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Get a free domain name* for one year when you subscribe to an OVHcloud Web Hosting plan.
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Included with your domain name
Hosting for your webpage
Set up your first webpage with a 10MB free web hosting package.
1 custom email address
A free custom 5GB email address, linked to your domain name.
A secure domain protected against theft
Protection against attacks targeting the DNS server with the default DNSSEC option.
Protection against fraudulent transfer requests.
DNS redirection management
Direct your domain name to your website. Manage your sub-domains and email addresses from the OVHcloud Control Panel.
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Our advice for finding the perfect domain name
What is a domain name?
A domain name is your company’s online identity. It is the name attached to your IP address, which redirects visitors to your website (e.g. ovhcloud.com). This redirection is transparent to the user.
A domain name consists of three elements. As an example, we can look at www.mystore.com.
At the beginning of the chain, the sub-domain is represented by “www”. This is a flexible section that you can optimise to point to different parts of your website (e.g. contact.mystore.com, careers.mystore.com, etc.).
Next, there is the second-level domain. This corresponds to your company name or trademark: it appears just before the extension, separated by a full stop. In our example, it is represented by ‘My Store’. This section can be customised to match your business as closely as possible.
Finally, the top-level domain (TLD) complements the domain name. It is also known as an extension, and it is listed in the final position, after the domain name itself. Everyone is familiar with extensions such as .uk and . However, not all TLDs have the same features: there are generic top-level domains (gTLDs), and others associated with a specific country, which are known as national domain names. These are the most commonly used TLDs.
How do I choose the right domain name?
Choose a name that is simple, memorable, and easy to type. Web users should not need to second-guess the spelling of your domain name. It is also worth thinking about using it as an email address. Some special characters may be refused by email protocols. By opting for a logical, easily readable name, your website’s visitors can rest assured that your site is trustworthy.
Choose a strategic name. Web users should be able to understand your main business easily through your website’s name. We strongly recommend exploring the full range of extensions available in our catalogue, to find the very best domain name for your project. If your website has an e-commerce aspect, you should take into account its commercial function so that your visitors are not confused. Before registering a domain name, think carefully about the online image strategy you want to adopt.
Choose a domain name that boosts your organic SEO ranking. To get the best SEO ranking, describe your business by combining keywords with strategic extensions. Your domain name should be related to your website’s content, and reflect its purpose. It is also important to take local SEO into account. If, for example, your business is mainly based in the UK, opt for the .uk extension. Please note that it is advisable to avoid hyphens, especially the underscore, which can be misinterpreted by search engines.
Read our full guide to choosing your domain name.
How do I reserve a domain name?
To reserve a domain name, you will need to request one from the organisation that manages it. In the UK, for example, .uk domain names are issued by Nominet UK. As a Nominet UK-accredited registrar, OVHcloud facilitates all of the steps and operations required to register your domain.
How much does a domain name cost?
The price of a domain name depends on its rarity, accessibility and reputation. For further information, please see our for different extensions.
What do I do if the domain name I want is unavailable?
Select a similar name, or an alternative extension. You will necessarily find the one that suits you in . Try out several domain names, and choose the extension that best fits your business.
Contact the owner. Get more information on a domain name with the WHOIS service. The domain name owner’s contact information is usually available on the website that is currently using your target domain name.
Check the secondary market. In some cases, the domain you are looking for is already listed by its owner, and available on the secondary market. In this case, the search results include a label indicating that it is available to buy. OVHcloud can then act as a trusted third party responsible for carrying out the transaction and transfer operations. Find a domain name on the secondary market.
How do I link a domain to my website?
You will need to order a Web Hosting plan and link your domain name to it. You can do this easily via the OVHcloud Control Panel.
How do I add sub-domains?
Configure your domain name and easily manage your DNS records using our guides and dedicated web pages. We designed our services to make them easy to use, and save you time.
Your questions answered
What is a domain name registry?
Domain name registries are organisations that manage a large number of domains. In the UK, the organisation responsible for administering .uk TLDs is Nominet UK. Similarly, the organisation that manages generic .com domains is Verisign. When you reserve a domain with OVHcloud, its name is linked to the data stored in one of the databases belonging to the registry concerned.
Registries are responsible for overseeing the distribution of domain names. If you would like to transfer yours from one hosting provider to another, the registry will facilitate the transfer, without forcing you to choose a different name. Each registry operates according to its own rules. Some are non-profit companies, like Nominet UK, while others are for-profit, like Verisign. In all cases, registries hold the administrative data associated with the domains they manage. To do this, they create a zone file that contains the addresses of the server names. Above this organisation is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. This is the regulatory authority under Californian law that governs domain name registries.
What is a domain name registrar?
OVHcloud is a registrar, for example. As an accredited service provider, OVHcloud can create your web addresses or domain names with the extensions .uk, .re, .yt, .pm, .wf or .tf. We act as an intermediary between you and the registry when registering domain names. Our role is to carry out all the necessary procedures for domain name services: creation, renewal, transfer, owner change, and deletion. In addition to managing your domain names, OVHcloud can offer other services, including a custom email address service, web hosting for your website or blog, and more. All of these essential services can be linked to your domain name.
How do I find a domain name holder?
To find out who owns a domain name, you will need to use the WHOIS service, which you can access via a Google search. Once you are on the website, enter the domain name you are interested in. You will then find all of the information you need on its owner.
How do I get a domain name?
You can use our search menu to check if your domain name is available. Once you have identified a domain name and a generic, geographical or thematic extension that fits your brand, you can place an order from the OVHcloud Control Panel and get your domain name.
How do I pick the perfect domain name?
Before you reserve a domain name, you need to evaluate your business needs. If your primary focus is in the UK, a .uk domain name will be more appropriate. If you have an online store, a .shop domain may be a good choice. Remember that the full name should be easily readable and understandable to your visitors, so that it is perceived as consistent and secure.
What is a premium domain name?
A premium domain name is a short, optimised and generic name. It is easy to remember, and ranks highly on search engines. For these reasons, higher prices are applied to premium domain names. This is to differentiate them from less generic names. The advantage of a premium domain name lies in its high marketing value. Premium domain names are what generic keywords are to search engines: a powerful asset that, due to their generality or their association, increases your website’s visibility to web users.
Why choose OVHcloud to get a domain name?
In 2019, OVH, a web hosting and domain name expert, changed its name to OVHcloud.
By choosing us to create your domain name, you can benefit from more than 20 years of expertise and more than 800 available domain name extensions. This way, you can choose one that best suits your budget and business. We protect your domain name against fraudulent transfers. You can also get an initial 10MB of with your domain name, to help you launch your projects. You can choose from a wide range of standard and premium domain names, to cover all of your needs and activities.
How do I delete a domain name?
You can ask the registry to delete your domain name via your registrar. Once you have done this, your domain name no longer belongs to you, and becomes available to anyone who requests it in the future.
**Domain name creation and transfer is free for the first year, then renewals are charged at the annual price of the extension from the following list: .com, .net, .biz, .info, .org, .name, .fr, .re, .eu, .be, .es, .it, .de, .at, .co.uk, .me.uk, .org.uk, .nl, .us, .ca, .cz, .ch, .in, .lt, .dk, .pm, .so, .se, .yt, .tf , .wf, .pt, .pl, .ovh, .xyz. Not valid for extensions that include free transfer.