Looking to save some money on your blog / site expenses? Great news! I recently received an email announcing that Namecheap Now Offers Privacy Protection for Life. What does that mean? It means for someone like me who has many domains registered, once I move all my domains to Namecheap, I’m saving over $100 per year on domain costs per year. Woop! Let me explain…
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Namecheap Now Offers Privacy Protection for Life
What Does This Mean for Me?
Saving moolah. And who doesn’t love that?
How Much Money Will I Save?
That varies on the extension you purchased (.com, .net, etc.). Different domains have different privacy protection fees. According to this page on Namecheap’s site, privacy protection (aka WhoIs Guard) can cost $2.99 – 7.99 per year.
BEFORE: Siteground (SG) hosting and domain registration (year 1)
|SG: $3.95/month x 12||$47.40|
|SG: domain registration||$15.95|
|SG: domain privacy||$12.00|
|pay at setup||$75.35|
|cost per month||$6.28|
But if you use Siteground with Namecheap for your domain registration, you can save almost $20 per year*:
AFTER: Siteground (SG) hosting with Namecheap (NC) domain registration (year 1)
|SG: $3.95/month x 12||$47.40|
|NC: domain registration||$10.98|
|NC: domain privacy||$0.00|
|pay at setup||$58.38|
|cost per month||$4.87|
*Depending on which type of domain you register, of course – the above calculations were created using amounts found on each respective site on Sunday, July 1, 2018
TLDR: You’ll save $16.97 as of the writing of this post for a .com
Where This Makes the Biggest Difference
If you’re anything like me, you want to lock your precious brand down. So if you have the .com of your desired blog URL, you may also want to get the .net, .org, .co, and other more popular extensions. Not because you want to use them but because you don’t want anyone else to. So, this is where your savings can really multiply.
If you bought 5 domain extension versions of your primary URL, you would save:
Domain + Privacy Protection Cost Table
How I’m Saving Over $100 per Year on Domain Costs
To lock my brand down, I purchased several variations of my main blogs. I also run a couple small web sites and have taken down some other domains for future site redirections (for ex: when you share a more memorable URL in your YouTube video that redirects to your site) and projects.
So yea, this could easily add up for me to so I’m saving over $100 per on domain costs.
This Is Great, But How Do I Do This?
This point of this post is to share the service and break down the cost savings. But, I’ll try to add some high level pointers on getting this executed here.
Warning: This does get a little technical, but if you’re managing a blog, you can handle it. And if you are working with reputable companies, you should be able to reach out to customer service to help you.
But with the savings at the level it is, I think it’s worth trying to sort this out. Just my two cents.
Get Your Domain with Namecheap
If you already have your domain registered with another company: you can transfer your domain(s) to Namecheap following their instructions here. Note: the article includes links to domain transfers from specific companies, including BlueHost, which I also recommend reading.
Make sure your nameservers are pointing to the correct place. Typically, your domains must point to the nameservers of your host.
For Siteground: Siteground offers two options when you have your domain with a different company. I usually use Siteground’s nameservers. Which in plain English means that I will look up the two nameservers in my Siteground account and go to Namecheap, “manage” my domain, and replace the Namecheap nameservers with the Siteground ones.
If this doesn’t make sense, let me know in a comment, and I’ll write a new post with screenshots and stuff for you. No problemo!
If you want to try it on your own, start with this Siteground help post and use the linked articles for further research.
I know…it sounds scary if you’re non-technical. But if you can send an email, you can do this!
Hungry for More?
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed this post about how Namecheap Now Offers Privacy Protection for Life. Cheers!