Why register a .com domain name?

With over 141 million registrations, the .com domain is the most popular and trusted extension in the world. It's the top choice for anyone building a new website because it helps establish your business and build trust with your customers.

It's also the most assumed extension - people naturally type it in if they don't know the website extension they're searching for.

Likewise, if an extension is not specified in the search bar, many web browsers will automatically find .com domains first. So, by simply registering a .com domain name, you can benefit from 'type-in traffic' too.

The .com domain is:

  • Most popular
  • Most recognised
  • Most assumed
  • Global & versatile

Register a .com & protect your brand

.com domains are as precious as gold dust so if the name you want is available, be sure to secure it before someone else does. It's the best way to protect your online identity from competitors and cybersquatters, now and in the future.

Imagine you are setting up a sunglasses shop online. You register topsunnies.ie as you operate within the Irish market but what happens if someone else registers topsunnies.com? You could lose potential customers as they might land on the .com first and expanding your business in the future could be more difficult.

However, if you own both a .ie and a .com, you will never miss out. Simply build your website on your local .ie domain and forward your .com to it – it's super easy to set up web forwarding within your Online Control Panel.

How to choose a .com domain name

Finding the best website name is really important when building your online business. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Try keep the name as short as possible.
  • Make it easy to type and remember.
  • Include keywords that relate to your business & the products you offer.
  • Symbols are not allowed, apart from the hyphen.
  • If you only offer services or products locally, try adding your town name.

For more helpful tips, follow our guide on choosing the right domain name.

See for yourself

Watch to see how a .com can help give your business, and website, the exposure it deserves.

Frequently asked questions about .com

  • Why choose a .com domain name?

    .com is the most popular and most recognised extension in the world and it will never go out of style!

    Born in 1985, alongside the internet, it was originally meant for .commercial purposes only. Now, it’s the largest gTLD (generic Top Level Domain) in the world and it can be used for pretty much anything!

  • Can I choose any name?

    Yes! As long as it’s available you can register any .com domain you want. You can check availability by using our domain name search tool. If the name you want isn’t available - don’t panic, we’ll show you some alternative variations and help you find the perfect name for your website.

  • How long can I register a .com domain name for?

    .com domains can be registered for up to 10 years. If you want to keep using your .com domain, you’ll need to renew it before the expiry date. This means it will be yours for as long as you want it and no one else can register it.

  • How do I transfer a .com domain?

    You’ll need to ask your current host to unlock the domain name you’d like to transfer and send you the authorisation (EPP) code. If you already have this, read our handy guide to help you start the transfer of your domain. There is a €12.49 + VAT fee to transfer your domain to us, which will add a 1-year renewal to your .com domain.

* The following suffixes are on offer when registered for 1 year using the embedded voucher codes - .co.uk, .com, and .ie. The offer price of .ie is €2.99 (ex VAT), the offer price of .com is €4.99, and .co.uk domains will be FREE when registered for 1 year. These offers entitle you to three .ie's, one .com and one .co.uk at the offer price per account. The following extensions will be offered at the prices shown (ex VAT) when registered on site for one year - .online - €4.50, .website - €3.50, .site - €4.99, .tech - €6.00, .store - €6.00, .fun - €3.50, .space - €3.50, .app - €14.00. Please note, for EU customers VAT rates payable will be subject to your country of residence. All offers are for the first billing period only, do not apply to renewals and are limited to online transactions. Offers cannot be used in conjunction with any others and may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of Namesco Ireland Limited.

** Get a FREE .com, .ie, .net, .org, .biz, .info or .online domain name registered for 1 year when you purchase a monthly Web Hosting, Website Builder, Website Builder Ecommerce, WordPress Hosting, Email Hosting and Microsoft 365 package using the embedded voucher code. This offer is limited to 2 uses per account. Additionally, get a FREE .com, .ie, .net, .org, .biz, .info or .online domain name registered for 1 year with any of our Annual or Multi-year Web Hosting, Website Builder, Website Builder Ecommerce, Email Hosting, WordPress Hosting and Microsoft 365 Packages. These offers do not apply to renewals or transfers, and are available for online transactions only. These offers are for the first billing period only, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of Namesco Ireland Limited.