Founded in 2009, NameSilo advertises the lowest domain name prices in the industry. They focus strictly on domain registry and reselling domains. By utilizing in-house designed backend tools, NameSilo does not depend upon third party tools to manage domain names. An added benefit of using its own backend system is that domain transfers and registrations are not bungled- a rare problem throughout the industry of domain registry. NameSilo is truly an innovator in the field when it comes to keeping overhead operating cost low.
- Other TLD prices
- Number of TLDs available
- ICANN fees
- Bulk price
- Security features
- Cross selling
- ICANN accreditation
Customers wanting to buy and register a .com domain name will be charged $8.99/year. This price is lower than the average going rate for .com domains, which typically runs between $11.99 and $16.99 per year. It also is cost-effective due to the free benefits that are covered in the domain name purchase. Another unique selling point that makes NameSilo competitive is that their annual fees do not increase after the first month. There are a lot of domain name companies who advertise for a lower price but lock in the customer at a higher price after the first year renewal.
NameSilo is one of the few domain companies that offer an array of alternate convenient payment options in addition to all major credit cards. These include: Paypal, Skrill, Dwolla, AllPay and BitCoin. (Most companies offer credit card payment options only). This makes it much easier for the millions of app customers who can buy a domain using these popular apps.
Other TLD Prices
NameSilo charges higher fees for alternate Top-Level Domain names like .org, .net, .co, .info and .biz, ranging from $2.89 for a .club extension to $22.69 for a .co extension. Those are the extreme pricing on both ends of the spectrum, with the most common TLDs being $9.89 to $9.99/year. Compared to most domain companies, these prices are low. Some alternate domains run for $13.99 and higher.
Number of TLDs Available
Namesilo offers customers a wide array of domain names to purchase where customers can buy up to 500 domain names. Some companies only offer less than 100 TLDs or several hundred domain names while a few offer over 500, leaving NameSilo near the top of the industry.
NameSilo, like all domain registrars, is required to pay an annual 18 cent ICANN fee. They inform customers during the checkout process that the ICANN fee is included in the customer's annual advertised price. Although most companies pass this cost onto the customer, NameSilo is better than some companies that don't inform customers about the fee at all or add the 18 cents onto the buying price of the domain at the final checkout page, which can put off some customers, since the final price is slightly more than what they thought it would be.
Customers wanting to conduct bulk purchasing will be pleased to find that NameSilo allows you to purchase up to 500 domain names in a single purchase. Some companies either don't have that many domains available or they don't allow you to purchase that many at once. Some companies offer a pyramid structure of bulk pricing, which gives a discount such as 10% off the price for 100 domain names, 20% off for 200 domain names, etc. NameSilo offers customers a discount program instead.
NameSilo's discount program offers customers, regardless of how many domains they have registered, free membership. This program allows domain name owners to get discounts on new domain names and has no fees. This is a strong customer-oriented incentive to do business with NameSilo. A discount program is rare among domain registrars, which puts NameSilo ahead of the pack in this area.
NameSilo offers free lifetime WHOIS Privacy protection with the purchase of each domain name. This is highly competitive and affordable compared to many companies who charge customers an additional fee for WHOIS privacy for each domain, typically $9.99/year.
They also offer free Domain Locking to prevent someone from stealing your domain and moving it to another registrar. All NameSilo domains are registered automatically in 'Locked' status.
Another unique, free protection service NameSilo offers customers is called Domain Defender. Domain Defender provides increased levels of security for your account and protection of your domains using 2 security questions users must answer in order to access and manage the domain name.
NameSilo prides itself on having zero service upsells during the checkout process. This is unique for a domain name company. The average amount of upsells range between 2 and 5 upsells for additional services and/or products. Some even have aggressive upselling techniques, making consumers go through several additional screens of sales pitches in order to buy a domain name. NameSilo customers have no additional offers to maneuver when making a purchase.
- Mobile app
- Simple domain transfer policies
NameSilo does not offer a mobile app that lets customers manage their domains from a smart device. This makes them inferior to the few companies who offer a mobile app for iOS and Android. NameSilo does, however, let customers link their domain name with Google Apps. This will allow for some mobile functionality.
Simple Domain Transfer Policies
Customers wanting to transfer their domains away from NameSilo will find information buried deep in the Support Home section. Most companies offer transfer instructions within their 'knowledge base' pages. Registrars in general have a terrible reputation for holding names hostage, making it difficult to switch registrars if you become dissatisfied. Some charge exorbitant fees or create delays to avoid losing business. NameSilo does not do this, but by means of 'omission' of external transfer instructions, they "discourage" customers from moving their domains elsewhere.