Wednesday 20th March 2019

Domain names

  • Consider the extra costs: if you want domain privacy and a registration, there are many registrars that offer free domain privacy (many more charge);
  • Consider the renewal fees: some registrars bump up the price of registrations in the second year;
  • Consider your registrar: it’s not always a good idea to manage your hosting account and domains with the same provider.

Domain names

  • Consider the extra costs: if you want domain privacy and a registration, there are many registrars that offer free domain privacy (many more charge);
  • Consider the renewal fees: some registrars bump up the price of registrations in the second year;
  • Consider your registrar: it’s not always a good idea to manage your hosting account and domains with the same provider.

Compare hosts

We compare 18 web hosts against 56 metrics, including monthly and annual pricing and bandwidth, CPU, read/write, storage and database restrictions.

Compare domain prices

Listed below are tables comparing the first year .com registration fees and one year .com renewal fees of the 18 web hosts we’ve reviewed. We also identify which web hosts offer a free domain and free domain privacy for new customers.

  • If you take advantage of a free domain registration then the full cost of the domain will often be deducted from any refund, or money back guarantee, you pursue;
  • Free domain offers are appealing however all domains must renew – web hosts are renowned for charging more upon renewal than they do at the point of registration;
  • It’s often a better idea to register your domain and hosting with separate organizations – if you come to own multiple domains it’s easier to manage them from one place; moreover, some registrars don’t make good web hosts and some web hosts don’t make good registrars;
  • If you shop around you’ll find a better deal – some organizations e.g. Namecheap offer relatively cheap .com registrations and free domain privacy “for life” (this could save you significantly in the long run, particularly as most web hosts charge for domain privacy).

Free domain?

The table below indicates whether a web host offers a free one year domain registration to new customers.

N/A = Not applicable NS = Not specified RBNS = Restricted but not specified

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Web hostFree domain?Visit
GoDaddyYesVisit
Heart InternetNoVisit
1&1YesVisit
NamecheapYes, but only .websiteVisit
HostingerNoVisit
FatCowYesVisit
Just HostYesVisit
GreenGeeksYesVisit
FasthostsYesVisit
A2 HostingNoVisit
DreamhostNoVisit
HostGatorNoVisit
InMotion HostingYesVisit
iPageYesVisit
Host PapaYesVisit
BluehostYesVisit
SitegroundNoVisit

Free domain privacy?

The table below identifies which hosts offer one year of free domain privacy to new customers.

N/A = Not applicable NS = Not specified RBNS = Restricted but not specified

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Web hostFree domain privacy?Visit
GoDaddyNoVisit
Heart InternetNoVisit
1&1YesVisit
NamecheapYesVisit
HostingerNoVisit
FatCowNoVisit
Just HostNoVisit
GreenGeeksNoVisit
FasthostsNoVisit
A2 HostingNoVisit
DreamhostNoVisit
HostGatorNoVisit
InMotion HostingNoVisit
iPageNoVisit
Host PapaNoVisit
BluehostNoVisit
SitegroundNoVisit

One year .com cost

The table below compares regular one year .com registration charges across the web hosts we’ve reviewed.

N/A = Not applicable NS = Not specified RBNS = Restricted but not specified

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Web hostOne year .com costVisit
GoDaddy$11.99Visit
Heart Internet£11.99Visit
1&1$8.99Visit
Namecheap$10.69Visit
Hostinger$8.99Visit
FatCow$10.99Visit
Just Host$14.99Visit
GreenGeeks$13.95Visit
Fasthosts£4.99*Visit
A2 Hosting$14.95Visit
Dreamhost$9.95Visit
HostGator$12.95Visit
InMotion Hosting$14.99Visit
iPage$10.99Visit
Host Papa$10.99Visit
Bluehost$11.99Visit
Siteground$15.95Visit

One year .com renewal cost

The table below compares regular one year .com renewal charges across the web hosts we’ve reviewed.

N/A = Not applicable NS = Not specified RBNS = Restricted but not specified

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Web hostOne year .com renewal costVisit
GoDaddyNSVisit
Heart InternetNSVisit
1&1$14.99Visit
Namecheap$10.69Visit
HostingerNSVisit
FatCow$16.99Visit
Just Host$15.99Visit
GreenGeeks$13.95Visit
Fasthosts£10.99*Visit
A2 Hosting$14.95Visit
Dreamhost$13.95Visit
HostGator$15Visit
InMotion Hosting$14.99Visit
iPage$16.99Visit
Host Papa$10.99Visit
Bluehost$15.99Visit
Siteground$15.95Visit

One year domain privacy cost

The table below compares regular one year domain privacy charges across the web hosts we’ve reviewed.

N/A = Not applicable NS = Not specified RBNS = Restricted but not specified

Click on a host to read the full review.

Web hostOne year domain privacy costVisit
GoDaddy$7.99Visit
Heart Internet£4.99Visit
1&1FreeVisit
Namecheap$2.88Visit
Hostinger$5.00Visit
FatCow$9.99Visit
Just Host$14.88Visit
GreenGeeks$9.95Visit
Fasthosts£2.99Visit
A2 Hosting$9.95Visit
DreamhostFreeVisit
HostGator$14.95Visit
InMotion Hosting$9.99Visit
iPage$9.99Visit
Host Papa$9.99Visit
Bluehost$11.88Visit
Siteground$12.00Visit