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Namecheap vs GoDaddy

Last updated: Author Scott Whatley

The match-up between GoDaddy vs NameCheap is a clash of titans in terms of domain purchases. Both of these started out selling domains and are well-known for their additional services across the industry. Whether you’re just looking to buy a domain or you’re also interested in hosting, e-mail, and other features, GoDaddy and NameCheap will both jump to your aid.

How, then, are you supposed to decide between them? My recommendation is to start with pricing, but it can be difficult to make out which of the two services is cheaper when your screen is invaded with offers and special first-sales. To get to the bottom of whether GoDaddy or NameCheap is more affordable, you have to look at their renewal prices for .com domain names. I get to that in a moment.

In addition, to make your life easier later down the line, you should consider which of these companies offer a better interface, both for transactions and when it comes to their domain manager. Before you pull the trigger, you might also want to give some thought to the ethical stance of the company you’re about to support, because what you discover might actually change your mind.

Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $9.88/month
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageYesYes
SSL CertificateNoNo
Uptime offer0.9941
Email Accounts1100
24/7 SupportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonRichard Kirkendall
Year Founded19972000
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseInternet beginners / bloggers

So here’s the deal: GoDaddy is the largest domain registrar out there. They have attractive prices for most domain names and a host of additional features you can purchase once you’ve landed a domain.

At the same time, however, NameCheap is actually more affordable in the long run because they are more upfront about renewal costs and maintain the same fees for longer than 2 years. Their interface is also much cleaner and, although they are not perfect in this respect, they do attempt way fewer upsell strategies than GoDaddy.

Last, but not least, GoDaddy has some serious ethical issues to deal with in terms of advertising and company values. Based on this alone, I’d ask myself whether I actually want to support such a company, especially when so many similar alternatives are competing for my money.

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