What's the best registrar out there?

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I'm actually with godaddy since around 2000, never had to complain even though I was reading like everyone else all these horror stories out there ...

Then it happened, this morning I got a "renewal notice" that they would renew "Website tonight" (WTH is this?) to which I supposedly subscribed and wanted auto-renewal ... no worry, THEY WOULD AUTOMATICALLY CHARGE MY CREDIT CARD ON FILE !!! ...

I do not tolerate this kind of business practice, especially when I give them in the thousands of $ per year ! With everything I read about them on the web, this "small" $5 charge is what is gonna make me go elsewhere and make them lose another loyal customer.

So, who's the best registrar out there who offer similar prices as godaddy and is reliable?

Thanks warriors !
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Marty_g View Post

    So, who's the best registrar out there who offer similar prices as godaddy and is reliable?
    Namecheap is very nice.

    I'm gradually moving everything from GoDaddy to Namecheap and wish I'd done so earlier.

    The only thing is that .info domains are cheaper at GoDaddy. Apart from that, Namecheap is perfect for me.

    They give free privacy protection, too.

    (At GoDaddy you get that free only when you register 5+ domains in one transaction).

    I think you're right to leave GoDaddy for that reason. They may be legally within their rights, but the way they do that is "sharp", in my opinion. It makes me think of them as a scammy company.
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  • Profile picture of the author cindybidar
    I've never had a problem with GoDaddy, except that you have to very carefully read every page of their upsells to make sure you don't get roped into something like you're describing. When I got tired of that (about 14 domains later) I moved to NameCheap. Good prices, no endless upsells, just domains. Easy-Peasy.
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  • Profile picture of the author JOSEPHRAJ
    Name.com is better because they offer you free private registration (Promocode:FREEWHOIS).
    Their price is also very similar to Godaddy and they come up with promo codes every month for new registration and renewals.
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    • Profile picture of the author Background Noise
      Eventually you can have problems with any registrar, but GoDaddy likes to push it sometimes.

      If you have 750+ domains to transfer you should give fabulous.com a shot.
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  • I've been using DreamHost for ever: $9.95/year per domain and free private registration. As far as hosting goes, Hostgator has worked great for me too.
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    The highest vote, from my survey, goes to Namecheap.com. So, I think it is better than most registrars.

    As for the BEST, I don't know.
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  • Profile picture of the author DominiquePrentiss
    I've used Godaddy for years with no problem.
    But, I'm a creature of habit and have never
    used another registrar.

    The only thing with Godaddy is those upsells.

    You've got to be careful or that $8 domain could
    turn into a $20 ++ domain real fast.

    Plus you can always find coupons to bring the
    cost of your domain with them.

    I don't know if they are the best, but
    they have been very reliable for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Riz
    My vote also goes to Namecheap.

    Never had a problem with them and free private registration from the outset. No crazy upsells to go through. Quick, easy and simple.

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  • Profile picture of the author XtremXpert
    I used godaddy in the past but I now started to move to namecheap.com, my reason is mainly the free WhoisGuard.
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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    I gotta throw my hat in and say Namecheap as well. They have excellent tech support and have helped me resolve many issues quickly. Plus their names are cheap like they suggest.
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    • Profile picture of the author Robert Domino
      I've never had a problem with Godaddy.

      Sure, registering is a pain with all the upsells but as long as you check the final price, there's no issue.

      The ONLY problem is once I almost didn't notice they automatically set the renewal for 2 years, so I manually changed it back to 1 year.

      It's the first time I hear someone complain that they renewed and added something you didn't have. I've used domain by proxy a lot of times and that renewed automatically too, but because I had selected it.
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      • Profile picture of the author vinxxv
        I'd say Namecheap.

        I get lost (most of the time) with Godaddy's admin panel. There's too much in it... offers here, offers there. I guess it's just a matter of getting used to.

        But again, Namecheap gets my vote.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Robert Domino View Post

        The ONLY problem is once I almost didn't notice they automatically set the renewal for 2 years, so I manually changed it back to 1 year.
        As I said: "sharp".

        Exactly what makes me think of them as a bit of a "scammy company" - they were trying to take your money without your knowing about it - that's a bit of a "scammy" way to do business, isn't it?

        They might stop doing that, eventually, if enough of us use Namecheap (and/or other GoDaddy competitors) instead.
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        • Profile picture of the author Robert Domino
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          As I said: "sharp".

          Exactly what makes me think of them as a bit of a "scammy company" - they were trying to take your money without your knowing about it - that's a bit of a "scammy" way to do business, isn't it?

          They might stop doing that, eventually, if enough of us use Namecheap (and/or other GoDaddy competitors) instead.
          Oh I agree, but I don't consider it that big of a deal. It's not really a problem with the service itself.

          Godaddy provides an easy to use, stable service.

          I'm sure Namecheap is just as good, and if I was buying my first domain I may buy from them. But transfering all your domain names there seems like a pita for such as small hindrance as "too many upsells and marketing tactics". Just imho.
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        • Profile picture of the author enterpryzman
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          As I said: "sharp".

          Exactly what makes me think of them as a bit of a "scammy company" - they were trying to take your money without your knowing about it - that's a bit of a "scammy" way to do business, isn't it?

          They might stop doing that, eventually, if enough of us use Namecheap (and/or other GoDaddy competitors) instead.



          I would have to disagree in that represents some type of scam, that is a standard practice in many-many online order carts. It has to have some default and I would guess they use what is most often selected. Keep in mind that in the start of domain buying, every registration was for 2 years min. ( at a cost of $ 140. each name, I hated that when I started ).

          Using a default like that could be considered "suggestive " but I would have to argue it not an attempt to scam.

          When we establish some donor sites for charities, we always have the cart pre-select what is most often donated ( when not using an online service ) and it might be a shock to some but, 7 out of 10 times the donation is other than what is default.

          Please do not be offended, that is not my intent, we are just talking here in an effort to learn from each other.


          Regards,
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          • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
            I use Netfirms. They offer domains for $7.99 the first year and $11.99 thereafter. Whois privacy is included at no extra cost. No promo codes are ever needed for this price.
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        • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          They might stop doing that, eventually, if enough of us use Namecheap (and/or other GoDaddy competitors) instead.
          Unlikely. This would be an invisible change; if you're using a different registrar, you wouldn't even notice if GoDaddy changed their checkout and autorenew policies.

          In general, anyone who's on GoDaddy right now doesn't really mind all the upsells, and it's not hard to see that keeping them makes GD more money than getting rid of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author enterpryzman
    Namecheap is just an eNom reseller, I use eNom directly. I had many with namecheap prior to figuring it out and moved them all.
    I have used Namecheap, Domainmonger, Register, goDaddy, Network Solutions ( back in the day ) and for my money, eNom is the best bet and I have had a reseller account for about 10 years now with them.

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  • Profile picture of the author dawnbreaker
    We cannot tell you what is the best for you because we have different ideas what does best meant. But all of this are opinion for you to pick up... If I were you, I would appreciate NameCheap.


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  • Profile picture of the author iobeek
    I use dynadot and name. Both are in my opinion top-notch.
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  • Profile picture of the author raradra
    Moniker is cheap and reliable with consistant 7.99 .com's, but namecheap is best if you use privacy as theirs is free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Williams
    Meh, I use what I feel like at the time. I have some GoDaddy and some Namecheap - I actually prefer the automatic renewal in 99% of cases.
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    • Profile picture of the author marketguy
      I have used Godaddy without problems, but i have to admit that i can not wait for HostGator to add some competition as registrars.

      For those of you that didn't know, hostgator is already telling their customers, that they will be in the registrar business soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonmorgan
    Instead of bitching about what godaddy does... take a lesson.

    They are a very successful internet business for a reason. I dare say that Bob Parsons is more successful than any guru who has ever stepped foot in the WF. Learn from the man.
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      Originally Posted by jasonmorgan View Post

      Instead of bitching about what godaddy does... take a lesson.

      They are a very successful internet business for a reason. I dare say that Bob Parsons is more successful than any guru who has ever stepped foot in the WF. Learn from the man.
      Sure. Bob Parsons is successful. But I'm still not going to do any business with him and his successful business.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
        They are a very successful internet business for a reason. I dare say that Bob Parsons is more successful than any guru who has ever stepped foot in the WF. Learn from the man.
        Any challengers?

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        • Profile picture of the author TheGrooby
          Where did Godaddy and Namecheap buy their domains from? :confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
    Most of the domainers I know use a Godaddy reseller account for prospecting (cheaper registration prices) and Moniker for the ones they want to keep or use for live sites.

    It really just comes down to what you are going to do with the domains.

    I prefer the dns controls in my Godaddy reseller (Wildwest domains) account personally for small inconsequential sites but for sites where I have a lot of email going out and more active promotion I generally use Moniker.

    Namecheap has built a good reputation and provides ok dns interface... nothing to write home about. They are actually a very fairly new registrar having gained ICANN accreditation around December 2007. Previous to that they were an Enom reseller. They offer competitive pricing but it is cheaper to register using a Godaddy reseller account... especially if you are doing bulk.

    Domain prospectors will set the prices as low as possible on their Wildwest domains reseller account and then set their account up for "discount purchasing" inside their admin back office which takes the price down a little more.... so if you buy or renew hundreds of domains a year it can be a good savings...

    Other than that I'd say its a toss up between Namecheap and Godaddy and Moniker... I just think that Moniker is a little more secure and friendly toward entrepreneurs. I have never known them to hold anyone hostage like Godaddy has on spam complaints and I have spoken to them about that concern and they assured me that they did not behave in that manner.

    Again any domain where you are not doing a lot of email marketing or don't have affiliates who are doing a lot of email marketing should be just fine with Godaddy or a godaddy reseller but you may want to consider someone else if you have a high email volume domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Originally Posted by Marty_g View Post

    I'm actually with godaddy since around 2000, never had to complain even though I was reading like everyone else all these horror stories out there ...

    Then it happened, this morning I got a "renewal notice" that they would renew "Website tonight" (WTH is this?) to which I supposedly subscribed and wanted auto-renewal ... no worry, THEY WOULD AUTOMATICALLY CHARGE MY CREDIT CARD ON FILE !!! ...

    I do not tolerate this kind of business practice, especially when I give them in the thousands of $ per year ! With everything I read about them on the web, this "small" $5 charge is what is gonna make me go elsewhere and make them lose another loyal customer.

    So, who's the best registrar out there who offer similar prices as godaddy and is reliable?

    Thanks warriors !
    Marty, there is actually an auto-billing option within Godaddy that you can select or unselect. If you unselect it, you will not be billed automatically, and this entails having to manually pay for a renewal. I believe that this auto-billing option is selected by default upon purchase of a new domain, so for future reference when you buy a domain name there, all you really need to do is unselect this option to avoid being automatically billed for a renewal.

    With that said, some of the more reputable registrars that I can wholeheartedly recommend include Namecheap and Moniker. Both are excellent, and their prices are comparable to Godaddy.

    Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    How about internetbs.net? They offer free whois along with their 7.99 domains. Price is almost the same as Moniker. Same quality and the price is right.


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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Ziegler
    Namecheap for the win. I've been using them since 2005 and currently have more than 100 domains with them. Superb service.
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  • Profile picture of the author simplebutcreative
    Originally Posted by Marty_g View Post

    I'm actually with godaddy since around 2000, never had to complain even though I was reading like everyone else all these horror stories out there ...

    Then it happened, this morning I got a "renewal notice" that they would renew "Website tonight" (WTH is this?) to which I supposedly subscribed and wanted auto-renewal ... no worry, THEY WOULD AUTOMATICALLY CHARGE MY CREDIT CARD ON FILE !!! ...

    I do not tolerate this kind of business practice, especially when I give them in the thousands of $ per year ! With everything I read about them on the web, this "small" $5 charge is what is gonna make me go elsewhere and make them lose another loyal customer.

    So, who's the best registrar out there who offer similar prices as godaddy and is reliable?

    Thanks warriors !
    yeah I have a few domains with Godaddy but I stopped using them. They went up on their prices with their domains. I use namecheap maybe you can give that one a try. Their domains cost about 10 bucks. I noticed that auto renewal crap that godaddy is trying to pull. Good thing that I changed my settings before they can charge me. Greedy ass people right?
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  • Profile picture of the author enterpryzman
    Sorry for being behind the times and saying namecheap was a reseller......thanks Josh.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Moore
    I'm moving everything from godaddy myself except .info. I've been using netfirms and have been very pleased. Right now they PROMO495 which will get you some number of $4.95 names and $7.49 after that which includes free privacy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Even
    I will also vote from Namecheap.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Maler
      GoDaddy for me.

      But then again, that's the only one I've used so that probably means I haven't compared it with other ones.

      Still, GoDaddy has been great to me and I'm sure that MANY other people will agree.
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  • Profile picture of the author tht222
    I have domains with quite a few registrars and namecheap is by far the best one of them; never had a problem with godaddy either, but some have heard one too many horror stories to be comfortable registering new domains with them...
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  • Profile picture of the author theentry
    I simply hate godaddy, high renew prices, lame admin area etc. Namecheap is the best for me sofar
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    • Profile picture of the author JamieSEO
      Definitely Namecheap.

      I have never had any problems with them, create user management interface and free privacy.
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    I use Namecheap and Name.com

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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    I had that Website tonight added when i bought a domain yesterday from GoDaddy with the discount code.

    I cancelled it after in the Products section though so i don't think ive been charged anything for it. I'll just have to take more notice to what they put in the cart next time i order.
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    • Profile picture of the author buxnut
      Definitely Namecheap
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin McNally
    Never had problems with godaddy but have heard some horror stories so it's important to spread out your domains.

    I also use Namecheap and 123 Reg for .co.uk domains.
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  • Profile picture of the author OpenBookSupport
    Name cheap is so far the best one
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  • Profile picture of the author QuinNguyen
    I have been with godaddy for over 5 years. They are pretty solid service which offer 99 cents .com occasionally but their private registration is ridiculous.
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