While it may seem boring, choosing the right domain registrar for you is important. Prices, panel functionality, and customer service all play a role in the overall quality of a registrar. I previously used Namecheap for all of my domain needs, but then I started to branch off and tested many other options.
Why I Left Namecheap
I’ve never had a problem with Namecheap. They have reasonable prices, outstanding customer service, and a decent UI. But then my inner penny-pincher got a hold of me. Uniregistry offered .com domains for $9.25 each with free WHOIS protection. How could I say no to that? Namecheap is $13.75 per year for a .com domain with WHOIS protection. Naturally, Uniregistry was the best option for price reasons.
The Turning Point
Uniregistry has a good panel, but they don’t have support like Namecheap does. Slowly, I found myself missing Namecheap. I also found myself buying new domains at Namecheap because they had a cheaper first-year price. In addition, I buy most of my domains at Namecheap on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday annual sale (which I’ve praised many times). With the addition of several .co domains to my portfolio, they are cheaper to renew at Namecheap over Uniregistry (fun fact: Uniregistry resells a lot of their TLDs [including .co] from Namecheap). With all of these factors, I decided it was better to have everything in one place. I also enjoy having the best customer support over having to keep track of different registrars for each TLD.
Justifying The Price
To make the price closer to Uniregistry, I’ll be opting to not use WhoisGuard, Namecheap’s $2.88 privacy protection upsell. Instead, I will use the free anonymize.com solution from Epik. This will make .com domains $10.87, a worthy upsell in my opinion from Uniregistry. To be fair, there’s nothing wrong with Uniregistry, I just prefer having everything in one place. I am happy to announce that I am back using Namecheap for all of my domains. I think I’ll stick to one place for a while.
If you want to try Namecheap out, you can check them out here.