GoDaddy or Namecheap? We suggest Namecheap for domains. Here’s Why.
Namecheap is simply cheaper if you’re looking to strictly register domain. They also provide WHOIS protection for free. That’s why you should consider using them as your domain name registrar.
Let’s take a quick look at prices between the two for a new domain:
Namecheap is $8.48 because of a current promotion with the “real” price being 10.98 a year. Fair enough.
For the same exact domain name, GoDaddy offers a bigger upfront discount discount at $2.99 but then after the first two years will charge you $19.99 or more for the life of your domain name unless you move it to Namecheap which also costs money to do!
If you’re looking for the lowest cost short term, GoDaddy is the better registrar. If this website is going to be a long term project however, you’re going to want to minimize this cost as best you can. With Namecheap you can get the same service but for less.
How To Select a Domain Name Registrar
If you’re looking to create a website, start blogging or you simply want to get into buying and selling domain names you will need a good domain name registrar. I can tell you, you’re going to want to have all your domain names with one company. You’re not going to want to have some domains with Blue Host because they offer a free domain for the firs year, a few domain with Godaddy and then some domain names with Namecheap.
It gets confusing to manage everything so it’s most convenient for you to pick one registrar to hold all your domains at. You’re also going to want to have your domain names separate from your hosting company as it tends to complicate things if you ever decide to change web hosts.
Please note that for registering domains, it’s a simple process and both Namecheap and GoDaddy provide the same exact service in this regard. In fact, no domain name registrar can provide you with different or superior service for registering your domain names. The main areas they can compete on are price and convenience.
What you should take into consideration is this:
- Hidden fees with registering your domain name or transferring your domain name.
- User interface – how easy is it to lock and unlock domains or change the DNS settings.
- Price – Which company provides most affordable prices.
- Whois protection for free or not
- ICANN accredited
- Fast customer support
- A good track record of service
GoDaddy vs Namecheap
Now let’s take a look at a few critical areas. The user experience, the DNS interface, the extra services provides and the company values.
The User Experience is better with Namecheap
Namecheap is a quick and easy process for registering a domain name. You simply use the search function to find a domain name you want, select the domain name extension and then create an account so you can pay and check out.
GoDaddy on the other hand is a busy, colorful and confusing website with a lot of different services and buttons to click on. They also are overly aggressive with upsells. You don’t understand until you try to actually register a domain name with Godaddy.
Even in the picture above you can get an idea what GoDaddy is like. Having $2.99 as the price in big bold letters but in small print you can actually see the real price it will cost you long term. Look at how under the domain, they provide a lot more buttons like “register superamazingblog.us” and what not.
I simply like Namecheap because the user experience is cleaner, more minimalistic and simple. They provide an excellent user experience from start to finish while GoDaddy will have you confused on what you should buy or worse, buying services you don’t actually need.
This is the biggest reason why I don’t like GoDaddy. For my long form tutorial videos on how to create a website, it’s no problem walking people through how to change the nameservers at Namecheap to that of their web host. It takes 3 minutes and is a simply copy and paste job.
For GoDaddy it’s confusing as the interface is too busy, cluttered and it displays irrelevant options than to what you want to do. On a personal note, it’s also annoying because buttons to get to your DNS setting constantly change, which is why I don’t use GoDaddy in my tutorial videos because this aspect will quickly become dated.
Namecheap stays consistently the same in regards to how to navigate the website.
Domain Name Extras
Let’s break down what domain name extras you get with each domain name registrar. Both have their strong and weak points:
- Free email forwarding!
- Free custom name servers!
- No history of being hacked so their DNS is safe.
- Whois privacy is included for free.
- For Refunds you’re given store credit
- GoDaddy charges for custom name servers.
- GoDaddy charges for Whois privacy still.
- GoDaddy offers email forwarding as an upsell.
- Refunds you’re given your money back if you request a refund within 10 days.
Custom name servers? This is only applicable for hosting accounts like a VPN or a full server.
GoDaddy lost a LOT of clients and support due to their support of the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA). SOPA was legislation in the United States that many users believed would have limited the free and unregulated use of the internet.
Namecheap publicly opposed the SOPA act. As such, tens of thousands of GoDaddy clients transfered their domain names over to Namecheap.
GoDaddy actively supports the SOPA legislation.
NameCheap is the better option for domain names
I like NameCheap because of their price points, reputation as a leading domain name registrar and their years of being in business. If you want to look into other domain name registrars no problem.
ICANN maintains a list of ICANN-Accredited Registrars you can check out here. But I strongly suggest using Namecheap. Their my domain name registrar of choice.
Conclusion – Pros and Cons of both
So to finish off this post, let’s take a look at some pros and cons of both Namecheap and GoDaddy.
Namecheap – Pros:
- Competitive prices
- Free whois for every domain
- No upsells
- ICANN accredited
- Domains are simple to transfer
- Helpful 24/7 Support
Namecheap – Cons:
- Domain focused service, hosting and non domain related services can be lacking
- Marketplace for selling domain names is not as robust as GoDaddy
GoDaddy – Pros:
- Establish, trusted website. The leader in domain names.
- Great marketplace for selling domain names
- A wide range of services, not just domain names
- Excellent, helpful support
- ICANN accredited
GoDaddy – Cons:
- Checkout process is confusing due to aggressive marketing
- Domain manager is a annoying to use
- Prices for .com domains are more expensive
- WHOIS is not free
So there you have it. If you’re looking to register domains and that is it, Namecheap is the winner. GoDaddy however does provide various other services though and are still the market leader in a number of categories. You can’t go wrong with either option.