Do you want to start up a website, but have no idea where to buy a domain name?
Buying a domain should be one of the first steps you take when starting out online, but do you know where to get one? There are lots of options – GoDaddy, Hostgater, 1and1, Namescheap, plus MANY more- but what should you chose?
Why Namecheap is my #1 recommendation
Namecheap and Godaddy are pretty popular choices, and Godaddy normally wins over a lot of customers because of their initial cheap domain prices – you can purchase a domain name for your first year for as little as a few bucks, (sometimes even just 99 cents) and who can say no to that?
However, you should take into consideration what’s included in your initial purchase price, and what the cost of domain renewal will be.
- Free email address with domain purchase
- Free WHOIS guard for your first year
- Ability to transfer the DNS at time of purchase
- No up-charges upon renewal
You’re really going to want WHOIS guard, because it protects against your personal information (name, address, etc) being publicly displayed online – and the included email isn’t bad either. If you want to transfer your hosting elsewhere, you can do that right when you purchase the domain, and the transfer usually takes less than an hour.
I’ve bought domains with Namecheap and had them up and live on my preferred hosting in as little as 30 minutes!
The renewal price won’t be a shock either, you can keep the domain for another year for the same price as what you paid for it initially. This is unlike other companies such as GoDaddy, who very often end up raising the price year after year.
Godaddy is known for upsells and upcharging
You may be able to buy a domain for your first year relatively cheap with Godaddy, but you’re going to get hit with upsells for things like email and privacy protection, which will end up costing you either more, or at least the same amount you’d pay somewhere else.
Plus, if you want to keep your domain for a long time, they’re notorious for raising the price upon renewal. You could buy a domain for two bucks, and end up getting slapped with a renewal charge for easily $25 per year, or more!
Overall, Namecheap is just very professional and straightforward. I like the way they do business. I always recommend them as a first choice when people ask me where to purchase a domain from.
Are you not sure you’re ready to buy your own website name yet?
I’d suggest checking out siterubix. You can start off building a free website, and easily transfer to your own domain at any point in the future!