Namecheap vs. GoDaddy Rip-Off?!

Last Update: October 03, 2013

I see many people asking in chat which is the best domain name registrar.

It's usually a question of Namecheap (the WA recommended choice) vs. GoDaddy. In my case I have used both.

GoDaddy seems to win a lot because of very cheap prices. But even if you ignore the upsells many people do not always ask about other costs. GoDaddy charge a lot for domain privacy when the first year is free at Namecheap.

A year ago I bought a domain and privacy because there was an offer at Godaddy $2.98

The price seemed to be a bargain, just $ 3.13 + $ 5.99 for privacy. OK, so far, so good, but then there's the renewal cost.

What about after the first year?

Here a surprise!

What?! $ 24.98 for a domain renewal for one year? I'd have to be raving mad if I renew my domain at GoDaddy!

My choice not to renew

I don't have any idea why it's so expensive to renew a domain with them. I'm still trying to understand how they make up their prices.

From my point of view NameCheap is at the moment the best company to register a Domain. No hidden fees, free privacy for a year, so fair price, trustworthiness, consistency and they really give great technical support.

Right now I buy all my domains at Namecheap and I am in the process of transferring my other domains from Godaddy to NameCheap

I hope this blog help you to choose a better domain registrar provider and not be fooled by upfront misleading prices.

Just my 2 cents.

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Thank you for posting this! I would've gone with godaddy just because I've heard of it so much before, but now I know a apparently better one, thank you! :O)
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jespinola Premium
Glad you like it Melissa. Godaddy was my fist domain register provider but during the time they just makes me cry with those all fake prices!:

Thanks for commenting :)
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LeoJames Premium
Hi, Thanks for the article, if you buy from Go Daddy are you stuck with them or can you renew you domain into someone else like NameCheap or anyone else who is offering a good deal?
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jroth728 Premium
Hi Leo, after owning a domain for 60 days you can transfer it to another registrar. Some registrars charge for this, some do not (I'm not sure if NameCheap charges for this). If they do charge for this, it's a rather small price to pay to get away from GoDaddy IMO.
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jespinola Premium
Hi leo you can transferin Any time! Before to do a transfer follow this knowledge from Namecheap: http://d.pr/Cywr.

Namecheap Charges you around $9.50 and they give you 1 year + Whois Guard!
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jespinola Premium
Hi Jason. Great Comment and yes Namecheap charges you but give you 1 year and whoisguard and great deal :)
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kws123 Premium
Is it a complicated process to move from GoDaddy to Name Cheap?
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jespinola Premium
Not at All

1) Namecheap when you are transfering your domain refer to the transfer process and how to do it in the GoDaddy end: Here the steps: http://d.pr/Cywr

2) Godaddy send you a notification like this http://d.pr/i/NH3x.

I accepted Immediately that domain transfer and in less that 15 min you have the domain added to your namecheap account!

acfter that you should add manually your DNS
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Trialynn Premium
Thansk for sharing your experiences. When you renew at goDaddy you can still use coupons, so the domain name price is not so absurd.
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jespinola Premium
You are welcome!

I know you can add coupon but the problem is they didn't send me a reminder to renew! But if you think just the domain and Priva itself is so expensive but in namecheap maintains the prices
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ThomasPaul Premium Plus
How long does it take for changes you make to take effect at namecheap? Such as hanging DNS servers and such?

I registered one domain at 1and1 and it would take 12 hours for changes to be updated. With godaddy it's usually within a few minutes from my experience.
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jespinola Premium
Hey Thomas. If i during the check it out at Namecheap you can add the DNS and after the purchase (In my case) the process is immediately!

But seems during the check it out process in a namecheap does not allow you to add DNS

When you did the transfer you receive emails from Godaddy and Namecheap!

1) Namecheap send the steps to the transfer process and how to do it in the GoDaddy end: Here the steps: http://d.pr/Cywr

2) Godaddy send you a notification like this http://d.pr/i/NH3x.

In my case I accepted Immediately that domain transfer and in less that 15 min you have the domain added to your namecheap account

Then you can add the DNS and depending the domain can take immediately or wait. I had to wait just 2 hours to get my site running again.
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ThomasPaul Premium Plus
Hmm, interesting that the DNS changes can be immediately or take 2 hours. 2 hours is still a lot better than 12 hours at 1and1.
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jespinola Premium
Exactly! I did it and is good :)
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jespinola Premium
2 hors is great :)
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