Domain.com boasts a wide range of features in addition to its domain registration service and domain-related extras such as domain name privacy and a control panel. It also offers affordable web hosting services, a website builder through Web.com and web design services for those who do not want to build their site in-house. On top of that, it also offers business email through Google, and professional marketing services.
When it comes to domain registration, Domain.com stands out for its unique domain extensions (e.g., redcliff.brewery or lakeside.construction). This is because such domain extensions are not widely available from all registrars, so if you are looking for something outside of the standard .com, .org or .net, it is a good choice. However, for those who do want a domain with, say a .com extension, it costs $11.99 per year and increases to $21.99 per year, so it’s not the best long-term value as other top registrars offer lower renewal rates.
Additionally, Domain.com does not offer domain reselling services. That said, it’s not the best choice for those who are interested in buying and selling domains.
One of Domain.com’s biggest selling points is its web hosting service. Plans start at $3.75 per month with annual billing. This includes unlimited storage, which is rare for a low-cost, entry-level web hosting plan, as well as a free SSL certificate and a free domain for your first year (renews at $21.99 per year).
A benefit of getting a free domain with web hosting is that it eliminates the need to manually connect your domain to your hosting service. This saves time (and aggravation) for those who are new to building websites as connecting domains isn’t always as simple as it should be.
Domain.com partnered with Web.com to offer its beginner-friendly website builder. While Web.com does offer a quality site builder that is very intuitive and easy to use, there is no special deal when signing up for a Web.com plan through Domain.com. That said, it is worth considering if you are looking for a quick and easy way of building a simple website.
Keep in mind that it costs $4.95 per month with annual billing for your first year. It then renews at $15.99 per month. For reference, this is in the same ballpark as the best website builders such as Wix, Weebly and Squarespace. Unlike those, it does not enable users to try it before buying it, so while the introductory pricing is low, it is fairly risky compared to other site builders that let you try it before purchasing an annual plan. For more information, check out our Web.com review.
Web Design Services
In addition to its partnership with Web.com, Domain.com also offers custom web design services for those who are not interested in building their own site. While it does not provide pricing information on its web design services, it does offer a free consultation so you can get more insight into costs for your specific project. Keep in mind that its web design services do not include web hosting, so you will also need to purchase web hosting.
If you purchase a domain through Domain.com, you have the option to purchase professional business email that uses your custom domain from Google. The benefit of purchasing business email from Google through Domain.com is that Domain.com customers get a 50% discount for their first year. This means that your first year will cost $3 per month (or $36 per year) compared to the standard rate of $6 per month (or $72 per year).
Domain.com offers professional marketing services in the following areas: search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) advertising and social media marketing. It offers users a free marketing consultation, which will provide a customized plan of action for your business and its online presence. While these services might be worthwhile for businesses that have just launched a new site and are looking to gain online visibility, you are likely better off going to a marketing agency that specializes in marketing services for your industry.
SSL certificates come with all web hosting plans. However, for those who are purchasing a domain or already have hosting but do not have an SSL certificate, it’s possible to buy one from Domain.com. The cost for an SSL certificate starts at $2.75 per month with annual billing for a basic SSL certificate. The top-tier option is the Wildcard SSL which starts at $14.99 per month with annual billing.
Domain.com also offers website security plans through SiteLock. The entry-level SiteLock plan starts at $3.99 per month with annual billing and includes daily malware scans, blacklist monitoring, automatic malware removal and automated bot attack blocking.