NameCheap appears to have the cheapest overall pricing on new TLDs among the largest domain name registrars.
If you’re actively investing in new top level domain names, price is certainly a key factor for selecting a domain name registrar.
So far, these new TLDs aren’t cheap. You can register 2-4 .com domains for the same price as one new TLD in most cases. That adds up in a hurry.
I did a quick price comparison this morning on three of Donuts’ available domain names. They make up Donuts’ three apparent price tiers thus far.
I checked pricing at what are generally considered the top 10 domain name registrars, combining multi-brands (e.g. Web.com for Network Solutions and Register.com). For reseller-only services I used their retail brand (BigRock for ResellerClub and Hover for Tucows).
Here’s what I found:
* NameCheap.com was across the board cheapest on “regular pricing”.
* 1&1 has first year pricing and then ongoing pricing. The first year discounts are substantial, so if you’re trying to quickly flip domain names then this might be a good option for you.
* Web.com has a strange pricing anomaly, charging the same for all of Donuts’ domain names. This means its .holdings pricing is relatively low compared to other registrars.
This pricing is for current hand registrations of available domain names. If you’re pre-ordering, each registrar has its own pricing and refund policy if unsuccessful. Also keep in mind that some registrars are better than others at grabbing domains when they become available, and some are less likely to have competing pre-orders.