Year 2 costs (Renewals) Can Be Dramatically Higher Thank you Expect – From Godaddy and perhaps others
Being in and now out of the hosting and domain name business for a long time, I have met with much frustration trying to find low priced hosting, and domain name registration for hobbyist endeavors. Hosting companies across the globe seem to be struggling to keep customers and I can see why. A year ago, I started moving my domains to godaddy I was blown away by their service and knowledge, compared to some like crazydomains in Australia that had severe customer service problems reports against them to ICAN as well, but well priced. Interestingly the domains from godaddy were also 10-15% less than the Australia market price so that was nice as well or so I thought. A year on and thus the catch, my hosting is well settled in forwarded how I like it etc.Now I discover that the pricing for the domain names I received was “a special price’ and advertised at 55-77% off retail, You guessed it making my renewal prices on all my domains now twice as much as the average market price here. I never in a million years thought hosting companies would be as covert as this NEVER NEVER seeming to offer new products at what they call regular price, on domains only average in reality but GREATLY reduced, per them, only to figure most customers will not pay attention to the 200% increase at their renewal time. I will query this to many about the fairness of this, but am disappointed I was taken in this way.
Bottom line query upfront and especially renewal costs when buying hosting and domain registration, even so called know-it-alls can miss the obvious sometimes.
The good news is there are companies like onlydomains.com that seem to ignore the BS and offer good consistent products, prices and services and services .