NameCheap, Moniker, GoDaddy etc. Which is Best Domain Name Registrar?

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Hi,

I used GoDaddy but I find it a bit expensive, thus I consider to change to another registrar which is cheaper, but as secure and useful as GoDaddy.

I read on the forum that most mentioned NameCheap, Moniker and GoDaddy, but most of the threads are old. Thus I thought to start a new thread about that with a poll.

Which registrar is best* when it comes to domain names services (registering, keeping, renewing, import, export, WHOIS changes, DNS change etc.)?

*best in generally all aspects, not only on just price, support or quality
#domain #godaddy #moniker #namecheap #registrar
  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    I did not participate in your survey.

    They all do the same thing, just pick one

    al
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    I use godaddy, name.com, and namecheap.

    GoDaddy for first year, they are cheap for first year only specially with coupon codes and cash back ( you can get the domain as cheap as $1 )

    NameCheap is my favorite on the long term.

    Name.com only if i want a domain for pre-registration and they have it first, the company has been sucking when it comes to notify people their domain about to expire ( they simply never notify you, even if you asked them to ). This probably is changing now, not for any reason but the fact that they are required to do so
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    Namecheap.
    No contest here. Directnic comes in 2nd place.
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  • Profile picture of the author Assignmentwriter
    Name cheap is best one
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    • Profile picture of the author arny660
      Namecheap every time. I have found their customer service to be excellent.
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      • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
        Originally Posted by arny660 View Post

        Namecheap every time. I have found their customer service to be excellent.
        I agree. I also like the fact that you don't have to put up with all the aggressive marketing that a certain other registrar puts you through just to register a domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author Entreventurer
    The one that offers the lowest price at the moment.
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  • Profile picture of the author AbdullahKaragoz
    In DNForum.com they suggest that Moniker is best.

    I consider to use Moniker too.

    Do anyone have experience on using Moniker?
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    • Profile picture of the author Entreventurer
      Originally Posted by AbdullahKaragoz View Post

      In DNForum.com they suggest that Moniker is best.

      I consider to use Moniker too.

      Do anyone have experience on using Moniker?
      Perhaps they are somehow affiliated with Moniker, no?

      I've been using Moniker several years ago, but was not really impressed with the interface and (especially) with the domain registration prices.
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    • Profile picture of the author Umpyman
      Originally Posted by AbdullahKaragoz View Post

      Do anyone have experience on using Moniker?
      I've been using Moniker for several years. No, the interface isn't super pretty, but they have extremely quick changes and have always responded promptly to questions.

      As for pricing, honestly long term I can't find any that beat them. They are $9.59/yr for .com, plus $1/yr for privacy. Namecheap is $10.69 with free privacy for one year, but after that privacy is like another $2.88/yr or something. Yes, GoDaddy, et al, have one time coupons, but that's just it - one time. I'm in this for a longer haul, so $10.59/yr with good service is fine by me.

      Not sure if any other registrar is less than $10.59/yr, year after year.

      -U
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      • Profile picture of the author Entreventurer
        Originally Posted by Umpyman View Post

        I've been using Moniker for several years. No, the interface isn't super pretty, but they have extremely quick changes and have always responded promptly to questions.

        As for pricing, honestly long term I can't find any that beat them. They are $9.59/yr for .com, plus $1/yr for privacy. Namecheap is $10.69 with free privacy for one year, but after that privacy is like another $2.88/yr or something. Yes, GoDaddy, et al, have one time coupons, but that's just it - one time. I'm in this for a longer haul, so $10.59/yr with good service is fine by me.

        Not sure if any other registrar is less than $10.59/yr, year after year.

        -U
        Directi AKA ResellerClub - $8.89 .com domains.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
      Originally Posted by AbdullahKaragoz View Post

      In DNForum.com they suggest that Moniker is best.

      I consider to use Moniker too.

      Do anyone have experience on using Moniker?
      This is just not the case. There are many threads at DNForum where people complain bitterly about how bad Moniker has become.

      In any case, the one many professional domainers use is enom. It has a rock solid backend interface, competitive pricing for resellers and very little drama.

      It is the workhorse most of us keep to ourselves, while everyone else is fighting to save a few pennies for the privilege of crappy service.

      If anyone wants a reseller account, pm me and I'll hook you up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sweersz
    I've had nothing but bad experiences with Godaddy. Namecheap is my favorite registrar by far!
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  • Profile picture of the author serryjw
    Abdullahkaragoz..Answer 2 questions? Ar you buying domains to flip, invest or develop? Are you buying 50/year or 5000/year?
    If it is the former, not the latter, it makes little difference. GD is going to be, by far, for one year the cheapest...plus they have voice customer service.
    If you have a large portfolio and are going to develop businesses for long term income, then take time to decide..reduce your list to 3-4 registrars and also ask on www.namepros.com for your answer.
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    • Profile picture of the author AbdullahKaragoz
      Originally Posted by serryjw View Post

      Abdullahkaragoz..Answer 2 questions? Ar you buying domains to flip, invest or develop? Are you buying 50/year or 5000/year?
      If it is the former, not the latter, it makes little difference. GD is going to be, by far, for one year the cheapest...plus they have voice customer service.
      If you have a large portfolio and are going to develop businesses for long term income, then take time to decide..reduce your list to 3-4 registrars and also ask on www.namepros.com for your answer.

      I have ca 50-100 domain names, I think to build business or website on some of them, while I think to keep others in the long term.

      I think to use either NameCheap, Moniker or eNom. But I have listed some more known names on the poll, because maybe there are a lot of users who'll vote for others.

      I have just one DN at Moniker, and I think they have more "security" practices than GoDaddy, but I'm not sure.

      I also wonder, if NameCheap is reseller of eNom, does that mean eNom is cheaper than NameCheap?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    If you are looking for overall services as you mentioned, all domain registrars do the same basic functions and have to follow the same basic rules.

    One registrar may use a blue background and have 1 upsell and one registrar may have a yellow background with no upsells but have offers from other companies. But in the end it's all basically the same.

    If one's interface is too busy or too lacking or too something it will probably be changed soon. If one's interface is nice and clean it may change into something worse too. If one has other things for sale besides the domain name you can bet others will too. If one has a fee if you let a domain expire past 20 days or so then you can bet others have one too. If one will shut you down for spamming then others probably will too.

    Etc. Etc. Etc.

    My point is to not spend too much time on this because in the end it's all about the same.

    Another point is that no one can say which of all the domain registrars are absolutely the best unless they've tried them all. Most people that make blanket statements have NOT tried them all and so when they say XYZ is BEST, they really don't know what they are talking about.

    Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan723
      I've used a few services over the years, but I now host all of my domains with NameCheap. I've never experienced any problems with them, and you can always find coupon codes for registering new domains if you're willing to do a quick Google search.
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      • Profile picture of the author NoBoss
        I don't know which would be 'best'....but I've had almost 100 domains with NameCheap..
        and no problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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    I have registered several hundred domains with GoDaddy over the past 13 years and I have never had a an issue. I love the control panel and the quick transfer process. I also have 50 or so domains with Namecheap and I have had good service with them as well.

    The companies I avoid like the plague for various reasons are Register.com, Network Solutions and 1&1.

    Cheers!

    -don
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  • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
    I have been using Name.com for several years and their price is right, just under $10 and free privacy.
    I like their management screens much better than any I have worked with.
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  • Profile picture of the author xuxi6268
    Haha,i have one out of your options,nobody tried?

    namesilo

    8.99/Y,google coupon you can get $1 cheaper,and the best is lifetime free WHOIS privacy
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  • Profile picture of the author jamescanz
    1and1 is badass...

    Love the fact that they give you the ability to make your domain private free of charge
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Yahoo gets my vote. I've used 1&1 while i was taking a few college classes... no problems with them either.
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  • Profile picture of the author wentzco
    I just had a good giggle. I wanted to see if NetworkSolutions has discounted their price from when they charged $35 a year for registrations. I added the name to the shopping cart & they have drastically dropped the price to "34.99". (By the way - dfgghd.com is available for registration)
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    Voted for namecheap but I have to admit that I still have a lot of domains on godaddy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    I don't use any of those listed. I did move all my domains away from GD in the last year.

    Also, IMO 1&1 are straight-up thieves and should be avoided.
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      I had go daddy did not like the upsells. I actually purchased a domain thru Hostgator, awhile back, still have it tied to my one website.

      The majority of my sites are with namecheap. I like the company just not the current design of the website they switch to this year. I would agree would Mike Singletary, in the end they are really all about the same.
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  • Profile picture of the author LearnIM
    I vote for namecheap. namecheap + hostgator...best combined in my opinion
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  • Profile picture of the author amcg
    I used to use GoDaddy however I was registering a lot of throw away domains for various projects and found that Enom do reseller accounts. Paying a one-off fee for a reseller account at Enom means I can register domains for less.

    I also like the Enom admin - it's straight forward and has some nice features. The ability to auto-charge my card for expiring domains means it's also a set and forget setup - perfect if you don't want the hassle of renewing names.
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  • Profile picture of the author twranks
    Godaddy works like a charm for me. Great pricing and huge deals. Name cheap is second on the list. The rest I haven't really used
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  • Profile picture of the author Syed Raza
    They all are providing same stuff But what i noticed is if you try to register some good domain on namecheap then they redirect you to go daddy which means that Go Daddy is really leader
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  • Profile picture of the author blacjac
    +1 for namecheap
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    Godaddy has never let me down so I never had a reason to try anything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Virtualghost
    I used godaddy frequently but find especially with new extensions they price them at times 25-50% higher to buy from them.Example one they have I want is $45.00 at namecheap it's $27.
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  • Profile picture of the author garmahis
    Godaddy domains were cheaper with coupon codes now they are on par with other registrars. So it's a matter of personal preference I think.
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    I used namecheap for years and havent had any problems so far!
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    I use Godaddy and have never had any issues
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    I use NameCheap and have no problems whatever.
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    • Profile picture of the author MNord
      Another vote for NameCheap. Support is very good--I'm not very good with technology and they've managed to walk me through everything I needed help with
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  • Profile picture of the author ganesh
    My vote goes to namecheap. I have used others but my prefered one is namecheap.
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    I also like NameCheap. Have been with them for quite some time now and have never had any issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author CollegeCEO
    +1 for Namecheap. I used to use Godaddy but I don't really like the way they try to trick small business owners over during their checkout process with completely unnecessary upsells and even trying to make them buy the domain for multiple years. GoDaddy vs. Namecheap - The College CEO
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  • Profile picture of the author Viper64
    The "best" is subjective and based on personal experience. I've been using namecheap for many years now without any problems and no plans to change. I have over 50 domains so I get a discount, just under $10 per years and whois prot is just under $1 a year as well. Sooooo pleased they changed things to just automatically apply those discounts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nuno
    A good Godaddy reseller, same features, lower price (without rare coupons).
    I still have 5000+ domains with Moniker and I wish I hadn't.
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  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
    I prefer NameSilo.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaydhruv
    worst worst worst ever is godaddy. I had 7 domains with them. one fine day they put 75$ penalty on me saying your domain is spamming. i had no clue. i tried to inquire more. they were stubborn and won't budge.

    in one night i moved all the 7 domain to another domain provider. i will never do business with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeoFan
    +1 for Namecheap!

    Gradually moving domains from GoDaddy to NameCheap because I do not want to subsidize the GoDaddy advertizing expenses, and NameCheap is better. The position that GoDaddy took on Net Neutrality sucks.

    GoDaddy transfers are cheaper than renewals. It makes no sense for me to remain as a GoDaddy customer. They are ripping me off with expensive renewals. Bye.

    HELLO to NAMECHEAP.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Patbinc
    Namecheap hands down.

    Beware of registrars who try to force you to add multiple items into your shopping cart during your purchase process. Be equally wary of registrars who have only one mode of renewing subscriptions for your domains - auto-renewal. Its always good to opt out of automatic renewal so that you don't pay for domains you no longer use.
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