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Google Domains closing – current .com domain name prices

I’ve spent a while migrating all of our domain names to Google Domains – only for Google to announce that as of September 7th 2023 they are stopping all new domain registrations and moving the public domain registrations over to Squarespace (Google domains managed 9 years before being killed by Google).

We were paying £10/year for .com (and .net and .dev) domain name purchases/renewals with Google – but what are the “current market prices”?

(I was starting to migrate domains over to WordPress (mainly for the free year of renewal), but finding out that they don’t support DNSSEC and that there isn’t an ETA for its implementation means I might have to look elsewhere.)

Domain price (one year)NotesThanks to
Cloudflare£7.47Price converted from $9.15 USD.
Does support DNSEC.
Domains must use Cloudflare’s authoritative DNS provider.
WordPress£10.00Currently offering free transfer+1 year renewal for domains currently with Google Domains.
Does not support DNSSEC.
ResellerClub£10.44Price converted from $12.79.
Available to resellers only.
Amazon Route 53£10.63Price converted from $13.00
ClouDNS£10.93Price converted from $13.39 USD.
Does support DNSSEC.
OpenSRS£11.23Price converted from $13.75 USD.
Available to resellers only.
Namecheap£11.40New customer pricing of £4.87. Neil Turner via Mastodon
DNSimple£11.86Price converted from $14.50 USD.
Requires a free subscription.
Does support DNSSEC.
Shopify£12.28Price converted from $15.00 USD.
Might be limited to using Shopify’s platform.
20i£12.49Does support DNSSEC.
Reseller pricing £10.49 (reseller package costs £47.99/month)
OpenProvider£12.76Price converted from $15.58 USD.
Members pricing £8.00 (membership costs $49.99/year)
OVHCloud£12.95First year registration: £10.19
Does support DNSSEC
Hetzner£13.55Price converted from €15.60 EUR.
Hover£14.73Price converted from $17.99 USD
First year registration £13.10.
EasyDNS£15.51Price converted from $19.00 USD.
Squarespace£16.00New provider for Google Domains customers.
First year registration £9.60
Hostgator£16.37Price converted from $19.99 USD
First year registration £10.61.
HeartInternet£16.78Advertised prices exclude VAT.
First year registration £11.98
Mythic Beasts£17.40Advertised prices exclude VAT.
Does support DNSSEC.
Jonathan Matthews via Mastodon
Bluehost£18.00Price converted from $21.99.
First year registration £10.91
Ionos£18.00First year registration £1.20.Howard Cheng via Mastodon£18.00Price converted from $21.99.
Network Solutions£20.48Price converted from $25.
I brought my first domain from them in 1998 – NS has been sold 4 times since!
Easily£20.89Advertised prices exclude VAT
123-Reg£20.38Advertised prices exclude VAT.
First year registration £5.99
GoDaddy£21.56Advertised prices exclude VAT.
First year registration £10.78.
Namesco£23.98Advertised prices exclude VAT.
First year registration £11.98
Gandi£23.99First year registration £16.54.Philip John via Mastodon


Prices shown in £ GBP/Pound Sterling and are based on publicly available “single year renewal” prices at the date I added them to the table (with any different registration pricing noted).

Where possible, all prices include UK VAT/Tax and have been converted from any other currencies to GBP using where the site itself did not provide currency conversion.

I can’t be held responsible for any errors, omissions, out of date information etc etc – I did my best! 😀

Edited 25th September 2023:

  • Add “Thanks” to people who reminded me of certain registries
  • Added Ionos, Mythic Beasts, DNSimple, Amazon Route 53, Easily, Hetzner, Network Solutions, Shopfiy,, OVHCloud, Glauca, Joker, Hostgator, OpenProvider, Dynadot and Hover.
  • Added note of DNSSec support and reseller pricing to 20i
  • Corrected ordering placement of Heartinternet
  • Clarified Disclaimer.

Bug Report: [WontFix] cPanel Outbound emails to account holders from cpanel@ domain can fail SPF checks

In an effort to prove to myself that I am actually trying to do work this last month, I’m making a note of all the bugs in 3rd party software I find.

Today is a bug reported to cPanel Inc on the 6th June 2022 under their tracking request ID 94453274 affecting outbound emails sent from servers running their WHM/cPanel software to web hosting customers whose account has an notification.

Clearing DNS caches

Just moved your site to a new provider/host and want to try and clear various DNS caches? Well, using will clear OpenDNS and will clear Google’s: so that should get quite a few people sorted (if you are running Chrome copying chrome://net-internals/#dns into the address bar will clear your local cache).

Any body know any other DNS cache clearing snippets?

[Techy] localdomain settings in Linux Mint using DNSMasq

If you are developing websites on Linux Mint, then you might want to set a DNS Wildcard so that anything on localdomain (*.localdomain) resolves to your machine (i.e. test.localdomain , anything.localdomain). So how can you do this?

First of all, you need to install dnsmasq “a lightweight, easy to configure DNS forwarder and DHCP server”, this can be simply done using:
sudo apt-get install dnsmasq

Now you just need to configure it. Create a file in /etc/dnsmasq.d/ using something like nano, pico, vi, emacs :

sudo nano -w /etc/dnsmasq.d/localdomain.conf

with the following settings:


This will tell DNSMasq to setup a wildcard for everything on “localdomain” to point to and to listen for DNS requests on Now just restart DNSmasq:
sudo service dnsmasq restart
and you are nearly done.

You now just need to change your DNS servers in network manager. On the Linux Mint task bar, right click on the network icon and select “Edit connections” and edit the connection you are using. Select “IPv4 Settings”. If you have “Automatic (DHCP)” selected, change it to “Automatic (DHCP Addresses only)”. Then add the DNS server and others of your choosing (such as the Google and ones). All should now be working!

Net: Shortest Valid Domain Names

For the system I’m building, I’m putting in a check for valid domain names (technically URI/URLs) and one of the checks is for the length of the domain name. So what is the shortest domain name around?

Well, I suspect in the uk it’s the British library at [5 characters] and in the .com range I suspect it’s Paypal’s [6 characters], but an article on Valleywag has just altered me to the fact that Google has one of the shortest Chinese domain names [4 characters] and Ulster Television has, but even those are beaten by both the Western Samoa top level domain name has a website making ws [2 characters] and the Vatican’s va [2 characters] – making them the shortest domain name I’m aware of.

Why have some of them got full stops at the end of the links ( such as http://ws. and http://va. ): it’s to stop your browser trying to “fix the links” and change them to and which are different sites.

The answer to the question of “how short can a domain name be” is currently 2 characters (unless a top level domain is started with less than 2). A full web based URI/URL has a minimum length of 9 (4 for the protocol ‘http’, 3 for the protocol separation ‘://’ and then 2 for the domain/host name). Of course, you could also use the FTP protocol which brings it down to 8 or be pedantic and insist the shortest web orientated URL is http://va.:80/ at 14 characters.

See also top level domains with websites.