Does it matter who you buy your domain from?

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I can't think of a good reason to not go with the lowest cost.

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  • Profile picture of the author gordonmcb
    I got one through register.com at a good price, only to discover the renewal after the first year was exorbitant. I like namecheap.com. I checked before I bought and their renewal rates are the same as their original purchase price.

    Make sure you get your domain name from one source and web service from another. That makes your web site completely portable.
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    • Profile picture of the author whland
      Originally Posted by gordonmcb View Post

      I got one through register.com at a good price, only to discover the renewal after the first year was exorbitant.
      Same here. I registered a domain with them and didn't find out the renewal price until someone on webhostingtalk mentioned the renewal fee.

      I moved that domain over to dynadot as soon as I could.

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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    Completely agree with gordeonmcb.

    Offering a very low price (often below cost) for the first year is a very common marketing practice to hook people into buying the product and when it is time for renewal, you get stung with a high price.

    You always need to look at the total cost of ownership. Too many people look at the initial cost and fail to factor in the operating costs.
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    • Profile picture of the author Strasburgo
      Originally Posted by UMS View Post

      Completely agree with gordeonmcb.

      Offering a very low price (often below cost) for the first year is a very common marketing practice to hook people into buying the product and when it is time for renewal, you get stung with a high price.

      You always need to look at the total cost of ownership. Too many people look at the initial cost and fail to factor in the operating costs.
      Aha! Gotcha.

      So 5 bucks now could be 25 bucks next year.

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Strasburgo View Post

    Does it matter who you buy your domain from?
    Not much, as long as nothing "goes wrong".

    Originally Posted by Strasburgo View Post

    I can't think of a good reason to not go with the lowest cost.
    I've often found the price-variations are pretty small, really? But look at renewal costs as well as initial costs, as mentioned above.

    It can be worth choosing a decent, well-established one and just sticking with them, for the convenience.

    It's true there are sometimes special offers, of which you can take advantage, if you can be bothered to "shop around".

    Registrars do vary a bit in terms of their customer service.

    Personally I won't touch Go Daddy or 1-and-1, and have almost all my domain-names at Namecheap, whose customer service I particularly like, in spite of their probably not being the very cheapest.

    The important thing is not to register and host in the same place.
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  • I've bought all my domains over the years through DreamHost (only domain registration, I actually host through HostGator). They charge $9.95/year, they're professional, never had and issue.
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  • Profile picture of the author bloggerd
    I tend to buy all my domains from namecheap.com never had any issues with them also used godaddy in the past
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  • Profile picture of the author JackieGold
    I use name.com. Comparable prices and excellent integration with sedo.com - if you are looking to do some domaining.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I have a domain from 1&1. It's pretty good, and cheap too.
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Randall,

      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      I have a domain from 1&1. It's pretty good, and cheap too.
      Before I quit using them forever (about 5 years ago - may have changed now - I don't care to find out) to release a domain I had to log in to a completely seperate admin panel to the one I used for general domain admin, the process was illogical and half the time I couldn't stop the domain from auto-renewing, which led to phone calls to a call centre somewhere in the third world, the most memorable of which was the whole room bursting out with laughter when I explained how much grief their system was causing me ( I guess I was on hands-free broadcast).

      You may not be surprised to note that I don't recommend them.

      I see they are spending their ad budget on TV in the UK looking for newbies who can't build a website themselves hence don't know any better. Makes perfect sense.

      I also encountered Namesco recently thanks to a client, I believe they are a UK company. High prices, convoluted admin panel, silly charges such as a fee for transferring a domain elsewhere (a leaving fee).

      Namecheap and GoDaddy for me, although newbies will probably get stung by GDs upsell hell and odd admin panel, but the constant coupon codes make them a little cheaper than namecheap. Plus, TDnam is useful.

      Namecheap seem to just do everything logically, efficiently, reliably, quite cheaply, nicely, quickly....for years, consistently. Get 50+ domains there, ask them for a permanent discount code - brings the cost down a little.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    I can't think of a good reason to not go with the lowest cost.
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    I use to think the same and bought tons of 99 cent domains from Godaddy. I eventaully went to namecheap to pay $10, becuase I was tired of having to run through a gantlet of upsells, just to register a domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I can think of several

    A lot of unreliable registrars will give you a very low price and then a very high price for renewal.

    Some registrars go out of business, making it a mess for it's customers.
    RegisterFly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Google 1&1 Scam and see how many unhappy customers they have
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by CDaeda View Post

      I use 1and1 dot com ; They currently have 99 cent offer for 1 year. After the year, then rate is low compared to competitors. Good choice with many options available.
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Personally I won't touch Go Daddy or 1-and-1
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      Google 1&1 Scam and see how many unhappy customers they have
      Always nice to see the customary broad range of Warrior opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author TrafficBot
    I like to use godaddy. Although it may be more expensive than the other registrars, I can always pick up the phone and speak to a live person if I have a question or issue. It comes down to customer support for me.
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      • Profile picture of the author PCH
        Joseph,

        you seem to use separate registrar and hosting company. Would you mind explaining why please? A couple of you more experienced peeps have said this - I'm starting to get worried - aarghh!
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          I'm not Joseph, but I'm online and he's not, so ...

          This forum (just like many other IM forums) is full of "horror stories" of the unforeseen "accidents" (some of them in fact "disasters") which people could so easily have avoided simply by registering and hosting in two different places. Having the registration and the hosting in the same place is really very inadvisable. In a sense, admittedly, it only really matters if/when something goes wrong. (But, as we all know, that "only happens all the time").

          If your host isn't also your registrar, then in the event of any accident/problem, if anything ever goes wrong with your hosting, you're in control, not them. And can avoid nightmares, disasters, long delays and entirely unexpected "ransom demands". And can re-host your site somewhere else the next day, minimising the commercial interruption.

          Brad expresses it very well, with several well-known examples, in this post.

          It's one of those issues which so many people look at and think to themselves "Eew, well, those are all other people and they must have done something wrong: it wouldn't ever happen to me".

          Until someone on one of their lists reports them, even with absolutely no justification at all, to their host for alleged "spamming" and their website disappears and the host (in accordance with its TOS which few people have ever read all the way through at the time they registered the domain) suddenly wants hundreds of dollars to release the domain so they can get it back online somewhere else.

          As a search of this forum will show, Go Daddy, in particular, is notorious for causing major problems and interruptions to its clients' businesses in this regard. But it can be done even by some "good hosts", too!

          The point is that "whether something goes wrong" may not be within your own control - it can be just fairly random.

          Paul Myers' comment in this thread is significant, also.

          Just my perspective, but threads like this always make my blood run cold, a little, when I see so many people recommending a certain registrar/host whose initials happen to be GD, because experience has shown - again and again - that some of them will be back at some future point to announce their own personal "terribly unlucky" GD horror story. But there you go - that's forums for you: exactly the same thing is true - in completely different contexts - of both Mailchimp and Blogger, as well, and they're also recommended here every day of the week.
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          • Profile picture of the author PCH
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            I'm not Joseph, but I'm online and he's not, so ...

            This forum (just like many other IM forums) is full of "horror stories" of the unforeseen "accidents" (some of them in fact "disasters") which people could so easily have avoided simply by registering and hosting in two different places. Having the registration and the hosting in the same place is really very inadvisable. In a sense, admittedly, it only really matters if/when something goes wrong. (But, as we all know, that "only happens all the time").

            If your host isn't also your registrar, then in the event of any accident/problem, if anything ever goes wrong with your hosting, you're in control, not them. And can avoid nightmares, disasters, long delays and entirely unexpected "ransom demands". And can re-host your site somewhere else the next day, minimising the commercial interruption.

            Brad expresses it very well, with several well-known examples, in this post.

            It's one of those issues which so many people look at and think to themselves "Eew, well, those are all other people and they must have done something wrong: it wouldn't ever happen to me".

            Until someone on one of their lists reports them, even with absolutely no justification at all, to their host for alleged "spamming" and their website disappears and the host (in accordance with its TOS which few people have ever read all the way through at the time they registered the domain) suddenly wants hundreds of dollars to release the domain so they can get it back online somewhere else.

            As a search of this forum will show, Go Daddy, in particular, is notorious for causing major problems and interruptions to its clients' businesses in this regard. But it can be done even by some "good hosts", too!

            The point is that "whether something goes wrong" may not be within your own control - it can be just fairly random.

            Paul Myers' comment in this thread is significant, also.

            Just my perspective, but threads like this always make my blood run cold, a little, when I see so many people recommending a certain registrar/host whose initials happen to be GD, because experience has shown that some of them will be back in a year's time to announce their own personal "terribly unlucky" GD horror story.
            Thanks Lexy,

            it was me you just PM'd to, so thanks again for stepping in here and letting everyone know. I have my fingers crossed. All has been ok so far, - I'm really hoping for the best now.

            Take it easy !

            Paul
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            • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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              Yes, sorry ... I saw your p.m. first, and replied, before I saw you'd asked here too.

              Good luck!
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              • Profile picture of the author Mr. Ken Russell
                Namecheap get's my vote. Easy to use interface, decent 24/7 support and great prices.

                GoDaddy comes second but they have way to many up sells now, the interface is cluttered and it's slow to navigate around.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicholas H
    I have purchased domains from around 10 or so providers. I don't have a problem with any of them, but Namecheap Is growing on me, the UI Is actually pretty nice.

    First purchased a domain from Godaddy, and did not like all their up-sells. But their customer support was far better then the rest. Hell, they called me on the phone randomly 3 days after purchasing to answer all my questions for me If I had any.

    Customer Support Is King to me
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  • Profile picture of the author Speedyautohits
    I use godaddy and namecheap both are great. I like that I can call godaddy if I have a problem. There there to help anytime. The price are very competitive with the other hosting companies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    It doesn't matter one bit as long as you use name cheap lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    I've used Internet.bs for a few years now they're great in my opinion. I pay $8.99 for .com domains and the renew is $9.35, still cheaper than godaddy. I've only had one issue with them in the past which was resolved very fast the same day.
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    • Profile picture of the author PCH
      Everybody is talking down Godaddy pricing, but whenever I want a new domain, I just google 'godaddy coupons for monthname 2012' and always get something of a discount. So the most I normally pay is about $8. That doesn't seem too bad, price-wise, does it?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by PCH View Post

        the most I normally pay is about $8. That doesn't seem too bad, price-wise, does it?
        No, that's good price-wise, Paul, but I think I pay only $10 at Namecheap (you get a bit of a discount for having bought 50+ domains there).

        Unless you're buying hundreds of names (in which case you should ask Gene Pimentel where to buy them, or search his posts and find the answer, because I think he knows more about domain-names than anyone else here) the difference is only half the price of a good cappuccino!
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    • Profile picture of the author kelseydeshaz
      I Had some stashed away cash in Alert Pay and found a site called Gossimer and bought a bunch of domains there... I was wondering the same thing, of this thread's topic!
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    • Profile picture of the author igl0w
      I like NC. Internet.bs can turn off your domain and put their PPC on it. I hate this cheaters
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      • Profile picture of the author brentb
        BTW: GoDaddy supported SOPA, really? Last place I would ever buy anything from besides the many stories online about their terrible support and policies.

        Namecheap +1
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Wightley
    It does matter as some of them will have their little hidden costs involved and don't have all the features that you require.
    Personally I use Godaddy they are great, low cost, have no hidden costs and offer the latest features for you to get your domain and hosting up and running.
    Cheers Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author Strasburgo
      Originally Posted by Mark Wightley View Post

      It does matter as some of them will have their little hidden costs involved and don't have all the features that you require.
      Personally I use Godaddy they are great, low cost, have no hidden costs and offer the latest features for you to get your domain and hosting up and running.
      Cheers Mark
      In your experience what hidden costs have you run into?


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  • Profile picture of the author James Salmons
    I like Alexa's comment: Not much, as long as nothing "goes wrong".

    There is a lot that can go wrong in addition to what has been mentioned. Small or poor registrars may not have DNS access online for you to change. If you cannot point to your host when you want you can be in real trouble. I would always check that out.

    The problem of increased rates has been mentioned but it is a big one. A lot of registrars are cheap the first year but then charge much more later (same with hosting). I use Dreamhost as well and their rates are solid, a little more than some and less than others but right now it is always $9.95 and their interface is great. There are others as well that are well established with good reputations.

    Saving a dollar or two with registering or hosting when it can put your business at risk is not good judgment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nic Oliver
    If you own several sites, have you considered setting up a reseller account? If so, many hosts allocate you a domain name reseller account. Then you can buy your own and be in control of your destiny...ish!
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  • Profile picture of the author JeromyS
    I have been using Godaddy for years. Never had a problem. Great customer service. I understand a bit pricy. Also know that namescheap is very good.

    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author CDaeda
    I use 1and1 dot com ; They currently have 99 cent offer for 1 year. After the year, then rate is low compared to competitors. Good choice with many options available.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Veritas
    I use NameCheap. Some of the other big name companies just like to upsell you to death and tend to be more expensive for no good reason.
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  • Profile picture of the author MA Robinson
    The problem with low priced domain registration is that you are hooked on to it because of the affordable price. You then go the extra mile to make that domain rank high on search engines only to find out that the renewal fee is very expensive.
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  • Profile picture of the author JerrickYeoh
    Yes it really matter,
    Most people take the price as 1st consideration on domain registration .
    But you need to slightly concern on service as well. You can notice some people complain in FB due to some company are not allow then to redeem back their domain when expired and sell the with higher price. Some domain registrar are not allow them to transfer out their domain in the short time. Some domain registrar might hard to contact when you have trouble or want to edit the owners details of the domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author sybull
    It doesn't matter. Go with the lowest cost, but I use Go Daddy only because they have an affiliate program, and if I promote it, I use it.

    Originally Posted by Strasburgo View Post

    I can't think of a good reason to not go with the lowest cost.

    Thanks
    Stras.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Originally Posted by Strasburgo View Post

    I can't think of a good reason to not go with the lowest cost.

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    Stras.
    Same here, but you also have to make sure that the domain has no bad issues whatsoever as it can affect the website you'll later on build off of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lena Williams
    Sometimes it does but it is very rare. When you are buying a domain, you will have complete control over your domain. There are some issues have taken place about the after sell support against a few companies.
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