.

If the Whois and DNS settings are fine, and it’s the first time you pay for the order, you need to specify the payment method. At the Billing stage, you may choose between a Secure Card Payment, PayPal, or Account Funds.

Secure Card Payments can be made with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. You can use a saved card, or add and save a new one, providing the card holder’s name, the 16 digits of the credit card number, the 4 digits of its expiration date (MM/YY), the 3 digits of the CVC code and the card’s billing address:

PLEASE NOTE: Unlike secure card payments, PayPal account details cannot be saved and must be provided each time you place an order.

As for the Account funds option, it can be used when the balance covers the total sum of the order. Funds become available after deposits from credit cards, PayPal or Bitcoin.

If the balance is insufficient, you will receive the following message:

Below you can also review the auto-renewal settings, the billing contact information related to the order, and save them as default for all future orders. After the setup is complete, click on the Continue button to proceed:

PLEASE NOTE: You may skip this step if you have the payment information saved in the previous order or specified in the Profile >> Billing >> Payment section. You may also have to add a credit card or funds to your account in advance.

On the next page, you will be able to review your order once again, check the terms of service, and pay for the products.

If you need to change your settings or payment details, click on the Review domain configuration or Review payment settings links located at the top of the page.

When you are ready to place your order, click on the Pay Now button (Checkout with PayPal if PayPal was chosen as a payment method):

The selected items are processed one by one, and when your order is complete, the order summary will be printed on the screen as well as sent to your primary email address.

You may check it, resend or download as a PDF file in the Order History section.

That’s it!

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact our 24/7 Customer Support Team.


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