Google Domains vs. GoDaddy: Domain Name Providers Compared

Google Domains vs. GoDaddy_ Domain Name Providers Compared

Google Domains and GoDaddy are two of the most well-known domain name registrars on the Internet. I’ve written about both Google Domains and compared GoDaddy to NameCheap (their other big competitor). But how do they compare to each other?

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Domain Registrars are a unique industry. Since ICANN issues all domain names, leaving Registrars mainly as bookkeepers, there is not a ton of scope to offer completely different products. At the end of the day, you simply need a domain name that you can associate with a server where your data lives.

And yet, not all domain registrars are the same (which is why you are reading this post, I’m guessing). I’ve tried dozens and have had every problem imaginable. There is no such thing as a “best” domain registrar. Everybody has tradeoffs. And Google and GoDaddy are actually a good example of very different approaches to domain registration.

I was a Day One customer of Google Domains back at their launch, and I’ve been a customer (and consultant to customers) of GoDaddy for 10+ years.

Here are my thoughts on Google Domains vs. GoDaddy based on company structure, pricing structure, domain selection, usability, customer support, and complementary products.

You can also Skip to Conclusion.

Disclosure: I receive customer referral fees from companies on this website. All data & opinions are based on my experience as a paying customer or consultant to a paying customers.

Company Structure

For long-term projects, company structure matters more than really anything else. An investor-funded startup will have very different incentives than a publicly traded company. And a product that directly makes a profit will be treated differently than a product that complements a company’s main profit center.

Google and GoDaddy are very well-known brands, but are very different companies in regards to domains.

GoDaddy and Google are both publicly traded companies. They answer to their shareholder’s short and long-term demands for profit.

GoDaddy was founded as a domain registrar. Domains are their thing. Now, they expanded to be an online business services company in recent years. Domains are now part of their profit puzzle. For GoDaddy, domains are still their “thing” but they are increasingly a loss-leader to sell other products such as website builders, web hosting, bookkeeping, and email.

GoDaddy wants you to buy a domain, because they know that once you buy, then you’ll buy other stuff and probably stick around.

Google is an advertising company. They make their money selling extremely targeted ads based on data that no one else has. Domains are absolutely not their “thing”. However, Google does want and need your loyalty and your data more than anything in the world. They also need websites to be on the open Web.

The biggest loss for Google is for you to run your business off Facebook and Instagram while never logging into Google. Now, recently Google has started making money off Enterprise & Business Services via their Cloud and G Suite services. But that’s a complement to their data need.

Google wants you to buy a domain so that you are, at minimum, logged into Google with an independent website that they can index and that you’ll probably run ads to. Additionally, if you buy a domain from Google, you might buy G Suite for your business.

The Upside: You can get a good deal from both these companies. GoDaddy will run crazy discounts just to get you to buy. Google wants everything to be simple and easy.

The Downside: Your actual domain is not a huge concern for either company. GoDaddy only cares about your domain in so far as you stick around and buy stuff. And Google isn’t really sure if they want to do domains. In fact, Google Domains is now in its 5th Year of “beta”. In other words, it’s still a “test product” that Google might shut down any day without advance notice (a habit of theirs).

Google Domains

The Alternatives: If you read those and thought “hmm, well those don’t sound that great either” – well, you might want to check out either Hover or NameCheap. They both focus on & make money off domains. Hover has excellent usability and NameCheap has excellent long-term pricing and solid complementary products.

If you really like the upsides of Google & GoDaddy, then let’s look at how they play out across other factors.

Pricing Structure

Google Domains has a flat rate for domains with no discounts or promos. Their renewal (and upfront) purchase price is slightly higher than some domain registrars, but also not too far out of line to be an issue. Pricing is simple and transparent.

Google Domains Pricing

GoDaddy is a bit different. Their renewal pricing is higher than most direct competitors like NameCheap and Hover, but they run deeper 1 year discounts than any registrar that I’ve ever used.

This link redirects to GoDaddy’s most current discount.

GoDaddy also has a membership program for people who own a lot of domains. It’s an annual fee, but then you can renew hundreds of domains at excellent long-term pricing.

If you plan on keeping your domain for more than ~4 years, then you might as well go with Google Domains for pricing.

If you want to save a bit of money right now, then you should take advantage of GoDaddy’s current discount. And if you are really into saving money, you can grab GoDaddy’s discount and simply transfer your domain elsewhere at the end of your term.

Domain Selection

Ever since the great ICANN domain name gold rush, vanity TLDs (top level domains) have become more and more common. No TLD will ever displace .com and .org but if domain names for your industry are crowded, then a niche TLD might be worth it.

But you can’t buy one from every registrar.

Fortunately, both GoDaddy and Google have fairly expansive lists for common TLDs. However, for sheer selection, Google cannot come near GoDaddy (especially when it comes to Premium domains and Auctions).

Google Domains TLDs

GoDaddy TLD

As of October 2018, GoDaddy has more than 480 TLDs to choose from compared to Google’s 227.

This is not a huge issue (since you can just check each), but if you are planning on buying additional vanity or brand domains, selection is something to keep in mind.

Usability

You probably won’t be actively managing domains day in and day out. So on one hand, domain name management is not a huge factor. However, when you do have to manage your domains…you *really* need to manage them. So on the other hand, domain name management is pretty critical.

Settings should be clear. Interfaces should have good design.

On this point, Google Domains shines…almost to a fault.

Google Domains has nothing to upsell or resell or push, so the interface is minimalist. The product has Google’s Material Design aesthetic with clear settings and straightforward interfaces.

Google Domains Interface

GoDaddy in contrast…has a bit of a reputation here.

While they have dramatically improved since 2013, GoDaddy’s interfaces are still quite maddening. Once you figure them out, everything is good. But at the start, it’s hard to find complex settings (like the ones you might need to set up G Suite Email). At every turn, they have some product to sell (Premium DNS!). And settings that they don’t want you to use (like the Authorization Code to leave) are straight up buried.

GoDaddy Dashboard

Now – that’s not necessarily a big deal. I have a client who has used GoDaddy for 12 years and has needed to change a setting exactly once that whole time. The other time…I got to do it. GoDaddy works, it’s cheap, and it’s a known big brand.

But if you are actively managing domains – you should go with Google Domains or another registrar like Hover that focuses on clean user experience.

Customer Support

Customer support for domains. It’s one of those factors that you don’t really need until you **really** need it.

Google Domains does provide some support in English, Spanish, French and Japanese. They offer phone, chat, and email 24 hours a day. It’s pretty standard support.

Google Domains Support

GoDaddy has the full gamut of support via phone, email, chat, knowledgebase, etc. They offer localized support depending on which GoDaddy subsidiary you’re with.

GoDaddy Support

Like all customer support, it’s a bit anecdotal but my experience with GoDaddy has been fine with the expected mega-corp annoyances. Google has also been fine, but they definitely seem to be building their team still. Even as recently as a year ago, they only offered support for business hours in English.

Complementary Products

Domains are not stand alone products. By themselves, domains can do very little other than point somewhere.

I am a fan of buying domains from a domain registrar and purchasing complementary products elsewhere (e.g. hosting, email, storage, etc). I do it to save a bit of money and build diversity into my setups (ie, if company X has issues, it’s easier to move if company Y is still fine).

However, that setup is also a bit of a pain. I don’t wholeheartedly recommend it. And for those who want a convenient setup with a single good company handling hosting, email, domains, etc – it’s important to have one that has those complementary products.

Like customer support, Google Domains does not really have a ton of complementary products. Google Domains will directly integrate with Google Sites (Google’s free website builder), Blogger (Google’s free blog service), and G Suite (Google’s business email & storage.

Google Domains Website Integrations

However, Google does not provide traditional hosting and their website builders are lacking.

GoDaddy’s complementary products are their “thing” – they have everything from every flavor of hosting (including WordPress, Shared, Reseller, VPS, etc) to email to storage to accounting to security solutions to website builders and payment processing.

GoDaddy Focus

If you are looking for a company to have everything with for convenience, then GoDaddy “wins” hands down.

If you are looking for a company that has integration with email but will integrate your domain with 3rd parties, then Google Domains is solid.

Next Steps

Like I’ve said in all my reviews and comparisons, there is no such thing as a “best” anything. There is only the best for you based on your preferences, needs, and resources.

If you want a simple place to register your domain and integrate with Google Apps, then Google Domains is a fit for you.

If you want a registrar with discounts and lots of complementary products, then GoDaddy is a fit for you.

And if you still aren’t sure, then read my Domain Registrar Guide here.

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Dynadot Review: Pros and Cons of Dynadot as Domain Registrar

Dynadot Review

Dynadot is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and web host headquartered in California. They were founded in 2002 by a software engineer and state their primary focus is engineering and designing excellence.

Dynadot’s main pitch is to help customers “register domains names and create websites simply and affordably”.

They are one of the myriad smaller domain registrars that have a dedicated but smaller following than the big brands like GoDaddy.

Do they hold up to their mission? Here’s our Dynadot review with pros and cons.

Disclosure – I receive customer referral fees from companies mentioned on this website. All data & opinions are based on my professional experience as a paying customer or consultant to a paying customer.

Pros of Dynadot

Straightforward Search + Purchase Process

Dynadot makes good on its promise to make registering a domain simple. The interface is clean, easy to navigate, and straightforward. There aren’t any bells and whistles, which for a domain registrar is just fine — we don’t need them. What we need is function and usability, and Dynadot’s interface gives us both. It’s basic and directs you to where you need to go.

Dynadot Interface

While Dynadot does offer complementary products (such as websites and hosting — more on that in a bit), the design has no upsells, cross-sells, or visual clutter. There is no distraction from the main action, which is to search and register for a domain, and the checkout process is quick and easy to complete.

Transparent Pricing

There’s nothing more frustrating than going to a domain registrar and having to hunt for pricing information. Dynadot is 100% transparent with their pricing. From the moment you land on the homepage, you can see what .com domains and other popular top level domains (TLDs) are selling for.

Dynadot Pricing

As far as the actual value goes, Dynadot skews toward the cheaper side for first-time purchases and renewals. They’re not as cheap as NameCheap or GoDaddy for a first time purchase of a .com domain (who offer first time purchase promo codes), but their renewal rates are cheaper ($8.99 vs. $13.16 for NameCheap and $15.17 for GoDaddy), and their transfer rates are on par with the rest.

If you’re planning on holding on to your domain for awhile, it could be worth purchasing it elsewhere and then transferring and renewing with Dynadot to save money in the long run.

Variety of TLDs

Now that ICANN allows more TLDs outside of generic .com/.net/.org, website owners have to make sure their domain registrar has all of the variations they need (especially if you’re buying in bulk). Dynadot offers a ton of TLD options that go beyond generic domains, from country-specific domains for international use to category-specific, like technology, real estate, etc.

Dynadot TLD Variations

Upsells

Upsells aren’t inherently annoying or bad. But so many domain registrars make the mistake of bombarding customers with direct sales tactics that they do become annoying.

Dynadot is not one of these domain registrars. While they do offer complementary products such as websites and hosting, they keep them in the background. You can add them from your account dashboard once you purchase a domain, or you can purchase them from the Dynadot homepage, but at no point are you bombarded with pop-ups or forced to navigate through upsells while trying to buy a domain.

Cons of Dynadot

Unclear Next Steps/Management

Dynadot makes registering a domain incredibly simple… but once you register the domain, there aren’t clear instructions as to what to do next. As soon as I was done checking out, I was given a referral code to share with friends and an order pending message with details. There weren’t any instructions on what to do now that I have my domain.

This is fine for those who are familiar with registering domains and building websites, but if you’re new to the experience and looking for guidance, there’s not much to go on.

Even the follow up email I received after my order had been processed was lacking detailed instructions. Again, if you’re experienced in managing domains, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But if you’re a beginner and aren’t sure how to set up your nameservers (or what those even are), you’re probably going to be confused. Transfer Code Dynadot

I also found it difficult to actually manage my domain. For example, I couldn’t find where I’d go about transferring my domain when I was logged into my account. I had to click around a good bit (and eventually consult the help forum) to get that information.

This experience relates to “onboarding” which is the jargon for moving a new customer to an active customer.

Complementary Products

It’s important to remember that a domain is not a website. It’s not email or any other service. It’s merely your address online. It helps people locate where your property is by telling browsers/email/etc where to go to get whatever it wants (website files, emails, images, data, etc).

If you want to setup a website, you’ll still need to get hosting or a website builder / ecommerce provider that provides hosting.

Dynadot provides an all-in-one approach with complementary products. You can bundle your domain, website builder, hosting, and email and do it all from their platform.

Typically, this would be a pro —  while I personally prefer to separate my hosting and domains to provide an extra layer of control & reliability in addition to cost savings, many website owners prefer to have them bundled for convenience.

But Dynadot’s complementary products are actually a con due to serious limitations.

For example, Dynadot only offers VPS hosting (virtual private server) rather than the more traditional spectrum of shared hosting paired with a website builder or open-source software.

Dynadot VPS Hosting

While VPS provides a level of control you can’t get with Shared hosting (where every account is treated the same), you have to be technically competent enough to manage your own server resources.

If you don’t like getting in the weeds with your server, the price only makes sense if you know how to use it. It’s a bit like buying the whole chicken at the grocery store and cutting it yourself instead of buying the drumsticks, thighs, and breasts. On one hand, it makes sense if you know how to carve it and are willing to take the time to do it… but most people just want it done for them.

In most cases, if you’re looking to bundle your website, hosting, email, and domain management, then you’re looking for convenience. Dynadot, for all their simplicity in the domain buying experience, doesn’t prioritize convenience in their products. They’re a company founded by a software developer — they’re into engineering and hands-on approaches. That’s fine – but it’s also something to be aware of as a customer. It’s like going to a lumber yard over Home Depot. You get the same thing, but the feel is a bit different.

Next Steps

If you…

  • Want a very simple domain purchasing process
  • Don’t need guidance on how to set up / manage your domain
  • Want to save on domain renewals
  • Are looking for complementary products you can customize to your own needs

…. Dynadot could be a good choice for you.

However, if you’re…

  • Less experienced getting online
  • Need detailed steps on how to set up / manage your domain
  • Want to keep your hosting / website separate from your domain
  • Want complementary products that require less technical expertise

… there are better options out there for you (I use NameCheap). You can take my domain registrar quiz to help you narrow down which might be best for your needs.

Dynadot

Dynadot is an ICANN accredited domain registrar and hosting company founded in 2002. They offer domain registration and management along with complementary products like hosting, website builders, and email.
Dynadot Review
Date Published: 08/29/2018
Simple, straightforward domain purchasing process with cheap renewal rates. Domain management and complementary products are geared toward those with more technical experience.
3 / 5 stars

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Register.com Domain Registrar Review: Pros, Cons, and Alternatives

Register Review

Register.com is a domain registrar owned by Web.com (one of the largest and oldest website hosting/builder brands in the industry). They were one of the first give companies chosen by ICANN to participate in the initial test phase of the new competitive shared registry system, making them one of the oldest and most established domain registrar companies in the game outside of Network Solutions.

Aside from domain purchasing and management, Register.com offers a range of products, from marketing to hosting to web design. Their main pitch is that their services and solutions cover all ranges of business sizes and especially help small businesses build their web presence without the need for technical experience.

Given Register.com has a certain level of brand recognition and clout, I decided to try them out as a domain registrar. Here’s my Register.com review – structured with pros & cons based on my recent experience as a customer.

Skip to the conclusion & next steps here.

Disclosure – I receive customer referral fees from companies mentioned on this website. All data & opinions are based on my professional experience as a paying customer or consultant to a paying customer.

Pros of Register.com

There are a lot of Register.com reviews online – usually with user-generated reviews based on anecdotes and personal experience. That’s fine, but I take a different approach. There is no such thing as a “best” domain registrar. The “best” is the right fit for your project based on your goals, budget, experience and expertise. Just because one company is not a good fit for you does not mean it’s not a good fit for someone else.

Register.com is different. Their only pro is their brand name and corporate history. They do offer domain registration & web services, but they simply do not excel at providing any value beyond the assurance of their brand name.

Based on my professional opinion, they are a classic case of a company coasting on their name while other companies out-compete on raw value.

Even for “meh” companies, I try to pull out some reasons to choose them over others. But I really could not find a single reason to use Register.com over someone else besides their brand recognition and positioning. I liken Register.com to finding a McDonald’s at an Interstate exit in the middle of Kansas. Even if you dislike everything about McDonald’s, if it’s the only recognizable option and you’re hungry, you’d probably choose them.

But the Internet is not a highway exit in Kansas. There are so many other choices that are just a click away. Which means while Register.com carries corporate clout, that clout doesn’t outweigh the lack of value.

If you’re curious about the details, I’ll cover more in the cons section below. If not, you can skip to the conclusion and next steps for alternative options.

Register.com Cons

Convoluted Domain Buying Experience

The actual process of buying a domain from Register.com is pretty horrendous, especially compared to the big leaps in UX that other companies have made..

For starters, when you search for a domain, Register.com automatically adds it to your cart if it’s available without showing any pricing information. Even if I search for just the root of a domain and don’t specify the TLD, the .com version is still automatically added without me knowing the price.

There also isn’t pricing information for suggested domains. This complete lack of transparency with pricing is one of the company’s biggest flaws (more on that in a bit).

register.com domain registration process

Next, I tried to see my cart to view pricing info, but I was forced to create an account first. Personally, this makes me uneasy. I’m already feeling iffy with the lack of pricing transparency and the auto add to cart… now I can’t even review my cart without signing up with Register.com? No bueno.

register.com account sign up process

Once I was able to finally see my cart contents, I learned my domain would cost $5, but I have to pay an additional $11 for private domain registration. There appears to be a discount applied, but to get details you’ll have to click through for more information.

register.com pricing discount

However, with the information provided, I have no idea how much it will cost me to renew my domain each year.

Register.com Renewals

Aside from the pricing issues, the checkout process was also littered with upsells. Which brings me to…

Upsells

When a domain registrar offers complementary products (like hosting, website builders, etc.), I expect some upselling. It’s not inherently bad or annoying — it’s an option for customers who want complementary products but also keeps prices low for those who don’t.

So when I see a registrar is upselling, I try to pay special attention to how. Is it subtle and user-friendly? Or does it stall what I’m actually trying to accomplish?

Register.com does two things wrong with upsells. First, they appear at nearly every opportunity instead of only when I’m looking (AKA at checkout or in an upgrade section). Plus, the upsells in checkout impede my progress (there were at least two upsells I had to click through before I could enter my payment information).

Register.com Upsell 1 Register.com Upsell 2

Second, their messaging for many upsells is so oversimplified, it’s misleading. Take this messaging about my online effectiveness score…

Register.com upsell messaging

The combination of oversimplified and frequent upsells is both annoying and makes me wonder who they’re really looking out for.

Pricing

As I mentioned earlier, one of the biggest cons of Register.com is their lack of transparency in their pricing. I couldn’t find a full list of prices for TLDs, and when I searched for domains, none of the options provided had prices listed.

register.com pricing info for TLDs

Unfortunately, the complications don’t end there.

When I purchased my first domain, I could get a few basic TLDs (.com, .org, etc.) for $5 with a first-time discount that applied to my first three domains.

However, if you log back in during a new session, you’ll have to manually enter the promo code, and if you try to create a new account, you may not get the promo — it appears Register.com aggressively tag new users with cookies to prevent promotions.

After that promo was up, my next .com domain was $38 plus an additional $11 for privacy.

register.com pricing after promo

This is outrageously expensive for a simple domain. Even a big brand like GoDaddy will sell a .com domain at $11.99 and renew at $14.99, while more up and coming brands like Namecheap will sell at $2.98 and renew at 12.98 for .com domains.

Transparency (Or Lack Thereof)

All of Register.com’s cons can essentially be summed up into one glaring issue: a lack of transparency. I couldn’t find a comprehensive list of domain pricing by TLD, nor could I find a comprehensive list of TLD options. I couldn’t check out without upsells, but it’s unclear which upsells I really need due to oversimplified messaging.

All in all, the experience made me very wary of Register.com. I’m all about information — I like to know what to expect and to compare options. When there’s such an obvious lack of information, it makes me wonder why that info isn’t provided.

Conclusion + Next Steps

Overall, I was throw by how bad Register.com was. I figured for a company that carries such brand recognition, surely there has to be some value… but I really couldn’t find anything besides their corporate name. If you are still sold on them, go check them out here.

But remember… this isn’t an interstate exit in Kansas with only one recognizable option! So with that said…

If you still want to purchase domains from a well-known brand but want some deep discounts, check out GoDaddy here.

If you prefer an overall excellent domain registrar with the best long-term pricing, then I recommend checking out NameCheap here.

And if you want to just get a domain with your hosting company to keep everything convenient, then take my hosting quiz to find the right company for you.

Register.com

Register.com is a domain registrar owned by Web.com (one of the largest and oldest website hosting/builder brands in the industry). They offer domain registration and complementary products such as hosting and website builders.
Register.com Review
Date Published: 08/28/2018
Register.com is a classic example of a company riding on its name while getting outdone by other companies who are competing on raw value. Their lack of transparency and high prices make them a poor choice for a domain registrar.
1 / 5 stars

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Hover Domains Review: Pros & Cons of Hover Domains as Domain Registrar

Hover Domains Review

Hover Domains is a domain registrar founded in 2009 as an offshoot of Tucows Inc. (the second largest ICANN accredited domain registrar online). Hover’s M.O. is that they stick to what they know, and that’s domains.

But let’s be honest, you probably only know them from their podcast ads on shows like Hello Internet and 99% Invisible. While Grey and Roman might plug them – you want to know how they actually stack up.

Well – this domain registrar deals solely with buying, managing, and transferring domains on their platform. They do offer email services, but do not offer other complementary products such as hosting, website builders, etc.

Check out Hover’s products & pricing here.

It’s important to remember that a domain is not a website. It’s not an email, an app, or any other service. It’s simply your online address. It helps people locate where you are. If you want to setup a website, you’ll still need to get hosting or a website builder / ecommerce provider that provides hosting (which Hover does not provide).

I’ll dive deeper into this in the pros and cons, but it’s an important distinction to make up front, because it helps us understand what Hover’s goal is. They’re not about being an all-in-one solution — quite the opposite, actually. Their focus is on on simplicity. They’re all about getting you your domain and letting you use it wherever you need it through app integrations.

How does Hover stack up against other domain registrars? Here’s our review of Hover Domains as a domain registrar with pros and cons.

Disclosure – I receive customer referral fees from companies mentioned on this website. All data & opinions are based on my professional experience as a paying customer or consultant to a paying customer.

Pros of Hover Domains

Interface

Hover’s interface is about as user-friendly as it gets. It’s clean, simple, and easy to navigate. The domain search is the most prominent thing on the homepage, making it clear exactly where to go to get started.

Hover Interface

Once you search for a domain, you’re given a clean list with an exact match and other recommendations. Hover offers a ton of top level domain options (more on that in a minute), and gives an easy way to navigate through them with different filter categories.

Hover Domain Search Results
The checkout process itself is simple as well. It took me four easy steps to get my domain from my cart to my dashboard. For a domain registrar that prides itself on simplicity, Hover definitely delivers.

Variety of TLDs

Now that ICANN allows more TLDs outside of generic .com/.net/.org, website owners have to make sure their domain registrar has all the ones they want (especially if you’re buying in bulk). Hover has a ton of TLD options that go beyond generic domains, which are broken down by categories to make finding the perfect match easier.

Hover TLDs categorized

Hover also offers a ton of country-specific domains for international use, making it a great choice if you need to buy up domains for various countries/regions or even cities.

Hover TLDs Countries
Transparent Pricing

Domain registrars use a whole host of pricing types, from cheap upfront pricing with high renewal rates to expensive with cheap renewals.

Hover is fairly straightforward with their pricing. Their table breaks down pricing for purchase, renewal, and transfer for all of their TLD types. Their rates include WHOIS privacy protection, which means that your personal details like name, address, and contact information are protected from spammers, marketers, and others who may do a WHOIS lookup. The prices do not include ICANN fees however, which means you’ll need to add an additional $0.18 on to your purchase (more on that in the cons).

Hover Pricing
Hover also offers discounts on renewal rates when you have 10 or more domains registered with them. You can see how the pricing breaks down for the domain ranges in their pricing table.

Hover Pricing Bulk Savings

“Real Person” Support

While I haven’t had to contact support, Hover is well known for their excellent customer service. They claim to be fellow haters of the phone tree, and as such, don’t use automated systems. Whether you’re calling in, emailing, or live chatting, you’re connected to a person.

Hover Support Mentality

In terms of coverage, Hover offers a pretty robust schedule. You can contact them weekdays (8:00 AM – 11:00 PM ET) and weekends (8:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET) via email, phone, or live chat.

Their “Need Help” tab also follows you throughout the site and offers frequently asked questions and answers, as well as a link to their live chat and additional support information.

Hover Support Options

Integrations

Although Hover focuses solely on domain registering and managing (and email), it does offer a plethora off apps you can easily integrate your domain with, from website builders like Squarespace to ecommerce platforms like Shopify.

Hover Integrations
Aside from the integration options, the actual process of integrating your domain is fairly straightforward. Hover provides step-by-step instructions for each app, making it easy for even the least tech-experienced website owners. They’ll even handle some of the work for you (like adding your DNS records to connect your domain with your website platform).

Hover App Integration Instructions

Data Protection

One of the main things that stood out to me while registering a domain with Hover was how far they went to protect my data. There’s nothing worse than registering a domain and getting tons of spam emails immediately afterward (or getting retargeted by ads left and right). WHOIS privacy protects this somewhat, but Hover goes a step beyond during the checkout process by allowing you to select how your data is shared. I also received an email after purchasing my domain prompting me to set my data use consent preferences.

Hover Data Use Email

Cons of Hover Domains

Lacking Complementary Products

Hover’s focus on only domains is a pro, but it’s also a con.

There are several products that almost always go with a domain. If you want to make your site secure with SSL, you’ll need an SSL certificate associated with the domain. You can buy it separately from a third party, but from my experience, managing it with your domain is simpler.

When it comes to hosting, I like to separate my domains and hosting, but many owners prefer that their hosting and domains get bundled into one (even if it’s not ideal from a performance perspective).

NameCheap has competitive hosting; GoDaddy offers affordable managed WordPress hosting with domains. And most hosting companies offer domain registration (or even free domains) with hosting purchase (such as InMotion or Bluehost).

Those kind of products simply aren’t available with Hover. You can purchase domain email (AKA match your domain name to an email address (or several), but if you’re looking for the convenience of having your hosting and website builder all in one platform, you’re out of luck.

Pricing

While Hover offers straightforward pricing (which is a pro), the con is that they tend to be pricier than other registrars — and this is the largest con going against them as a domain registrar.

If you want to compare prices, let’s look at NameCheap vs. Hover. You can get a .com domain on NameCheap for $10.98 (plus the $0.18 ICANN fee), which then renews at $12.98. With Hover, that same .com domain will cost you $12.99 and renews at $14.99.

The pricing discrepancy gets even larger when you get into other specialty TLDs. See the comparison for this .condos domain between Hover and NameCheap.

If you’re looking to save money on a domain purchase or renewal and don’t mind the upselling/cross selling that typically comes with those registrars, there are better choices out there for you than Hover.

If you don’t mind spending a bit more for a domain registrar that’s straightforward and keeps their cross selling and upselling out of it, Hover isn’t a bad choice – but you need to fully factor in your costs.

Next Steps

If you…

  • Want a very simple domain buying and integration experience
  • Need a registrar that offers plenty of support
  • Want to keep your email and your domain with the same provider
  • Don’t need complementary products (besides email)

… Hover Domains could be a good fit for you.

However, if you’re…

  • More experienced in getting online
  • Looking to save on domains (especially specialty TLDs)
  • Want to keep your hosting and domains in the same place

… there are better options out there for you (I mostly use NameCheap). You can take my domain registrar quiz to help you narrow down which might be best for your needs.

Hover Domains

Hover Domains is a domain registrar founded in 2009 as an offshoot of Tucows Inc. (the second largest ICANN accredited domain registrar online). This domain registrar deals solely with buying, managing, and transferring domains on their platform (they also offer email services, but no other complementary products).
Hover Domains Review
Date Published: 08/08/2018
Simple, straightforward domain purchasing process with solid support and easy integration with a wide variety of apps. Pricier than other registrars and no complementary products aside from email.
3 / 5 stars

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Name.com Review: Pros & Cons of Name.com as Domain Registrar

Name.com Review

Name.com is a Denver-based, ICANN-accredited domain registrar company that also offers web hosting, email, a website builder, and SSL certificates. It’s owned by Donuts Inc, a domain servicing company who specializes in serving premium & new top level domains (TLDs), which go beyond generic .com/.net/.org domains website owners were previously limited to.

Name.com touts an all-in-one approach to getting you online — they have everything you need to get up and running quickly, AKA a domain name, hosting, website builder, security, and email.

Check out Name.com’s plans & pricing here.

So, how does Name.com stack up against other domain registrars? Here’s my Name.com review with pros and cons based on my experience with them so far…

Disclosure – I receive customer referral fees from companies mentioned on this website. All data & opinions are based on my professional experience as a paying customer or consultant to a paying customer.

Pros of Name.com

Complementary Products

It’s important to remember that a domain is not a website. It’s not email or any other service. It’s merely your address online. It helps people locate where your property is by telling browsers/email/etc where to go to get whatever it wants (website files, emails, images, data, etc).

If you want to setup a website, you’ll still need to get hosting or a website builder / ecommerce provider that provides hosting.

Name.com offers an all-in-one approach with their complementary products. You can bundle your domain, website builder, hosting, and email and do it all from their platform.

Name.com Complementary Products

While I personally like to separate my hosting and domains to provide an extra layer of control & reliability in addition to cost savings, many website owners prefer to have them bundled for convenience & time savings.

Sophisticated Search

Right off the bat, it’s easy to search for a domain with Name.com’s interface. And while the search results aren’t the easiest to decipher (more on that later), what’s really enticing about this domain registrar is its bulk search.

Name.com has a built in bulk search functionality that allows you to search and register for many domains all at once. You can filter by specific TLD or TLD category, meaning you don’t have to scroll endlessly or type in the TLDs you want. Just add the root domains/keywords to the search bar and filter from there to only see results that make sense for your business.

TLD Selection

Thanks to ICANN, the internet’s governing body, gone are the days where website owners are limited to basic domains like .com, .net, and a few other generic and country-designated top level domains (TLDs).

Now you can find unique TLDs, like .kitchen or .academy among hundreds of others. Which means the issue now is making sure your domain registrar has all of the TLDs you want to register.

Name.com has a large selection of various TLDs, making it easy to find unique choices to match your business needs (and multiple endings for the same root).

Name.com TLDs

They also offer country-specific domains (not all US-based domain providers do), making it a good choice if you need international domain types.

Name.com Country TLD

Simple Transfer Process

Despite the ICANN process being standardized for transfering a domain, some registrars make moving your domain a pain. While I haven’t transferred a domain from Name.com yet, the process seems fairly straightforward. In your profile, you can unlock your domain (as long as you’ve had it longer than 60 days due to ICANN regulations).

Name.com Transfer Process

After unlocking your domain, you’ll use your transfer authorization code to go through your new registrar’s transfer in process.

Inexpensive Upfront Pricing

Domain registrars typically have a few pricing models companies stick to:

  • Discounted upfront pricing with expensive renewals
  • Expensive upfront pricing with cheap renewals
  • Higher renewal + included services
  • Free / cheap initial purchase + consistent renewal
  • Cheap + zero services
  • Expensive + tons of services

Name.com falls into the first bucket. They offer discounted upfront pricing for traditional domains and more unique/premium TLDs (which can be more expensive), which then renew annually at a much higher price. At the time of writing this, there was also a new customer discount for .com domain registration (reducing the price to $7.99).

The pro with this model is you can grab a domain for super cheap and then transfer it out to a platform with cheaper renewals (like NameCheap) so you avoid the high renewal rate.

That being said, if you’re really committed to grabbing a cheap domain and transferring it to avoid high renewals, I’d recommend starting with a registrar like GoDaddy. Their domains tend to be cheaper.

Cons of Name.com

Domain Search / Purchasing Process

While it’s simple to search for a domain name on Name.com, once you actually get into the search results… there’s a lot going on.

Name.com Search Results

If you know exactly what you’re looking for, you may not find it overwhelming. But if you’re new to registering domains, the number of options and breakdowns of premium domains, sales, etc. can be a bit confusing.

The purchasing process was also lengthy. It took me several steps to purchase one domain name, including a text confirmation (great for security, a hurdle for convenience).

When adding a domain to your cart, the pricing automatically increases as it adds security features, and when you go to click on your cart to see your items, your served upsells before you can see what’s actually in your cart (more on both of these below).

After checking out, there aren’t clear next steps as to what to do next (the only next step outline is to check out their domain forwarding tools).

Name.com Order Complete

For a platform that makes its stand on being an all-in-one solution, there could be more guidance for those who don’t have a ton of technical experience and want to convenience of complementary products, but don’t know exactly what to do once they’ve purchased their domain.

Pricing

While Name.com’s inexpensive upfront is a pro, it’s also a con. The renewal price on domains is significantly higher, especially for specialty TLDs. Keep in mind that the domain will automatically renew unless you unselect this option during the checkout process. There also aren’t upfront options for bulk purchasing — you have to contact their team to discuss pricing, which is unfortunate given the great bulk search option.

Name.com no auto renewal

Another con to the pricing structure is that WHOIS security/privacy features aren’t included in the domain price. ICANN requires that personal information including your full name, address, phone number and email be provided. This information is made public via a WHOIS lookup and remains so unless you have privacy and security add-ons that restrict this information.

Some domain registrars will include this in your domain price. Name.com adds it automatically when you register a domain, which adds an additional $4.99 to your bill. You won’t know until you add your domain, then click in to view your cart emails (and make it through the upsells).

With the additional $4.99 pricing, you start getting back to standard pricing for domains, especially for .com domains. For example, let’s look at Name.com vs. NameCheap.

On Name.com, architechtureandbeauty.com sells is on “sale” for $8.99. But once you add on WHOIS privacy, you’re sitting at $13.98 for the domain.

Name.com Comparison Pricing

Meanwhile, the domain sells on NameCheap for $10.98. With the ICANN fee, it brings the total to $11.16 and includes WHOIS privacy.

NameCheap Pricing Comparison

The same applies for specialty TLDs (like architectureandbeauty.com, which would cost you a total of $34.98 on Name.com vs. $26.06 on NameCheap).

So if you’re looking at Name.com because of their savings, you could actually save more elsewhere.

Upsells / Cross Sells

For several website owners, a domain registrar that offers complementary products is great. And while I like to keep hosting and domains separate, I do get behind added security features like an SSL certificate.

However, if your goal is to just purchase a domain (and maybe an SSL certificate), the upsells and cross sells on Name.com can be getting in your way. You can’t view your cart items without seeing the upsells/cross sells, and you have to sort through that information when trying to buy your domain.

Name.com Upsells

That being said, Name.com isn’t nearly as pushy as other registrars. At the time of writing this, I’ve received no promotional emails urging me to buy hosting or a website builder.

It’s all about what you’re looking for. If you need complementary products and want the convenience of having your services bundled, then you won’t mind navigating the upsells and cross sells. But if you just want to purchase a domain quickly, there are better registrars (like iwantmyname.com).

Support

Despite having a fairly robust Knowledge Base where you can troubleshoot your own support needs, Name.com gets a fairly bad rap for support. Complaints range from availability to the levels of support provided.

At the end of the day, anecdotes go both ways. It’s difficult to decipher whether it’s the website owner who isn’t clear or the support who is dropping the ball, so let’s take a look at the actual process of getting connected when you need help.

When you go to the support area, you’re first prompted to troubleshoot your issue with Name.com’s Knowledge Base, which is broken down by category.

Name.com Support Area

From there, you’re given a list of articles that could address your needs.

Name.com Knowledge Base

If you can’t find your question in the articles, you’ll then find contact information at the bottom of the page where you have three options: email support, call (Monday-Friday 8 AM – 6 PM MT. Denver), or live chat every day between 10 AM and 5 PM MT, Denver.

It’s a bit of an arduous process, especially when you have a pressing matter. There are also some apparent support gaps, especially for other timezones (or again, if you have a pressing matter that falls outside of support hours).

If you’re someone who knows their way around domain management and the back-end of your website system, you could probably get by with the support articles. But if you’re new to registering a domain, hosting, and setting up a website, you may want to go with a registrar with more hands-on support and coverage.

Next Steps

For what it’s worth, Name.com is an okay choice for a domain registrar. But unless you have an pressing reason to go with Name.com (like an amazing deal on a TLD that you want to grab upfront for cheap), then you’d be better off with a domain registrar like NameCheap.

NameCheap offers inexpensive upfront pricing, cheaper renewals, and still has complementary products for website owners who want to keep everything together. You can find my review of NameCheap as a domain registrar here.

Name.com

Name.com is a Denver-based, ICANN-accredited domain registrar company that also offers web hosting, email, a website builder, and SSL certificates. It offers everything someone needs to get up and running online, all in one place.
Name.com Review
Date Published: 08/08/2018
Offers basic complementary products and a wide variety of TLDs. Inexpensive pricing upfront with high renewal pricing and WHOIS privacy not included.
2 / 5 stars

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iwantmyname Review: Pros & Cons of iwantmyname as Domain Registrar

iwantmyname Review

iwantmyname is a New Zealand-based domain registrar company focused solely on domain registration and management. The company, which was founded by employees from several ICANN accredited domain registrars, has been around since 2008 and prides itself on its simplicity, transparency, and ethics.

iwantmyname believes in making the domain buying, managing, and transferring process transparent and simple. They’re big on company values (like transparency) and give off the “good guy” of domain registrars vibe.

Check out iwantmyname’s plans & pricing.

So, how does this domain registrar stack up against the rest? Here’s my experience so far and my full iwantmyname review with pros & cons…

Before we dive too far into the pros and cons, there are a few things to keep in mind:

First, iwantmyname is strictly a domain registrar. They allow you to buy, register, and manage domain names. They do not offer complementary services such as hosting. We’ll dive deeper into this in the pros and cons, but it’s an important distinction to make upfront, because it helps us understand iwantmyname’s goal. They’re solely focused on “getting online” easy for small and/or less tech-y businesses — and the first step to getting online is getting a domain name.

Second, it’s important to remember that a domain is not a website. It’s not an email, an app, or any other service. It’s simply your online address. It helps people locate where you are. If you want to setup a website, you’ll still need to get hosting or a website builder / ecommerce provider that provides hosting.

Third, a disclosure that ShivarWeb receives customer referral fees from many companies mentioned on this website. All data & opinions are based on experiences as a paying customer and professional judgement.

All that said – let’s look at the pros & cons of using iwantmyname as your domain registrar.

Pros of iwantmyname

Interface/Backend

iwantmyname promises simplicity, and simplicity is what you get. You’ll notice as soon as you go to their website that it’s so plain, it’s almost bland — which for a domain registrar, is fine.

I don’t need the design to be pretty… I need it to be functional. It should be easy to find exactly what I’m looking for, and iwantmyname’s interface accomplishes that. It’s basic and directs me right to where I need to go.

iwantmyname interface

The design has no upsells, cross sells, or visual clutter. In fact, iwantmyname prides themselves on no upselling and/or cross selling. It’s refreshing when compared to the typical onslaught of direct response offers from most domain and hosting companies. To buy your domain, you’ll follow a simple three-step checkout process that requires absolutely no “online savviness” to complete.

Transparent pricing

iwantmyname gives standard pricing per domain extension. And while their pricing is on the more expensive side (more on that in the cons), there are no setup costs, ICANN fees, or any other hidden chargers. Your domain renews automatically at the same rate every year, and you won’t be bombarded by upsells or cross sells upon checking out.

In short, what you see is what you get.

Tons of TLDs

Given iwantmyname is a global domain registrar, the company offers a plethora of top level domains (TLDs). If you’re looking for a unique domain like .kitchen or .academy, iwantmyname’s got you covered.

iwantmyname tld options

What’s great about this registrar’s selection of TLDs though is the country specific domains. Not all domain registrars offer TLDs outside of the US-only generic options. If you want to build an international presence, you’ll have a lot of availability and options with iwantmyname.

iwantmyname tld uk

Integrations

Although iwantmyname focuses solely on domain registering and managing, it does offer a plethora off apps you can easily integrate your domain with, from website builders like Squarespace to ecommerce platforms like Shopify to email providers like G Suite.

iwantmyname integrations

Not only are there are ton of integration options, but the actual integration process is incredibly simple. You don’t need any tech experience to connect your domain to these apps and services. In fact, to connect a domain to G Suite, it takes just a few clicks.

iwantmyname G Suite integration

Transfer process

Despite the ICANN process being standardized, some domain registrars make transferring your domain hell. This isn’t the case with iwantmyname.

iwantmyname transfer process

I haven’t personally transferred a domain with them, but the process looks incredibly straightforward. All you’ll need to do is unlock your domain and note the authorization code, then follow the steps your new registrar provides

Simplicity

All of iwantmyname’s pros can really be summed up in one major pro: simplicity. From the domain search to the process for updating nameserves (it’s one click), everything is straightfoward and tailored to those who need to get up and running quickly without a ton of technical experience.

It helps that iwantmyname takes such a strong interest in transparency, too. Their values definitely translate to how they do business and have designed their platform, making it a refreshingly transparent process with little confusion or convulsion.

Cons of iwantmyname

Support

iwantmyname’s interface and model is focused on eliminating any possible need for customer support. It’s simple, straightforward, and tailored toward individuals who need no tech experience to get a domain. That said — things happen. And when things happen, you need support.

I’ve never had to use iwantmyname’s support, however, their options are pretty limited. They only offer email support (they explain why here… small organization + flat rate salary + being people-centric). They do claim to have 23 of the 24 hours of the day covered Tuesday-Friday and acknowledge the holes their working on, but when you’re in a bind, it’s nice to know you have immediate access to someone… and that might not always be the case here.

Pricing

While iwantmyname’s transparent pricing structure is great (no fees, no upsells, and no change in rate upon annual renewal), the con is that their domains get pricey — especially for TLDs outside of the basics (like .com, .org, etc.).

iwantmyname pricing

There also aren’t any discounts for bundling domains, so if you’re looking to buy in bulk, you may want to look elsewhere.

No Complementary Products

iwantmyname’s focus on only domains is a pro, but it’s also a con.

There are several products that almost always go with a domain. If you want to make your site secure with SSL, you’ll need an SSL certificate associated with the domain. You can buy it separately from a third party, but from my experience, managing it with your domain is simpler.

When it comes to hosting, I like to separate my domains and hosting, but many owners prefer that their hosting and domains get bundled into one (even if it’s not ideal from a performance perspective).

NameCheap has competitive hosting; GoDaddy offers alright WordPress hosting with domains. And most hosting companies offer domain registration (or even free domains) with hosting purchase (such as InMotion or Bluehost).

Those kind of products simply aren’t available with iwantmyname. They make recommendations, but if you’re looking for the convenience of having it all in one place and not having to figure it out for yourself, you’re out of luck.

Next Steps

If you’re looking to….

  • Registrar for generic domains
  • Get up and running online ASAP without needing a ton of tech experience
  • Buy from or transfer your domain to a company who values transparency
  • Don’t need to buy a bunch of domains in bulk

…. then iwantmyname is an excellent choice for you. If that doesn’t sound like you, you can use this quiz to help you find which domain registrar would be the right fit for your business needs.

iwantmyname

iwantmyname is a New Zealand-based domain registrar company focused solely on purchasing and managing domains. It promises simplicity and transparency for global customers.
iwantmyname Review
Date Published: 08/08/2018
A bit pricier than rivals, but a solid product for those who want an easy domain-buying experience. Clean, simple, and zero tech experience necessary, but lacks complementary products.
4 / 5 stars

 

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How To Setup HTTPS / SSL for WordPress

Set Up WordPress HTTPS SSL

In October 2015, I required ShivarWeb.com 100% sitewide HTTPS/SSL. The website operates on WordPress, even though there have been a few quality WordPress SSL tutorials out there, there wasn’t an entire beginning to end guide.

Making this how to setup HTTPS / SSL for WordPress according to my experience like a marketer &amp non-server admin.

ShivarWeb SSL

Disclosure &#8211 I receive referral charges from the companies pointed out within the publish. All opinion &amp data is dependant on my experience like a having to pay customer.

What’s HTTPS / SSL?

We begin having a couple definitions.

SSL is brief for “Secure Sockets Layer” and it is the conventional security technology for creating an encrypted outcomes of an internet server along with a browser.

HTTPS may be the URI plan that informs a browser to make use of SSL to fetch the files. Quite simply, SSL is exactly what your browser uses for everyone an internet page over HTTPS.

The HTTPS connection helps to ensure that the only real parties that may begin to see the information being passed would be the browser &amp the server.

Within the physical world, it might be like 2 people entering a vault and exchanging information rather of exchanging information in public.

The particular mechanics of HTTPS are complicated (but interesting) however if you simply are managing a website, the most crucial factor to understand is the fact that for everyone a webpage via HTTPS &#8211 every file request should be encrypted or even the connection isn’t secure.

The primary challenge in moving your site to HTTPS is making certain that things are offered over HTTPS. Otherwise it’s nearly pointless.

Not Every File Secure

Why Should You Go HTTPS Sitewide?

Many ecommerce website proprietors understand making their checkout pages SSL, because they are needed by charge card processors to secure information.

But moving your whole website (not only checkout pages) is a reasonably new best practice.

Every website has good (&amp bad) causes of going HTTPS sitewide. Listed here are my factors &#8211

Positive Factors of Going SSL

  • My website can be used as intended &#8211 If a person will arrived at this site, I do not desire a hotel Wi-Fi system or some toolbar defining their experience.
  • More user credibility &#8211 The Web is full of those sites of junk e-mail-hustlers. An SSL is a great way to signal to readers that “yes, it is really an established, legitimate, ongoing business.” The eco-friendly lock is recognized &amp fairly effective.
  • The way forward for The Web &#8211 The forces that constitute the web have signalled that HTTPS will end up standard soon. Easier to switch now by myself time than later.
  • The way forward for Your Site &#8211 Basically ever desired to accept payments or encrypted information, individuals pages will have to be SSL. Going sitewide SSL can make future expansion simpler. Creating a new site architecture &amp going SSL will be a large amount of balls in mid-air.
  • Google Organic Boost &#8211 I do not think this ranking factor has many pounds yet, but it’s a finest practice. Google has stated they see HTTPS like a quality signal within their formula.
  • Nerd cred &#8211 Going SSL continues to be daunting enough that doing the work yourself warrants a little Nerd Gold Star.

Negative Factors of Going SSL

  • Cost &#8211 Fundamental SSL certificates are fairly cheap. Extended Validation certificates are pricier. Both have to be restored each year. And both require a good investment over time to apply. Since HTTPS isn’t needed unless of course you accept encrypted information, HTTPS is technically a pointless cost.
  • Technical Hurdles &#8211 Applying SSL is easy and can have awkward obstacles on the way. These may create annoying bugs at the best (I temporarily lost Event Tracking along the way) thus making you temporarily lose access to your website at worst.
  • Unknown return &#8211 Since SSL is definitely an unnecessary cost, you ought to be applying it as being a good investment. However, you will find couple of studies that I have seen that conclusively reveal that applying SSL alone generates a higher roi. Even when it comes to organic traffic, couple of SEOs have shown a substantial increase in organic traffic from HTTPS/SSL.

Once you’ve balanced all of the factors, here’s how you can go HTTPS with SSL.

How You Can Setup HTTPS / SSL for WordPress

Step One: Plan &amp Prep Your Site

To help make the change to HTTPS/SSL with no errors or major drops in traffic, there’s a couple of items to take proper care of even before you get your SSL.

SSL Warning

Review your page source to recognize files that aren’t loaded over relative URLs. These usually include image files, scripts, video embeds &amp third party CSS. I’d likewise incorporate internal links.

Relative Absolute URL

Switch each one of these file pathways temporarily to relative URLs. With respect to the size your website &amp your technical confidence, substandard:

  • By hand editing each page
  • Getting a Veterans administration to comb using your site making the edits
  • Getting a WordPress developer to operate find and replace inside your database
  • Managing a WordPress find and replace wordpress plugin

Next, I’d know how search engines like google are likely to re-crawl your website. Moving to HTTPS is much like moving to a different site &#8211 all traffic &amp bots have to be permanently redirected for your new URL.

What’s promising with HTTPS migration would be that the insecure &amp secure versions of the site can co-exist. However, for consumer experience &amp duplicate content risk, it’s better to keep your transition short.

Moving all of your internal links to relative URLs can help the procedure. Rather of users/bots passing via a redirect, they’ll go straight to the page offered on whichever connection they’re presently on.

Relative URLs aren’t WordPress’ default functionality (and shouldn&#8217t become your permanent solution either). Actually, I broke my event tracking because the Google Analytics by Yoast wordpress plugin only identifies full URLs.

Once you complete the migration, you can return to using full URLs within links &amp images. But throughout the transition, make use of relative URLs since trying to serve secure content over an insecure connection generates browser warnings. And trying to serve insecure content more than a secure connection removes your HTTPS and helps to create redirects for users.

Other products that you could identify prior to the transition are &#8211

  • Any policies your webhost has about SSLs.
  • The way your hosting plan works together with SSLs. If you’re on the shared web hosting plan, I’d recommend moving to some VPS server before thinking about SSL. Actually, if you’re trying to go HTTPS/SSL on the shared server, you need to stop studying &amp go speak to your webhost. Any certificate will have to be a shared certificate for that server, which complicates things a little.
  • Your FTP details to login for your server &amp make edits.
  • A duplicate of TextEdit, Notepad or TextWrangler set to Plain Text UTF-8.

Step Two: Get The SSL

Now you must to really purchase your SSL. You will find a large number of kinds of SSL certificates. And countless SSL sellers. It’s a really confusing marketplace.

However, there’s only a number of firms that hold Certificate Authority. All SSL certificates are generally offered directly by them or they’re sold again with a store.

I received my Comodo Extended Validation SSL from NameCheap. I’m a NameCheap fan &#8211 it&#8217s where I recieve my domains. Since SSLs are associated with your own domain name anyway, and NameCheap resells them for the similar cost I possibly could get from Comodo, it had been an all natural decision for me personally.

Purchasing &amp managing my SSL with NameCheap made sense for me personally. You should check out their SSL prices here.

But you will get your SSL from virtually wherever &#8211 as well as your webhost. However, make sure to help make your choice on kind of certificate, customer care &amp product management NOT always on cost.

Everyone is reselling exactly the same factor, if you opt for one company since they’re less expensive than another, then there’s something track of what you’re buying.

For this reason it’s key to understand you’re buying.

Weigh SSL Groups &amp Factors

Every SSL has 2 attributes &#8211 domain use &amp validation level. All of individuals attributes has 3 fundamental choices.

Domain Use

Single domain &#8211 Which means you may use the SSL on one subdomain. This is your best option that may be combined with Extended Validation.

Wildcard domain &#8211 What this means is which you can use exactly the same SSL on all subdomains of merely one domain. This really is helpful for those who have content on the Content Distribution Network (CDN) or any subdomains. I purchased one of these simple in my CDN.

Multiple domain &#8211 This certificate utilizes a technology known as Server Name Identification to secure multiple domains. It’s the choice provided by most website hosts. It’s also not based on older versions of Ie or through the BingBot. Make sure to balance convenience with individuals factors. It&#8217s why I opted for a third party SSL.

Validation Level

Domain validation &#8211 You need to prove the same person who runs your server also owns the domain. They are cheap and rapidly issued. You receive a fundamental eco-friendly secure browsers.

Organization validation &#8211 You need to provide third party support that you and your organization exists. You receive a fundamental eco-friendly secure browsers.

SSL Not Extended Validation

Extended validation &#8211 You need to do all of the validation of domain &amp organization additionally to supplying government documentation &amp getting consistent Name, Address &amp Telephone Number across business data providers. You are able to just use these on one domain. These may take a few days or even more to issue, and therefore are quite costly. Mine required per week with a few backwards and forwards on my small business data. In exchange, you receive the conspicuous eco-friendly bar with lock on browsers.

Extended Validation (EV) SSL

NameCheap has all of the options listed by type &amp brand here.

Purchase &amp Activate Your SSL

Once you’ve made the decision which SSL fits your needs, go on and get it. Should you made the decision to obtain a shared SSL using your webhost, you are able to skip the following section.

With this site, I purchased a Comodo Extended Validation from NameCheap for world wide web.shivarweb.com along with a wildcard subdomain SSL to be used with cdn.shivarweb.com &amp other subdomains.

To activate it, you have to go produce a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) from your server. You are able to contact support, search for the choice in your account management panel, or navigate for your cPanel.

SSL CSR Request

For every CSR, if you are planning HTTPS sitewide, make sure to place the correct root domain (ie, no world wide web) &#8211 not subdomain.

SSL in cPanel

Once you’ve generated the CSR, return to your SSL registrar and paste inside your CSR to activate it.

SSL CSR Request

You’ll then begin the verification process. If you are through an Extended Validation certificate, you will be contacted through the Issuer for copies of the business information. Should you had a Domain Validation certificate, you will be issued the documents within a few minutes.

Once issued, your SSL will contain a few files inside a ZIP file.

Step Three: Install SSL in your Server

To set up the SSL in your server, you are able to frequently speak to your hosting support team. InMotion installed mine for $25 within a few minutes.

You may also do the installation via cPanel yourself.

SSL in cPanel

InMotion Hosting includes a full tutorial on installing your SSL via cPanel.

Once it’s installed, you are able to run your domain through SSL Labs to verify that it is installed properly.

*note &#8211 you could have multiple SSLs installed on one server. Within my situation, I installed both Wildcard and also the Extended Validation Certificate.

Multiple SSL

If they’re properly installed, you will be able to access your site via both HTTPS and HTTP.

Use them in your browser address bar.

Contrary loads within the HTTPS connection, you’re all set to another section.

Step Four: Make WordPress Admin SSL

WordPress’ administration area is to establish to deal with SSL. It seems sensible to have it setup first.

Login for your server via FTP and open the wordpress-config.php file inside your root folder.

define('FORCE_SSL_ADMIN', true)

Key in https://[yoursite.com]/wordpress-admin and find out whether it loads over HTTPS.

In the event that URL doesn’t load over HTTPS, take away the line out of your wordpress-config.php immediately. There’s something to trobleshoot and fix.

If effective, then go on and login. Search for the eco-friendly bar within the admin area.

SSL Admin

Step Five: Make One (1) URL SSL &amp Remove Errors

The next thing is to obtain your styles, plugins &amp front-finish working well. Install the WordPress SSL wordpress plugin. It will help you to pressure SSL for any single page (and trobleshoot and fix w/o interrupting users on other pages).

*note &#8211 there&#8217s an &#8220outdated&#8221 wordpress plugin warning, however it labored acceptable for my recent install using blogging platforms 4.3

WordPress SSL Plugin

When you install the wordpress plugin, navigate to some test page having a typical template and Pressure SSL. Load the page in Chrome browser.

Use Inspect Element to locate insecure elements. Then navigate for your Dashboard and connect every one. Make sure to check each kind of page you’ve (ie, with all of widgets, footers, headers, etc enabled).

SSL Errors in Chrome

Step Six: Finish Prepping Entire Website for Errors

Next, visit all of your key pages inside your browser. Attempt to load on them HTTPS (don’t pressure them via wordpress plugin, just enter in the full URL with HTTPS).

Check inspect element al search for any images, video, scripts, etc that don’t load or block an HTTPS connection.

When your primary pages are loading more than HTTPS, it’s time for you to pressure SSL across your whole website.

Step 6b (optional): Make CDN SSL

If you work with a CDN for everyone files, that connection will have to be secure too. Each CDN may have it’s own process.

My CDN &#8211 MaxCDN &#8211 has large amount of options. They&#8217ve got from their premium EdgeSSL product (costly) to presenting their free Shared SSL setup (where your content endures their subdomain).

The road I selected according to cost, performance &amp Search engine optimization factors ended up being to use my very own wildcard SSL on the custom subdomain. My only cost was the annual price of the wildcard SSL. And also the custom subdomain keeps everything located around the shivarweb.com domain. I made use of MaxCDN&#8217s SNI option.

*note &#8211 you’ve still got to set up the SSL in your server. You&#8217ll simply take the certificate information as well as your server&#8217s private key and paste it into MaxCDN.

Step 7: Pressure SSL everywhere &amp Update WordPress Settings

Open your root folder in your server with FTP (or SSH). Navigate to &amp open your .htaccess file.

*Note &#8211 your .htaccess file governs use of your server. Copy cautiously. Should you screw up, your internet site is going lower.

Paste the next close to the finish of the .htaccess file:

# Pressure HTTPS RewriteEngine On RewriteCond % off RewriteRule (.*) https://%% [R=301,L]

Save &amp upload changes. Immediately test out your website. Enter in the HTTP form of the URL and find out whether it redirects towards the HTTPS version.

Once it in position, log into the WordPress Admin and navigate to General Settings.

Change both WordPress Address &amp Site Address to HTTPS URLs.

SSL Addresses in WordPress

Your plugins, images, etc in WordPress will automatically use https:// within their full URLs.

You may also uninstall the WordPress SSL wordpress plugin. It’s redundant.

Step 7a: Transition Services

As your site has migrated, you have to migrate the URLs associated with a third party services. Here’s the most typical.

Google Analytics

Visit the Admin portion of Analytics.

Select Property Settings to check out Property Name &amp Default URL.

Switch both to HTTPS.

Google Analytics Switch To HTTPS

Google Webmasters

Navigate to Search Console.

Give a new property using the HTTPS form of your website.

You will be able to make use of the same verification process because the HTTP version.

Submit your brand-new HTTPS sitemap.

Return to your HTTP profile. Visit Settings and submit a big change of Address.

Carefully monitor the loss of clicks / indexation from the HTTP version and also the parallel increases for that HTTPS property.

Search Console Switch To SSL

MailChimp / Email Providers

Navigate to your campaigns and switch something to the HTTPS version.

MailChimp Campaign

Other Profiles

For just about any links that you simply control, make sure to switch these to point straight to the HTTPS form of your site. It prevents users &amp search bots from passing via a redirect.

Think local company listings, social profiles, etc

Step 8: Ongoing Maintenance

Run your website through SSL Labs&#8217s testing tool to get a burglar grade.

It’s important to still audit your website for insecure content. When pasting code from third party sites (e.g., YouTube embeds), make certain it’s either via HTTPS or protocol relative.

Among the trickier bits of code I’ve encounter is my MailChimp subscription box. It needs to be altered to some certain data center for everyone over HTTPS.

 SSL MailChimp Datacenters

For those who have a sizable site, I suggest looking at Screaming Frog that is a crawler, typically utilized by SEOs, but additionally helpful for crawling for insecure content.

Screaming Frog Audit HTTPS Content

If you publish new content, look for that eco-friendly lock.

Best of luck!

Immediate Next Steps

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  • Take a look at all of the SSL choices on NameCheap
  • Determine if SSL fits your needs at this time
  • Dive into Step One!

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Network Solutions Review: Pros & Cons of Network Solutions As Domain Registrar

Network Solutions Review

Network Solutions is among the earliest consumer Internet companies still operating. They’re best-referred to as a domain registrar, though they provide a complete suite of economic Internet solutions.

Actually, from 1993 to 1999, these were the only real company approved to join up domains. Should you wanted a website within the ‘90s &#8211 you’d to purchase it from Network Solutions. For that reason, they’ve built a brandname around being “the Internet’s domain provider.”

Network Solutions isn’t my primary domain registrar (that is NameCheap). But I’ve had enough clients purchase their domains with Network Solutions which i desired to use them myself to find out if there is something for their branding.

Here’s my experience and my Network Solutions review having a concentrate on their domain registrar service.

Disclosure &#8211 I receive referral charges from companies pointed out on this web site. All data and opinion is dependant on my experience like a having to pay customer or consultant to some having to pay customer.

Before we consider the pros &amp cons, there’s a couple products to say.

First, Network Solutions is mainly a domain registrar. Though they refer the website hosting for their sister brand Web.com, they are doing offer from SSL certificates to Email to Online Storage among other complementary services.

Second, it’s remember this that the domain is not an internet site. It isn’t email &#8211 or other service. It’s similar for your address within the offline world &#8211 it will help people locate where your home is. A website simply informs browsers/email/etc what to do to obtain whatever it wants (website files, emails, images, data, etc).

If you wish to setup an internet site, you’ll still need get hosting or perhaps a website builder / ecommerce provider that gives hosting. Here’s a quiz that will help you determine what the very best website hosting service is dependant on your objectives &amp preferences.

Everything stated &#8211 let’s consider the pros &amp cons of utilizing Network Solutions as the domain registrar.

Pros of Network Solutions

Here’s what I’ve loved about Network Solutions. Rapid version is the fact that there is not a great deal, though my experience aligns with Network Solutions’ own “Why Choose Us” page where they provide exactly two reasons &#8211

Choose Network Solutions

Branding &amp Durability

Network Solutions can legitimately tell you they are decades over the age of a lot of their competitors. These were founded in 1979 and really were the very first &amp only company to join up domains for that public on the web.

Network Solutions has experienced lots of change on the web and remains to be.

Although “branding and longevity” might appear just like a superficial need to select a domain registrar &#8211 it’s by no means.

Your domain (also known as your address online) is absolutely the core of the business. All of your internet marketing efforts depend in your domain existing. You shouldn’t trust it to some fly by night company since they are less costly or simpler to make use of.

It’s like selecting a financial institution &#8211 their job #1 is just in which to stay business and become there tomorrow. Unlike many Internet companies, Network Solutions ticks that box. They’ve existed for many years they’ve a recognised logo and they’ll most likely be for sale tomorrow.

Customer Care Options

Like I’ve pointed out within my hosting reviews &#8211 customer care is really a main factor for just about any company, but it is also difficult to judge.

Customer ratings shift for the extremes when most customers get on all right or with mild frustration. Any single person’s experience isn’t very useful. And just the organization itself truly knows their internal culture.

Rather, I search for indicators of whether a business treats customer support being an investment, an expense or like a sales chance. Usually individuals indicators are the amount of service channels and purchase of DIY help articles.

Network Solutions does both fairly well. Unlike many domain registrars, they conserve a phone option together with email and chat.

Network Solutions Support Options

They actually have a feature where one can set a scheduled appointment to allow them to call, to be able to avoid holding on the telephoneOrtalk.

As the reps do ask light questions to consider a sales chance, those that I interacted with appeared to possess a straightforward script that helped me to solve my problem.

That stated, they’ve merely a somewhat detailed understanding base. I couldn’t search and solve my problem &#8211 despite the fact that there is an aid article available.

Network Solutions Support

Overall, their customer care by my criteria is definitely an advantage for Network Solutions.

Cons of Network Solutions

Here’s things i discovered to be a drawback of utilizing Network Solutions.

Prices

Domain prices is generally fairly straightforward across all providers. You have to pay yearly for that registration of merely one domain. Some companies discount the very first year (ie, GoDaddy) and a few will give you affordable prices within the lengthy term (ie, NameCheap).

Network Solutions falls within the GoDaddy camp &#8211 but they are more costly both short-term and also at renewal.

Like &#8211 much more costly.

Network Solutions will often provide a standard .com domain for $9.99/yr for that newbie they’ll renew at $37.99/yr.

Network Solutions Purchase

To place that in context, GoDaddy usually does newbie prices for .com&#8217s at under $3.99/yr and can renew at $14.99/yr. NameCheap’s predetermined fee cost is $10.29/yr for .com&#8217s.

Network Solutions is an extremely costly domain provider however your perception.

Surprise Charges

However with prices &#8211 it is not all. Throughout time with Network Solutions &#8211 I stored getting surprised at charges for services or addons are generally incorporated, free or cheap along with other companies.

For instance, I figured that registering my domain would let me redirect wherever I needed &#8211 that’s normal at other providers. Network Solutions charges for your feature.

Forwarding Network Solutions

WHOIS privacy (also known as Private Registration) enables you to definitely hide your address and telephone number in the criminal record. Some providers like Google Domains and Hover bundle it in to the cost of the domain. Some providers like GoDaddy or NameCheap charge a few dollars each year for that service.

Network Solutions charges several dollars monthly for that service.

Network Solutions WHOIS

Network Solutions couldn’t even obtain finish cost suitable for my domain. Through checkout, I’d one cost. However when I visited pay around the final screen, the screen refreshed to state the cost wasn’t any longer valid, and elevated my cost by $7.

Network Solutions Payment

Network Solutions’ checkout and product setup appears to become full of surprise charges and asterisks.

Network Solutions Purchase

I am not against opening prices, promos and charges for valuable services, however i want the charges to become transparent and reasonable. Network Solutions seriously fails with that front.

Upsells

Upsells aren’t always a poor factor. If your services are valuable and helpful in my experience &#8211 then I’d like to understand about it. And it is usually simpler to buy everything at the same time as opposed to a la carte after i occur to remember it.

But there’s a reasonably apparent line from a “hey, can you also want to consider this?” to “hey, we put this inside your cart and also you can’t take it off until later” or “hey, you would like this so take a look at it before you manage your bank account.Inches

Here’s some assorted screenshots from Network Solutions’ checkout process…

Network Solutions Upsell

SSL Upsell

They actually have a “Daily Recommendation” screen whenever you sign in to your bank account by having an upsell.

Network Solutions Daily Recommendation

Before long, it’s really exhausting and definitely a drawback.

Interface &amp Usability

A website registrar doesn’t need lots of features. Actually, the possible lack of features can often be helpful. A website registrar must be easy to navigate with user-friendly design.

Ideally, you will not have to manage your domains too frequently, however when you do, it ought to be a fast, simple process.

With Network Solutions’ backend &#8211 managing domains is neither simple nor fast. Here’s what it appears as though &#8211

Domain Management

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To not be too harsh, but it’s really just an accumulation of ads for upsells having a small connect to domain management. As well as once you’re searching in a domain &#8211 every action features its own screen.

Network Solutions Settings

There isn’t any action that can be done in less than 4 clicks. Basically was moving an internet site, it might be awful.

Network Solutions’ usability is really a serious disadvantage especially in comparison with minimalist design competitors like NameCheap and Google Domains.

Features

I discussed Features in surprise charges, but I must highlight the truth that Network Solutions doesn’t include many fundamental features that other domain providers have.

For instance, besides Network Solutions impose a fee for domain forwarding, additionally they don’t support forwarding for an HTTPS address.

Forwarding-Network-Solutions

Forwarding

Inside a world where most websites ‘re going HTTPS (then one that Network Solutions certainly pitches being an upsell), the inability to forward straight to an HTTPS address is extremely restricting.

Furthermore, they don’t have email forwarding and bury all of their advanced DNS functionality. They are advanced features that lots of website proprietors won’t ever need but the truth that they aren’t incorporated isn’t a good factor either. You do not want your day you’ll need a sophisticated feature to become a day if you need to transfer your domain from Network Solutions.

Domain registrars must have an easy set of features. Network Solutions’ disadvantage is they haven’t stored their own current or centered on their users.

Next Steps

If Network Solutions appears just like a good fit for you personally, you can aquire a domain from their store here.

But you will find far better options that have better branding and support.

If you would like several options and great prices from the trustworthy company with no upsells, I’d recommend looking at NameCheap here…

Should you simply want an excellent-cheap domain at this time (with phone support), go search for a GoDaddy domain special here…

Lastly, if you’re more confused than ever before, explore my BuzzFeed-esque quiz on selecting your very best domain registrar here.

Network Solutions

Network Solutions may be the Internet&#039s original domain registrar. Additionally they sell a collection of complementary Internet products.
Network Solutions Review
Compiled by: Nate Shivar
Date Printed: 07/28/2016
Network Solutions comes with an good brand, however their prices, upsells and usefulness seriously make sure they are a under desirable domain provider.
2 / 5 stars

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The Number Of Domains Must I Buy? 10 Rules To Make Use Of When Beginning Out

How Many Domain Names

Which means you&#8217re wondering &#8220how many domains must i buy?&#8221 Well here&#8217s a fast story before we dive into 10 rules I personally use.

Let&#8217s say a thief &#8211 let&#8217s call him up Fred &#8211 decides to understand a bit about websites and internet marketing. He finds how easy it’s to set up WordPress and setup an internet site. He learns about keywords. He installs Google Analytics. Fred writes some content and will get some traffic.

Oh wow! This deal is really easy, fun, and can cause me to feel money at some point! And That I&#8217ve had a million other website ideas!

So Fred covers to his domain registrar of preference, and find out that many of his website ideas can be found! Plus they&#8217re only $10 each year! He buys several.

What about misspellings? Buys a couple of of individuals too.

How about the .internet and .co versions? Buys a few individuals too.

And so forth and so on. And before very long &#8211 Fred has spent $600 on domains&#8230without building out just one website idea.

Here&#8217s the offer &#8211 &#8220Fred&#8221 is actually Nate (me) when I understood little about how exactly websites and internet marketing labored. I’d this concept that considering a concept and purchasing a website counted for something.

It doesn&#8217t. However your website name continues to be important &#8211 but important in accordance with additional factors.

So regardless of whether you&#8217re a freelancer, DIY type, someone having your ft wet, or a small company owner worried about your web presence wondering &#8220how many domains must i buy?&#8221 &#8211 Here&#8217s 10 training I&#8217ve learned to make use of when searching for and purchasing domains.

1. Don&#8217t purchase it whether it&#8217s not for any unique site

Here&#8217s an average scenario &#8211 you&#8217ve got a current website. You’ve new content, or new items that you would like to advertise&#8230but it does less than fit under the domain you have.

You think about purchasing a new website name for your new content or cool product rather of utilizing your overall domain.

Don&#8217t buy that new domain at this time.

Why? Well, you’ll be beginning from ground zero when it comes to audience, internet search engine indexing, and content. If you are using your overall domain, you&#8217ll reach build off it&#8217s existing &#8220equity.&#8221

However, othersOrblog writersOrindividuals clearly do that constantly (including me), what exactly&#8217s the very best practice? Let’s begin &#8211

When the new site includes a 100% different audience, voice, or brand&#8230then purchase the website name.

When the new website is a 1-off content feature when the content attracts exactly the same type of people that read your website if it&#8217s really only a categorization problem for you&#8230do not purchase the domain.

Rather, take a look at ways that you could expand the outline from the site to trap that certain-off subject &#8211 since you aren&#8217t writing for any subject, you’re writing for the kinds of those who are thinking about that subject.

Should you don&#8217t have another audience, don&#8217t purchase the domain, especially since it is usually connected with Rule #2.

2. Don&#8217t purchase it if you’re able to&#8217t support it

Suppose you have several dozen domains&#8230are you really going so that you can keep all individuals sites updated, significantly less fresh, relevant, and promoted? Even most full-time bloggers cannot maintain greater than 4 with no team &#8211 and individuals are usually individuals who figure out what they’re doing.

And what sort of budget (money and time) are you currently searching at when purchasing these domains?

20 mediocre sites with chronic underinvestment won’t ever go anywhere &#8211 and can never rival 1 website succeeded.

If you’re able to and also you intend on offer the new site &#8211 purchase the domain&#8230otherwise watch for a later date. There’ll always be another website name.

3. Don&#8217t think that boring is brandable

And why will there continually be another website name? Since the website name must always stick to the effective business. Sure, you need something to begin with &#8211 however it doesn&#8217t need to be perfect. Also it doesn&#8217t even desire to make sense. Why?

Because first, boring domains are simply that &#8211 boring. Who would like to get books from &#8220bookstore.com&#8221 or browse the internet at &#8220searchengine.com&#8221 or buy jackets from &#8220wintercoats.com.&#8221

No! We buy books from Amazon . com, browse the internet at Google, and purchase jackets from TheNorthFace.com.

That&#8217s because domains are actually &#8220memory hooks&#8221 &#8211 if your customer knows your company, they&#8217ll know your website name (rarely the other way around).

4. Don&#8217t do with the money premium domains

Or put money into a website simply because it appears to become unique and helpful. A great website name does not matter to the prosperity of the company &#8211 observe that North Face uses TheNorthFace.com. A really effective social networking uses the website name bufferapp.com &#8211 while they are really Buffer. 37signals &#8211 a multimillion dollar software company ran its premier product from BasecampHQ.com until only a couple of several weeks ago.

Why? Just because a effective business doesn&#8217t rely on an ideal website name. Sure, it&#8217s nice to possess&#8230but away from the fee for purchasing a premium domain when beginning or buying up dozens that you simply&#8217re not going to use.

5. Don&#8217t put your belief in &#8220Exact Match&#8221

So many people don&#8217t worry about creating a brand or perhaps a business at this time &#8211 they simply want the perceived Search engine optimization value for keywordkeywordexample.com. In the end &#8211 so what concerning the brand available to get traffic from search engines like google!

The concept behind this concept is that you may buy your own domain name together with your target keywords inside it (for example cookingrecipeblog.com) &#8211 and also you would rank better searching recent results for cooking recipes&#8230just since your website name has &#8220cooking recipes&#8221 inside it.

Well &#8211 apparently , looking engineers at Google really know relating to this game &#8211 and make an effort to the arena. They can released an update in September 2012 that clearly devalues domains with &#8220exact match&#8221 domains.

So even beyond creating a brand &#8211 you shouldn&#8217t choose your own domain name only for its perceived Search engine optimization value. Here&#8217s Google&#8217s (former) Mind of Web Junk e-mail &amp SEO Liaison Matt Cutts around the subject&#8230

6. Don&#8217t buy up misspellings (before you know)

You&#8217re all set with buying 1 website name and building a fabulous, fresh, informative, and lucrative site &#8211 what if people misspell your website name? Shouldn&#8217t you go on and buy in the misspellings to help keep individuals from &#8220cybersquatting?&#8221

While yes, misspellings is definitely an issue &#8211 I don&#8217t think they’re a large enough issue to invest recurring charges on. However I&#8217ll go a step further and help remind you that you could really determine whether misspellings really are a major problem inside your Google Analytics.

Here&#8217s how. Visit Search Console &#8211&gt Search Traffic &#8211&gt Search Analytics then just keep close track of any really frequent misspellings that Google spots searching results. If you notice a misspelling that constantly crops up &#8211 go on and purchase it, then 301 redirect it to your website, otherwise save your valuable money.

Domain Name Misspelling

7. Do take a look at real examples

I&#8217ve already pointed out North Face, Google, Amazon . com, and 37signals  for branded names, but make sure to take a look at others inside your space.

How can they are doing it? Would you enjoy it or hate it that the favorite company or blogger puts everything under 1 domain or scatters it over several?

8. Do consider memorability + readability + (good) Search engine optimization

Some marketers recommend 6 letter domains. Some enjoy making the website name a thing &#8211 like instagr.am or del.icio.us.

But there are more sites like IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com or KopywritingKourse.com that violate virtually every best practice but they are still succesful. It&#8217s good to possess a memorable website name, and one that’s simple to key in, and perhaps includes a keyword, or otherwise &#8211 however the primary objective of purchasing the domain would be to allow people to get at your website.

If your internet site is good and well promoted, then individuals will come, and when not&#8230then it truly doesn&#8217t appear domain you’ve or the number of you have.

9.  Do utilize it well

When you’re attempting to decide &#8220how many domains must i buy?&#8221 &#8211 really the only rule would be to ask if you are planning for doing things well. May be the domain going to offer you real value within the next couple of several weeks?

Will you a minimum of place a website landing page as much as start aging the domain? Will you a minimum of redirect it for your real site? Are you currently really likely to set up an amazing website with that domain?

Otherwise &#8211 also it&#8217s just likely to take a seat on your domain dashboard, then postpone. You simply require the ones you’re really likely to use.

10. Do bias perfectly into a .com TLD

Here&#8217s a throwaway tip to get at #10 &#8211 in case your domain of preference can be obtained &#8211 obtain a .com. It&#8217s what individuals know, however some from the top websites and blogs aren&#8217t .com&#8217s and also have done all right.

If you’re centered on your particular country (ie, United kingdom) &#8211 then obtain a country specific TLD.

Vanity TLDs are interesting, however i&#8217ve personally yet to determine them broadly understood by everyone.

All stated &#8211 purchase the domains that you’re really likely to use. Don&#8217t purchase them as placeholders for ideas that you would like to complete on at some point.

Oh &#8211 and when you&#8217re buying, you can examine out my overview of GoDaddy versus. NameCheap for purchasing domains.

And when you purchase &#8211 make use of this guide to obtain your website setup. That&#8217s what really matters.

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Namecheap or GoDaddy? Where You’ll Get Your Site Domains

GoDaddy vs NameCheap

Namecheap or GoDaddy? I recieve requested the issue a great deal. I&#8217m a person of both GoDaddy and Namecheap. Which means this review relies 100% on my small knowledge about both companies to date so far as domains.

EDIT 1/04/2017 This publish was initially printed March 31, 2013. I&#8217ve made changes through the publish to really make it relevant for 2017.

Notes: If you’re just searching for discounts, coupons, or coupons &#8211 here&#8217s things i&#8217ve got for you personally. I&#8217ve got links with coupons built-in from both GoDaddy &amp NameCheap. I recieve referral charges from the companies pointed out within this publish, but any opinions derive from my experience like a having to pay customer.

Should you follow this link for GoDaddy &#8211 you can aquire a .com for $.99 for that newbie and when you follow this link to Namecheap, you&#8217ll get free WHOIS Guard for any year.

Still beside me? Great! Let&#8217s dive in to the full review! Since you&#8217re already the kind of person you never know that the website name is the name on the web &#8211 also it matters who provides it. I&#8217ll break review lower to six groups that really matter &#8211 cost, consumer experience, interface, extras, upsells, and concepts.

Cost

Website name providers are pretty well known for getting intro prices&#8230then raising the cost for you to earn money ongoing. So for me personally the easiest way of knowing apples to apples is to check out their 12 months renewal prices for .com domains.

GoDaddy runs at $14.99/yr for .com domains.

Namecheap runs at $10.69/yr for .com domains.

Ok&#8230but suppose you actually would like to cut costs at this time. For the reason that situation, GoDaddy wins using their deep discounting.

Here would go to a GoDaddy promo for $.99 .com domains, although this connect to Namecheap will get a .com for $10.69 (however with WHOIS Guard and email tossed in).

So &#8211 GoDaddy or Namecheap? Well, if you’re planning on running your site in excess of 24 months &#8211 Namecheap. But, if you’re just attempting to claim a reputation fast, and don&#8217t mind transferring it later &#8211 then GoDaddy could save you a couple of dollars.

Furthermore, a readers lately stated the GoDaddy Domain Discount Club. It&#8217s $120/yr to participate. But once you join, you receive .com renewals at just $8.29/yr plus the opportunity to invest in auctions. Should you own countless domains &#8211 this program might easily purchase itself. However if you simply own under 100 domains approximately, then NameCheap will still provide you with the cheapest lengthy term cost.

But, since you may have suspected &#8211 there&#8217s more to your own domain name provider than simply cost.

Customer Experience

Here&#8217s the NameCheap Account Page:

NameCheap Backend

When compared to GoDaddy Account Page:

GoDaddy Backend

When selecting between Namecheap or GoDaddy (or any domain provider, really) &#8211 I usually think about the overall experience with purchasing, using, and navigating the website. I&#8217ll dive right into a couple specifics, but I wish to list out several things I love and don&#8217t like about both Namecheap and GoDaddy.

First, Namecheap&#8230

  • Has challenge with auto-renewal occasionally
  • Very straightforward checkout process
  • Good suggestion engine
  • Knowledgebase is fairly great
  • Chat support is super-fast, but lacks phone support
  • Simplistic design (for negative and positive)

Let’s focus on GoDaddy,

  • Confusing checkout process
  • Domain manger opens separate window &#8211 and feels weird such as the domains are off-site
  • Suggestion engine offers a lot of upsell suggestions
  • Clean color plan &#8211 but cluttered with upsells
  • Knowledgebase is extremely extensive
  • Email and chat support are ok &#8211 phone support is nice

Overall &#8211 I must give xp to Namecheap, that is partially purely subjective, but additionally partially from GoDaddy&#8216s constant upsells and cluttered layout. Sometime Personally i think like I am going into to purchase your own domain name from GoDaddy and seem like I&#8217m not permitted to purchase it unless of course I purchase an e-mail and photo package. (Note &#8211 which Namecheap includes email and forwarding free of charge).

Interface

Their domain interface might be incorporated in overall experience &#8211 however i broke it because it’s kind of different, and much more specific&#8230and more essential compared to overall experience. The domain (also referred to as DNS Manager) is to&#8217ll really configure your website name. A poor interface can result in frustrating evening while a simple interface often means a 1-time easy setup&#8230and an uncommon visit.

Listed here are images of my domain/DNS managers in Namecheap and GoDaddy.

GoDaddy DNS Backend:

GoDaddy DNS Backend

NameCheap Domain Manager:

NameCheap Domain Manager

Simply to explain &#8211 the domain manager page is exactly what you&#8217ll use to really configure your website name (for example routing your DNS for your webhost, establishing your email, establishing any subdomains, etc). Hopefully, you&#8217ll you need to be getting started here a couple of times to reroute your DNS for your webhost (which you want to do BTW), and perhaps make an periodic edit.

Anyway &#8211 it&#8217s additionally a place in which you don&#8217t need to make mistakes (which could bring your site lower, and changes take time to repair), so you’d like so that it is straightforward.

So, Namecheap or GoDaddy? If you’re able to see everything from the screenshots above &#8211 it&#8217s apparent in my experience the champion is Namecheap. GoDaddy is okay &#8211 and much better than other website name providers, however it&#8217s really no match for Namecheap.

Namecheap has all of your options organized around the sidebar, with no clutter or unnecessary settings in the DNS settings. Most of the extra settings in GoDaddy are really due to the way they upsell email/hosting/services &#8211 and wish to allow it to be difficult to leave.

The only real upside to GoDaddy&#8217s interface is it&#8217s so broadly used that you’ll be capable of finding support for this out on the web or perhaps in GoDaddy&#8217s understanding-base.

Namecheap&#8217s interface is among the primary reason&#8217s I switched most (although not all) of my lengthy-term domains from GoDaddy.

Extras

When you buy your own domain name &#8211 you typically obtain a couple of extras tossed in. These extras sometimes are anticipated (like security), but may are very valuable (like privacy settings). Here&#8217s the way they will vary&#8230

  • Reliable DNS &#8211 GoDaddy&#8217s DNS was hacked, and Namecheap&#8217s hasn&#8217t been. This can be a huge deal. It had been a concerted attack&#8230but still
  • Email &#8211 Namecheap&#8217s forwarding is 100% free, while GoDaddy pushes upsells
  • WHOIS Guard &#8211 Namecheap bundles this privacy feature while GoDaddy charges
  • Hosting &#8211 GoDaddy provides you with a restricted hosting package for any year, together with photo space for storage, while Namecheap offers a variety of shared web hosting services.
  • Custom DNS &#8211 Namecheap gives free custom nameservers, while GoDaddy doesn&#8217t

As you have seen &#8211 Namecheap tends to pay attention to more technical giveaways, while GoDaddy concentrates on extras like photo storage and hosting. I am inclined to like firms that take proper care of the fundamentals over features, but GoDaddy still takes care of a good job around the technical front if they’re much more of a healthy for both you and your site. However, if extras determined regardless of whether you is going with Namecheap or GoDaddy &#8211 then Namecheap would still win.

Upsells

Upsells &#8211 individuals occasions when you’re offered a complementary product to anything you are getting. It may be annoying, but it is also really useful. As well as in the website name selling world &#8211 upsells are actually quite apparent.

Website name &#8211 unless of course it&#8217s 1997 and also you bought something similar to pizza.com or walmart.com &#8211 you aren&#8217t will make money just buying domains (though GoDaddy does run among the bigger domain auction platforms). You&#8217ve constantly web site to go together with it, the like and so on.

I strongly think it&#8217s smart to separate your website name (your site&#8217s address) out of your hosting (where it lives) &#8211 the roles are not the same, as well as for numerous reasons (most likely another article) smart to keep separate.

Note: I suggest &amp use HostGator, InMotion or Bluehost for web hosting depending on project type.

Anyway, both Namecheap and GoDaddy offer upsells to hosting and storage packages. Namecheap provides a neat upsell for any One-pager website that might be helpful if you’re just looking to get something up quick. Additionally they present an upsell for any discounted SSL package (helpful if you’re building an ecommerce site). GoDaddy has similar upsells.

Overall they’re a tie here. GoDaddy offers attractive prices&#8230but is much more aggressive and annoying almost in my experience. Namecheap also provides good quality deals (including for shared web hosting), truly for items that I may wish to buy elsewhere.

Concepts

I would like to use firms that do right. Within the situation of Namecheap or GoDaddy &#8211 the company values champion goes hands lower to Namecheap. Actually, values are what initially helped me switch the majority of my domains to Namecheap in 2012.

At that time &#8211 the battle over Internet regulation (SOPA) happening and prior to doing an about-face, GoDaddy had staked out a situation for or even more regulation and fewer openness from the Internet (presumably because when the biggest website name provider &#8211 they could improve their market advantage).

Namecheap produced a partnership using the Electronic Frontier Foundation to assist fight the legislation. It had been a questionable, but obvious and admirable stance. It won me over.

GoDaddy too is a questionable company in different ways (that aren’t admirable). They famously exploit sexuality within their marketing, using gross stereotypes to market their hosting products. Their Chief executive officer (now Chairman) is really a famous elephant hunter. And they’re well known for attempting to &#8220lock&#8221 their clients in.

Namecheap or GoDaddy? Conclusion.

When I stated at the start &#8211 in which you purchase your website name is important. GoDaddy is a very good fit for most of us &#8211 especially anybody who desires an inexpensive domain upfront, and desires phone support. However, It ought to be apparent that if you’re creating a website for that lengthy term &#8211 the best choice would be to go grab your own domain name from Namecheap. If my experience continues to be correct &#8211 you won&#8217t be sorry.

If you have domains at another provider, Namecheap also causes it to be super-simple to transfer your domains too. You should check out the Namecheap Transfer Website Name here.

If you are looking at GoDaddy &#8211 visit here to obtain a .com just for $.99

If you are looking at Namecheap &#8211 visit here to obtain a domain with WHOIS Guard added free of charge

If you’re also searching for reasonable website hosting, make sure to take a look at HostGator&#8217s plans w/ 45% off here. Or explore my Buzzfeed-style hosting quiz to obtain the right webhost for your requirements.

And finally you could also find my step-by-step help guide to establishing a WordPress website helpful too.

Best of luck!

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