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GoDaddy vs. Enom

Last updated: Author Scott Whatley

GoDaddy vs. Enom is not a very spectacular contest. In a fight, neither of the two domain registrars would achieve a resounding victory. Instead, one would slowly grind down the other in what would probably become the most tiresome match-up in the industry. But, hey, if you’re trying to choose the best service out there, you have to give them all a fair chance, right?

GoDaddy and Enom started out as domain registrars at roughly the same time. Since then, GoDaddy Inc. has become one of the largest web service companies in the world and currently holds an enormous share of the market in terms of domain purchases. Meanwhile, Enom has also developed nicely, but, at present, the number of domains they sell is minimal when compared to GoDaddy.

Because they generally sell the same stuff, it's kinda difficult to come up with a winner. But, as we always do, we managed to find a way.

GoDaddy vs. Enom Registrar Overview

Both companies started off at around the same time, with Enom getting started in 1997 and GoDaddy later in the same year (for the full story on how GoDaddy started, feel free to check our GoDaddy review). They also started with the same products as well, with both Enom and GoDaddy starting off as domain registrars and web hosting companies.

Twenty years later, both GoDaddy and Enom have managed to go really far. But one has managed to go farther than the other, and with over 17 million reported customers, GoDaddy is by far the more popular company. Why? Consistent advertising, for the most part.

It wasn't always that way though. In 2006, Enom brought out Bulkregister, a major competitor and became the second-largest domain registrar in the world. In 2014, the host's parent company, Rightside, split off from their parent company, Demand Media and began to work as an independent entity.

GoDaddy vs. Enom Hosting Overview

As a web host, GoDaddy is also incredibly popular. However, this is partly due to the fact that there are almost no hosts that offer to host as cheap as GoDaddy's. They keep the price low, and the demand high. Adam Smith would probably host his website, if he had one, with GoDaddy (click here for the reference of this joke).

Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $5.96/month
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageYesn/a
SSL CertificateNon/a
Uptime offer99.4%99.9%

Enom's business model is a somewhat curious one. In exchange for advertising Dreamhost’s VPS and cloud computing services, Enom acts as the permanent domain registrar for all of Dreamhost's customers.

GoDaddy vs. Enom: What to Look Forward To

The first thing you should take note of before choosing a domain registrar is whether they are ICANN- accredited registrars. This organization acts as the regulator of the industry and makes sure that domain registrars such as GoDaddy and Enom, but also others, are playing by the rules.

Generally, this is much better than buying a domain name from a third-party reseller as they are usually not ICANN- accredited. Secondly, if you'd want to get a country-specific domain name, you need to first check local domain registrar prices. Registering with well known global registrars such as GoDaddy or Google Domains and taking advantage of their on-going promos can save you a few bucks in the end.

The third thing to do is what you're presumably doing right now – do your research. Since most companies offer the same goods, the important thing you need to take note of is the price. Many registrars have special discounts that take quite a great percentage off the first-time price, so you need to look for that as well.

If you're going to be launching your site after acquiring your domain name, you should probably think of purchasing your hosting plan and your domain plan from the same company. Hosting your site with the same provider as you registered your domain name with makes things a lot easier (Not all registrars also offer hosting services, GoDaddy and NetworkSolutions are some of the registrars who do that and make your life overall better because of it). You also need to think of additional services you may need like SSL certificates, and if your provider offers these services with special discounts.

Things to remember when deciding between Enom and GoDaddy:

  • Both GoDaddy and Enom are ICANN registered, so you're covered on that.
  • GoDaddy provides a free domain name if you purchase an annual plan. Importantly,Enom doesn't.
  • While Enom can match GoDaddy when it comes to TLD extensions and generic extensions, Enom only has a handful of country-specific TLDs. Compared to GoDaddy, Enom easily takes the second position.

Domain Pricing

As we said, pricing is an important metric to consider when choosing between Enom and GoDaddy. You don't want to be buying something of the same value at a higher price, do you?

We'll be looking at the price lists of both companies for .com, .xyz, .co, .org, .net and .club domains.

GoDaddy PricingEnom Pricing
.com$0.99 (with this discount)$13.95

Clearly, GoDaddy's domain prices are way cheaper than Enom's. The choice here is astonishingly easy.

Both companies don't only sell domains. There are also additional services like WHOIS privacy (a feature that keeps your details off public WHOIS listing), SSL certificates, Shared Hosting, and website builder tools.

Shared Hosting Pricing

Enom's hosting is not exactly what we would call cheap. In fact, compared to GoDaddy's, it is downright luxurious. GoDaddy has four tiers of Shared Hosting plans, compared to Enom with only has three. GoDaddy's plans are the Economy, Deluxe, Ultimate, and Maximum plans. Enom's three plans are the Starter, Advanced and Power plans.

Low-Tier Hosting Plan Compared

Enom's starter plan comes with 1 domain, 20GB of space, 200 GB of bandwidth and costs $5.96. GoDaddy's basic plan, the Economy plan, comes with one website, 100GB of storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited emails, and one free domain. The plan just costs about $2.99 and around seven dollars to renew. Not only does Enom cost more, but generally provides less value as well.

Medium-Tier Hosting Plan Compared

The Advanced plan comes with 40 GB of storage, 400 GB of bandwidth, one domain and costs $9.76. GoDaddy's Deluxe plan comes with all the features of the Economy plan and has the added advantage of unlimited websites, storage, and subdomains. It costs $4.99 (and $10.99 to renew). Again, GoDaddy's plan completely floors Enom's plan. Is it starting to look like a farce? Yes.

High-End Hosting Plan Compared

The Power plan which is Enom's highest Shared Hosting plan comes with not very much power, ironically. It only has one domain, a hundred gigabytes of disk space, a terabyte of bandwidth and costs $19.68. To compare, GoDaddy's Ultimate plan costs just about $5.99 (The renewal fee is $16.99). The plan comes with all the features of the Deluxe plan plus a free SSL certificate, double the processing power of the Deluxe plan and unlimited databases.

Ultimate Hosting Plan Compared

GoDaddy's most expensive plan is the Ultimate plan and it comes with all the features of the High-End plan but doubles the processing power and memory. It also doubles the maximum website traffic limit and includes a free SSL certificate for the full term. It costs 12.99 for an initial purchase and $24.99 upon renewal. Again, this plan packs more power than Enom's most expensive plan, even though it has comparable pricing.

GoDaddy vs. Enom: Customer Support

Whether managing your domains or hosting, you'll almost certainly need customer support, especially if you're a rookie. We did some testing, and we can tell you the host that we'd rather speak to if we're in a fix.

Customer Support Channels

The first thing that we consider when testing live chat for both GoDaddy and Enom is how long we have to wait in line before getting in touch with a support representative on their end. For GoDaddy, we consistently had to wait for over ten minutes to get connected to a live rep. Ten minutes is a pretty long time if your website is down and you need urgent help. What's more, the live reps that we spoke to were not of much help. While a few were able to answer our questions, an overwhelming majority were not able to give us satisfactory answers.

As bad as we thought GoDaddy's customer support was, Enom's managed to be worse.

First off, on an average, we found connecting to Enom's live reps to be more of a headache than connecting to GoDaddy's. Plainly put, it took longer. The quality of live support was even worse as all the reps that we spoke to sounded impatient and were not even able to answer anything asides basic questions.

For phone support, it was more of the same. GoDaddy had long wait times, Enom had longer wait times, and both did not have great support. However, the ticketing system for both was great.

Enom vs. GoDaddy: Our Winner

All in all, when you look closely at the match-up between Enom vs. GoDaddy, GoDaddy is just slightly more advantageous than Enom across the board. Granted, they have received all manners of complaints from customers lately, but, provided that they will address their problems, they will most certainly continue to be a better choice. Why? It’s simple. They give you more features and they do so for less money. Win-win… not for Enom, unfortunately, but for you.

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