What’s the Cheapest Domain Registration Company?

What’s the Cheapest Domain Registration Company?

You’ve got your business up and running and now are looking to secure your online real estate 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 a separate article that discusses the the best domain name registrars.

So, here we’re going to focus solely on price. Note that we have left out registrars which we would never recommend, and ones that do not offer email hosting, since we consider that to be a core component of domain hosting. There’s no point buying a domain name if you lose control over it or get scammed out of your hard-earned money, right?

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.

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)
  •     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
  •     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 article’s rankings were based on price alone for domain registration. So you may be confused when you see that there are some companies with more cons than others that are ranked higher.

These rankings are purely based on the renewal price. Why? If you’re establishing a domain name for your website, you certainly don’t want to rely on the first year’s pricing alone. You’ll need your site’s domain to stay and prosper.

You may well find less expensive options, but odds are they are not an accredited registrar and you may have difficulty managing your names.
Cheapest Domain Registration Comparison Table

NamecheapGoDaddy1&1Host GatorDotsterMoniker
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Overall RankingWinner2nd3rd4th5th6th
Price for .com (1st Year)$10.98$11.99$0.99$12.95$9.99$8.39
Renewal Rate (Per Year)$10.98$14.99$14.99$15.00$17.49Unlisted
Private Registration (Per Year)$2.88$7.99Included$14.95$8.99Included
Email Hosting (Per Year)$28.88$59.88/user$21.89$66.72$50.00$23.88
Customer ServiceEmail, ChatPhone, FAQ, Email, ChatPhone, FAQ, ForumsPhone, Chat, Tutorials, ForumsPhone, Email, ChatPhone, FAQ, Email

Namecheap Review
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Namecheap has the second 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

GoDaddy Review
 99 Cent .COM Domain Name GoDaddy Promo CodesGoDaddy 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 and their customer support could use some

1&1 Review
 1&1 Coupons, Deals & Promo CodesWhile 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 our top 3 cheapest domain registrar picks if held for more than 2 years.

Host Gator Review
 HostGator CouponsHost 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.

Dotster Review
Dotster appears to be extremely unreliable based on most user experience stories. We’ve discovered a significant amount of bad reviews across the Internet and people appear to be pretty frustrated with the company.

Moniker Review
Moniker offers an extremely competitive first-year domain registration price that includes private registration fee, but after scouring their website and other sources, we couldn’t find a renewal price. If you’ve renewed with Moniker let us know!

Who’s Your Favorite Registrar?

Remember this is just a listing of the top registrars by price, checkout our article on the best domain registrars to find out who the overall winner is (your domain name is a crucial part of your business investment, so we don’t recommend going for the cheapest solution). That being said, even those that are pricier, for example, register.com, which charges a $38 renewal rate, or Network Solutions, which comes in at a hefty $35 per year, don’t necessarily make the cut.

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