Namecheap and GoDaddy are both ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) accredited top level domain registrars. Aside from this, they offer a wide array of other web services such as hosting, easy domain transfers, professional e-mail service, web security, online marketing tools, 24/7 customer support and many more.
Namecheap VS GoDaddy
Welcome to our face to face in-depth comparison between Name.cheap and GoDaddy.
Now a question will arise. Why these two? Because there are hundreds of registrars to choose.
Well, these two are the most popular choice for selecting and purchasing a domain name for your new blog or website. Both are trusted by millions of customers around the world.
GoDaddy is the biggest domain registrar (Thanks to their super bowl advertising on TV and newspapers that branding up the company so quickly) while Namecheap earned their position in the market for their attractive pricing and good quality of service.
A billionaire entrepreneur Bob Parsons launched GoDaddy (former name Jomax Technologies) back in the year 1997 whereas NameCheap founded in 2000 by Richard Kirkendall.
According to size and market domination, GoDaddy is the largest domain registrar. There are approximately 75 million domain names under their management which is 30 percent of the domain registry market share while NameCheap has more than 5 million domain name in their system.
GoDaddy clearly wins this comparison but these are just numbers and they don’t necessarily mean that one company is better than the other one. Price, Quality of services and customer support are the things you should look for.
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Without any doubt, pricing is the most important thing that comes to mind before buying a domain name.
If you want to buy a .com domain name for your website from GoDaddy, it will cost you $12.17 for 1st year and renewal for the 2nd year $15.17. Taxes and fees will also add to the checkout process. With the promo code, you can get a domain for $0.99 only for the first year but renewal price will be the same of $15.17 later on. In the case of Namecheap, a .com domain costs $10.98 per year. A small ICAAN fee $0.18 will be added. That’s it. No hidden fees or taxes. You can renew your domain with the same price in next year.
GoDaddy charges $7.99 for domain privacy protection each year while Namecheap comes with free protection for the first year and after that, you’ll have to pay $2.88 every year to keep your protection.
Namecheap also offers PositiveSSL for just $1.99 for the first year and later on $8.88 per year to secure your website. SSL at Godaddy starts from $59.99 and renewal costs $74.99. Very expensive.
If you want just domain for one year without any valuable service, you can surely go with GoDaddy because it offers a bigger promotional discount. But if you have the aim to hold a domain for more than a year with valuable services like WhosGuard and SSL then Namecheap will be your ultimate choice.
Sometimes you might forget to renew your domain. In that case, your domain will expire but the registrar company holds your domain for a certain period of time. This time duration is called grace period.
Namecheap gives 27 days to reactivate the domain name while GoDaddy offers 41 days. This grace period is applicable on .com, .net, .info, .biz and .org TLDs.
Namecheap delivers a clean and simple interface that easy to use without any complications. Have no unnecessary settings but provides all the necessary options in the palm of a hand. The checkout process is smooth and seamless, very good for newbies. You can get your domain name and check out within minutes.
On the contrary, GoDaddy’s user interface is cluttered and difficult to use. Check out process is confusing as they try to upsell email/hosting/services in every step of purchase and make it hard to leave. This is problematic for newbie users.
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Customer support is crucial for a domain registrar company. Because sometime you might need help in some queries which is difficult to understand or you might face some problems in settings.
GoDaddy and Namecheap both provide 24/7 customer support for their customers. But GoDaddy seems a bit slow to respond. They have live chat support but only available from Monday to Friday during specific hours. You can contact them by phone 24/7 though. On the other hand, Namecheap has 24/7 full live chat support and they are very responsive and reliable. They don’t support services via phone, which is a downside for them.
So after discussing many points of interest, you can see Namecheap is the winner. It provides cheap rate, free service, and good customer support. Yes, GoDaddy is still a good choice but they have to improve their pricing especially renewal fees and customer support. If spending money for valuable professional services and web builder tools is not bothering for you, you should go with GoDaddy.