The Hidden Costs of a Cheap Domain Name

You’re just starting with your online business and have found your perfect domain name for only $1/year ๐Ÿ˜ Let’s be realistic; that sounds too good to be true! ๐Ÿ˜’ And we’ll try to explain why’s that. We’ll also try to clarify how to make a smart move and choose the deal that best suits you.

Please, try not to make the following mistakes when you try to purchase a cheap domain name:

1. The domain name is not really FREE, don’t fall for it

$1 for the first year!? Yeah, maybe. But wait till you see your domain price for the following years when you need to renew it. Usually, the companies will offer you a cheap domain for the first year, and then they will increase the price for the upcoming years so they can reimburse for their previous discount.

Moreover, although some web hosting companies may claim that they offer a domain name for free, there’s usually a catch. In fact, to get this “free” domain, they will try to trick you into ordering overpriced web hosting deals for a more extended period.

So be careful, and always think in the long run.

2. Try not to be imposed to pay for your WHOIS protection

When you’re registering a domain, without WHOIS protection, your private information such as your full name, home address, or phone number will be publicly available and therefore a potential target of cyber-criminals. Thus, you should always protect your data from public view. And, by purchasing a certain domain, you should get this opportunity. In the image below, you can see what private information will be exposed to the public with and without WHOIS protection.

Unprotected private information vs. WHOIS protected private information

Hence, please don’t get fooled around to pay for WHOIS protection, you should get it for free. And at BlackHOST, we offer free WHOIS protection with every domain name registration and every transfer of a domain name!

3. Watch out for upsells that come along with a cheap domain name

It’s not a secret that almost every company will try to upsell something to you. That means that they will try to offer and charge you for additional services right before you purchase your domain, like the number of parked domains, number of email accounts, DNS management, web hosting, or premium support. There’s no such thing as premium support for a domain name, so don’t fall for it.

And we have unlimited numbers of parked domains and email accounts, and we offer FREE DNS management.

4. Beware of the hidden fees

Reading the fine print is the key. Some companies will try to trap you into some foolish contracts. Therefore, you can end up with an absurdly high domain name renewal cost, or domain transfer fees, or even locked into multi-year contracts.

Yes, it’s crazy, but it could happen to everyone, especially to the beginners in this whole domain name/online business experience. Therefore again, always, I repeat, ALWAYS read the small print!

We hope that this short guide was useful to you, and if you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below.

And remember, you can never be too careful.

If you need help, you can find some tips about what domain name to choose for your business. And if you’re ready to get started, you can register your domain name with BlackHOST instantly.