Choosing a right domain name registrar sometimes become confusing when you’re confused between two big players in the market e.g Namecheap Or Godaddy. Before going in details and comparing the two registrars, let me introduce myself first. I’m a Domain Name & Web Hosting expert with more than 6 years of experience in the same field. I’ve worked with some of the top Domain Name Registrars in the world and also a customer of some renowned Domain Name registration service providers like Godaddy.
Almost every other day, someone or other ask me this question “Which is the best registrar to register a domain name” and I always says “Godaddy”. It is not because I’m with them since years but indeed the pricing, domain control panel and overall customer support experience they provide, no other domain name registrar can match up with that.
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Let’s compare Namecheap & Godaddy on different parameters.
Company Background & Customer Base
Namecheap & Godaddy both are ICANN-accredited domain registrar and web hosting service providers.
Namecheap was founded in the year 2000 by Richard Kirkendall. As per their Wikipedia Page, they have over 3 million domain names under management, which is indeed a good number. One of the most popular blog Lifehacker also recommends NameCheap for domain registration. As per their official website, Namecheap has 500,000 clients base for domain & hosting services.
On the other hand Godaddy was founded in the year 1997 by Bob Parsons. Godaddy has 55 million domains under management, which makes them #1 domain name registrar in the world. As per their official website, Godaddy has 12 million customers and 4000+ employee base.
In terms of company size, customer base and experience in managing domain names, Godaddy is a clear cut winner.
Domain Registration Pricing
The listed price for registering a .com domain name on Namecheap is $10.29 / year and on Godaddy, it is $12.99. But there is a catch, both of these domain registrars offer coupon codes and using the same you can register a domain name at a way cheaper price than mentioned on their website.
At Namecheap, you can register a .com domain name using a coupon code in just $3.98 and at Godaddy the cheapest coupon code which we found offer you a .com domain registration at $2.95.
Comparing the first year registration price for both of the registrar, we can say Godaddy is a smart choice and if get a good domain transfer deal in future you can move your domain anytime from Godaddy. So it is a win-win deal for you to get your domain from Godaddy.
Domain Control Panel User Experience
User experience is one of the important things someone must look into when you choose a domain registrar. Both of this registrar provide an easy to use control panel with lots of functionality, but I like Godaddy’s control panel handier.
Godaddy offers a control panel which enables you to manage all of your services in a single window. Using the control panel you can manage your domains, transfers, auctions and bids. you can also see what other products are associated with your domain names under the same window and it also tells and reminds you when your domain is going to expire.
using the control panel you can put your domain to auto-renew which helps you renew your domain automatically without your intervention. It helps you protect losing your domain name if you forget to renew it on time.
It really impress me, how easily I can manage my domain A records, Name Servers, MX Records, C name & Domain Forwarding. You can also lock your domain name from the same panel which helps you protect your domain from an unauthorized transfer of your domain name.
All of these facilities under a single screen really helps me deciding my domain registrar. Although Namecheap also offers all of these facilities but I like Godaddy’s control panel more impressive.
In this section, Godaddy is a winner. Godaddy’s domain control panel is awesome.
Customer Support: Namecheap vs Godaddy
I must say that my customer support experience with both of the domain registrar is awesome. Both of them give a prompt response on every ticket you submit. You also get a good response when you contact both of these registrars using other means of contact i.e phone or email.
Although my experience was good with both of them but I still read some bad reviews I read about them online. It is a part of the business and you can’t satisfy all of your clients. One of my co-blogger Mr.HESHAM ZEBIDA once loses their main domain names which were registered with Godaddy. Someone has stolen their domains but later they got their domains back. The similar incident I read on a popular forum but this time, Namecheap was the registrar. Someone wrote that Namecheap stolen his domains.
You may read such incident all over the web but it is with all the registrar. Companies learn from their experience and both of these domain registrars has improved their security after all those incidents. Here I would say it’s a tie between this two registrar. Both of them are equally good when it comes to customer support.
Freebies: Do You Love Them?
Everyone loves freebies and I love them too,So I tried to find out if Godaddy or Namecheap offer any freebie with a new domain registration. I saw that they have listed many freebies on purchase of a domain name like Free DNS, 24*7 Support, Control panel and Bla-Bla things. Believe me, all of those comes with every domain name and not unique to Godaddy or Namecheap. After reviewing thoroughly, i found that Namecheap gives a WhoisGuard subscription for one year (a value of $2.88) absolutely free with every eligible new domain registration or transfer.
This was the only freebie I found you may get with your domain registration. Although it is not a thing you may feel wow about but still it’s free so we loved it. So in this section, Namecheap is a winner.
Final Verdict : Who is The Winner “Namecheap or Godaddy
After reviewing both of the domain registrars on different parameters. We could say that both of them are good for registering a domain registration. We personally prefer Godaddy the most and also recommend it because of its experience in the industry, Pricing, and easy to use control panel. You may get your domain registered with Namecheap as well if you want to save some money on WhoIs privacy but if WhoIs privacy is not something you’re looking for Godaddy is the best choice.
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