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24 June 2018

GoDaddy Vs NameCheap - Best Domain Name Registrar 2018

GoDaddy vs NameCheap


GoDaddy or Namecheap? Which is the best domain name registrar in 2018? I get asked by many people around me about these. I am holding the accounts of both domain name registrars. I don't have any issue to share my experience about both these as my review is 100% based on my experience with these companies as far as domains are concerned. My opinions here are totally based on my experience as a paying customer.
Let's move to the review now

Price 

We see domain name providers are very notorious when it comes to pricing. They make the amount rising as you make money ongoing. I would focus here on .com domains yearly renewal fee to understand or compare them. Probably the best way to judge them
GoDaddy       Domain Renewal @ $14.99/year for .com domains. 
Namecheap   Domain renewal @$12.88/year for .com domains. 
We should also keep in mind the we see discount coupons for both of the companies. One should also understand that with coupons you get below a dollar priced domain when you buy for the first time, specially with GoDaddy. I would give GoDaddy an edge over Namecheap with their best and deep discounting. 
You will be probably thinking that Namecheap is low in price when it comes to long term so still why one should choose GoDaddy. The answer is if you are planning running your website for more than two (02) years then no questions, you should go with Namecheap. On the other hand if you are trying to cliam a domain name fast and in very low price, then GoDaddy will surely save you some amount of money. 
Another aspect of Godaddy is Domain Discount Club. The price to join this club is $120/yr. Once you joined the group, the renewals for .com domains will lower to price $8.29/yr. Also you get ability to bid on auctions. It will benefit if you own many domains (hundreds of domains). If you have have group of domains, then program will pay for itself. But if you have just a few domains, then still Namecheap is best for you in price. 
My review only focuses domains in pricing. The rest range of email, hosting etc is not considered in any way here. IF we include those, it gets tricky. In General NameCheap is cheaper in renewal while GoDaddy is cheaper in upfront pricing. 

Interface

An ugly interface can lead to frustrating experience. An easy interface can give you an easy one time setup. The Domain Interface or Domain Manager is where you actually manage / configure your domain name and its related operations. Its very important to have an easy interface for excellent user experience.  
I am including pictures of my domain/DNS managers in Namecheap and GoDaddy to give you an idea about their interface
GoDaddy DNS Backend:
GoDaddy DNS Backend
NameCheap Domain Manager:
NameCheap Domain Manager
Let me explain you further. The page that will be used to configure your domain name and its related functions is domain manager. Here you can manage your domain name and perform functions related to it. Related operations include DNS to hosting company, Setting up sub domains & setting up your email etc. Most of the edits are one time or occasional edits. No body want to commit mistakes specially in this place as they can hurt a lot.  

Let's come to the point now. Namecheap or GoDaddy? When you see in above screen shots. The winner in my opinion is NameCheap. GoDaddy do have an interface that is better from many other domain providers. But no questions when we compare NameCheap interface with GoDaddy. There is no questions NameCheap has a better view and actions interface as compared to GoDaddy. The only upside to GoDaddy’s interface is that it’s so widely used that you will be able to find support for it out on the Internet or in GoDaddy’s knowledgebase.
Namecheap has all the options displayed on the Sidebar and no confusing or unnecessary setting the actual DNS Settings. Many of the extra settings in GoDaddy are actually because of how they upsell email/hosting/services – and want to make it hard to leave.

Customer Experience

I have a habit of consider the overall experience of purchasing. Whether its GoDaddy or NameCheap i will consider them overall. I am going to mention here some of the things that i like and unlike. 

First let me show you both. Here’s the NameCheap Account Page:
NameCheap Backend
Here is the GoDaddy Account Page for comparision:
GoDaddy Backend
First, Namecheap…
  • Has trouble with auto-renewal on occasion (this seemed to be associated with their old reseller setup, so is less of an issue now)
  • Very straightforward checkout process
  • Good suggestion engine
  • Knowledgebase is pretty well put together
  • Chat support is super-fast but lacks phone support
  • Minimalist design (for good and bad)
Now for GoDaddy –
  • Confusing (ie, the obstacle course of upsells) checkout process
  • Domain manager opens a separate window – and feels weird… like the domains are off-site
  • Suggestion engine that has a bias toward TLD rather than actual names
  • Clean color scheme – but cluttered with upsells
  • Knowledgebase is very extensive
  • Email and chat support are ok – phone support exists and is fairly decent
Overall one should give experince points to NameCheap as its partly pure subjectivity, but also partly from GoDaddy's constant upsells and cluttered layout. For some – upsells & crossells are just part of the game. If you are in the market for those products – they can be a good thing. But for claiming a domain, I’m not a fan.

Extras

When you purchase a domain name – you usually get a few extras thrown in. These extras sometimes are expected (like security) and sometimes are quite valuable (like privacy settings). Here’s how they are different…
  • Reliable DNS – GoDaddy’s DNS was hacked, and Namecheap’s hasn’t been. This is a huge deal. It was a concerted attack…but still
  • Email – Namecheap’s forwarding is 100% free, while GoDaddy pushes upsells for their own email product
  • WHOIS Guard – NameCheap budles this privacy feature for the first year forever while GoDaddy charges
  • Hosting – GoDaddy gives you a limited hosting package for a year, along with photo storage space, while Namecheap offers a range of shared hosting services.  
  • Custom DNS – Namecheap gives free custom nameservers, while GoDaddy doesn’t
As you can tell – NameCheap tends to focus on more technical giveaways, while GoDaddy focuses on extras like photo storage and hosting. I tend to like companies that take care of the basics over bells and whistles, but GoDaddy still does a decent job on the technical front if they are more of a fit for you and your site. However, if extras determined whether you should go with Namecheap or GoDaddy – then NameCheap would still win.  

Upsells

The Upsells are quite obvious in the domain name selling world. Unless it’s 1997 and you bought something like pizza.com or walmart.com – you aren’t going to make money just buying domain names (though GoDaddy does run one of the larger domain auction platforms). You’ve got to have a website to go along with it, so on and so forth.
I strongly think it’s a good idea to separate your domain name (your website’s address) from your hosting (where it lives) – the jobs are very different, and for a multitude of reasons (probably a different article) a good idea to keep separate.
Anyway, both Namecheap and GoDaddy offer upsells to hosting and storage packages. Namecheap offers a neat upsell for a One-pager website that would be useful if you are just trying to get something up quick. They also offer an upsell for a discounted SSL Package. Overall they are a tie here. 

Namecheap vs GoDaddy Review Conclusion

If you are the one, that wants Cheap Domains Upfront and Phone Support then I would suggest to go with GoDaddy. On the Other Hand if you are going to run your domain from more than 2 Years then NameCheap is most probably the better choice. In my experience, its better to get a domain from NameCheap with a long term plan. 

When you already have domains at another provider, NameCheap also makes it super-easy to transfer your domains as well. So NameCheap is best overall as compared to GoDaddy.  
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