You’ve got your business up and running, you’ve opened your Gypsy Spoonful shop and now you are looking to secure your WAHM owned small business with a corresponding domain name, but you don’t want to pay a fortune for it. Who offers the cheapest domain registration?
There are so many domain registrars out there, how do you know which one to work with? We’ve published this article to give you some insight into the different companies out there!
So, here we’re going to focus solely on price.
What is a Domain Name?
According to Wikipedia, “A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet. Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS)”. In more plain English, this is kind of like your address because it gives all internet servers around the world one unique place to find you and your website.
Since not all domain names are available, you always need to check whether or not the one you want to use for your company is taken.
A domain name is the identity of your business and, therefore, you have to be very careful when choosing one. It should be meaningful and serve your purpose well. Of course, having a memorable domain name can be useful and having one that falls off the tongue is great for marketing purposes
For example, for a business website, a domain name which contains the company name is an ideal choice. It could also refer to the website’s content or at least allude to it. For more creative applications, you might consider a quirkier domain name that will intrigue potential visitors.
Finding a Reliable and Affordable Domain Name Registrar
First, the most important function of a registrar is that they allow you to easily and effectively administer and manage your domain name. Functionality or features to look for in a domain name registrar include:
- An established reputation (given the ease of becoming a registrar, there are many fly-by-night outfits out there that will take your money and run so BE CAREFUL! )
- No hidden fees (such as a fee for transferring a domain out to another registrar)
- Comprehensive administration (for nameserver, mail, who-is records, etc.)
- Reasonably priced registration fees
- Accredited by a governing body (such as ICANN: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a non-profit organization)
- Easy transfer of domain name in and out of registrar
- Domain name forwarding (something we suggest to all our shop owners on GypsySpoonful
- Manual and auto renewal – Careful with this one. Many registrars will try everything they can to auto-renew by default, which may result in you renewing a bunch of domain names every year that you don’t want to renew.
- Private whois registration – Conceals your whois data, i.e. your name, address, phone, etc. from prying eyes
- Do you need email accounts? Some registrars will host your domain’s email for you. This is practical if you need email up and running but are not yet ready to host.
- Customer support – It’s crucial that your domain registrar have good customer support, whether via phone, email, or live chat.
- Note: We leave hosting out of this discussion because we don’t recommend you host with your registrar. Why? Because they are two very different specialty areas and it is hard to be great at both… it’s like eating at a restaurant that sells both Chinese and Thai food and expecting both to be authentic!
How We Chose Our Rankings
This blog post’s rankings were based on price. So you may be confused when you see that there are some companies with more cons than others that are ranked higher up. Just keep in mind that the rankings are purely based on the renewal price.
Inexpensive, Reliable Domain Name Registrars (Table)
These rankings are based on price, but we also recommended the top 2 above because they are quality registrars where you will be able to reliably host your domain names. You may well find a less expensive option, but odds are they are not an approved registrar and you may have difficulty managing your names.
#1 Idotz Review
Idotz has the cheapest introductory AND renewal pricing. It’s been established for a super long time, making it our #1 pick!
Namecheap has the cheapest renewal rate and an established business history, making it our #2 pick. If you’re looking for easy and affordable domain management without unnecessary frills, Namecheap is a good company to go with. It’s easy to transfer your domains in and out as well.
#3 1&1 While 1&1 has a great introductory rate of $0.99 for the first year, the renewal rate of $14.99/year will make this more expensive than iDotz or Namecheap if held for more than 2 years. *Also, please note, if you’re paying with paypal, you aren’t allowed to pay with your paypal balance for some reason. Only a credit card or bank account transfer is allowed. (that seems a bit sketchy to me, so be careful)
Below are the reviews for other companies ranked according to price.
GoDaddy comes with a big name and is best known for their web hosting solutions. It’s easy to get started with GoDaddy except checking out can be a bit confusing for some. Customers say they constantly try to upsell which is extremely annoying and their customer support could use some help since they have long wait times. Be careful if paying with paypal, they auto-renew your domain(s) and if you only want it for 1 year, you’ll be billed the following year, and the following year…and so on…
Host Gator Review
Host Gator is a big corporation with many awards under its belt. They’ve been around for a long time so they’ve had plenty of time to build their company. They pride themselves in customer service and have many features to choose from.
We tried to research Moniker but had difficulties finding reliable information on them. If you’ve used Moniker let us know! It’s the cheapest that I’ve found for 1 year without a super low introductory bait & switch tactic.
Who’s Your Favorite Registrar?
While there are quite a few domain registration companies out there that meet the above criteria, there are even more that don’t. And of those that do, there are many that charge above and beyond the wholesale price of a domain name (for example, register.com, which charges a $38 renewal rate, or Network Solutions, which comes in at a hefty $35 per year).
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Which domain name registrar have you used? Was it a good or bad experience?