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Best registrar question for the experienced domainers.
Have you used 5 or more? Who has been the best and why? (Mod says O.K.)

 12:49 pm on Jul 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

I don't know if the mods will let this fly, but I'll try since rules are relaxed in here. It seems WW doesn't like us badmouthing registrars (and I'd like to and have good reason to). It does seem ok to post positives.

So, for those of you who have used 5 or more registrars, who do you like most and why?

I'll go first.

Enom reseller accounts - easy pushes, easy transfers in and out, good pricing, never had the slightest problem with registration, registration info, or interface.

What about the rest of you who have experience with several?



 2:46 pm on Jul 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

As you say, we'll see how long this thread lasts!

I have nearly consolidated all my names at joker.com however they cannot do my .co.uk's, .in's and one or two other tld's but they can do .cn's!

easy pushes, easy transfers in and out, good pricing, never had the slightest problem with registration, registration info, or interface.

Likewise plus they always give me great renewal notices at 6, 4 and 2 weeks before deletion reminders.


 3:07 pm on Jul 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Had accounts at probably at least a dozen firms over the yrs and have recently found Moniker.com to be the best for professional domainers, especially if you have a good size portfolio. Excelllent pricing possible (if you ask), very good CP, great support, top notch security and being able to do domain tasting/testing for 4 days (which is very valuable benefit and something other registrars do not appear to offer).


 4:01 pm on Jul 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

I must be dreaming. I'm seeing a "post your votes for the best registrar" thread in the Domain Forum where the "rules are relaxed". LOL

Well, at least if I'm not dreaming I at least had a good night's sleep SO . . . for a change (only x1) let's have at it. :)


1. Spare us all the negativity. If there's one you don't like keep it to yourself.

2. No "Yes" votes without specifics: Facts relevant to decision making are more useful than votes.

3. No "me too" votes for same registrar without adding some new intelligence. New facts or no vote please.

4. IF you are a member with <50 posts to your credit you don't get to vote. I could say <5 posts, but that would be too easy for spammers. My apologies to the quality noobs but you'll get there. Make your first 50 posts quality posts. :)

VOTE ON! One time only. One thread ever. Thank you.

[edited by: Webwork at 5:22 pm (utc) on July 15, 2006]


 4:27 pm on Jul 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've finally found a registrar I am happy with - domaindirect. It's the "retail" operation of TuCows.

Not the cheapest if you have a lot of domains - but I don't have a lot of domains. I like that they include "privacy" at no additional cost (but it's a modified privacy policy - no registrant name privacy, but they do offer privacy for contacts - which does hide phone numbers and email addresses - and they do not pass-along spam).

I found them to be very responsive on the phone (which I've not found to be the case with other registrars or with TuCows themselves). They took the time to explain to me their very sensible privacy policy and won me over to their way of thinking. :)

Knowing that I can easily reach a knowledgable person on the phone when needed is worth a few extra bucks.


 4:29 pm on Jul 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

We Use Total Registrations as our primary registrar - why? - Outstanding customer support.

We've probably dealt with at least 50 registrars and found most to be quite good provided you work within "their" way of doing things and “their way of doing things” does vary from registrar to registrar.


 1:47 am on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I must be dreaming. I'm seeing a "post your votes for the best registrar" thread in the Domain Forum where the "rules are relaxed". LOL
Well, at least if I'm not dreaming I at least had a good night's sleep SO . . . for a change (only x1) let's have at it. :)

lol. Well, you did lead the charge on the relaxed atmosphere as I remember. I know it's hard to edit... err moderate this forum. ;)

1. Spare us all the negativity. If there's one you don't like keep it to yourself.

I'm always seeing the edited posts of bad registrars. I wondered what the other side would look like.

Thanks for letting this post go forward. Out of the 10 or so registrars I've used (not counting the non-english speaking catchers), they really are all different. Some are way better than others, and it will be interesting to see what people like about their favorites compared to everything else they've seen.


 6:04 am on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I use Godaddy. Excellent Support and Low prices. They are reliable company with a positive cashflow and so I need not worry about the fly-by-night companies.


 6:23 am on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I like namecheap. Easy to transfer, good deal on privacy protection. I've been a day or two late on renewals before, and they didnt try to screw me over.


 6:47 am on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I use GoDaddy as well. Great prices and I've never had any trouble from them and have been using them for about 3 years.


 4:10 pm on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I use GoDaddy as well.

Size of the company was important when I was picking a registrar.

And I've never had a problem with service. I like that I get emails 90, 60, and 30 days out on expiring domains. I even got a call a couple weeks ago about a set of several domains that were about to expire and weren't set to autorenew. I knew they were about to expire and didn't really care if they did, but it's nice they were paying attention. Of course, there was a little sales pitch at the end, but that's ok too - they had to pay for the phone call :-)


 6:41 pm on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I register a lot of domains through my GoDaddy (WildWest) reseller account, but I also register through Fabulous - they only offer .com, .net, .org and .info but their prices are a little better, especially for .net.

And, you know those rumors about people researching name availability at a registrar only to find the name gone if they wait and think it over? I have to say I've never had that problem with Fabulous - I research things there, come back to them a few days later or longer - never had a problem.

(or maybe my names are too lame for anyone to steal :) )

[edited by: MamaDawg at 6:43 pm (utc) on July 16, 2006]


 7:26 am on Jul 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've probably tried 30-40 registrars and resellers in the hunt for the perfect registrar. Hint: There isn't one. But I'd go with the OP and vote for the Enom reseller (even if not a reseller). Their CP is easy to use and blazing fast, IMHO. Easy push to/from other Enom accounts. Good, responsive support. I'm consolidating my domains there.

NameCheap at the cheap end is also pretty good. Who happen to also be an Enom reseller with their own control panel.


 4:07 pm on Jul 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

I use Moniker. I like the guys that run it and the price is cheap. You just have to ask for the good pricing they don't give it to you up front.


 4:09 pm on Jul 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

Moniker and Dotster (in that order) -- no real problems with either for years and a telephone call can fix most any issue.


 4:54 pm on Jul 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

Moniker, for the following reasons:
  • Best customer support experience I've had. Real human intelligence on the other end, not just someone filling a seat.
  • Bulk pricing.
  • No need to run issues up the chain of command but there's nothing quite like a company where the owner steps in if there's a real issue - such as another registrar having sticky, slow moving fingers when transfers were requested.
  • Their user interface is easy to follow and allows for easy bulk management.
  • They were a HUGE help with a large domain consolidation project.
  • Security: That's what they have emphasized. I haven't had an issue yet but I will hold them to their word if a problem ever arises. Based on past experience with other issues I'm comfortable with the idea that they will step up.
  • Hey, they were exhibitors at more than one PubCon - so they must be good guys - and they are. Who else hung out at the House of Blues in New Orleans on the night of Buckwheat Zydeco?

I have worked with 50+ other domain registrars and none have come close to the level of service.

Of all the registrars I've used my "next best" experiences have been with:

NameCheap.com - Decent user interface. Pricing. You can get a helpful response, with some (small extra) effort. Thin staffing, i.e., took awhile to get a reply. Guess that was the downside of "cheap".

Enom - Decent user interface. Their support ticket system was a bit of a rub. They had some goofy legacy issues with their domain management system for awhile.

GoDaddy - User interface is decent, though a bit less than transparent at times. No 800# was a rub. (They may have one now.) Yuck! to the registration process that throws a bazillion "offers" at registrants. Support is helpful, at times some (small) nudging was needed and the process improved over time. Far more "corporate" than Moniker, so harder to wheel and deal, etc. Still, if I wasn't using Moniker I'd likely use GD.

Register.com - I used them for awhile. When they assigned account execs to larger accounts that worked like a charm, until the account execs started leaving one after the other - and I had to keep training a new one. A good account exec - and I had 1 or 2 - made all the difference, but RegCom was in other respects very corporate, i.e., answers were sometimes hard to come by.


 4:01 pm on Jul 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

1 - moniker
2 - enom
3 - netfirms (for .CAs)


 4:13 pm on Jul 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

Another vote for GoDaddy:
1) Great prices
2) Attitude of the president
3) Ease of use of online interface for renewing/updating/transfering domains
4) Superbowl ads (although I started using them long before that)

I didn't like the way they bogged down the checkout process with page after page of speacial offers, but they have since added a streamlined checkout button to bypass them.


 9:02 am on Jul 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

For .UK domains, we deal directly with Nominet and manage these domains via our own system, as Nominet don't currently offer a direct management tool.

For non .UK domains, we did the rounds some time ago, using Network Solutions, Go Daddy, Joker, Tucows and Melbourne, before settling with our original choice, BulkRegister.

For ease of use in all respects, as well as competitive pricing, we've found them to be second to none. Rarely have we required any form of support, but on the few occasions where we've had problems, they've been dealt with incredibly efficiently and quickly; either by email or, if the problem is urgent, by telephone.

Experience has shown that in many instances, the weak links in an organisation can be those in roles that are trusted to outside organisations; having a Registrar you can rely on and trust virtually eliminates this potential problem and adds integrity to your business.



 8:34 pm on Jul 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Parava domains
and a few others which i dont remember now.

Moniker.com is the best out there because the CEO is ready to personaly handle all issues.

Webworkwhere is yoru list? :)

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