Domain.com Domain Registration Service Review
Domain.com is an American domain registrar and web hosting company. It initially started as a domain registrar, but added hosting options for customers over time. The company currently serves more than 1.2 million websites.
Domain.com is a subsidiary of Newfold Digital, an IT services and web hosting company. Newfold is in turn owned by a private equity firm, Clearlake Capital Group.
We’ve thoroughly tested Domain.com to give you a detailed and unbiased review. Our review is based on specific criteria, including ease of use, features, customer support, pricing, and more.
Packages and prices
Domain.com has different prices for different top-level domains (TLDs). For example, .COM costs $9.99 for the first purchase, .NET $12.99, and .ORG $8.99. You can choose from many other TLDs, some of which are quite expensive. For example, .CO costs $27.99 and .IO costs $47.99 for the first year.
Domain.com also offers web hosting plans and a dedicated website builder. The website builder costs between $1.99 and $12.99 per month. The highest plan has some unique features that the others don’t, such as payment gateway integration.
Domain.com’s web hosting service costs between $3.75 and $13.75 per month. Fortunately, all plans offer unlimited storage and a free SSL certificate.
Domain.com offers a 30-day money-back guarantee for every purchase.
Domain.com is an all-in-one platform for building and hosting websites, with features like;
Domain name purchase
You can purchase almost any domain available through Domain.com. The platform supports over 300 TLDs, including generics like .COM and .NET and obscure ones like .BUZZ and .GAMES. Generics are affordable, with prices comparable to competing domain registrars. On the other hand, some obscure ones are quite expensive, like .GUITARS which costs $89.99 for a year.
You’ll often search for a domain and see it’s already taken, but don’t worry. Domain.com lets you submit your name (for a fee) in advance when a domain becomes available, so you can bid for it right away. This pre-registration process gives you a good chance of getting a domain name that you think others are vying for.
If you don’t get a domain name after pre-registration, Domain.com refunds your fees
Domain.com offers its customers three main hosting plans: Basic, Deluxe, and Ultra. Basic allows you to create and host a single website, while the other plans allow you to host an unlimited number of websites. The Basic plan starts at $3.75 per month, Deluxe at $6.75 per month, and Ultra at $13.75 per month.
Notably, all three plans offer unlimited storage, which is quite remarkable. Most hosting providers ration storage and bandwidth for their lower plans. The main difference between the plans is the number of MySQL databases and FTP connections they support.
Basic supports 10 MySQL databases, Deluxe 25 and Ultra Unlimited. Similarly, Basic supports 5 FTP connections, Deluxe 25, and Ultra Unlimited.
All three hosting plans come with free SSL certificates to protect your website and a free domain name for one year.
Domain.com offers a dedicated website builder with plenty of features to help you create a functional and attractive website without too much technical work. The website builder lets you create individual pages for your content. It gives you full control over the design and layout of your site.
Domain.com’s website builder uses artificial intelligence to help you lay the groundwork for your website. You answer a few questions at the start, and the AI will help you choose the right layout, including images and initial content, for your site. Then you can modify it according to your taste.
The AI tool is beneficial because it does much of the background work of setting up your website. It will be much harder to create your website layout from scratch without it.
You can build a great online store with Domain.com’s website builder. The tool lets you manage inventory, shipping, coupons and discounts, taxes, emails, and payments all in one place. Domain.com offers a wide selection of beautiful eCommerce themes.
Interface and in use
We found it quite simple to use Domain.com. The first step is to go to the website and choose the service you want. You can search for any domain name to see if it is available. If so, you can proceed to purchase it immediately. Likewise, if you need web hosting or a website builder, select the plan you want and pay for it.
After paying, Domain.com will prompt you to create an account. Then you can log in to access your service at any time. We recommend that you use an email that you check regularly to find out if a service is nearing its expiration date. It’s even better to maintain any service you purchase on auto-renewal with an active credit/debit card. Never let your domain name expire because people are trying to get it back if it does.
Domain.com offers customer support via email, live chat, or phone. There are also video tutorials and a knowledge base on the website to help you understand the platform.
Domain.com’s main competitors are Namecheap, GoDaddy and Hover. Domain.com offers prices and features comparable to its competitors.
Domain.com is a suitable domain registration and web hosting service. However, we observed a few flaws, such as its web hosting service not having direct monthly plans. It calculates the price monthly, but you have to pay at least one year to use it.