: Who is a great domain registrar company? I have used numerous domain registrars in the past, including Godaddy, 1&1, Host Monster, IX web Hosting, the list goes on. (not talking about hosting)
I have used numerous domain registrars in the past, including Godaddy, 1&1, Host Monster, IX web Hosting, the list goes on. (not talking about hosting)
I currently use GoDaddy, however, I'm not to happy with them. I need a great registrar! One who:
makes transferring easy
registration pain free, no up-selling
has great domain management
has amazing customer service
Maybe such a company does not exist. I don't know. Do you know of one?
I know I'm late to the game, but some additional input is never bad... I've heard namecheap and gandi are good. I just started using namecheap and I'm happy so far.
I would recommend staying away from 1and1.com and GoDaddy. Enough about GoDaddy has been said in this thread already. But 1and1 is a complete nightmare. I started with them many years ago, and increasingly became more and more disappointed. Now, it's to the extent that I'm transferring all my domains away from them. But this is painful (obviously)...
I think I'm going to stick with namecheap.
I want to add a scenario to think about when picking one of these companies. Recently a service I use called Jotform had their domain name which was registered at Godaddy frozen becuase of an investigation. The biggest concern is that it happened without any warning.. Here are some details about what happened. I'll bet that many of the registrars have policies that would allow the same thing to happen. In their blog Jotform states that it has moved to Namecheap and Hover because of their stance against SOPA and internet censorship.
If you are running a site that has user generated or hosted content, take heed!
I have used UK Web Solutions Direct for years and have never had any problems. They are reliable and not too expensive.
On the flip side, I have used easyspace once and they were expensive, difficult to use and with extremely poor customer service.
I've used 123-reg.co.uk for many years, and I have a number of domains with them. They are (one of?) the largest registrars in the UK.
I use both omnis and godaddy and generally happy with them
I've had good success with Hover part of Tucows. They have phone and email support that are really helpful and no upselling.
I've been happy with Dotster, although they are a bit light on included features. Pretty much no-nonsense.
I have to mention Moniker. They're a top 10 registrar, they're US based (which is nice for Europeans considering that if anyone from the EU wants to screw with one of your domains, they're going to hit a US stonewall, but may not be that great if you're an American trying to protect your online assets), and their claim is never having lost a domain.
They're pretty damn secure, and if you Google a bit you're going to see that they're the domain registrar domainers prefer. And domainers are a bunch of people very good at, oh well, buying domains and keeping them.
I'm going to recommend easyDNS. They are a good domain name registrar and offer an excellent DNS hosting service. Their prices are not the cheapest, but I am very happy with the service I get for my money.
I've purchased domains with GoDaddy before and also find the upselling annoying. But, I have used them when buying a number of domain names on speculation – GoDaddy were cheaper than easyDNS for bulk – but later I transferred to easyDNS the domain name I ended up actually keeping.
Name.com - I'm hearing many good things from others who have switched to using them.
I've used PairNIC for quite some time, mainly because I've been hosting with pair Networks since '96 or so and have found them to be incredibly reliable.
Definitely not the cheapest, easiest to use, or sexiest. On the plus side, there is no major upsell, the management tools are solid, and they aren't flakey at all.
Update: I had a terrible time trying to transfer to NameCheap having them postpone the process for 2 months due to their unlocking policies. Take a look at the comments before using them as a service.
If you can ignore all the annoying upselling then Godaddy is a decent provider, their management tools are actually pretty good.
Dreamhost is a great hosting company. I've been using them for like 5 years now with out a single complaint.
Going through the checkout process at GoDaddy is a horrific experience. This is thankfully not the case with www.hover.com/
Gandi comes well recommended. I just moved some of my domains over there, it was a pretty straightforward process.
I have used DirectNIC for many years without any problems. They offer a variety of TLDs and do not annoy you with constant up-sells like GoDaddy does. Their prices are a little higher than GoDaddy, but you can get decent discounts if you purchase in bulk or transfer in a lot of domains.
For the Dutch market there is TransIP (www.transip.nl);
Great support, direct registration of .nl and other domains (at other registars you need to fill in and fax forms to get stuff done, here you just sign online); Good prices and a good control panel. E-mails are mostly answered in minutes. It's my registrar of choice.
I really like Namecheap.
Transferring is easy. Domain Management is easy. There is no upselling, you buy domain, it's yours, Apply WhoIsGuard if you want stop personal details being revealed if someone does a WhoIs on your domain.
Can't testify with regards to customer service though.