1and1 and GoDaddy are two of the most popular companies when it comes to domain registration. Registering domains involves an individual or a company securing a website domain, like www.yoursite.com, and once this is done, that domain becomes that of the company or individual for the contract’s period, which is one year in most cases. Renewal must be done before the expiration of the domain, or else, that domain becomes available to the general public for registration.
The Domain Registrar
1and1 and GoDaddy are the companies managing the reservation of Internet domain names which already have the accreditation by a ccTLD (country code top-level domain) registry and/or a gTLD (generic top-level domain) registry, and the services offered by these companies are different even when you are registering the same types of domains. (More Info: GoDaddy Domain Coupons)
Top-Level Domain Registration
The top-level domains are .com, .net and .org, and they are generic ones which can be used for creating sites serving countries of different languages. At 1and1, .com and .net cost $7.99 to register for the first year, and .org costs $9.99. These prices are much lower than those of GoDaddy, where you need to pay $14.99 to register .com, .net or a .org domain name. To many website owners, this difference is huge, as it costs almost twice at GoDaddy to register the same domain names registered at 1and1.
.info and Other Domains
At 1and1, domain registration is also very cheap, costing only $0.99 for the first year, which is a good thing for those who want to launch a huge number of information websites. At GoDaddy, you need to pay $10.99 to register the same domain, which means you are paying $10 more. Very few people would be willing to do this. The .us domain name at 1and1 costs $9.99 for the first year, while GoDaddy has a price of $19.99 for the same domain for the first year.
The ICANN fee is another thing that is paid when registering a domain. The fee is already included when registering domains with 1and1, while an additional $0.18 is paid when registering with GoDaddy. If that amount is important to you, it should be considered when registering your domain.
Private Domain Registration
If you want your personal information to be hidden when people search for the ownership details of your domains, you should consider the privacy service when registering. The registering cost of 1and1 already includes this fee for the first year, while at GoDaddy, you need to pay another $9.99 to enjoy it.