Up to now they’ve been £8.99/ €11.99 /$12.99 including VAT. From here they will be £10.99/ €12.99/ $14.99 including VAT.
Why are they going up?
The main reason the prices are going up is because the wholesale prices are going up.
The Domain Registry that manages .COM and .NET Domain Names is called Verisign, and they’ve increased the wholesale prices for the third time in the last 4 years. This rise is 7%. But that means they’ve gone up by 22% since 2006.
Secondly, its all about the exchange rate. Wholesale domain prices are set in US Dollars, and as you probably know the UK Pound has fallen a long way against the dollar.
We try to be as upfront as possible with our pricing. In contrast to other domain providers, we always quote the price including VAT.
The other thing you get with our domain names are 5 free email boxes. Many others don’t give you any email services. Here’s some advice on how to set up your email.
Domain vouchers are even better value
As you will continue to get a free domain name voucher with the Standard and Plus accounts, and two with the Max, these represent even better value.
We don’t like price increases
It doesn’t feel very good putting your prices up. And its definitely not the way we want to go. Even though we’re constantly working to improve our website builder, we’ve not plans to put the prices up. In fact, they haven’t gone up for 5 years!
That’s it for now – please leave any feedback below.