Covid19 has seen massive increases of people getting online and trying to set up some means of earning an income. I have had people contact me asking about buying domain names cheap, and also, asking about hosting and email
Just to clarify here, you can buy a domain name and park it until you are ready to use it. You do not have to buy hosting or Email for it, unless you are setting up a website under that domain name pretty much straight away.
Is Buying Domain Names a Good Investment
Short answer is yes. If it is keyword friendly and relates to your business, then it is part of the goodwill value of your business. Just like real estate.
So, like a brick and mortar business it can become quite valuable. If the name is affiliated with your business of course. More on this later.
The First of our 4 Domain Name Providers
For all you hear about Google you may not know they sell domain names. Their domains are not available in every country though. A list of countries where this service of Googles is available includes all those below.
Google only started offering domains in 2015. However one important thing separating Google from other domain name providers is, Google does not offer hosting.
Google does have limited hosting in Google suites. Really, it is not suitable for a fully optimized website.
Some of the Pros and Cons of a Google Domain
- DNS Hosting
- Domain and Subdomain Forwarding
- Email Forwarding
- Part of your existing Google account, no separate login. Also allows for two factor aesthetician.
- A one Click DNS configuration that connects the domain with Blogger, Shopify, Squarespace, Wix, Weebly and Google Sites.
- Free privacy protection
- The Cost of renewal is cheaper than most other big Domain providers.
- It is accredited by ICANN
- Does not offer website hosting
- Smaller number of domain extensions 100 – to Namecheaps 400.
- Limited country availability
- Can be difficult to contact their site support or receive prompt answers to problems.
- SSL Certificates are an add on. But this is common to the majority of domain name providers.
Google I think you will agree, after looking at the other domain name providers I will look at here is up there, competitive wise.
Certainly it doesn’t go for the carrot (low price to get in ), then hit you with a sledge hammer when it comes to renewal.
How do you rate Google?. This is such a small part of Google business. I wonder why they even started it, particularly when you look at what is being offered elsewhere. Of course Google could be appealing to the domain name flippers.
I think I can give it a 5 for the domain name price and maybe a 1.5 for being Google. But surely, if you are buying a domain name you intend setting up a website? or maybe not! So 6.5 /10.
One of the best known webhosts around and commonly associated with WordPress. Although it is one of the more “mature” companies in this space it remains competitive and provides its more than 2 million users great 24/7 support.
With over 2 million domain names under management and 4,500,000 customers throughout the world, Bluehost is a major part of the group.
Lets look at the pros and cons of Bluehost.
- Vast Experience with Online Management Systems
- Competitive Price matching around $12.99, for .com
- Accredited by ICANN
- DNS Hosting
- Manage your domain and all of its aspects from an easy-to-use control panel.
- Change DNS records easily across multiple domains.
- 24/7 Support.
- SSL Certificates are a addon. This is normal though I have yet to see anyone offering free SSL certificates.
- Hard to find any cons. For sure there will be complaints about their support, but they are rare. Bluehost provides a full on 3 step service and has been providing that for many years.
Step 1 is purchasing a domain name.
Step 2 is providing hosting services for the domain and its website.
Step 3 is providing support hosting and training for Word Press with all the bells and whistles, like search engine optimization, e-mail marketing and social media tools.
As well as Woo-Commerce and other business integrations.
Bluehost has been around for many years. I think my first website was built using “dreamweaver” ?. I never went anywhere with it… 😎
I first signed up with Bluehost many years ago, and it was my launch pad into WordPress and building sites with WordPress. I haven’t regretted it.
Finding Domain Names.
Generally though for the average person starting a website for the first time, it is not advisable to get into too much heavy detail and keep things simple.
When you visit a domain site there will be a search bar for you to type in the name you want. If it isn’t available, alternatives will be offered.
When selecting a name try for something that relates to what it is you are blogging about. Having a site called Maria’s Coffee and blogging about Green Tea is not really going to cut it.
Rating Bluehost is not easy as there are a lot of moving parts and for a newbie it can be a little overwhelming. My score is a 8.0 /10
Back to our domain review and this is one you may not have heard much of.
Who is Crazy Domains
Crazy Domains was established in 2000, and has gone on to become a leading domain name registrar in Australia, Europe, India and the Middle East.
Known for its dynamic hosting, Crazy Domains claims to have the most secure and advanced infrastructure across all their server locations, in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania
Like Bluehost above, this is a “mature” company founded in 2000. It also builds custom websites, as well as offering a full suite of options from e-mail, hosting, and marketing.
Lets take a look at the Pros and Cons.
- Transparent Pricing
- Pricing is in Australian Dollars which is attractive to foreign buyers
- Bulk Discounts
- You can lock in a price today for the next 10 years. Currently about AU$17.00 a year.
- Domain Manager which includes quick set ups and management tools
- Some Domains as low as $1.00
- Free Cloud DNS Services
- 24/7 support and good personal support, including if you want a website built.
- Domain Transfer
- Site Protection
- Great Information on selecting domain names and domain name extensions.
- The cost of an .io domain at Crazy Domains is one of the most expensive I have seen at over $100.00.
- A busy site with a lot of information. It is best to take a good look around the site before making any decisions. You should do this on any site anyway.
- Many of its addons cost extra. Same as above with Blue Host and Google, E-mail associated with the domain is an expense. Bluehost and Crazy Domains are offering a different suite of programs alongside their domain name registrations than those of Google. So while Google is great to get a low price for a domain, it may not be the best deal.
The personal attention from Crazy Domains is very good and easily accessed, they will actually call you back. Like Bluehost a newbie might be overwhelmed with information. But I think it is laid out a little better than Bluehost. Very transparent. 8.0+ /10
Bluehost and Crazy Domains are both big on WordPress. As are Go daddy and a few other domain name providers
Crazy Domains goes a step further and actually builds websites for business’s. and with a 4.4 /5 rating from 1913 reviews, you gotta say they are doing a pretty good job.
If you are just buying domain names for your own use or to resell then Google should not be the only place you go looking for domain names. Crazy Domains could be a spoiler.
If on the other hand you actually want to do something with your domain name, then like Bluehost and Crazy Domains, this next business has much to offer.
Domain Hosting at $13.99
I have written about Wealthy Affiliate previously on this site, asking if it were a scam. I think at the time I may have been talking about the 4th Industrial revolution too which looks more than ever to be happening now.
Lets see What Wealthy Affiliate Has.
- Once you are a free member you can see the tips on how to choose a domain name, before choosing one.
- Transparent Pricing
- SSL Certificate Included
- Security Package Included
- Instant DNS
- 24/7 Support
- Domain Transfer
- Domain Management.
- Assistance Given in setting up your website via tutorials and videos, and online help.
- There are tips on how to choose a domain name but you need to be at least a free member.
- Domain Names are lumped in with hosting, Keyword tools, video training, live training and online tutorials.
- If you want a website Build it yourself. Tuition provided of course.
- It has a live chat feature which while helpful can be distracting.
My rating for Domain Names on Wealthy affiliate is 7.5/10. It is a pretty basic feature, but it does the job.
The pricing is good compared to Bluehost and compares well with Crazy Domains (which is priced in AU remember), although it is a little dearer than Google which is priced in US$.
I don’t think it is widely known that Google has Domain Names as part of its offerings. It is very basic, but if a domain name is all you need then, it is the cheapest place to buy a mainstream domain name.
Bluehost offers a full suite of products to get you started online. You need to be careful differencing between hosting and domain names though. Blue host has them linked in its advertising (as you would expect).
Bluehost is still one of the main players in the online world. Its offerings have got many a start up off the ground and many “Newbies” have become expert website creators thanks to Bluehost, because of there association with WordPress.
Crazy Domains like Bluehost offers a full suite of products to get you and your business online including building a website for you. It has a large knowledge section on its website.
Like Bluehost it likes to feature it hosting abilities, which are substantial. Its pricing is in Australian Dollars and this is attractive to people from the UK, USA and Europe. Its pricing is very transparent.
Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t advertise as a Domain Name provider or hosting provider. It is more of a training type organization.
However Wealthy Affiliate has some serious horsepower under the bonnet. The comparison is not apples and pears either.
Bluehost and Crazy Domains still have a cost, and both are using WordPress as their default Website builder. The same as Wealthy Affiliate does.
Check to see what you need and how much it will cost you, then come back and see what it will cost with Wealthy Affiliate (using the yearly options).
If your just starting out in an online business you might be surprised to see that Wealthy Affiliate is more than competitive, and has increasing benefits going forward without the cost increases.