FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my domain name available?
There’s only one way to know! Simply enter your desired domain name in the search box above and click the Search button to find out if you can register it and for how much. Our domain name search tool will also let you know if other extensions or variations are available, such as yourwebsite.net or yourawesomewebsite.org.

How should I choose a domain name?
Try to keep your name short (less than three words) and easy to remember. If possible, register a domain that’s the same as your business name, or incorporate relevant keywords for SEO. You can use letters, numbers, and hyphens in your domain name, but no other special characters.

Is Domain Name Privacy Protection worth it?
The personal contact information for all domain owners is available online in the public WHOIS directory. Keep your identity private by opting in to HostGator Domain Privacy Protection. We hide your personal contact information from public view by replacing it with ours, protecting you from spam and identity theft.

Why do I need a domain name?
The first step to starting your website is registering your domain name. Think of your domain name as a street address for your website. Without a domain name, you would have to tell customers to visit your website at a temporary url such as 123.123.123.123/~yourwebsite instead of yourwebsite.com. Get your own domain name to lend your site a professional look and establish your online brand!

Which domain name extensions are available?
HostGator sells the following top-level domain (TLD) extensions: .com, .club, .co, .space, .us, .website, .org, .net, .me, .biz, .info, .host, .online, .site, and .tech. If you’re looking for something a bit more exotic like .ninja or .beer, we partner with Domain.com to sell the latest new extensions.