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.
On Next week’s episode: GoDaddy hosting vs other sites…