For your online presence, you first need a domain name and then a hosting service to host the domain. For example, our domain name is bloggerkhan.com and we can host it with any hosting company. You buy and register your domain name through a domain registrar. In most cases however; people buy the domain name through a web hosting company. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, most hosting companies as an incentive, give you one domain name free if you host with them. When your first year of hosting / domain registration is over, it’s time to renew your domain. That is when you need to shop around and see who provides the cheapest domain name registration. If you just have one domain name, the price difference of $10 to $15 is not that much to make you worry about it but if you have quite a few domain names, it quickly adds up. Why spend more for the same service when you can get it cheaper.
When you start looking for the cheapest domain name registration service, you end up at very similar looking sites offering very competitive rates. Most of them are re-sellers for GoDaddyand offer heavily discounted registration and renewals but just for the first year. If you sign up with them, after one year, you will again have to search for the cheapest domain name registration service because what they don’t tell you is their 2nd year and beyond registration / renewal charges which are significantly higher.
We had to make quite a few calls to the various companies listed below to figure out the true cost of domain renewal after the first year. Instead of listing all of GoDaddy‘s re-sellers, we just listed GoDaddy. This listing will save you time. You can select the one you like the best and you will know beforehand what your second year and beyond charges are going to be. You can still take advantage of first year / renewal promotions they are offering but you will know ahead of time what to expect after the first year. This way, you won’t have to do the same exercise every year.
Second year and beyond. Per year domain registration / renewal charges
|Yahoo! Web Hosting||$9.95||$9.95||$9.95|
As most people use .com, .net or .org domains, we have restricted ourselves to these three. There are others also like .info, .biz, .tv etc. but they are not as widely used.
If you know of any other domain registrar that offers an even better price for 2nd year and beyond renewals, feel free to add their name in the comments below.