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If I register a domain name for a client, what do you think is a reasonable mark-up to add on the registration/renewal fees? Configuration time is included in the web site costing.
I think 25% is about right but would be interested in any opinions.
In 1995 I worked for a company that was just getting into web design and hosting and they charged $500 to register a domain name for their clients.
After about 2 years I no longer worked there but I heard through the grapevine that when their customers discovered how they had inflated the price of domain registration there was a mass exodus...
It helps people have a better understanding if you treat the domain seperate.
This way if there are dns or hosting issues it will sometime be easier for them to understand.
The domain has to be renewed every year - if you aren't going to be around next year - telling them there is a $15 yearly fee will make things make more sense to many in the long run.
People don't mind fees - as long as you are up front and not ripping them off.
Then again - if you are sure they will only want one domain - I can't really argue for throwing it in for free.
I just think if there is a problem down the road - if they paid for it - it will actually help avoid confusion.
Just my 2 cents.
We are literally talking peanuts here compared to hosting but I like the idea of keeping the domain part of things separate (hopefully they don't go elsewhere but that's a good reason too..).
The Australian .com.au domains cost between 50 and 70 AUD per year so they aren't quite as easy to include in the price as a .com which are very competitvely priced here too :).