In order to use a domain name, you must first register and reserve that domain name for your own personal use. DreamHost offers popular domain names such as .com, .net, .org, and .info, and also provides one of these domains to you free with a shared hosting plan purchase.
How much does domain registration cost?
The popular extensions of .com, .net, and .info cost a flat rate of $11.95 per year (USD), and .org domain registrations are $9.95 per year (USD). Some registrars will only offer these prices if you register multiple domains at once, or register domains for several years in advance. However, DreamHost does not have any bulk requirements for domain registrations. So, even if you register just a single domain for only one year, you won’t pay any more than the listed price.
If you add a shared hosting plan to your account, you are also provided with a free credit that you can use toward a .com, .net, .org, or .info domain. This credit will allow you to renew your domain for free, each year, as long as you keep that hosting plan active. You can read more about this at:
Will I need to register my domain with "www" in front?
There's no need to register the domain with "www" as the ‘www’ portion isn’t actually a part of your domain name. The part that you purchase is the part after ‘www’ such as ‘example.com’. The ‘www’ portion is set up for you by your hosting provider.
How long will my registration last?
Depending on the domain extension, you can register domains for 1–3 years in advance. Some registries have limits on how far in advance you can register a domain.
You can also set your domains to renew automatically every year in your panel, on the (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Registrations’) page. To set your domains to automatically renew, simply click the “yes” link under the “Auto Renew” column to set this domain to renew automatically each year. You can also set all of your domains to renew at the bottom of the table.
How can I pay for my domain names?
To register a new domain name, payment is required up front, and can be made with a credit card. If you set these domain names to renew automatically each year, any renewal charges will be added to the monthly invoice. For those renewal fees, you can pay by credit card, PayPal, check, or money order.