Domain Registrants Comparison
Deciding which site to use for hosting and domain registration is like trying to pick ice cream at Baskin Robbins -there are too many choices! Use this guide to break it down. There may be a 1000+ options but these are the eight to consider.
If you’re looking to do a dedicated server, see our comparisons for dedicated servers.
GoDaddy ranks as one of my favorite providers. Their services are comparable to competitors and often more affordable. The customer service they provide is top notch, far above and beyond any other that I’ve worked with. Additionally, they have streamlined the installation of WordPress, Joomla, Magento, and other CMS’s as well as apps. GoDaddy is the appropriate choice for these reasons for many people.
HostGator is another host that has good customer service. Some people consider their interface for file management to be more flexible, but this only benefits a few people. The one difference for HostGator is their pricing. In order to get their advertised rate of $3.96/month for hosting you must pay for three years’ worth upfront. Other services offer equal or better pricing with less upfront commitment. Rates are higher in the short term. A good but slightly pricy service.
Domains from HostGator are slightly more expensive than competitors. The difference comes out to a few dollars a year but is a consideration in making your choice.
BlueHost is one of the best available providers for some individuals. Their pricing, while not as low as some, is fair and their accounts come with a number of benefits. The many advantages that GoDaddy offers are also available with BlueHost. Their interface enables individuals to use custom FTP services, a flexibility that many developers enjoy having. If those sort of differences apply to you then BlueHost may be the way to go; if not, GoDaddy is an equally good option for a bit better pricing.
Name.com offers a good service with reasonable prices. Their prices on .com ltds (sites) are reasonable, although others ltds are less competitive. Their hosting interface is easy to navigate however and their prices are good.
1&1 has a unique offer that makes them a good consideration for some people. For the first 12 months hosting is only .99/month. This is a very competitive price from a reputable service. If your project calls for a one year registration this service may be an ideal one for your first year of operation. The 4.99/month price thereafter is reasonable for their services offered, making it a good option then too.
Their more advanced plans include a free domain, but the price difference in hosting versus their competitors makes it a wash.
Domain.com has very competitive pricing plans on hosting. They are the same price regardless of registration length, and come with benefits that many sites do not offer. The advertising credits they offer are quite high, and more heavily stacked towards Google Adwords than other services. Domains are fairly priced with .com’s 9.99 and other ltds competitive as well.
NetworkSolutions.com is high in price but does not deliver on offering. They have offers that give very affordable prices upfront only to greatly increase the price down the line. Unless you have a specific reason to register with them, other providers are likely a better option.