Namecheap vs Dynadot, both of these domain registrars provide excellent prices on domain names, an effective website builder as well as email hosting. But which one is best? Both services have their unique selling points and based on my years of experience of using both I’ll break down everything you need to know.
If you’re short on time, Dynadot provides slightly lower domain name renewal prices, cheaper but more limited email hosting, no web hosting, a website builder, the ability to bulk buy domains, a marketplace and a one page website with your purchase of a domain.
Namecheap by contrast offers better sales on popular extensions like the .com and they have also have low prices on domain names overall, more advanced email hosting options, a website builder, web hosting, better support and a marketplace.
Dynadot is ideal if you’re a domainer looking to buy and sell domain names. Namecheap is better for standard commercial use if you’re looking to start a website or blog using a dedicated web host.
Low prices on domain name registration, monthly promos for massive discounts and a wide array of additional services and good support.
Dynadot vs Namcheap Comparison
Price is not the only thing people look for in a domain registrar. Email, support, after market features, ease of use, website builders and so forth are all things you should consider when looking to manage your domain name registrars.
In this comparison I’m going to look at various aspects of both Dynadot and Namecheap. I have domain names with both and am a user of both. In this content we will be looking at the following:
- Website Builder
- Aftermarket for buying and selling domains
Price – Which registrar has the better price?
Dynadot has slightly better price for registration by a few cents and lower renewal when compared to Namecheap. As most people who are looking to get a domain are interested in top level domain names like the .com, .net, and .org extension, it makes the most sense to look at the price for these extensions.
Namecheap in general runs promos on the most popular extensions for new customers each month. That means you can get a .com for much less than the posted rate. For example, from the Namecheap homepage you will typically see an offer to purchase a .com with a coupon code.
This promo only applies to new customers and changes each month, but you won’t find a better offer for purchasing a .com on the internet.
Source: Namecheap Domains
Where Dynadot shines are their renewal rates. You can’t own a domain name outright, you need to pay a yearly fee as part of your license. This fee is known as the renewal rate.
With both Dynadot and Namecheap you can register a domain name for up to 10 years in advanced, but if you’re not sure and want to register for a year at a time then Dynadot’s lower rates will be helpful in saving money.
Source: Dynadot Domains
As you can see, Dynadot has some of the most competitive prices around. The value you get with Dynadot makes them the domainers registrar of choice as those of use who bulk buy domains and have a portfolio of hundreds of TDL domains.
A small price difference adds up into hundreds of dollars of savings every year. Just look at registering a .net extension. Dynadot is less than half the price than Namecheap. If you’re a domainer, Dynadot with their bulk pricing and low renewal rates is designed for you.
So when it comes to purchasing domain, I’ve found that both services run great deals on a monthly basis for the most popular TLD’s like a .com. The bulk buying process makes mass purchasing domains a simple process but if you’re looking to purchase domains for use with a website I still prefer Namecheap due to their support.
Namecheap runs great deals on .com extensions each month which is the most popular extension for commercial websites, Dynadot is better for bulk purchases and has lower renewal rates.
Website Builder – Simple business or portfolio website
Website builders are now all pretty good as they have all become drag and drop in nature with modern design elements. Where they all fall short however when compared to WordPress is the control you get over the on page SEO of your website, they still are good enough for a small business website.
The reason I’m always skeptical of a website builder from a business who’s primary focus is domain name registration is that they are simply mediocre at providing good on page SEO. Yes you can make a great looking website, but it’s poorly optimized for search so what’s the point?
Regardless, if you’re looking to use website builder, both Dynadot and Namecheap are a tie in this regard as their builders are similar in nature. They provide various templates you can install and edit that fit different types of websites from small business to cafes to personal websites.
Namecheap Website Builder
Namecheap provides a “free” website builder with one of their very low priced shared hosting account. However, since it’s a shared hosting account you may as well install and use WordPress as you can design a more effective and beautiful website as opposed to website builder.
With WordPress you have more control over the on-page SEO and you can design a more unique looking website by using various WordPress themes of your choosing (see our best WordPress themes guide).
Also, if you’re set on using a website builder, Google Sites is a free alternative. All you need to do is get your domain name and you can use Google Sites for free (see our Google Sites tutorial).
Dynadot Website Builder
Dynadot also has a website bulider offering like Namecheap. You can get a free one page website with your purchase of a domain name.
This is perfect if you’re a domainer looking to set up a “this domain is for sale” page. Otherwise, the website builder has the same issues as the one with Namecheap. The lower tier plans are quite limited on the number of pages your website can have and you have to have Dynadot ads.
Compared to Google Sites which is free and you can have as many pages as you like, it simply makes no sense to use Dynadot.
Lastly, the plan where you have unlimited pages is the price of a share hosting account so again, you may as well use WordPress because if you’re building out a business website
Dynadot is the winner because you can create a one page website with your purchase of a domain name. Both website builders are pretty similar and there are no standout features of either one.
On a side note, while the free website builder with a domain name sounds good, don’t forget that you can always use a free website builder like Google Sites. which is better than bother Dynadot and Namecheap’s offering (unless you’re looking to start an ecommerce website).
Dynadot surprisingly does not offer any type of hosting packages. They offer email hosting, a website builder and domain name registration. So if you’re looking to get your domains and cheap hosting from the same company you’ll have to go with Namecheap.
Namecheap currently offers a wide variety of hosting options from cheap shared hosting, cloud hosting, VPS, a full on server and managed WordPress hosting. Their hosting is decent, their unique selling point is their low price points.
As Dynadot does not offer web hosting, Namecheap by default wins with their extensive array of hosting options. Everything from cheap shared hosting all the way up to full scale servers. Dynadot does has a “websites” option on the homepage, but this directs users to their website builder.
Email hosting is designed for larger organizations that need a professional email solution to help manage communications between employees and team groups. Important aspects to look at for a private email server are security, integration with email clients, price and storage.
If you’re a solo blogger looking to get a custom email, your web hosting provider will allow you to create a custom email for your domain name. Now which is better, Namecheap or Dynadot for email hosting?
Namecheap vs Dynadot Email Hosting
Namecheap offers various price points and plans for email hosting. Each plans price point varies depending on how much storage you need for actual email, how much storage you need for any attachments as well how many unique inboxes you need.
As for Dynadot, they offer one price point and provide unlimited mailboxes. However their storage is much small at around 30 MB compared to 2 GB you get with Namecheap. You will have to pay more to upgrade your storage at Dynadot.
So the main difference between the two is that with Namecheap you pay more for more mailboxes and with Dynadot you pay more for increased storage. So depending on your organization and your needs, this should help you decide which one is best.
For me personally I like Dynadot because I can have multiple email address for one price. 1 GB of storage is a bit limiting but if all you’re doing is sending and replying to emails using a professional address then it’s fine.
If however you’re using email to also store documents, images, PDF’s and other media files you’ll want to go with Namecheap as you get a lot more storage for the same price as Dynadot. The only drawback is you only get one email address
It comes down to what you need. If all you need is simple, low cost email hosting then Dynadot is great. If you need a lot of storage then Namecheap is better.
Aftermarket for buying an selling domain names
Both Dynadot and Namecheap offer aftermarket features to help you buy and sell domain names. Dynadot’s aftermarket features are more robust and designed for the professional domainer in mind.
The main difference is that with Dynadot you can use auctions for buy and sell domain names, setup back orders and find recently expire domains. It’s an incredibly powerful and feature rich marketplace with a lot of helpful features to buy and sell domain names.
With Namecheap, their marketplace is more basic. You can view the marketplace as a potential buyer, sort by price and industry and make a bid on a domain name. I’ve sold domains through Namecheap and it’s a simple process. You simply list your domain in the Namecheap marketplace and if another Namecheap customer buys it, the domain is sold and transferred to a new account.
Without question Dynadot provides a far superior aftermarket experience. As I keep saying, Dynadot is designed for a professional domainer looking buy and sell domains at a profit.
I love using the marketplace on this website because they offer a wide variety of auctions, backorders and a broad marketplace to buy and sell. They even offer their own API to help you manage your domains.
Namecheap’s marketplace while simple, is much easier to use. You simply go into your domain name settings and list it in the marketplace at your desired price. If it sells you get notified.
Both Namecheap and Dynadot provide quick and responsive support via email, chat or telephone. The support they both provide is similar and up to industry standards. Have a question about a DNS setting? Both Namecheap and Dynadot provide chat support.
Namecheap is a bit better in that their support is 24/7. With Dynadot their chat feature is occasionally “busy” which means you will need to send in an email and wait a few hours for a response.
Namecheap has better support than Dynadot. Their chat is available 24/7 world wide and you can get an answer or help to any questions you may have fast. Dynadot’s support is good too, but for a service that offers bulk orders and an advanced marketplace I was surprised that sometimes their chat support was not available.
Conclusion – Namecheap vs Dynadot
To conclude, Namecheap is the better registrar if you’re looking for support and intend to use your domain name for building web properties.
With a large collection of “how-to” tutorials and quick support, Namecheap is the headache free registrar. If you’re a domainer and looking to buy and sell domains or you’re someone who only cares about price then Dynadot is for you.