“Money saved is money earned.”
This is one quote that I believe to the core. If you are able to save even one dollar on anything, you have not only saved money, but you have also earned an extra dollar today.
2020 Update: For saving money on domain renewal, use Dynadot. You can transfer your existing domain and save significant money on domain renewals.
I previously published a guide on how to save money on hosting renewals, and today I will be sharing a similar guide for domain purchases or domain renewals.
Usually when you buy a domain name from a popular domain registrar, you can get a coupon code to buy it for an even lower price, but the price goes higher when you get to the point when you must renew your domains.
Some domain registrars like GoDaddy offer some small discount on domain renewals, but they offer only minor savings.
In this guide, I will be giving you a few tips that will help you to buy domains for a low price, and tips for saving money on domain renewals.
Warning! GoDaddy Domain renewals prices are Scam:
A lot of us purchase our first domain from GoDaddy as they usually offer huge discount. However, the domain renewal price on GoDaddy is costliest, and you won’t believe I ended up paying $33 for a domain renewal.
It is silly, as a lot of good domain registrars like Dynadot offers only $8.99 and offers features like who.is, and support for free. At any point of time, you should avoid using GoDaddy for domain renewals.
Save money by getting free domains with hosting:
If you like to learn watching video, this video will help you learn everything about saving money on domain buying or even on domain renewals:
In most cases you need a web hosting service along with your domain, and this is one area where you can save money by not paying anything for your domain.
If you need hosting along with your domain, you should choose a hosting company that offers a free domain that is included with your hosting package.
For example, when you buy a hosting package from Bluehost, they let you register one domain name for free, along with complimentary WhoisGuard privacy protection
If you already have an existing domain and you are looking for hosting, choose Bluehost as your hosting service.
Bluehost offers a free one-year domain renewal of the primary domain on your hosting account. All you need to do is move your domain to Bluehost, and they will give you a one-year renewal for free.
Look for domain coupon codes:
If you are buying a domain name for the first time, you should opt for popular domain registrar companies, and run a Google search for the latest promotional coupons and codes. You can Google something like this:
Replace $month with the current month, and you will find many working domain name discount coupon codes. Some coupon codes are so good that they will allow you to grab the domain for as low as $3.29!
Why renew domains when you can transfer?
The web hosting and domain business is all about attracting new customers, thus the great deals made available for domain transfers. Generally, if you renew your domain with your current domain registrar company, you will need to pay around $12 for a .com domain renewal.
But by transferring to any other domain registrar company, you can save money. You can find good transfer coupon codes on sites like Domain.com, NameCheap to migrate your domain to them, and save money.
2020 update: You could transfer domain to Dynadot which let you save the maximum on domain renewal.
Cloudflare registrar: (Wholesale pricing)
Cloudflare is the company that has disrupted SSL industry and now they are doing with the domain industry. Cloudflare offers domain transfer service and the best part is they don’t charge any markup. See the pricing below to undestand how much you wuld be paying for domain name on Cloudflare.
They also offer free who.is guard which is something you would usually pay for at different registrar. More over, Cloudflare service is pretty awesome to manage your DNS and also many others. I have talked about Cloudflare before, and if you missed reading it, click on the link below to learn more about it:
Here are a few quick steps for transferring a domain from one registrar to another:
- Unlock your domain at your current registrar.
- Get the EPP code (domain authorization code).
- On the new registrar, look for the domain transfer option, add domain and EPP code, and initiate the domain transfer.
Domain transfers usually take 2-5 days, and your website will not go down when you transfer a domain. Do bear in mind, however, that most of the domain registrars do not allow transfers away from the domain for the initial few months (60-90 days).
The three tips noted above are useful for people having 2-3 domains, but when you require many domains, it is more difficult to follow these tips due to potential management issues. To solve this dilemma, you can use an online domain management service to manage all your domains and keep all of your domains from expiring.
Another important thing that you need to remember is that you should not buy domains until you have a prototype of your website ready.
Many of us who work online are impulsive buyers. In the last four years, I have purchased more than 30 domains, and of those 30, 14 are currently in non-working mode. I bought those domains thinking that I would use them in the future, but the ideas I had in mind for those domains never became realities.
Doing the simple math, I can see that I have spent over $300 in the last three years for domains that I have never used and am not planning to use now. So these days I generally note my new online business ideas, but purchase domains for them only when my business plan is ready to be executed.
Depending on your situation, you can use any of the above tips to save money on the purchase of your domains, and on their subsequent renewals.
If you have additional tips to share, feel free to let me know via the comments section below.
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