Namecheap vs GoDaddy, Which Domain Service?

Updated: July 2, 2017
by Ray Alexander

Namecheap and GoDaddy are two of the most popular domain name registration providers. They're popular because they both offer a super-friendly interface and competitive prices. When building a website, the first thing to do is to register (=buy) a domain for a year or two (or more than 2 years if you want). It's something you want to get it done with and forget about it until the next renewal date. So Namecheap vs GoDaddy, which is better?

Namecheap vs GoDaddy, Which Domain Service?

Register A Domain. Connect. Done!

Both Namecheap and GoDaddy feature a domain search box in the home page. You can check a domain availability without logging in. If a domain with particular TLD such as .com is not available, they will tell you what's available (e.g. .net, .org) and for how much.

If available and you're happy to buy it, you just log in and purchase it.

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The next thing - the only other thing - you have to do is to connect your domain name to the web hosting service. Both Namecheap and GoDaddy offer the service and, if you're using their own it's super-easy with a click of a button. If you're using a third party web hosting service, there's a clear instruction too. It won't usually take a few minutes for your web host to recognise the domain name - though they always say "it may take up to 24 hours / 48 hours".

So once your domain is registered, you rarely need to log back in unless you need to change the settings (e.g. change your web hosting company), or something goes wrong. Bt nothing ever goes wrong with either of the two service providers, in my experience.

Domain Registration Fee

Namecheap Domain Registration Fee

As far as the fee is concerned, Namecheap is generally (and literally!) cheaper, only slightly.

GoDaddy Domain Registration Fee

As you can see, if you were to register one domain name with .com TLD, Namecheap offers $10.69, whereas GoDaddy charges $11.99. But GoDaddy often offers unique bundle discounts instead. Like shown above, if you buy the same domain name with 3 x particular TLD's at the same time (.net, .org and .info), you'll only pay $18.

But there are seldom occasions where you want to buy these 3 domain TLD's but to exclude .com. If you really want to protect the brand name that you've chosen, an option can be to buy all 4 x TLD's at the same time (.com, .net, .org and .info), you'll only pay $29.99, makes it $7.50 each.

Domain registration GoDaddy GBP
Domain registration GoDaddy GBP enlarged

I live in the UK and therefore the price is actually shown in GBP by default. I see a further discount option here with GoDaddy; when you register for 2 years or more, you only pay £0.99 (USD 1.30) for the first year, then the additional years for £12.99 (USD 17.00).

So if you pay for 2 years, GoDaddy will charge you just over $18 (just over $9 per year), which will come slightly cheaper than Namecheap. However this offer only applies for a brand new domain purchase. At the renewal date, if you wish you pay for the 2nd year & 3rd year together, you'll just simply have to pay 2 x $11.99 = $23.98.

So what do you think? I wouldn't like paying for a brand new domain name for 2 years, as anything could happen in the near future with a new website. And you would only save a few dollars by paying for 2 years ahead. So I personally prefer Namecheap for the straightforward pricing offer.

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Ease Of Use

Both offer a very friendly & welcoming interface. Apart from the domain registration service, both Namecheap and GoDaddy offer web hosting services. But it is GoDaddy who provides a few more other services such as;

  •  Website builder with online store integration and WordPress integration
  • SEO service (keyword search tool)
  • Email marketing service
  • Microsoft Office integration

In terms of the main menu for that reason, GoDaddy is much busier. I must add though, these extra services are worth checking out, for example the SEO service is offered only for $2.99 per month.

Domain management Namecheap vs GoDaddy

Domain management screen: Namecheap (left) - GoDaddy (right)

As far as the domain management screen is concerned, I find both Namecheap and GoDaddy equally easy to set up and edit. One advantage with GoDaddy is that - the company is bigger than Namecheap and generally better known. When you're setting up a service software, for example an e-commerce or email marketing software and having it integrated with your domain, you often find a separate, step-by-step instruction for GoDaddy user. But you hardly ever see an instruction for Namecheap integration because it's lesser known.

Namecheap vs GoDaddy, Which Domain Service?

I personally prefer Namecheap, for its simple pricing structure, and easy domain management which you can find all the information within one screen. ​But I don't have anything negative to say about GoDaddy and, I do register some of my domains with Namecheap and some with GoDaddy.

Which is your favourite? Let me hear your opinion - please don't hesitate to leave your comment below.

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About the author 

Ray Alexander

ASD. Recovering alcoholic. LGBTQ+ advocate. Semi-retired. 15+ years of web-designing experience. 10+ years affiliate marketing. Ex-accountant. I'm nice and real. Ask me if you need any help in starting up your home business.

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  1. A bit more to share since that was welcomed…:

    I got my 1st domain about a decade ago just because I wanted to have my own, unique email address !!
    Used godaddy most of that time but gradually noticed their pricing creeping up & up.
    By the time it had actually doubled in price, I had already noticed that their site & support had become difficult as well – so I looked around…

    The 1st calamity was after taking a 1&1 transfer to get their 99 cent per year offer; BIG MISTAKE !!

    They rope users into captive hosting & run you around in circles when you want to use your own nameservers and/or DNS records – just terrible services.

    Ultimately, after wasting hours trying to navigate there, I gave up, let my domain idle for the mandatory waiting period between transfers – and then it got sold right out from under me to some domain collector & was then offered for sale for way more than it was worth.
    Lucky enough for me it did not sell, and after around a year without it I was able to get it again as a new registration.

    Really – seriously – this was NOT worth the hassles for the 99 cent price !!!

    Presently I have moved my several domains over to Namecheap & will stay with them as long as they do not go the ways of those others.

    What I seriously enjoyed was when they had their 88 cent sale I grabbed several new domains with the new endings like .win & .review – waited a day & tacked on 9 more years at that same price, so for me & the elderly friends I helped with that, we all got goodies for under $10 for 10 full years.

    Better still, their DNS management & support are really top-notch.

    I suggest that they are the one to watch for specials as it seems they are competing very aggressively with the older services now.

    1. Hi Diane, thanks again for more info!

      Wow, sounds like 1&1 is providing a shoddy service…I just checked some other reviews but no one seems entirely happy with them, which is a shame because I think a domain registration should be straightforward, you buy or not buy a licence, set it up and go. We would never appreciate extremely low initial price with hidden extra or sneaky upsells.

      Yes I think I recall GoDaddy used to be much cheaper – I used to use, then I moved to GoDaddy and was happier because of the price and also the DNS management that was more user friendly comparing to Active Domain. I now find myself migrate to Namecheap from GoDaddy one by one for the same reasons.

      It sounds good that you bought domains with .win, .review etc extensions. They might come very handy in the years to come whether you resell the domains or use them, as the web space is forever overpopulating with new names!

      Thanks for your input again Diane!
      Best Wishes

  2. Some related notes from my personal experiences, where applicable:

    Be sure to check their renewal rates !!
    All their pricing has gone up dramatically this past year and their service and support quality has gone way DOWN – I had several domains there and transferred them all to Namecheap for their better pricing (as well as better support IMO).

    Nothing – and I really, seriously mean NOTHING good to say about this horrible company – they suck you in with their .99 offers, and when you see how bad they are they do rotten things to you aimed at making you lose your domain.
    I will never, ever use them again.

    So far I’ve had a great experience with them and they have some great deals from time to time like .88/year or 4.88/5 year domain specials.
    Great support so far too IMO.

    4.Directnic – $7.99 for .com right now
    No idea about this one – never used it – just looked there…

    5. Namesilo has $8.99 for .com domains right now
    No idea about this one either – I’ve never used it.

    It is good to keep abreast of domain services because they are very competitive (except for godaddy !!) and change alot.

    1. Hi Diane, wow, thanks for the great advice!

      I didn’t know the quality of service by GoDaddy had gone so bad, nor did I about the renewal pricing! Perhaps because I only have one site registered with GoDaddy, I didn’t see that last year. I’d better cancel the “auto-renewal”.

      So “1and1” sounds like a real bad one, we’d sure better stay away. All my websites except one above are registered via Namecheap, and I’m happy with them too, so I’m glad to hear that you have a great experience with them. Though now knowing that Directnic and Namesilo are offering even cheaper prices for .com, they must be the one to watch! In fact I have a couple of dormant sites that I just need to keep. I’ll remember to move them to either of these two services later on this year!

      Thank you so much for the great info Diane, greatly appreciate it!

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