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Domain Registration fees

TheShrew

Member
I am being charged a registration fee for co.uk of £35 and £50 .com. This is from a local chap that is currently looking after me and I have no idea if this is normal or not. I do know when I asked him for a simple website I was gobsmacked at the costs and didn’t take it up. I have tried independently to verify the costs but its only served to confuse me.
We are a really small business and I can’t justify a massive outlay but if I also see that there are packages for websites which seem to include hosting for about £85 a year but again I have no idea if this is ridiculously cheap or I am being naive? Can someone point me in the right direction with pitfalls or areas I should check carefully before committing please or maybe a site for dummies just like me!!
 

Captain_Cretin

ULTIMATE Member
The hosting companies tend to offer a really low rate for the 1st year, then stiff you afterwards.
It used to be you could get your domain for as little as £1.99 per year, but those days are long gone now the people running the registry have become so greedy; the prices you quote are about right.

We have been looking at getting a better shopping website done, and are being quoted over £4,000 for a tarted up version of what we already have!!!
 

Mark.J

Administrator
Staff member
ISPreview Team
I think .co.uk is usually around £10 per year (outside of first year discounts) but it will vary a little between hosts. £35 is clearly too much and you should always make sure that it's you who own the domain, not a third-party.
 

Captain_Cretin

ULTIMATE Member
I think .co.uk is usually around £10 per year (outside of first year discounts) but it will vary a little between hosts. £35 is clearly too much and you should always make sure that it's you who own the domain, not a third-party.
If you buy it on its own, yes, but I have been quoted similar prices for renewal by the hosting company we use, and another hosting company quoted my sister much the same for her .co.uk domain.

I think it depends how much of an effort you want to put in, the hosting companies do it all for you - at a price.
 

ManOfMeans

ULTIMATE Member
Most hosting packages now come with built in tools to build websites, Im not in to hosting but £85 a year if your willing to put the work in and build it yourself and set up the email addresses etc isn't a bad deal.
 

Glovepup

ULTIMATE Member
Have you thought about something like Squarespace or similar? Work out about £180 per year, you design the site yourself using their templates.

Or you could host a Wordpress site, though you'll need some technical know-how to get it running, though some hosting places will now deploy Wordpress at the press of a button. You'll need to find a theme that you like, or pay someone to design one and upload to the site.

Many options available to you. I have used Hostgator in the US for years now, only had one problem and their support has been top.
 
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