If you have 100 domains, having a good registrar matters. if you have 3 domains, I don't think you should care. Pick one and carry on. Except go-daddy, you should be ashamed to tell people you use them :).
I agree with wheel especially about GD. I try to keep all my names with one registrar however it's simply impossible when alternatives to com/net/org are being used since the pricing can vary so much therefore I've ended up with five different registrars and even then none of those offer .ru hence I shall shortly have six registrars.
I know that some domain hosting companies will let you build a one page site if you host with them. I'm kind of looking for a registrar that will do this. I can afford hosting for one domain, but not for the other right now.
I think after reading what you have all written, nobody seems to have anything to say about domains priced right, I think that I might go with them.
I just want to thank all of you for helping me, I greatly appreciate it.
Just reading the thread. What's wrong with buying names through GoDaddy? I bought some from them last month because the price was right. Won't host with them. Is there something specific I should look for? Is Danica just too distracting?
1) Their service sucks and they are built around upsell. I've had older non-tech savvy clients get upsold on stuff they had no idea they were buying. 2) If you don't find their marketing insulting to your intelligence, you should at least find it disingenious. Look at their ads and ask yourself, why WOULD you go with them. Because they have models with big hooters? Yeah, that's a good tech sell. Thanks, I'm not the lowest common denominator, and neither is my pocketbook.
Won't host with them. Is there something specific I should look for?
If you aren't hosting with them you are not going to be able to have control over your full DNS settings via the control panel other than nameservers. It'll tell you that your DNS settings management is provided at your hosting provider. But that can get tricky. One of my clients has a bunch of names registered through them and didn't know how to point a particular one to my nameservers. He gave me the username and password so I had an opportunity to poke around in the control panel during a visit.
I can afford hosting for one domain, but not for the other right now.
Most hosting plans will allow you to host multiple sites under the one plan. If you can afford one, the additional ones can be hosted under same account for no additional charge.
As for a domain registrar, I'm accumulating enough names right now that I too am looking for a long-term solution to bring them all under one umbrella.
I'm leaning toward OpenSRS based on research I've been doing. But there is a $95 account setup fee, yuk. Many say they are of the more expensive choices but they include domain privacy for no additional charge -- something many others charge up to $10 for. I guess it evens itself out.
I'm not in a hurry though plus they supposedly have a coupon code floating around for a free reseller account ($95 value). Found a source last night that says he got his through watching some of their on-demand videos from their site. I might try that, and maybe learn something along the way too.
Hmmmmm after I posted that above I went to their site to check something and noticed a link at the bottom of the page to another site called Hover. It appears to be a more simplified domain management resource. It appears to be an offshoot of OpenSRS. If yes, that means they are going to be competing against their resellers. But for an average person looking for total control over domain management it might be an option. I don't know much about it, looks like it might be new because I haven't seen that there in the past.
In testament to my age, what you're looking at is Tucows products. Yep, tucows from toronto, you may remember them from the internet of the 1980's. They pioneered the idea of reselling domain registrations and they were very popular way back a decade ago.
In terms of 'competing', I wouldn't worry about it personally. It's not like I'd expect them to roar into the marketplace to compete against you on hosting. Hover has been around a long long time, as has opensrs and if you don't see them competing with you today, don't expect that'll change tomorrow. The only time I've seen them at a retail level was last year when I bought a site from a Canadian and had to move the site away from them. The folks at hover were very accomodating at that time.
I used a few different registrars over the years, my first choice now is namecheap, I hated the upsell that godaddy always did, it got annoying fast. Moniker was OK, nothing special. I'm happy with NC.
Yes I was aware of OpenSRS being a Tucows company, Toronto based. I think the very first software I ever downloaded from the internet was via Tucows -- way back when, on a dial-up connection, 28Kbps modem! But I wasn't aware of Hover being around for a long time, that one is new on me.
Domains Priced Right is a reseller for Godaddy.Or at least it used to be. Since GoDaddy have changed management, their philosophy have been much more orientated to service the customer, whereas previously, it's priority was the owners ideology.