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Save 53% to 97% off Network Solutions Domain Name Renewals

Save 53% to 97% off Network Solutions Domain Name Renewals

Save 53% to 97% off Network Solutions Domain Name Renewals

By Michael Cyger, Founder of DomainSherpa & Publisher of DNAcademy

Published: March 14, 2019

Network Solutions charges more than almost any other registrar to renew your .com domain name.

Here’s what you need to know to save 53 to 97 percent off your Network Solutions domain name renewals.

Burning Money at Network Solutions

Why Am I Talking About Network Solutions?

Most people familiar with the domain name industry know that Network Solutions overcharges unwitting customers for domain name renewals.

But not everyone knows.

I received an email from a friend and fellow entrepreneur who has owned a handful of domain names for 25 years.

He’s paid year after year for renewals at Network Solutions, probably sinking close to $1,000 in total renewal fees per domain over that period of time when he should have paid only $250 or so – or about $10 per domain name per year.

I told him he was wasting his money and shared with him how he can save money going forward.

This tutorial was written to help anyone in the same situation.

The Network Solutions History of Overcharging for Renewals

Network Solutions was the original registrar responsible for selling .com domain names back in 1995. They used to charge $100 per .com domain name for a two-year registration or renewal, which at the time many thought was excessive.

Times haven’t changed much for Network Solutions more than two decades later.

While other domain name registrars offer registrations and renewals around $10 per year (see pro tip at the end of this article), Network Solutions continues to gouge customers with exorbitant renewal pricing of $37.99 per year.

Now, let’s be clear: Network Solutions has the right to charge whatever they want.

But what’s also clear is that their technology is outdated, their customers service is severely lacking, and other registrars outperform them for less cost.

There is no reason to pay $37.99 to renew a .com domain name at Network Solutions.

A Personal Example

I purchased a domain name at auction recently that was an expired domain name at Network Solutions, so I became a customer without a choice.

Before transferring the domain name out of Network Solutions to another registrar, I decided to look at the cost to renew.

Renew for 3 Years at Network Solutions

The domain name renewal price was a whopping $113.97, using the default timeline of their system which is set to 3 years.

I typically renew domain names yearly to align expenses with income in my business, and when I adjusted the service term to 1 year the renewal rate became $37.99.

Renew for 1 Year at Network Solutions

When I went to transfer the domain name to another registrar, I discovered that Network Solutions will actually reduce the renewal price to try to keep you as a customer.

How to Renew Network Solutions Domains for 53% Off

While logged into your Network Solutions account, view the domain name details, and then scroll to the very bottom of that page.

Network Solutions View Domain Details Scroll To Bottom Request Authorization Code

Click the “Request Authorization Code” link, which is just under the “Turn Off” link. There is no differentiation between the two links, so make sure you’re clicking on the correct one.

Once you request an authorization code, Network Solutions recognizes your intent to transfer the domain name to another registrar and will try to keep you as a customer by reducing the domain name renewal price by 53 percent, from $37.99 to $17.99.

Network Solutions Stop Renewal Discount

“Offer valid today only.” ← You’re funny, Network Solutions. 🤣

At this point, you can click the “Renew Now” button to stay with Network Solutions at the 53 percent off promotional renewal rate.

But if you want to continue the process of transferring your domain name out – because it’s easy to find a renewal price that’s still lower than Network Solutions’ promotional rate – then read on.

How to Renew Network Solutions Domains for 97% Off

Once again, start by viewing the domain name details in your Network Solutions account, and then scroll to the very bottom of that page.

Network Solutions View Domain Details Scroll To Bottom Request Authorization Code

Click the “Request Authorization Code” link, which is just under the “Turn Off” link. There is no differentiation between the two links, so make sure you’re clicking on the correct one.

Instead of agreeing to the “Renew Now” offer, click the “Continue Transfer” button.

Continue Transfer from Network Solutions

At this point, Network Solutions will show you a warning (trying to scare you and discourage you from completing the transfer) and require you to acknowledge your understanding. Click the checkbox and then click the “Continue Transfer” button to continue.

Network Solutions Warning Confirmation

On the next screen you can tell Network Solutions that their renewal fee is too high, but I’ve done it for years and it hasn’t made any difference yet.

Network Solutions Survey

Finally, you get a confirmation screen:

Network Solutions Confirmation

Note: Having to wait three days for an authorization code to transfer the domain name is ridiculous. Almost every other registrar will deliver it either immediately or within an hour.

Exactly three days later I received this email:

Network Solutions Authorization Email

While you’re waiting for your authorization code to arrive, go back into your Network Solutions account to view the domain details, and then scroll to the very bottom of that page.

This time, click the “Turn Off” link to the right of the “Transfer Lock: On” text. Yes, it’s not clear it’s a separate link from the “Request Authorization Code” as I previously mentioned, but it is.

Network Solutions View Domain Details Scroll To Bottom Turn Off Arrow

Then select the “Leave Domain Transfer Lock off” option and click the “Save” button.

Network Solutions Leave Transfer Lock Off

Next, go to a fresh tab on your browser, visit Google.com, and type “transfer domain name” into the search box.

The top result will be a $0.99 link to transfer the domain name to GoDaddy:

Google Transfer Domain Name Coupon for $0.99

Click that link, and type in the domain name you want to transfer:

Transfer Domain Name At GoDaddy for $0.99

The promotion is only valid once per customer, but after transferring your first domain name the price is still a bargain at $7.99.

Transfer Domain Name At GoDaddy for $7.99

Enter the domain name you want to transfer, confirm you have unlocked the domain name, enter your Authorization Code that Network Solutions emailed to you, and pay for your purchase.

If you have any questions with GoDaddy, unlike many other registrars, you can call them (480-505-8877) or start an online chat:

GoDaddy Online Chat

Enjoy your MASSIVE 97 PERCENT REDUCTION in renewal fee for the domain name. It feels great to get a bargain after spending so much for renewals in the past.

Pro Tip

Finally, I’ll leave you with a pro tip: you can compare registration and renewal pricing on domain names using two great services: DomComp and TLD List.

DomComp.com for Comparing Domain Name Registration and Renewal Prices

TLD-List.com for Comparing Domain Name Registration and Renewal Prices

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Comments 8

  1. Visiting your page (link inside your email) I read this:
    “But what’s also clear is that their technology is outdated, their customers service is severely lacking, and other registrars outperform them for less cost.”
    I agree with you at 1,000%

    That said, I wonder why I should shell out $17.99/yr for a .com when I can get a better (much better) service when there are at least five registrars offering .com domain registration charging less than $10/yr and some even less than six dollars or so while providing an exceptional customer service.
    And I mean really very good and prompt follow-up with a lot features.
    (especially for domains parkers/flippers)

    Possibly do I missed something reading what you state on your page?

    Thanks in advance for your attention and feedback,

    Giorgio

    What above is the text that I sent to Michael in reply to his email.
    Quite rarely I do post comments online (I am not a net animal) but Michael judged that addressing my remarks here online could be an interesting subject for other visitors.
    Also he was so kind and polite asking my to post this that I felt obliged to honor his request…
    That said, for better clarity, let me add that I thought better to state that you may find registrars offering .com for $10 or less by the tons.
    The five I work with are those (my opinion) I esteem to be head and shoulder above all those I tested.

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      Hi Giorgio,

      Thanks for reading and taking a moment to add your thoughts!

      In regards to, “That said, I wonder why I should shell out $17.99/yr for a .com when I can get a better (much better) service when there are at least five registrars offering .com domain registration charging less than $10/yr and some even less than six dollars or so while providing an exceptional customer service.” < -- You're not missing anything. There's no reason an INVESTOR should keep their domain names at Network Solutions, and I show you how to transfer it out for $0.99 to $7.99 (including a one year renewal at the new registrar). However, most people at Network Solutions (like my entrepreneur friend who contacted me) do not want the trouble of transferring their domain names out. They've been there for 25 years already! So at least I show them how they can save 53% on their domain name renewal if they do decide to stay at NetSol. Change is hard for some people. :)

      Best regards,

      Michael

  2. Very well explained. I’m sure it will benefit many after going through your informative article. However, I personally don’t renew any domain with them. Crappy registrar. I always transfer out right after the 60 days lock period.

    Thank you!

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      Author

      We’re in agreement, 100%.

      My hope is that this will rank well for those searching for discounts or coupons at Network Solutions and save people some money and/or get them to a better registrar.

      Or, if one of my friends in the future has the same issue I can simply direct them to this tutorial. 🙂

      Thanks for reading/watching and taking the time to post your thoughts, AbdulBasit!

  3. You do realize Network Solutions is just a name only now basically and and really just Web.com. They Virginia office is now occupied by another company, their name was removed from the building. About page goes right to the web.com website and so does any support. Same with register.com. The facebook page goes right to web.com and the twitter page has no posts since last year, if you really want to call them posts. That name will probably be up for sale one day.

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      Hi Jake,

      Yes. Network Solutions is owned by Web.com. And while they may use the same databases (I’m not sure how their technical architecture is structured), the front-end of Network Solutions is different from Web.com and Register.com. It’s this front-end, user interface that is terrible at Network Solutions.

      Network Solutions have quite a few customers paying big bucks to renew their domain name. The switching cost is high for people. So I anticipate that they’ll be in business for quite some time.

      And it’s my hope that this tutorial helps their customers. 🙂

      Thanks for commenting,

      Michael

  4. Of all the smaller domainers who might try this method to transfer away, in flight from enormous renewal fees, I wonder how many found suddenly there were additional obstacles to their transferring out. I seem to remember some pretty big issues with that, years ago.

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      Author

      The biggest obstacle is waiting too long, perhaps until it expires, and then having to wait 3 days for Network Solutions to send you the authorization code via email. In that time, someone newer to the process may get worried and simply renew their domain to make sure it doesn’t expire.

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