Buy a cheap domain name
Your cheap domain name at OVHcloud
Since 1999, we have been working to make the web open and accessible to all. The domain names we offer are affordable, and available with several hundred extensions.
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Find the perfect domain name at the best price
Your domain name is the gateway to your website. It is how your visitors find you — so it should be designed to reflect your business, or your project’s purpose. Get creative and register a cheap domain name, with a wide selection of popular and specialised extensions to choose from. Many generic domain names are already registered, but with new extensions, you can register a free domain.
How do I choose the right domain name?
Visitors will use your domain name to access your website, so your domain name should be easy to remember. Choose a short name that is easy to type out, and easy to pronounce. Keep in mind that your domain name will also be the base of your email addresses — e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org.
A well-chosen domain name should help the user understand what they are going to find by visiting your website. Your brand image, business proposition, or the purpose of your project should be made clear by the name you choose.
Which is the best extension for my domain name?
The price difference between internet domain extensions should not be the only factor you consider when choosing an extension. Some are associated with a type of business — like .shop for e-commerce stores. Location is also an important factor: there are many geographical, national or regional extensions you can use to catch the attention of your local customer base. For example, the .uk extension indicates that whatever your website offers will primarily cover a UK customer base. With the right extension, your local SEO ranking will drastically improve.
Create a website with a cheap domain name and hosting
If you have reserved your domain name and its extension, all you have to do is choose the right web hosting plan to get your website online. We offer a 10MB free web hosting plan with domain names. However, we just recommend this for hosting a very basic webpage. To help you focus on your core business, we offer comprehensive, easy-to-use cloud hosting packages. Build your website quickly with our free 1-click CMS modules, such as WordPress. With minimal technical knowledge, you can get your website up-and-running in just a few minutes.
The price of a domain name
There are many extensions to choose from, and they all come at different prices. The registry that manages the extension decides on its price. On this basis, domain name registrars then define their public prices. The domain name reservation period is a minimum of 12 months — this is the price of creating the domain name. You will then need to renew it in order to maintain ownership of it. There is a renewal fee, which may be equal to or different from the creation cost. For this reason, we recommend checking the overall cost of your domain name over several years, not just the creation cost. Please note that if a domain name is transferred from one registrar to another, a specific pricing may then apply.
We are trusted by customers across the globe, with more than 5 million domains already registered — and we promise to offer the very best prices throughout your project.
Your imagination is the limit
With more than 800 extensions to choose from, you have total freedom to define your digital identity. Not got any ideas yet? Explore our new extensions by theme.
Your questions answered
What is the best website to buy a domain name from?
Domain names are offered for sale by registrars. As a registrar, OVHcloud offers hundreds of domain name extensions at the best price for all budgets. We also offer a range of affordable web hosting solutions.
Where can I find a domain name?
Go to our website, then enter the name and extension you want to use in our search bar. Finding a domain name is really simple and easy.
How do I get a free domain name?
Since the prices are set by the organisations managing the domain name extensions, there is always a cost for owning a domain name. However, you can get a domain name free for the first year you purchase an OVHcloud Web Hosting solution.
If you want to buy the cheapest domain, there is also the .ovh domain name extension.
I want to reserve a domain name, but it's already in use. What should I do?
Don’t worry — with the growing number of extensions available, you can have any domain name you want. For example, is yourdomainname.co.uk already taken? Opt for yourdomainname.biz instead, which is adapted for commercial companies. Before registering a domain name, it is also a good idea to ensure that it is not a trademark registered with the Intellectual Property Office.
How do I create a website with a domain name?
To create a website, you need more than a domain name. DNS (Domain Name System) servers translate domain names into server IP addresses. To publish your website online, you need to store your website files on the server that your domain name is attached to. For this reason, we recommend opting for an affordable web hosting plan in addition to your domain name, so you get a comprehensive, affordable solution.
How do I check a domain name’s availability?
To find out if the domain name you are looking for is available, go to our page that lists all domain extensions.
In one click, you will know its status, as well as other available extensions for your domain.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is considered the main web address system, and can redirect a user to the IP address of the server your website is hosted on. This is the address you enter in your search bar when you browse the internet.
It consists of a prefix, a name and an extension, which makes each domain unique.
For a domain name like www.yourdomainname.uk, “www.” is the prefix, “yourdomainname” is the name, and “.uk” is the extension.
Domain names are managed by different organisations. ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is in charge of allocating top-level domains (TLDs). In the UK, Nominet UK manages the national .uk domain.
What is the difference between a web hosting plan and a domain name?
Both are complementary, and essential for making your website visible on the internet. The domain name is the address that links to the server your website is hosted on. When you search, the URL — the domain name you enter in your browser — will point you to the associated web hosting plan. This is where your website, blog or e-commerce files and database are stored. At OVHcloud, our web hosting packages come with a number of features to help you launch your business. Among other elements, you get a free SSL certificate, databases and automatic backups, which are essential for building your website.
Why buy an expired domain name?
If the owner does not renew their domain name, it will expire and become available for registration again after a period. For SEO purposes, it may be beneficial to register an expired domain name. Due to its age, your domain name can have a positive history in its sector and the keywords you are targeting. This can then present an advantage from an SEO ranking perspective.
Already got a domain name?
Please note that you can transfer a domain name from another registrar to OVHcloud. You will get many services, such as DNS and web redirection management, protection against cache poisoning, spam and fraudulent transfers. You also get a 5GB email account or 10GB web hosting space included when you register a domain name.