Why is com domain name so expensive

A comparison of domain costs: why are domains different in price?

Ms. Pfisterer, let's talk about domain costs. Why do some top-level domains (TLDs) only cost 99 cents a month and others hundreds of euros?

You are right, that seems very surprising at first glance. You have to take into account, however, that domain prices depend on a large number of factors. If you want to register a domain, you do so with an accredited company, the “registrar”. However, this is only an intermediary between you and the so-called "registry", which administers and markets the desired TLD. For .com, .org or .net domains, this is Verisign, for .de, DENIC. Many other TLDs are marketed by so-called sponsors for a specific purpose. These registries largely determine the guidelines for names and allocation and also the prices.

An example: The cheapest TLDs at DomainFactory are .de and .works for 99 cents a month. The most expensive is .rich, for which you have to pay just under 350 euros a month. .systems is administered and marketed together with over 200 other new generic TLDs (gTLDs) by the American domain administrator Donuts Inc., which was founded especially for this purpose. .rich, on the other hand, is advertised by its registry as an "online club for the rich"; the high price is intended to ensure the club's exclusivity.

That sounds obvious. But it does not yet explain the clear price differences between different providers, i.e. registrars, for a certain TLD.

Right. Now the market comes into play. You have probably already noticed that not every domain or web hosting provider has all of the more than 1,500 existing top-level domains on offer. Anyone who wants to include a TLD in their offer must be specially accredited with the relevant registry. Each provider therefore thinks very carefully about which TLDs are attractive for their customers and under what conditions they can be offered.

The registry charges fees for each registration, usually with graduated quantities. That is why we have ordered a larger contingent from .systems and can offer our customers this TLD at a particularly low price.

Administrative costs are another cost factor. The registrar must check whether the domain name applied for meets the requirements of the registry and, if necessary, also whether the applicant meets the registry's conditions for allocation. If everything is okay, he still has to collect and transmit the necessary information for the WHOIS entry.

Where does DomainFactory compare in costs with other providers?

That clearly depends on the TLD you are looking at. Basically, we orientate ourselves at the usual price level. Nevertheless, we try to put together special offers where it makes sense. We are currently one of the cheapest providers for some of the new gTLDs, including .systems, .email, .solutions, .media, .reisen, .academy, .shop, .shopping or .now (as of September 6, 2020). But we also have very competitive offers for popular TLDs such as .de, .com, .org, .net, .eu or .biz. We also offer a quantity discount of 15 percent, with .de even up to 40 percent. You will receive the discount from a total of 100 domains, regardless of their ending and including external domains.

But I also have to emphasize that we are not a cheap domain provider. Sometimes, for domains, for example for .com domains, which are generally not cheap due to their attractiveness, prices are called that would only be economical for huge packages - or as a bait for the sale of additional services.

You mean the customer shouldn't just go by price?

Exactly. Anyone who operates websites should pay attention to the overall package. What use is a great domain to you if it cannot be reached? Many operators therefore prefer a provider who can provide them with an attractive complete website package from a single source. In addition to domain administration, this also includes reliable technology and all the necessary services. This includes powerful hardware, up-to-date applications and trustworthy security features. This also means that not too many customers have to share a server. The professional configuration and maintenance of the systems is just as important. All of this costs money - dubious providers often cut corners here.

Please summarize again what a customer should look out for when choosing a domain provider?

Very much. Rule number 1: choose a reputable provider. Use reviews on the Internet, for example - or come straight to DomainFactory. Of course, the provider should also have your desired domain on offer. DomainFactory lets you register over 230 different TLDs, from industry-specific gTLDs such as .agency, .boutique,. cafe, .cloud, .design, .engineering, .fashion, .immobilien, .restaurant, .shoes, software, .studio, .tech, .tools or .versicherung up to geoTLDs like .bayern, .berlin, .cologne, .koeln, .hamburg, .ruhr, .saarland or .wien. This enormously increases your chances that your desired domain name is still available. If you need an exotic TLD that we don't offer, you can also integrate external domains with us at no additional cost. To the domain check from DomainFactory (Link)

Rule number 2: Determine your overall needs and look for a suitable tariff package with room for improvement. Your domain provider should also make it possible to adapt the stored standard name servers and the DNS entries. But you should also remember that you have to order an SSL certificate for your domain. Otherwise, web users will be warned by their browser before visiting your website and you will be liable to prosecution if you process personal data. At DomainFactory, an SSL certificate for a domain is included in every web hosting, WordPress hosting and managed server tariff. Our new business hosting tariffs based on cPanel even offer Auto-SSL, so that every domain you operate on this product can be automatically secured with an SSL certificate. One click is enough. In addition, these SSL certificates are automatically renewed. As a customer, you then no longer need to worry about it at all.

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