There are several domain registration companies in the world total to over a million, some being ICANN accredited but most operating as resellers.
Most domain registrar companies operate or provide other secondary services including web hosting, servers, cloud services, reseller webhosting VPS, and other services that a client buying domain may require. Such companies include Godaddy, Hostgator, Name.com, Kenya Website Experts, TrueHost Kenya, CloudPap among other. In Kenya Domain registrar with quality secondary services include Sasahost, Kenya Websites Experts, Truehost Kenya, EA directory, Kenya Web, CloudPap, Peak n Dale among others.
A few years ago domain registrar used to be ISP companies only, that are why companies like Safaricom, iWay Africa still provide domain registration services. Currently times have changed and more players have come in most specializing in domain registration and offering better services.
When choosing a domain registrar consider the following
1.Support and Technical know how
One of the most important qualities for a great domain registrar.When a buyer buys from some ISP companies, companies that do not specialize in the service, remember those companies are in most cases ill equipped in terms of technical customer support.Consider specialist in the industry, companies always innovating to offer more superior services, can never go wrong with Truehost Kenya.
2.Availability of other supporting services like web and Email hosting.
It can be hectic to register a domain with one company then get hosting or any other service from another company. Consider what will happen when renew two services instead of one.
Be aware of domain registrars with cunning pricing stratergy, they lower their domain prices in bid to get customers but give no information on renewal fees such as Godaddy, you may buy a domain at $7 only to have its renewal fee at $18, that makes total cost of ownership for a period of 2 years to be $25.Consider going for a domain providers with guaranteed renewal fees despite the offers; look like companies like Name.com, Kenya Websites Experts, Truehost Kenya, Sasahost, CloudPap
Take the fairest price considering all the other factors