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Switch your crappy GoDaddy domain to Namecheap

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I have to admit that I got caught up in GoDaddy’s marketing hype. They’ve done a great job of convincing the general public that they’re the cheapest and most reliable registrar. A surprising amount of experienced webmasters have also fallen into this trap. In fact, this blog and several of my other sites are registered at GoDaddy…

What’s wrong with GoDaddy?

Not a whole lot. If all you’re looking to do is grab a domain they’re not too bad. But what if you want to buy and sell domains? What if, like me, you want your domain to be registered privately (ie. not have your personal info available to everyone)? After calculating my 2007 finances, I realized I’ve spent, or better yet, wasted $42 on private registration from GoDaddy!

Now don’t get me wrong, keeping my information off that giant database is well worth paying extra for. The reason I say waste is because NameCheap offers WhoIsGuard for about 2 bucks. With new domains? Free.

Transferring Domains made easy (buying and selling)

So we all know of GoDaddy’s coveted “Use a buy agent to get this domain!”. Thanks GoDaddy, but I’ll pass. Again, you’re really paying a hell of a lot more because of GoDaddy’s name and high advertising costs. What about NameCheap? Selling a domain goes like this:
1. List your domain in their marketplace.
2. Buyer contacts you, negotiation and payment follow.
3. You go to manage domains–>transfer domain. Enter your buyers NameCheap account.
4. Done. The actual transfer time takes about 30 seconds.

Mo Money Mo Money Mo Money

As soon as my domains are up for expiration, everything is moving to NameCheap. It’s a well reputed registrar with great customer service. The best part is I just cut my domain costs this year by 50%. But do you want to really know how much I like NameCheap? You won’t find a NameCheap affiliate link in this post. In fact, I’m a GoDaddy affiliate: anyone who buys from GoDaddy makes me money, NameCheap buyers don’t earn me a dime. This is just to show people that there is a better alternative to GoDaddy.

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  1. I used to be a big NameCheap fan.

    However, they turn out to have severe software problems, that took my sites down over a several day period, as per http://www.monashreport.com/2008/02/06/namecheap/ .

    Since I don’t want the privacy feature anyway — it’s believed to hurt search engine rankings — I wonder whether I should brave GoDaddy, or whether there’s a third better alternative.


    Comment by Curt Monash — February 6, 2008 @ 8:20 pm
  2. Curt,

    Why would privacy hurt SERPs? It might prevent a few free linkbanks from whois directories, but those are weak links at best.

    And re: software issues, I changed the DNS of one of my sites just the other day and it propogated within 30 minutes. Odd no?

    Comment by Honest Ed — February 7, 2008 @ 9:22 am
  3. The theory on privacy and SERPS is that the search engines use domain ownership in their trust algorithms, and assume the worst in the case of concealment.


    Comment by Curt Monash — February 8, 2008 @ 11:28 am
  4. Curt,

    I am not, nor do I pretend to be an SEO expert, so I’ll take your word for it. However, I would think that such a thing would have a very small effect on SERPs, and would especially apply to newer sites (who have yet to show some validity through age).

    Still, I have many sites garnering top rankings that have been privately registered since they started, so I’d rather live without the loss of personal information. Plus, I may run for office one day and there’s enough dirt to dig up on me without the stash the web 2.0 has =).

    Comment by Honest Ed — February 8, 2008 @ 10:34 pm
  5. I quite agreed with you Ed. I already tried both and so far Namecheap is more honest from GoDaddy. No hidden cost lol…

    ps- Do you have any experience with name.com ?

    Comment by kaSyah — March 21, 2008 @ 12:13 am
  6. KaSyah,

    I had actually never heard of name.com until your post. I checked it out and it seems pretty great - $6 for a domain plus free private registration. I’ll give it a try and report how it works.

    - Ed

    Comment by Honest Ed — March 24, 2008 @ 8:40 am
  7. NameCheap sucks the fat one. I really, really don’t recommend using them, especially if you use domains to mask your affiliate URLs or for example to grab the identical .net, .org, etc. domains in order to protect your main .com one.

    Twice this year their nameservers were “under a ddos” attack which made redirection (URL redirection or CNAME) not work at all (once for ~4 days, other time for a day). All my affiliate links were down, and so were my blogs hosted on blogger and using a CNAME to park the domain.

    Comment by Andrew — February 15, 2009 @ 7:06 am
  8. Andrew,

    I made this post a long time ago. Since then I switched to Name.com

    Comment by MJ — February 26, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

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