Where Can I Get Cheap Web Domain Names?

There are quite a few web domain providers that offer cheap web domain names. I have researched the following 8 web domain providers – Netfirms, IPOWER, 1and1, APlus.net, DomainSite, MyDomain, NameCheap and GoDaddy. What I discovered by looking at all their prices is that although the prices of the web domains are almost the same, these companies try to make money by charging more on domain related services like web hosting, email services and WHOIS privacy.

Here’s a list of potential charges by the web domain providers to give you an idea on how they make money:

  • ICANN fee included in the price of the domain or an additional USD 20 cent yearly ICANN fee per domain. ICANN charges .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .name, .jobs and .mobi domain extensions.
  • Free domain privacy or yearly domain privacy fees per domain.
  • Different prices for the each domain’s first yearly charge and the second year onwards.
  • Different prices for the various types of domain extensions.
  • Restrictions on the number of domains you can purchase at a discounted price.

Domains that do not allow anonymous WHOIS profiles:

.us – The United States Department of Commerce do not allow anonymous registrations for .us domains.
.org – ICANN requires .org domain owners to reveal their true identities.

Netfirms.com

  • .com, .net and .org domains at USD $5.95 for the first year.
  • .com, .net and .org domains at USD $9.95 from the second year onwards.
  • .biz and .info domains at USD $9.95 per year.
  • Free hiding of your public WHOIS record on .com and .net domains only.

Netfirms is a great choice if you are looking to get a cheap web domain name (.com and .net) and you do not need more than 5 domain names. Domains cost as low as USD $5.95 for the first year. This is the cheapest I have come across throughout my entire career online. Overall, Netfirms is good for .com and .net domain names because of the free WHOIS protection. Their .info domains are very expensive compared to the other web domain providers.

IPOWER.com

  • .com, .biz, .info, .net and .org domains at USD $7.75 per year, USD $15.50 for 2 years and USD $23.25 for 3 years.
  • Domain privacy at USD $8.99 per year.

IPOWER is better known for their web hosting services. Their domain prices are rather competitive but they do not offer free domain privacy services. They try to get you to pay for more than 1 year up front with very little savings, which is negligible in my opinion. There are better web domain providers out there with better rates without asking you to sign up for more than 2 years at a time for measly savings like this.

1and1.com

  • .com/.net/.org/.us/.biz/.name domains for USD $6.99 per year.
  • .info domains at USD $0.99 for the first year with a maximum of 25 .info domains per customer.
  • .info domains at USD $6.99 per year from the second year onwards.
  • Free private domain registrations.

1and1 is the best place to get cheap .info domains but you may only get up to 25 .info domains. Their prices for the other common domain names are pretty cheap at only USD $6.99 per year, which is the second cheapest after Netfirms. Furthermore, they do not have any restrictions on the number of domain names you can purchase at this price.

Aplus.net

  • .com domains at USD $7.40 for the first year.
  • .com domains at USD $8.40 from the second year onwards.
  • .net domains at USD $6.95 for the first year.
  • .net domains at USD $7.95 from the second year onwards.
  • .org and .us domains at USD $7.95 per year.
  • .biz domains at USD $15.90 per year.
  • * .com domains only; ICANN fee of 20 cents per domain name year will be applied. USD $7.40 price valid only for first year of domain name registration. Not valid for existing customers.
  • ** .net domains only; ICANN fee of 20 cents per domain name year will be applied. USD $6.95 price valid only for first year of domain name registration. Not valid for existing customers.
  • *** .info domains only; ICANN fee of 20 cents per domain name year will be applied. USD $1.95 price valid only for first year of domain name registration. Not valid for existing customers.
  • Domain Registration Privacy at USD $8.95 per year.

APlus is one of the most costly and complicated web domain providers. Why in the world are they charging USD $15.90 per year for a .biz domain name when others charge a maximum of USD $9.99 for it?

DomainSite.com

  • .com, .net and .org domains at USD $7.88 for the first year.
  • Hidden WHOIS services at USD $0.50 per year.

DomainSite is not the cheapest but they have reasonable prices.

MyDomain.com

  • .com, .net, .org, .biz, .us and .info domains at USD $8.75 per year + USD $0.20 ICANN Fee = USD $8.95.
  • WHOIS Privacy on any .com or .net domain at USD $6.99 per year.

MyDomain prices are quite a turn off because they do not absorb the ICANN fees and their WHOIS privacy service is quite expensive.

NameCheap.com

  • .com, .net, .org and .biz domains at USD $8.41 for the first year with discount code.
  • .com, .net, .org and .biz domains at USD $9.29 from the second year onwards.
  • Free WhoisGuard for the first year.
  • WhoisGuard at USD $2.88 from the second year onwards.

My web domain was purchased from NameCheap. I chose them not because they were the cheapest but because they were the ones with the best reviews I could find on the internet. I wish they could provide their WhoisGuard service free forever.

GoDaddy.com

  • .com, .net and .org domains at USD $9.99 + USD $0.20 ICANN Fee = USD $10.19.
  • .info domains at USD $1.99 + USD $0.20 ICANN Fee = USD $2.19.
  • Private Registration at USD $6.99 per year.

GoDaddy is not known for its cheap web domain registration rates. They are the most glamorous web domain provider of the world with Playboy models like Candice Michelle and Amanda Beard as their spokespersons. If you enjoy buying from fashionable shops then this is the place to get your web domains. However, be prepared to pay a premium on their domain names.

How To Get the Cheapest Web Domains

  • Get your first 5 .com, .net and .org domains from Netfirms at USD $5.95 for the first per year.
  • Get your subsequent .com, .net and .org domains from 1and1 at USD $6.99 per year.
  • Get your first 25 .info domains from 1and1 at USD $0.99 for the first year.
  • Get your subsequent .info domains from 1and1 at USD $6.99 per year.

Other than Netfirms and 1and1, NameCheap and DomainSite are pretty cheap as well.

* The prices listed here could have been changed right now so please check their web sites for the latest prices and policies.

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