The Problem with $1 Dollar Domain Names

If you’ve looked around for a web host you’ll see that the big dogs offer things like $1 Web hosting or $1 domain registration.  Or maybe even 1 cent.  So here is the deal.  They give you that domain for 1 cent for the first year.  After that first year your rate goes up to $16.99 or if your at Network Solutions $34.99 for a domain name renewal each year after that.

You think no problem, I’ll just switch hosting.  If you’ve even tried to move a domain name, there is a charge for that.  To move it out of a lot of hosting companies is like $25 and then trying to coordinate with their Tech Support team and the new hosting company is a total pain in the butt.  They original hosting company has to give you a transfer number and that can take a few days and then you have to give that number to the new hosting company and they might charge you to set it up and that might take a few days as well.

So you hope in the meantime that number doesn’t expire or get rejected because you have to go through the whole ordeal again.


1 and 1 charged $1 per month for the first year, then $8 / month after that.  That’s a big jump in price.


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