| 1:30 pm on May 24, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Different registrars may have different rules. What TLD (.com? .uk? .de? etc) and what country are you buying in?
Paying EUR for a .com or USD for a .uk may catch you out with exchange rates.
Another alternative is that you had a cheap deal when buying other services which is no longer offered.
I am assuming of course that you aren't confusing the domain and the hosting charges.
| 1:57 pm on May 24, 2010 (gmt 0)|
It was a .net domain I originally bought it from an australian domain registrar, don't ask me why, I have no idea why. Perhaps they had a deal with a British company that I bought it through or something. Anyhow now they seem to have upped the prices more than a bit and I am not a happy bunny!
| 5:08 pm on May 24, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Shop around - there are quite a few registrars and some are likely to offer a lower cost.
.NET TLD domains should be in the neighborhood of $10/year. If your registrar is only a couple dollars more then maybe it's not worth the hassle to switch for just one domain name.
| 10:34 am on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)|
I am pretty sure they charged me AUS$35.00 for a year and wanted something like AUS$180 for a few years.
But to change registras tim222 will I not have to wait till the domain runs out?
| 11:26 am on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)|
|will I not have to wait till the domain runs out? |
Quite the opposite you want to get the transfer completed well before the expiry date. All you will have to pay for is the next year at the new registrar at the time of transfer. So if the expiry is 29 August 2010 you pay for an extra year on the day you move to your new registrar and the expiry will be reset to 29 August 2011.
Transfers take a few days especially if the losing registrar is awkward. What you don't want to happen is for the transfer to run past the expiry date as many registrars charge extra fees to cough "recover" the name and these can be quite high.
| 11:53 am on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)|
gpmgroup, thanks for that, I bought a year but the alarm bells were ringing with the raised prices, I will probably move it sometime this year then.
| 1:50 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)|
I've always had a small worry about this same scenario. In my opinion, who knows what cockeye renewal loops registrars are going to make us jump through 5 years from now. That is why for my main domains I always keep them renewed as far out as possible, which is 10 years for most.
I figure I can afford it today, what if I can't in 5 years? Buys me some extra years at today's discounted prices.
My only advice, don't do this all your domains. Just the ones you have built sustainable sites on.
It also doesn't hurt from the perception of stability. If someone sees your site is registered until 2019, and a competitor is set to expire next year, they may choose your shop because of the perception that you will be around for years to come.
| 8:39 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)|
I pay less than $7 at Moniker and Fabulous.com (you need a lot of domains to get good pricing there).
Even at Godaddy you can pay less than $10 with the right discount coupon.
Move it asap!