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I wish their was a consumer reports for on-line businesses. I am a consumer reports freak!
Anyway down to my question. I run a humble hosting company and want to register my own domain names.
Here is what I found :
1.) enom.com is asking a price of $400 deposit to sign on to sell domain names. Have one of my business names set up with them - service has been good.
2.) Bulk Register seems to rock. They are asking for $79 to sign up with them, to register my own domain names. I have used them before and have had no problem. I have 2 domain names set up through them.
3.) Network Solutions has been my primary company, but can't make any profits with them... Low control ability with domain names. Bonus is they have been around since the beginning.
I know that the above looks plain and clear, but does it? It seems better to pay $79 for the same services that enom offers. But I also have the thought running through my head - "you get what you pay for."
So - I am asking for feedback - personal dealings with these companies. Both enom and Bulk Register have been around for a long time and both seem to be well established in my research already done... Any thoughts are valued at this point. :)
enom seems rather good, However they don't list name servers in their Whois (ICANN Rule) and they have bad error checking on other data there too.
NetSol is NetSol. (I actually still use them for some of my domains, it you have more then 50 domains it may be the cheapest price you can find). Layed off 400 employees.
Dotster is really good. I like them, however their price is not what I like.
Registrars.com was rather funny, last year were talking about how they would rule the world and be number 3 by next year(1 year later, they are gobbled up by NSI and they are all laid off)
AWRegistry went belly up, then some of them started SnapNames a year later. A lot of customers were very angery with AW.
Register.com, (sudo-monopoly). They think they are NSI so they act like them. Problem is NSI is losing customers left and right with their attetude and Customer Service and pricing. Register.com will slip form #2 to #3 by year end.
GoDaddy, the up and coming Registrar. They are open source software powered. But I have seen a few anger customers complain about credit card billing even after they had transferred out. These guys are the fastest Rising registrar.
Tucows, The new big kid on the block. They are really up there. They will be the number 2 registrar by year end. They listen to their resellers. They laid off 100 employees.
INWW, they are concentrating on pleasing huge corporations. Their big PR thing is that Yahoo is their customer.
Did I miss any?
(edited by: toolman at 4:05 pm (utc) on April 3, 2002)
OpenSRS technical support is second to none, superb API and best reliability. They are very uncompromising on price however, you pay $10 per gtld year unless you register really serious amounts. We register a few hundred a week with OpenSRS and they laughed at us when we asked for a discount.
enom is the only one of the three that includes built in credit card processing. Anyone can sign up with them, frame to an enom hosted newly created custom registration page with their choice of pricing and be accepting credit cards to sell domains literally within minutes. Depending on your prepayment, gtlds as low as $7. Support is not good, 50% of emails remain unanswered and their reseller manager seems to be permanently at "that time of month"! She really has a chip on her shoulder about something!
OnlineNIC has the lowest gtld price at under $7 but their interfaces are not the best and their China based support people, although trying to be helpful, do not understand English very well.
If you want to sell domains as quickly as humanly possible, it's got to be enom. If you already have cc merchant facilities and are doing the numbers to beat OpenSRS down a bit on price then go with the pair of cows. If you absolutely want to make the most profit out of each domain sale (and speak fluent Cantonese), get a few hundred together and go with OnlineNIC.