Frequently Asked Questions

What is this website?

TLD List is a complete listing and search engine of all delegated top-level domains. This includes old gTLDs, new gTLDs, ccTLDs, sTLDs, and any other type of TLD that's been entered into root DNS.

The displayed data includes availability dates, restrictions, descriptions, and comparative pricing across multiple registrars and providers.

What are columns on the main list?

TLD The name of the top-level domain.
Cheapest Register The registrar that charges the lowest price for domain registration for that particular TLD for a period of 1 year. All displayed prices are in US dollars.
Best Value The registrar with the best free features and overall pricing. See the "Value Score" section below for how this is calculated.
General Availability Whether or not the TLD is in the "General Availability" phase (meaning that domain registration is open to the general public). If it is not yet generally available, the availability date is displayed, or if the date is not known, an "X" is displayed.
No Restrictions If domain registration is subject to restrictions, such as limitations on who can register a domain, or for what purpose.

How often is the data on this website updated?

Prices, TLD details, and Value Scores are automatically updated every 6 hours.

The free features offered by registrars are manually updated weekly, or when a registrar sends notice of service changes.

What is this "3 Year Value Score" thing?

It's a measurement of how much value you get for your money when you own a domain with a particular registrar for 3 years. The higher the Value Score, the better the deal.

The Value Score is automatically determined for each TLD and registrar by comparing the free features the registrar offers and their registration, renewal, and transfer pricing. It's really just a ratio calculated like this:

Value Score = value of free features / average overall pricing

This equation is a simplified version of how the actual Value Score is calculated. To get an accurate representation of the value you get for your money when you buy a domain, there are more details to consider. For instance:

  • How consistent are the registrar's prices? Godaddy typically has low initial registration prices, but much higher renewal prices for subsequent years.
  • How many years is the free feature actually free? Namecheap offers free WHOIS privacy, but only for the first year of ownership.
  • What is the quantity of free features that you get? Netfirms offers 1 free email account, while Gandi offers 5 free email accounts.
  • What is the typical length of time that a buyer owns a domain?

Based on these factors, TLD List uses the following equation to determine a Value Score for every registrar's offered TLD:

Value Score =
(1 + (sum(feature monetary value * years feature is offered * feature quantity))
avg(transfer, register) + (renewal price * (years of ownership - 1)))
* 10

The math above gives an unbiased measurement of value by assigning each free feature monetary value, multiplying it by years of ownership and quantity, adding all that up, and then dividing that by the total amount you pay the registrar.

The estimated worth of every free feature s provided below. They're based on the average market price of the features and the average years of domain ownership:

years of ownership 3
DNS $3.50 per year
WHOIS Privacy $7.00 per year
Email Forwarding $3.00 per year
1st email account $7.50 per year
Additional email accounts $1.50 each per year
SSL Certificate $7.00 each per year

Some additional notes on the Value Score calculation:

  • If the renewal price is not available for a registrar, the registration price plus 400% is used in it's place. This is to account for registrars who may hide their marked up renewal prices.
  • 1 is added to the dividend (top part of the division) of the equation to prevent registrars that have no free features (like NearlyFreeSpeech) from having a Value Score of zero.
  • The result of the division is multiplied by 10 simply to make the final Value Score more palatable (8.5 is easier to read and remember than .85).

Example Value Scores for the .com TLD

screenshot of Value Scores

Where do you get your data?

The world wide web. The prices you see are the exact same prices published by each registrar on their website. See the sources page.

Why isn't Registrar XYZ on this site?

TLD List only features major registrars and domain providers. If Registrar XYZ is not on this site, it's probably because they don't publish pricing for the domains they offer in a clean and transparent manner (cough, like eNom, cough).

If you'd like to request a registrar to be added, use the contact link at the bottom of the page.

Does this site make affiliate commissions?

Sometimes. Some registrars featured on this site offer affiliate programs and TLD List is enrolled in them. That means if you visit one of these registrars by clicking a link on TLD List and make a purchase, TLD List receives a small commission.

Please note: registrars with affiliate programs are not promoted by TLD List in any way. All registrars are ranked purely by their pricing, features, and Value Score.

Registrars: requests for special treatment will be ignored and then publicly ridiculed.

What is a TLD (top-level domain)?

It's the last part of a full domain name (i.e. .com, .org, .budapest, .网址, .fishing, etc.). These domain suffixes are at the highest level of the Domain Name System, and there are a limited number of them. Take a look at wikipedia for more info.

What does it mean when a TLD is delegated?

Basically that it's been officially approved, "published", and handed off by ICANN to whatever registry is in charge administering it. A TLD gains the delegated status after it's been entered into the DNS root zone. This means you can perform DNS queries on it, like a whois lookup. But a delegated TLD may not necessarily be available for registration yet.

What is a gTLD/ccTLD/grTLD/sTLD?

These are the abbreviations for the different types of top-level domains.

  • gTLD: generic top-level domain. These TLDs have three or more characters and are generally intended for public use.
  • ccTLD: country-code top-level domain. Two letter domains intended for countries and regions.
  • grTLD: generic-restricted top-level domain. A subclass of gTLDs, but have restrictions as to who can register them, and for what purpose.
  • sTLD: sponsored top-level domain. These TLDs are sponsored and managed by private organizations. The organizations impose restrictions on who can use the TLD, and for what purpose.