Namecheap vs GoDaddy

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As a freelance web developer, I noticed most of my (non-technical) clients purchase domains from GoDaddy. While most devs I know don’t use GoDaddy. The one I noticed most developers use and that I always use is Namecheap.

In this post, I will explain why Namecheap is better than Godaddy and why you should use Namecheap when purchasing a domain name.

Namecheap is cheaper than GoDaddy

As the name suggests, Namecheap seems to always have cheaper prices than GoDaddy. The longer you purchase a domain name for, the more you will notice the difference.

To prove, this I ran a test: In both Namecheap and GoDaddy, I searched for the domain randomdomaintest.com. I didn’t put any add-ons and I choose 3 years for both domain registrars. As you can see in the Screenshot, in Namecheap I would pay $27.18 for 3 years as compared to $47.97 for 3 years with GoDaddy.

Screenshot of Namecheap pricing

Screenshot of GoDaddy pricing

Privacy Protection free with Namecheap

As you can see in the Namecheap screenshot, Namecheap offers “WhoisGuard” is free forever (an option I recommend you keep). GoDaddy offers privacy protection but it is an add-on that costs $9.99 a year.

In case you are curious, what this does is keep your information private (name, address, phone number, etc) to prevent spammers.

Namecheap has a great user interface

I have a few domains with Namecheap and their interface is easy to use. It’s easy to manage all my domains through Namecheap.

Haven’t used GoDaddy’s interface in a while so I can’t really compare.


I hope this helps you decide whether to use Namecheap or GoDaddy.

I never had any bad experience with Namecheap and their prices and what they offer can’t be beaten.