.com domain name registration for only $1.99

by mary_k
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i didn't see this posted elsewhere, yahoo small business is currently offering domain name registration for only $1.99. it's good on .coms and all other extensions, but you have to be a first-time customer. they also have a 2 year registration for only $11.94 (cheaper than GoDaddy)

their hosting plan looks pretty good too. unlimited bandwidth, email, and storage. i think this might be useful to a few newbies who are a little strapped for cash and need a .com and hosting. you can get the whole package for only $12.95.

tip: the domain renewal fee is $35 after the year is over, so I'd suggest transferring your domain name to a new registrar before it expires

check it out for yourselves
hosting: http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/webho...ngfeatures.php
domains: http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/domains/
#$199 #domain #registration
  • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
    I would recommend paying $6.99 per year for a domain at Godaddy instead of Yahoo. Much easier to deal with, though $1.99 is a good deal. (Namecheap is good too).

    Do NOT use Yahoo hosting, especially if you want to use Wordpress. You can not use custom permalinks which is vital for SEO. Godaddy is better for hosting than Yahoo (though that is not saying much), but I would still advise to use someone else (like Hostgator) for much better hosting
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  • Profile picture of the author pavionjsl
    Just transferred from yahoo over a 35.00 fee........yeah its easy to get in but the dings and dongs are high.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    Pay 1.99 for one year with Yahoo and then they jack you for $30 every year after.
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    • Profile picture of the author mary_k
      Originally Posted by Marhelper View Post

      Pay 1.99 for one year with Yahoo and then they jack you for $30 every year after.
      yeah, that's why you transfer before the domain expires. if you can afford godaddy, then yes I agree don't bother with yahoo. but if you want to get started with IM but are working on a shoestring budget and really need a domain name, then you can't go wrong with a $1.99 domain registration, and hostgator's cheapest plan

      like I said, yahoo will charge you $35 after the year is up, so get out before then.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
        Pay 1.99 for one year with Yahoo and then they jack you for $30 every year after.
        Yahoo seems to be a company in terminal decline.

        Every year one or other of their services seems to either be withdrawn or becomes worse.

        If they continue in the same vein, then ten years from now I doubt that any of us will even remember them.

        It's sad in one sense, but then it's busieness, continuous innovation and the survival of the fittest, I guess.

        Just my thoughts,

        Jeff.
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      • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
        Originally Posted by mary_k View Post

        yeah, that's why you transfer before the domain expires. if you can afford godaddy, then yes I agree don't bother with yahoo. but if you want to get started with IM but are working on a shoestring budget and really need a domain name, then you can't go wrong with a $1.99 domain registration, and hostgator's cheapest plan

        like I said, yahoo will charge you $35 after the year is up, so get out before then.
        I would rather scrape up and extra $5 and save myself the trouble and time of transferring between Yahoo and Godaddy ... the whole thing would wind up taking more time than I would want to put into it ... it is only a few dollar difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamrs
    I use NameCheap to register all my domains, their services are amazing. However, they charge $9.69 for .com domains. I wouldn't even consider changing my registrar because of a couple bucks, since I'm 100% satisfied with their services, but $1.99 can be a really good deal for newbies.

    So thank you for sharing this information


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    • Profile picture of the author tyroneshum
      Originally Posted by williamrs View Post

      I use NameCheap to register all my domains, their services are amazing. However, they charge $9.69 for .com domains. I wouldn't even consider changing my registrar because of a couple bucks, since I'm 100% satisfied with their services, but $1.99 can be a really good deal for newbies.

      So thank you for sharing this information


      William
      I'm one of those Namecheap consumers as well and found it effective for budget. I also look on those discounted domains that they offer whenever I tried creating a new website though.
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  • Profile picture of the author cheyingtan
    i bought 2 $1.99 yahoo domains last year, I thought wanted to transfer those domains before expired, but eventually forget and pay $35 per year. This is the most expensive domains I bought so far!!!

    With $35, i can pay for the namecheap or godaddy domain for 3 years...

    Lesson learn!
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  • Profile picture of the author chattervine
    yes it is true...does it use coupon code?
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Search for a coupon on namecheap - you'll get the domain for $8+change - you also get privacy for free!

    And STAY AWAY from Y! hosting - as Greg said, it's a nightmare for WP... and just plain crap hosting. You can get a good hosting for $4-5-6/mo.

    Offer some service (e.g. make my morning coffee... ), make 20 bucks and you are good to start with a decent registrar and a reliable normal hosting co.

    Always going for the cheapest crap is a bad mindset if you are in business - it's like a mental strait jacket: your business will produce the same. Cheap crap.
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  • Profile picture of the author Underground SEO
    that is so cheap, however, I can no longer find the offer on the page, which is probably for the best reading reviews about yahoo hosting and this $35 renewal fee!
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  • Profile picture of the author peiprofit
    I love name.com for domains. good service and FREE WHOIS!
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I wouldn't want my domains registered through Yahoo even if they were free. I'll stick with established registrars ... namecheap is my favorite.

    Yahoo hosting ... beware. Nothing but trouble.
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  • Profile picture of the author BizBoost
    Ok, here's where I come in handy...

    It's very sweet of you to offer this to "newbies", but who I think you should have been offering it to is "the broke" because not all newbies are broke. And I wouldn't want to send newbies into a hall of turning mirrors like Yahoo represents. To the more experienced among us, transferring domains and saying no to all the add-on gizmos, etc, is fairly easy. But, to send a newbie in there, not knowing exactly to what to say no, and to remember to change the registrar the following year, etc, is really not something into which I'd send a newbie.

    And, a true newbie also probably shouldn't be toying around with too many domain names, anyways.

    The key is to think like a marketer, not a consumer. I would rather spend more time helping a newbie get their first sale under their belt so they could get some good cash in their pocket, than on teaching them how to be frugal by paying $1.99 for a domain that's going to cost them $35 next year if they forget to move. If they can't pee away $35 in the blink of an eye by next year, then something's really, really wrong that a $1.99 domain isn't going to solve.

    My straightforward two cents,
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  • Profile picture of the author sahakov
    godaddy, 1&1 ... all those are in my opinion much better.
    I really heard only bad things about Yahoo's hosting service. I'm a big fan of their webmail though. It's a declining company but they're still offering some good quality services (not web hosting) like the personalized home page, webmail ...
    Carry on!
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by sahakov View Post

      godaddy, 1&1 ... all those are in my opinion much better.
      GD is just as bad, so don't recommend it.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Louis Monk
    I suppose there is not too much to choose between Godaddy and Namecheap and as long as they give us the service we want we are not likely to choose. If your website relies on advertised traffic then Godaddy are selling .info domains for less than $1 for the first year.
    This has to give any newbie a chance to set up a website for minimal cost. As a relative newbie myself, I am happy to host a newbie's website for free for up to 6 months or until the website starts making money.
    By helping other Newbies I would like to get to a win-win situation for both of us.
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by David Louis Monk View Post

      I suppose there is not too much to choose between Godaddy and Namecheap
      I don't think those are the only two registrars in the world... there are hundreds (if not thousands).
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  • Profile picture of the author gary varga
    Are the $1.99 domains still available?
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