Getting a domain nowadays not only means paying for a URL but it also constitutes giving away private information including your email and your phone number. With that said there is something you should know prior to purchasing your domain. If you opt out of privacy protection your private information is sold to a number of third party businesses. Expect to get a number of unsolicited emails and phone calls for weeks after purchasing your domain. I for one believe all information should not be shared without consent. Unfortunately the only way to do this is to pay for domain privacy protection.
As an example, I have recently purchased the domain www. littlemonsterstudio.com. Shortly after my purchase I received over 50 emails soliciting web development, graphic design, logo work and search engine optimization. What is even more annoying is that I have received a number of phone calls asking for the same.
In conclusion I would strongly advise anyone purchasing a domain to pay for the privacy protection. Believe me you’ll be glad you did.