| 1:15 am on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)|
The easiest approach is simply to search Google:
".CA domains", "Register .ca domain", etc. Everyone who is eager to sell you a .ca domain will appear.
Be vary of super bargains. Read the fine print before agreeing/clicking to authorize payment.
Start here: [cira.ca...] You will find a link to all approved .ca registrars.
Offers of private registration of ubiquitous, though different names may be used for the same service: Proxy, private WhoIs, etc.
Unfortunately, for every honest post about locating a domain registrar there are 5 people who would be more than happy to become WebmasterWorld members for no greater reason than to spam the boards about their favorite domain registration company. I whacked a whisper campaign by a major registrar in this forum within the past year, so I appreciate your post focusing responses on ideas or general information - not specific registars.
| 6:40 pm on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for the pointers. I guess I was just leary of googling the obvious phrases for keywords that I know are going to be insanely competitive.
I should've looked at cira sooner, there's actually more info there than I expected. With a little searching I see .ca registrars that are way cheaper than my current one.
The only thing I'm not clear on is really the mechanics of going to a different registrar. If I ask for a transfer, then is that usually the name and the hosting? I'm going to dig in to my current registrar's docs some more I guess.
| 10:18 pm on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)|
For what it's worth, I've gone through the entire list at the CIRA site and found that there are some dupes in there (under different names). I narrowed it down to about 15 that are under $30/year and some are substantially cheaper than that.
All of them are more expensive for .coms than my current company though. For all the effort I should've just dumped the .ca that I own - I hardly do anything with it anyway.
| 11:44 pm on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)|
could check for registrars that offer the first year free when you move .. obvioiusly check the tie ins, but they can be worth while..
| 3:07 pm on May 29, 2006 (gmt 0)|
For .ca domains I've seen some that do that, but their prices haven't been good - if you intend to hold the name for more than a couple years.
I have found a couple that include cloaking (same as private registration info I assume) in the advertised price. To me that's the same as knocking a couple bucks off and I know up front that the feature won't be an expensive add-on. The only prices anyone seems to list up front are the basic annual fee.