SiteDomains Saved Me $7.97 On My .co Domain Registration Fees!
Last Update: Jun 11, 2017
One of the websites that I run has a .co domain. When I first started it and was searching for a domain, the .com domain I wanted was already taken. At the time I was using GoDaddy to register my domains and they suggested I use a .co domain because it was global and stood for "company".
Well, it definitely doesn't stand for country. Technically it's a ccTLD(country code Top Level Domain) that's for Colombia. However, GoDaddy was partially correct because apparently Google views them as gccTLD(generic country code Top Level Domain) which is similar to a gTLD(generic Top Level Domain) such as .com's .org's, etc.
A Little Bit Of Background - Godaddy Is Expensive
Anyways, one thing that Godaddy didn't mention was the fact that the price would get jacked up when it came around for renewal. I believe that I initially paid $14.99 for the registration and $8.99 for their Domains By Proxy whois privacy service for a grand total of $23.98 for a one year registration.
A year later the cost of the renewal got jacked up to $21.24(how else would they pay for sponsoring race car drivers?) with their private registration service costing $7.58 for a grand total of $28.82.
The following year my renewal price again got jacked up to $29.99 with Whois private registration services costing $9.99 for a grand total of $39.98 for one year! I was also billed at this rate the following year as well until I decided to renew my domain with NameCheap.
NameCheap is Cheaper
NameCheap gave me what, at the time, seemed to be a bargain with a one year registration costing $22.99 with their WhoisGuard service thrown in for free. The following year their renewal priced stayed the same, but they charged me $2.88 for their whois privacy service WhoisGuard bringing my total registration fees up to $25.87. It's not cheap, but definitely better than what I was paying with Godaddy.
SiteDomains is Even Cheaper!
My .co domain was due to renew within a month or so. I priced NameCheap's registration fees and the total cost of my .co registration and WhoisGuard service was going to cost me an extra 9 cents more than last year's price. The domain registration fee was going to remain the same, but the WhoisGuard was 9 cents more for whatever reason.
I decided to see if I could get a better deal somewhere else. I checked GoDaddy first and they were still charging ridiculous prices for .co domains. As a last ditch effort I decided to try SiteDomains.
I didn't think they wouldn't support .co domains because I know they don't support other ccTLDs such as the .co.uk ccTLD, but much to my surprise SiteDomains does allow you to register .co domains!
With SiteDomains I ended up paying $17.99 for registration and Whois privacy services for one year which is $7.97 cheaper than what NameCheap was going to charge me!
A Little Bit of Advice
I would recommend you stick to .com domains if at all possible. If I could go back and start over I would've just found an available .com domain.
If you're in a situation like me, give SiteDomains a shot and see if you can register/transfer your domain here. You might be able to save a significant amount of money off of your registration fees especially if it's not one of your standard TLDs.
Thanks for sharing Thomas. I still have a domain with Namecheap. Was too lazy to move it to WA. Until now...
No problem. I know how you feel about being too lazy to move domain names from registrar to registrar. If it's $1 or $2 difference I'll probably leave it at the same place. It's kind of hard to pass up saving almost $8.00.
Am I missing something? Why not register/purchase in Siterubix...Isn't that one of the advantages of WA memberships? Debbie
SiteDomains is a part of SiteRubix/Wealthy Affiliate. When I initially registered the domain Wealthy Affiliate didn't have SiteDomains. You had to register your domains elsewhere. WA didn't release SiteDomains until January 2016. Looking back I could've saved some mony on last year's renewal fee as well.
I discovered that SIteDomains is cheaper for dot co domains this time last year when my son's domain name was up for renewal. We both had to settle for our names dot co because the dot coms were not available.
I've just renewed my son's dot co domain name at the same price I paid last year, $17.99 including privacy. GoDaddy and all the rest are way more expensive.
You should have told me last year Marion, I could've saved an additional $7.97...lol ;).
Looking back it's crazy to think that I paid almost $40 to renew my domain at Godaddy. I guess it's expensive to be lazy and/or inattentive to automatic renewals.
Have you seen a list posted anywhere of the TLDs for which SiteDomains does have registration capability?
I've seen several people say that country domains (like .co.uk) weren't available for registration here, This is the first time I've seen any indication that .co domains were available.
There are that many TLDs registerable at WA? Wow, it sounds like it might be easier to list the ones that aren't. :=)
No, they aren't all registrable at SiteDomains. That's the total amount of TLDs that exist.
Sorry, I misunderstood.
I was thinking of a list of supported TLDs that could be registered at WA since .co can be but .co.uk, etc can't.
I know Godaddy has around 360 TLDs that you can register assuming that you meet the registation requirement for a particular TLD. I'm assuming SiteDomains will have a similar amount of TLDs that you can register.
I'm working on a list of SiteDomains supported TLDs. I'm part way through the TLDs that start with the letter "C".
I believe that some of the country domains are now available too. The best thing to do is try and register one and you'll find out if it works or not.
Here's an official list of registrable TLDs at SiteDomains: Unofficial List of 320 Registrable TLDs With SiteDomains
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I will definitely check into the SiteDomains option as I use a lot of domains, and many do not end with '.com'... One is '.solutions', another is '.info', yet another '.online' and etc...
For our online stores we are trying the .online route. I paid literally less than $1 on a sale from GoDaddy for each (we have 11 so far), but will be paying over $30 for each at renewal time next year.
Thanks for the tip!
Dave : )