Netfirms Cuts Domain Price to $4.95 a Year

Hosting companies continue to slash prices on domain names in an effort to attract new small business customers. The latest price cut comes from Netfirms, a Toronto hosting provider that has begun selling domain names for $4.95 a year. That price undercuts Yahoo's $4.98 promotional rate, as well as 1&1 Internet's one-year .com price of $5.99, previously the lowest non-promotional pricing.

Netfirms specializes in hosting for the small business market, and currently hosts about 51,000 hostnames. Its domain policy allows up to five domains to be registered from the same billing address at the $4.95 price.

Retail Domain Name Prices, February 2005
Company One-year
.com price
&nbspPrimary Business&nbsp Primary Region
Netfirms $4.95 Shared Hosting America
Yahoo $4.98 Shared Hosting America
1&1 Internet AG $5.99 Mixed Hosting Europe
EV1Servers $6.49 Dedicated Hosting America
Hostway $6.95 Shared Hosting America
Stargate $6.95 Shared Hosting America
Interland $7.95 Mixed Hosting America
Web.com $7.95 Mixed Hosting America
AIT Domains $7.99 Mixed Hosting America
Go Daddy Inc $8.95 Domain Registrar America
RegisterFly $9.99 Domain Registrar America
Netcetera $13.00 Mixed Hosting Europe
Dotster $14.95 Domain Registrar America
FastHosts/UKReg $16.53 Mixed Hosting Europe
Pipex/123Reg $16.73 Mixed Hosting Europe
Network Solutions $34.99 Domain Registrar America
Register.com $35.00 Domain Registrar America

Yahoo has extended its $4.98 a year pricing for .com domains through March 9, the fourth such extension since it introduced the offer on Dec. 10. The promotion was intially scheduled to end Dec. 31, but the additional extension provides evidence that the offer continues to gain new customers for Yahoo.

Go Daddy is bundling low-priced domain names with non-domain products in an effort to drive business to its recently expanded hosting and SSL certificate offerings. The offer features a $3.99 domain with every non-domain product purchased. Go Daddy's stand-alone price for a one-year .com is $8.95 this month.