Buying domain names is a must for any site owner. A lot of people struggle to want to know where you should buy your domains? I have used both NameCheap and GoDaddy over the years and wanted to write an article that shows you the pros and cons of buying domains with both of these companies. After reading this GoDaddy vs. Namecheap article, you should be able to decide which company you should purchase your domain names from.
Chances are if you are in the market to buy a domain name you have seen the words “starting at” or “as low as”. It’s just a sales pitch that you have to learn to accept whenever you’re in the market to purchase a domain name; this also applies to web hosting plans. However, in this article, we are primarily looking at purchasing domain names, and I want to show you what you can expect to pay with the two companies.
With GoDaddy, you will notice right away that domains are very cheap, at a glance. For instance, they run promotions that allow you to purchase a domain for $.99 or $1.99. However, the price for .com domains does go up to $14.99 for the second year. This kind of annoys me because why should I pay more each year for being a loyal customer? Hence, why GoDaddy has lost a lot of domain names to NameCheap over the years.
With NameCheap, the prices for .com domain names is $10.29. WhoIs protection is free for the first year, but only cost $2.88 per year after that. With GoDaddy, it’s $7.99 to $14.99 a year for private WhoIs protection! The price never goes up, and you can usually find a promo code for NameCheap which makes your first domain for $3.28/year.
Due to registry restrictions WhoisGuard can’t be used with .asia, .bz, .ca, .cn, .co.uk, .de, .eu, .in, .me.uk, .nu, .li, .ch, .fr, .sg, .com.sg, .org.uk, .us, .es, .com.es, .nom.es, .org.es, .nyc, .xn--3ds443g, .xn--6frz82g, .com.au, .net.au or .org.au domains.
To show you a breakdown of the prices I will show you what you can expect to pay for 1-7 years with domain privacy with GoDaddy and NameCheap:
|1||$ 8.98 – $9.48||$3.28 – $10.29|
|3||$54.94 – $55.44||$29.62 – $36.63|
|5||$100.90 – $101.40||$55.96 – $62.97|
|7||$146.86 – $147.36||$82.30 – $89.31|
As you can clearly see the price with GoDaddy is only cheaper for the first year, but almost double after that! I suppose you could always start out with GoDaddy and then transfer your domain name to NameCheap if you’re really strapped for cache. NameCheap and GoDaddy do both offer free transfers. However, the price tag isn’t the only thing we should look at when purchasing a domain name. We are going to also look at their interface, features, customer support, etc.
Ease of Use & Interface
Ideally, you’re not going to be spending a lot of time changing DNS settings. But, whenever you do you change your DNS you want it to be a painless process. You don’t have to host with either company if you don’t want to. You can always change your DNS settings and point to any host you choose. Please note that it does take 24 to 48 hours for your domain name to propagate over with both NameCheap and GoDaddy.
Upon logging into both GoDaddy and NameCheap, you will find that their DNS managers are entirely different. From my experience and a lot of other webmasters experiences GoDaddys DNS manager is a lot more cluttered. NameCheaps, on the other hand, is much more basic which makes it a lot easier to use.
Here is a look at GoDaddy’s DNS manager:
Here is a look at NameCheaps DNS manager:
There are many features you can purchase with both NameCheap and GoDaddy. However, the way in which you are billed is completely different, though. GoDaddy will try to upsell you different “extras.” They are 100% free with no strings attached with NameCheap though.
- NameCheap offers free domain email forwarding.
- WhoIsGuard cost extra money with GoDaddy ($7.99 to $14.99 extra each year). It is free with NameCheap though. Makes the price tag double!
- NameCheap gives you free custom name servers.
Getting the products and services you need should be a painless process. With NameCheap, it’s a painless process. It is straightforward, and they don’t try to throw in something you don’t want. However, with GoDaddy, this doesn’t seem to be the case. From the second you go to check out you are bombarded with upselling after upsell. Sadly, a lot of webmasters sign up for GoDaddy and end up purchasing products and services they don’t need. Also, GoDaddy has been known to call you for upsells.
Support is always one area that is an absolute must for any business in this technology era that we live it. Both NameCheap and GoDaddy do have a customer support staff that is around 24/7 to help you with any technical knowledge that you might need. However, the way in which you will contact them is much different.
First, with GoDaddy you can call them on the phone 24/7. You need to have your GoDaddy customer ID and PIN before they will give you any technical advice. I have talked with them many times and found that it typically takes 10 to 15 minutes to get them to help you on the telephone. NameCheap on the other end doesn’t use phone support at all. So you can’t reach them on the phone. Just live chat isn’t bad though because NameCheap does have better live chat.
Live chat is a way you need to reach out to NameCheap. Live chat is quick, though. It usually takes under a minute to get in contact with NameCheap. GoDaddy, on the other hand, takes anywhere from 3-45 minutes to get in contact with them on live chat.
While both companies do a great job at helping you with problems I really feel NameCheap is faster which is a huge time saver.
This article covers just domain names, but I wanted to give you a preview of their web hosting, too. From the GoDaddy reviews, I have collected it doesn’t look like their customers are always praising GoDaddy. In fact, many webmasters have pointed out various problems and issues with them. On the other hand the NameCheap reviews are quite positive.
Overall, if you’re looking for a good domain registrar they are both good. However, NameCheap wins because of the price, additional features (free domain privacy), customer support, and they don’t make the process of purchasing a domain name harder than it has to be. GoDaddy is notorious for starting you at a cheap price tag, but after your second year, you can expect to pay more. NameCheap does give you free domain privacy at no additional fee, too. I have switched many domain names from GoDaddy to NameCheap and was an easy process. Clearly, I recommend NameCheap over GoDaddy for registering domain names. If you’re looking to buy domain names I recommend you click here and get started with NameCheap today.