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Best Domain Name Registrar In 2020 | Where Should You Buy A Domain In 2020
Best Domain Name Registrar In 2020 | Where Should You Buy A Domain In 2020

- Hey guys, what's up.


I'm Malik Mohib Ullah Bhutta and today
I am doing an updated battle

of the domain registrar Articles

So today we're taking a look

at seven different domain
registrar companies.

To let you know,

which one is the best place
to buy your domain name.

(upbeat music)

Now really quick before we
get into the comparison.

If you're new to buying domains,

there's going to be a term
I use throughout this Article

And that is, Whois protection.

Now if you don't know
what Whois Protection is,

this is basically a service

that protects your personal information

from being public to everybody out there.

So their is something
called a Whois database.

When you purchase a domain name,

your name, address, and
phone number, and email

all go in this database.

So anyone can go online to
a Whois database lookup,

type in your domain name, and
get your personal information.

That's not good.

Nobody wants that.

So Whois Protection is a
service either free or provided

at a cost by the domain company,

that protects your information.

So instead of seeing your
address and your name,

they see Whoisguard
protected and some address

of the Whois guard agency
in place of your address.

So just wanted to get that out there,

cause you are going to hear
me talk about this a lot.

So Godaddy Is In The List Of Best Domain Name Registrar In 2020 | Where Should You Buy A Domain In 2020


So I want to start with GoDaddy.

Because GoDaddy is the
Walmart for domain names.

Everyone knows about it.

And chances are if you
don't know where to start,

you're probably looking at GoDaddy.

Now GoDaddy,

really gets on my nerves
for a number of reasons.

All right so let's start off with pricing.

GoDaddy is expensive.

They charge $17.99 per year,

for a .com domain.

Which if you're new and you've
never bought a domain before,

or you don't have much experience,

you may think that's not a bad price.

And I guess it isn't
for what you're getting.

18 dollars per year for a
.com domain is not horrible.

But in relation to the competitors,
that is double the price

of other options on this list.

So GoDaddy is expensive.

But okay price doesn't matter so much,

if they offer good quality service.

And they,

do I guess.

The panel is pretty easy to use.

And the customer service is good.

I've called them a couple
times, and ask some questions,

and worked through some issues.

And the customer support
people are friendly.

GoDaddy I'll give you that.

However that is basically
where the positives

to GoDaddy end.

They push,

so hard,

to up-sell you.

And sell you crap you don't need.

When you add a domain to your cart,

they put Whois Protection
on for 10 dollars a year.

That's very expensive and
pretty much every other company

on this list gives you that for free.

So now you're up to 28 dollars
a year for a domain name

that doesn't spew your
personal information

out to the public.

Oh and don't forget to uncheck that box

for starting a free trial
for their website builder.

Cause unless you want that,
if you forget to uncheck it,

you're likely going to
be charged for that.

When their website builder trial expires.

So they're already trying to
sell you things you don't need

and trick you into purchasing things

that you don't even
know you're purchasing.

And I have a really hard
time respecting the business

who does this.

Now GoDaddy does have an app.

I think is cool when domain
companies offer an app.

However I was not able to
log in (laugh) and try it.

Because I did the create
account using Facebook option,

when I purchased my domain name.

And when I downloaded the app,

there's no option to
sign in with Facebook.

Now I'm sure if contacted their support,

they would probably help me out,

and get some way for me to log in.

But I just did not want to
waste anymore time with GoDaddy.

(groaning) It's frustrating.

Please save yourself from going with them.

Their prices are expensive.

They are deceptive with
their up-sell tactics.

And there are just so many better options

on this list to pick from.

Let's talk about a great

So Dynadot Is In The List Of Best Domain Name Registrar In 2020 | Where Should You Buy A Domain In 2020

company, and that is Dynadot.

Now I'm a huge fan of Dynadot.

I've seen them improve quite
a bit over the past few years.

And they're finally at a point,

where they are seriously competitive

and tempting in the domain industry.

Now Dynadot charges $8.99
per year for a .com domain,

with free Whois Protection.

Yes that's right, not 28 dollars a year.

Nine dollars a year for everything.

All of it.

Done.

That's all you have to pay.

Dynadot has a nice clean website
and a really attractive app

where you can purchase domains,

and even manage your domain names.

Auto-renew is off by default.

Thank the lord.

That is awesome.

So you don't have to worry
about getting charged

or forgetting to turn it off.

You can turn it on if you want,

but by default you get to decide

when the domain name is renewed.

There is no pushy up-selling either.

Now of course they have
other items to offer,

like Email Hosting, and Web Hosting.

And they're going to let
you know they offer that,

but there's nothing wrong with that.

There's no up-sell screen
you have to get through

with a bunch of deception,
just to purchase a domain name.

And I really love that.

Now they do not offer 24/7 support;

however, their support
team is pretty good.

I've had nothing but great
experiences with their live chat.

So they're going to get you taken care of,

if you need help with anything.

So overall if you are
looking for a great company,

with low prices, and a clean panel and app

to buy a domain name at,

I would definitely consider Dynadot.

So now let's talk about the
cheapest option on this list.


So Porkbun Is In Also The List Of Best Domain Name Registrar In 2020 | Where Should You Buy A Domain In 2020

And that is, Porkbun.

So Porkbun is an up and
coming domain registrar

that really intrigues me.

Their prices are wicked low.

They charge $8.56 a
year for a .com domain.

With free Whois Protection.

The best way to describe Porkbun is,

their focus is all on price.

And there's nothing wrong with that.

They look like a solid registrar.

But it's relatively a
no frills experience.

There's no app.

The panel is a little bit
cluttered and kind of confusing.

And they don't have 24/7 customer service.

And their hours are kind of annoying.

They close at 5:00 pm
pacific, which is a little bit

of an annoyance.

Especially if you do a
lot of your work at night.

However I am sure that they
would take care of you,

when they are open.

And help you out if you need something.

If you're looking for the cheapest place

to buy a domain name.

This is the site for you.

I'm sure you're going to
have a decent experience.


So Hover Is In The List Of Best Domain Name Registrar In 2020 | Where Should You Buy A Domain In 2020


Now let's talk about Hover.

I have heard a lot about Hover recently.

And they are really making some noise

in the domain industry.

But, I wasn't really
able to figure out why.

Their prices are kind of expensive.

Not terrible.

They charge I think 13 dollars
a year for a domain name.

They do have free Whois Protection.

And there's no pushy up-selling.

It's a relatively smooth experience

to purchase a domain name from Hover.

There's no app and auto-renew
is forced and on by default,

Which you guys know how I feel about that.

I am not a fan of that.

And overall,

I don't think you're going
to have a terrible experience

with Hover.

It's not like GoDaddy,

where I would tell you stay
away from it all costs.

But there's nothing
really great about Hover.

They don't really have an
advantage if you know what I mean.

Porkbun has the advantage of price.

And Dynadot has the advantage,

of an overall very smooth
experience with very low prices.

Hover is just kind of expensive,

with no reason to really go with them.

So Namecheap Is In The List Of Best Domain Name Registrar In 2020 | Where Should You Buy A Domain In 2020


All right, now let's talk about Namecheap.

Now Namecheap is where I personally buy

all of my domain names.

And I've been with them for several years.

I love Namecheap because they
have 24/7 customer service,

via the live chat.

Which is good.

They've always taken care of me.

However sometimes they
can be really really slow.

I will put that out there.

But to me Namecheap is
kind of a one stop shop

for all of my needs.

I have Email Hosting with Namecheap.

They have a great Email Hosting service

for 10 dollars a year.

Super reasonable.

Really the lowest price I can find.

And rock-solid reliable.

It does everything I need it to do.

So I buy my domain names there

because I've always
had a great experience.

The panel is pretty clean and simple.

They have an amazing app

that allows you to manage
their domains, at a glance.

And even use Apple Pay
to purchase new domains,

which I think is super cool.

They don't have pushy up-selling

and they have free Whois Protection.

Which is awesome.

Now for full disclosure,

Namecheap is not the
cheapest option on this list.

They are kind of expensive.

A .com domain is around 13 dollars a year.

And .co is about 26 dollars a year.

So Dynadot, Porkbun these
are all cheaper options

for domain names.

And they're all pretty good options too.

I just stick with Namecheap

because I love their Web
Hosting, their Email Hosting.

And I've never had a
problem with their domains.

And I just like the experience
of the app and the panel.

So to me it's worth the extra
couple of bucks per year,

to get a very smooth experience.

And get the cool app and
everything that Namecheap offers.

They also do this thing every year

where they have a super
cool Black Friday sale.

You can get .com domains for
98 cents for the first year.

So yeah.

It's pretty cool.

But moving on.


So Google Domain Is In The List Of Best Domain Name Registrar In 2020 | Where Should You Buy A Domain In 2020


Let's talk about Google Domains.

I got so many requests to
take a look at Google Domains,

in my first domain
registrar comparison Article.

So.

Here you go.

Google Domains.

Should you buy a domain name there.

Well,

if you want.

See my analysis of Google
Domains is kind of that,

Google is just capitalizing
on their name to sell domains.

It's not a bad experience.

There's basically zero
up-selling whatsoever.

But similar to Hover it's
kind of a bland experience.

A .com domain is 12 dollars per year.

Whois Protection is free.

And the panel is okay.

Its got Google's graphic style,

but I still feel like it
could be a little bit simpler.

It's a little bit cluttered for my desire.

And their is no app available.

Google does have 24/7 support.

And they give you the option
of either phone or chat,

which I really liked.

A lot of these companies are
phone only, or chat only.

And not everyone loves phone support.

Not everyone loves chat support.

So giving you the option,

in addition to making it
24/7 it is pretty cool.

So overall if you trust Google.

And you'd like to have them
hold your domain name for you,

I think this is a solid option.

However their was nothing
that stood out to me

that makes it extremely appealing.

But it seems Google has a sound mind

with their business practices.

And, not trying to sell
you stuff you don't need.

So I've got to say that,

I had a pretty good experience
with Google Domains.


So Domain.com Is In The List Of Best Domain Name Registrar In 2020 | Where Should You Buy A Domain In 2020


And lastly, let's talk about Domain.com.

This is another new one to this list,

because it seems
Domain.com is very popular.

They're one of those companies

that if you search where to buy a domain,

or best place to buy a domain,

they're going to come up in Google

and in most of the lists

on where you should buy a domain name.

So I figured I should give them a shot.

And I have to say,

this is another one on
this list that I would say,

stay away from at all cost.

Their prices are okay.

But they charge $8.99 per
year for Whois Protection,

which you know I hate.

And their is major
up-selling just like GoDaddy.

They're very deceptive about things.

When you try to decline
the Whois Protection,

which is on by default.

They use something called a dark pattern.

Which is a method in interfaces,

where you try and trick the user

into clicking a certain thing.

As you can tell by this screenshot
your instinct as a user,

is to click the, oh no keep
Whois Protection on thing.

When you're really
trying to get rid of it.

Sites that use dark patterns just really,

really get on my nerves.

And every site will do it to an extent.

But these guys are clearly
abusing the concept

of a dark pattern in their favor.

To try and push you,

to spend more money
when you don't want to.

And that's not cool.

And that's not something
I can ever respect

or get behind as a consumer.

And I would recommend

that you guys stay away from
Domain.com, at all cost.

So in conclusion,

if you're looking for my personal pick,

on the best place to buy a domain name.

I would definitely recommend
that you try out Namecheap.

Their balance of customer
service, decent prices,

and an overall smooth experience,

make it my preferred place
to buy a domain name.

And I would definitely
recommend checking it out.

Now if you're looking for the

cheapest place to buy a domain name.

I would definitely check out Porkbun.

It's pretty no frills but
it's going to be cheap.

And I think you're going
to gave a good experience.

If you're looking for the
best up and coming registrar,

and one that is making a lot of noise,

and has even tempted me to
switch to, if I'm honest,

check out Dynadot.

They really have a lot to offer,

with their app, super low prices,

and high quality customer service.

But really all these companies

will give you a pretty decent experience.

As long as you stay away
from GoDaddy and Domain.com

So what do you guys think?

Which domain registrar did you pick?

I'd love to know your thoughts
in the comments down below.

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