Best domain registrar ?

by Bock
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Looking to buy new domain what is best domain registrar at your opinion ?
#domain #registrar
  • Profile picture of the author Tim Russ
    I like 1and1.com. Their registration system is a little different but in the long run it's nicer and easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Wagoner
    Namecheap.com is my choice for domains.

    I've tried several but still prefer Namecheap.

    Make sure you search for a coupon first...
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  • Profile picture of the author lodgey
    I use godaddy and never had a problem with it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      No ... I don't think there's a "best domain registrar".

      There are only people's personal preferences. And even then, many people have used only one or two, so they may not signify that much.

      I've used four: personally I hate GoDaddy and love Namecheap, but it doesn't really matter very much. What matters is that you don't register a domain where you're going to host it - everything else is opinion about something not very important.
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      • Profile picture of the author davezan
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        No ... I don't think there's a "best domain registrar".

        There are only people's personal preferences. And even then, many people have used only one or two, so they may not signify that much.

        I've used four: personally I hate GoDaddy and love Namecheap, but it doesn't really matter very much. What matters is that you don't register a domain where you're going to host it - everything else is opinion about something not very important.
        Maybe the OP is looking for a consistent or common answer among the replies. It
        appears NameCheap takes the vote for "most" members here, and that is despite
        cheaper ones like 1&1 and Go Daddy's specials.
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      • Profile picture of the author autumnsmith
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        No ... I don't think there's a "best domain registrar".

        There are only people's personal preferences.
        I agree with Alexa. We do have individual preferences and all domain registrars may seem to have their own negatives. The only one way to find out what's best for you is to give them a try.
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  • Profile picture of the author Everest Hosting
    Another vote for NameCheap here.

    When asked by my clients, I always recommend them without hesitation. Plus, if you host your domain on HostGator, you can seriously be up and running within a matter of minutes. The registration process between NameCheap and HostGator is simply fantastic.

    I'm personally not a fan of 1and1. I've had it take up to two days for some of my customers to successfully get the registration process complete.
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    • Profile picture of the author Excel Fields
      Originally Posted by Everest Hosting View Post

      Another vote for NameCheap here.

      When asked by my clients, I always recommend them without hesitation. Plus, if you host your domain on HostGator, you can seriously be up and running within a matter of minutes. The registration process between NameCheap and HostGator is simply fantastic.

      I'm personally not a fan of 1and1. I've had it take up to two days for some of my customers to successfully get the registration process complete.
      I think the customer service for 1and1 really sucks. To me they have a predatory attitude towards their clients. BUT i registered a domain with them today in spite of the fact. It used to take less than an hour for the domains to show up in your account. We'll see what happens this time around.
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      • Profile picture of the author Everest Hosting
        Originally Posted by whodeeni View Post

        I think the customer service for 1and1 really sucks. To me they have a predatory attitude towards their clients. BUT i registered a domain with them today in spite of the fact. It used to take less than an hour for the domains to show up in your account. We'll see what happens this time around.
        Good luck with that. Be sure to report back with your results.

        Like I said, some clients took an unbelievable amount of time. Others got it within an hour. I'm just not a fan of the game of risk.
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  • Profile picture of the author art72
    Agreed... like the song says; "You gotta keep em' separated!"

    I use HostGator and GoDaddy, and something is compelling me to buy a few domains from NameCheap as several warriors seem to suggest better services. (*Too bad I already bought over 200 domains at GD!)

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    • Profile picture of the author Everest Hosting
      Originally Posted by art72 View Post

      Agreed... like the song says; "You gotta keep em' separated!"

      I use HostGator and GoDaddy, and something is compelling me to buy a few domains from NameCheap as several warriors seem to suggest better services. (*Too bad I already bought over 200 domains at GD!)

      -Art
      Personally, I've never been a fan of how "commercialized" GoDaddy seems. I have to avoid upsells left and right just to purchase a domain and/or hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Seth Bias
    I like 1 and 1 prices, I don't like waiting hours for my domain to show up and be active so I can change the dns settings. I personally go with Domain.com it has pretty good prices and specials. Customer service was great! I always recommend people to go there
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by Tim Russ View Post

      I like 1and1.com. Their registration system is a little different but in the long run it's nicer and easier.
      Originally Posted by sbias View Post

      I like 1 and 1 prices, I don't like waiting hours for my domain to show up and be active so I can change the dns settings. I personally go with Domain.com it has pretty good prices and specials. Customer service was great! I always recommend people to go there

      Google 1&1 scam and see if that's who you want to go with before buying.

      I've used Namecheap, Godaddy, name.com, fabulous, moniker.
      They're all great. I tend to like namecheap the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author awtprod
    I've used name.com in the past but recently they've set automatic billing to the default. Kinda of annoying if I forget about a domain and it automatically renews without me knowing about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vendzilla
    Been with godaddy since they started, they called one day and told me that my account was older than that salemen had ever seen. I don't like the new interface. But I muddle thru it when I need to
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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    I like Namecheap and also Name.com - Both are good.

    Here's the latest Namecheap coupon.


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    • Profile picture of the author JettH
      I use 4 registrars - never had a problem with any of them.

      All dot com:
      godaddy
      namecheap
      name
      moniker
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  • Profile picture of the author Damz
    For gods sake dont use 1 &1.. I heard horror stories that they are hijacking your domains..
    use NameCheap, The best...
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    • Profile picture of the author Meharis
      Originally Posted by Damz View Post

      For gods sake dont use 1 &1.. I heard horror stories that they are hijacking your domains..
      use NameCheap, The best...

      Here's the typical none sense answer. Why? Let's see:

      Have you used yourself?
      What do you mean by "I heard horror stories that they are hijacking your domains.."
      Have one of your domains being hijacked?
      If the answer is no, oh, well, there's no need to said anything else.
      If your answer is yes, you have to change your wording otherwise you're implying what it's not.
      I've been using 1&1 for over 10 years without real problems.
      Here're the complains I was going to post before reading yours:
      1. Too slow. Some time have to wait over one minute to get to the desired page. (I've cable).
      2. If you want to see expiration date of any domain, you've to enter one at the time. There's no
      listing you could see all your domains listed.
      2. If you've to check the DNS you've to click 6 times you get to see it.
      3. Customer service people sometimes talk in way that's hard to understand. However, they're
      very polite and trying to be very helpful.
      What makes it hard to change is the $0.99 cents special they run very often..
      My personal approach will be to get the special for one year and if I can't sale
      the domain, I'll be looking for a transfer coupon to an other registrar.
      I'll be ahead money wise any how. Around $8.00/year.
      Meharis
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    My first three choices are:
    1) Moniker
    2) Moniker
    3) Moniker

    :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Dresden14
    namecheap, stay the hell away from godaddy !
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  • Profile picture of the author KenFighter
    Godaddy. Use this coupon code FUN3..

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    I like namecheap because they give you a free whois guard so random people cant search you out online
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  • Profile picture of the author ghostrecon
    I have stuck to name.com for the last five years and haven't looked back.

    Moniker is pretty good as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author art72
      Originally Posted by ghostrecon View Post

      I have stuck to name.com for the last five years and haven't looked back.

      Moniker is pretty good as well.
      I have been exploring Moniker, Snap Names, Sedo, and Cax, but that's a whole nother animal.

      As far as the upsells with GoDaddy I agree they are a bit tedious, but I zip right past all the crap, and just opt for bare domains.

      However, I did opt for the "discount domain membership for $89 year" -since I planned on buying 100's of domains, and it reduces and 'locks in' the renewal cost.

      *I don't recommend it if your not planning on buying 250+ domains within a 12 month period though. Ironically, compared to their 'bulk pricing' and the 'domain reseller' offers, this works out to be the absolute cheapest alternative.

      Anytime I see an 'offer' for a .99 domain, I worry about the 'spiked price' of renewal. Whether 1and 1 remains reasonable after year 1, I really dunno.:confused:

      What I found humoring was a letter I received from Domain Registry of America offering to renew 2 of my domains, and if I act now...

      It's only $35 to renew my .com and another $35 for the accompanying .net domains for 1 year.

      Sure... $70 to renew (2) domains for 1 year, if I act now. I almost feel like sending them an "Overnight Priority Mail" responding; "Never Gonna Happen!"

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  • Profile picture of the author kran4141
    I use dynadot cause it accept Paypal payments.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Curtis
    My experience comes from dealing with clients who use all kinds of registrars... from Register.com all the way to GoDaddy and in between.

    Over the years, I personally, have used Register.com (when I didn't know any better), DirectNic, GoDaddy, and NameCheap.com (in that order).

    I LOVE namecheap.com.

    I just contacted their support department this evening to rescue a domain name I forgot to renew that was to expire soon.

    I have domain names with all of these carriers I have mentioned because I am either too lazy to move them or it is too much trouble.

    I agree with Alexa Smith in that you should never host with your registrar.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author KabanaSoft
    I love name.com...have had them for years and will never switch...

    Domain prices are good ($9.95/year they usually have coupons as well that make it $8.49/year), they don't rip you off for yearly renewals, private whois is only $3.99/year, and they don't try to upsell you a million things when trying to checkout.

    Plus everytime i need to change DNS settings the changes are made very very fast...usually takes only a minute or two for my settings to update and propagate. This is huge IMO.

    Overall just a pleasant experience using them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Patrick
    I use Namecheap for both registration and hosting. I still maintain sites on Godaddy which I created prior to making the switch, though.
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    • Profile picture of the author Morganzolar
      I've used Godaddy a few times now, and have yet to encounter a problem!

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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Inspection
    name dot com is the one I use. They always have promo codes, so go to their blog and find the latest. You may have to search a little to find a current promo.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michelle Stevens
    I use both Namecheap and GoDaddy but of the two I prefer the latter.

    It's just down to personal preference really I think.
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  • Profile picture of the author minisite
    Godaddy is very reliable and you can call their customer service anytime of the day. You can also use coupon codes to reduce the annual renewal costs by as much as 35% off when its time to renew them.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    I use Heart Internet for .co.uk domains and GoDaddy for everything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author bamstk090
    the only one : godaddy
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  • Profile picture of the author astralnexus
    I sue namecheap as well.
    Definitely my vote - never had a problem.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by astralnexus View Post

      I sue namecheap as well.
      Definitely my vote
      I'm sure the local lawyers are most grateful for all the business ...
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  • Profile picture of the author rale1399
    Originally Posted by Bock View Post

    Looking to buy new domain what is best domain registrar at your opinion ?
    There are many companies offering packages for domains with hosting, but the company that I've used for the past three years and normally quite reliable are the LA based company Dreamhost.

    R
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  • Profile picture of the author BabyMama
    I always use Godaddy. I have never used anyone else cos I have always been very happy with the service on Godaddy and the discounts on domains.

    Always worth looking if there are any discounts available on .coms
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  • Profile picture of the author zamzung
    I'm using Namecheap for years and like them very much... also have some domains on GoDaddy but majority of my domains are registered through Namecheap
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Wessman
    I used to use GoDaddy but wound up switching over to NameCheap... they're tad more expensive but offer free privacy guard and don't try to upsell you a million things that you don't need on your way through the checkout.
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  • Profile picture of the author supershoesclub
    I think most people would like to choose godaddy for domain register.For me, i do love it too.
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