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Who is the Best Registrar? (take 2)

Cliff posted about 11 years ago | from the once-more-'round-the-DNS-round-table dept.

The Internet 173

cardozo asks: "Since my registrar recently did a bad customer service job with me, and their site wasn't all that easy to use, I'm in the market for a new registrar. Slashdot has responded to this question in the distant past, but the world has changed since Feb 2000!. Price is important, but customer service is too. Features are less important to me, but I can imagine that having email forwarding, etc. would be nice. So who do you think is the best registrar?"

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected. (3, Informative)

pci (13339) | about 11 years ago | (#7270567)

Easy to use, a 24x7 support line that actual has a real person on it, and the best part $8.95/yr. (1)

UncleRoger (9456) | about 11 years ago | (#7270661)

I'll second that recommendation. Not the best website design, but the service is good and the price is right. (2, Insightful)

Neon Spiral Injector (21234) | about 11 years ago | (#7270765)

I've used GoDaddy since I found them to be the cheapest, not expecting much support, but I don't need help, so it wasn't a big deal.

Finally the three domains I had registed with Network Solutions (when there was no other option), came up for renewal. I figured I'd transfer them to GoDaddy since that is where my other domains were. The first two transfered over fine, but the .org didn't show up.

I waited a day, still no .org. There was a phone number in the e-mail I got confirming the transfer. So I figured rather than try a back-and-forth in e-mail, I'd just see if I could get a hold of someone on the phone. I was so surprized to get a live human with no hold time. He pulled up my account quicking, saw the .org had gotten stuck somehow in the transfer process, moved it on manually, and I had my transfer complete.

Sure things don't always go right with any company. I think one of the measures of a good company is how they handle things when they doesn't work the first time. I'd still probably be e-mailing Verisign today, if the transfer was going the other way. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7270866)

My experience with blow-daddy has been crappy at best. About a year ago, I had several accounts with them and needed to get the domains transferred (.com mostly, but a couple of .org). It took the better part of ten days and a phone call and/or an e-mail just about every day to finally make it happen. I have had good luck with [] . I've only needed to contact them twice, and both times they admitted that they had a problem and quickly fixed it. (1)

chadkiser (653920) | about 11 years ago | (#7271167)

I just had a similar experience with transferring a .org domain to GoDaddy but after a simple email everything was fixed right up.

GoDaddy sucks! (1)

TaraByte (660047) | about 11 years ago | (#7272781)

A few things have happened to make me hate GoDaddy:

I transferred a domain to them and they let it expire, charged my account anyway, and re-registerred it to themselves. This was one of those names that would have been worth thousands in the dot-com era, and they essentially stole it (the domain generates 5,000 hits per day based off of its name alone, and it now points to GoDaddy's domain registration page)

Secondly, this company is local to me, and they interviewed me for a job but then lied to me after the fact about the reason why I wasn't selected. They did this to many of my highly qualified associates as well. Their excuse: I supposedly didn't pass their super-cheezy "IQ" test...which was significantly easier than Mensa's test which I did pass.

My recommendation: BulkRegister []

Re:GoDaddy sucks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7272881)

>I transferred a domain to them and they let it >expire

What does this mean? That you forgot to renew it? (1)

WoTG (610710) | about 11 years ago | (#7273099)

I've got a domain or two with them. It's been OK overall. There are a few too many advertisements in the customer sign up (and even registration configuration interface) for my liking. But the price is good.

One note of warning: I had expected DNS service to be included, it is NOT (I think there is an optional fee). It wasn't a big deal in the end, but it did catch me off guard, since other registrars tend to include it (albeit at a higher registration cost). (2, Interesting)

revmoo (652952) | about 11 years ago | (#7273391)

I have to disagree. After registering there a couple months back I've vowed to never use GoDaddy again. The advertisements on their site are HORRID, I was really taken aback at the way the ads were in-your-face the entire time I signed up for the domain.

Why does a legitimate business who is ALREADY getting my money need to also assault me with a barrage of advertising?

fr1st p0st! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7270599)

I r0X0r!!!

easydns (1)

hrbrmstr (324215) | about 11 years ago | (#7270605)

easydns [] is hands-down the best one I've used (except for the "old days" then netsol was the only game in town for \.[com|org|net]).

as the name implies, they do DNS as well.

absolutely awesome support. extremely functional web admin. never-fail uptime.

some perks for the whole shebang (reg + dns) include them being a backup MX host, more mail goodies (if you need them to do some forwarding) and DDNS support.

<joke>it's a shame they're canadian</joke>

Re:easydns (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7270697)

Yeah, but they charge for DNS. Others (like do it for free.

Re:easydns (1)

Hollinger (16202) | about 11 years ago | (#7270779)

I can second that. I've yet to have a problem with them, and they actually helped me out, when a particularly bad web host *cough* dot5hosting *cough* crashed down, hard, for several days, even though it wasn't their problem.

I like 'em. (1)

jhunsake (81920) | about 11 years ago | (#7270634)

Cheap ($12), free customized DNS, free forwarders, etc. I like it because it's French, and knowing how they hate Americans (I'm American), and are subsequently less likely to respond favorably to legal action, I feel my domains are safer there. (1)

iCEBaLM (34905) | about 11 years ago | (#7270699) is a haven for spammers and are spammers themselves, I got many spams from them trying to switch me from godaddy, aswell as resellers of theirs. I would recommend NOT going with Do NOT support spammers! (1)

jhunsake (81920) | about 11 years ago | (#7270738)

You're full of shit. If not, post one spam from Gandi. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7270757)

I'm sure no one would want to spam [mailto] , would they? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7270855)

I'm sure no one would want to spam [mailto] , would they? Oh, whiney baby! (2, Informative)

Zocalo (252965) | about 11 years ago | (#7270895)

Well, you might have received spam from Gandi, or you might have just received spam that *appeared* to be from Gandi at first glance. You might want to read this [] and see if it applies to you. I've certainly had no trouble with them, and I use multiple domain registrars. (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 11 years ago | (#7272634)

Gandi has been fantastic for me. No flashy junk adverts on their pages. No B.S. "features". Just good control of DNS, SOA, forwarding, etc. at a good price.

They are particularly oriented at servicing non-profits, education, etc., which is cool.

I like the combo of for small networks at the mercy of telco residential service-levels. is low-cost and high-quality (3, Informative)

XDG (39932) | about 11 years ago | (#7270690)

I have been using Gandi [] for several years and been very happy with their service.

They offer domain registration in .com/.org/.net/.biz/.info/.name/.be for EUR12 a year (about $14 dollars, lately). That includes optional free web redirection, email redirection, DNS hosting, and secondary DNS. Almost all administration is automated on their website and very easy to use. I have zero complaints and nothing but compliments for them, and have been recommending them to friends for low-cost, high-quality domain registration.

From their site:

GANDI SARL is a french company created in 1999 by four persons known in the french Internet world (Pierre Beyssac, Laurent Chemla, Valentin Lacambre et David Nahmias).

Our service focuses primarily on individuals and non profit organisations. Gandi's aim is to provide to individuals domain names easily (for the technical and administratrive part) and for a price as low as possible.

-XDG is low-cost and high-quality (1)

david.given (6740) | about 11 years ago | (#7270811)

I have been using Gandi for several years and been very happy with their service.

<AOL>Me too.</AOL>

The only slight quibble I've had is that their web site is a bit susceptible to weird cookie madness, which means that after moving house I've been unable to update my records; but that's happened with other e-commerce sites, so I don't think it's a specific problem with GANDI.

Other than that they've been easy to use, efficient, very low maintenance, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

They also speak English, BTW. is low-cost and high-quality (1)

fuzzybunny (112938) | about 11 years ago | (#7271059)

I second this. I've had nothing but superb experiences and service from Gandi. Everything makes sense, their prices are great, and their TOS are clear as glass.

What I especially like is that "domain parking" (for when you don't happen to have a DNS server ready right this moment) is just a click away at no extra price--I realize that this can potentially be abused, but it's spectacularly convenient. is low-cost and high-quality (1)

AlXtreme (223728) | about 11 years ago | (#7271304)

Ditto. They're cheap, and give you the freedom to do what you want with your domain without extra costs. No newsletters or other crap, they only contact you when your domain will expire. A registar without the fuss.

I second this. (1)

morcheeba (260908) | about 11 years ago | (#7271813)

I've used them for years with no hassle. But they have a don't-screw-the-customer policy I like. The first thing in their contract [] is: The Client owns the Domain Name registered. That's a big difference from other places, like NetSol, who don't view names as property and feel like they can keep it (and auction it off to the highest bidder) should you ever quit hosting the name with them.

Also, when I joined, Gandi was a not-for-profit service... I can't find that on their webpage now, but that's the spirit they operate under. is low-cost and high-quality (1)

ddstreet (49825) | about 11 years ago | (#7271855)

Let me add yet another "me too", as [] is by far the best I've found. They have excellent free tools such as email forwarding, www forwarding, DNS, etc. And their prices are very low. Plus, best of all, their contract [] makes you the owner of your domain, unlike most other registrars that only provide you the service (and retain ownership of the domain!).

Check out their "why use Gandi?" page [] . is low-cost and high-quality (1)

fliplap (113705) | about 11 years ago | (#7271966)

I'd just like to toss in my support for gandi, i've been using them for years as well and have never had any kind of hassle from them. I also don't get any spam from them, they also highlight in bold the option to opt-out of including you in the for-sale version of thier whois. I guess ICANN requires they sell a list.

NetSol (1)

Halvard (102061) | about 11 years ago | (#7270721)

No, I don't particularly like them. Partly, I use them because they're the devil I know. Partly, I use them because of the frequent flyer miles for transfering domains or renewing for 5 years. And in case no one has looked, it's only $35 per year for a single registration, $19 per year for 5 years or a transfer and I've got a link somewhere for $17 per year regardless. Hey, when you handle DNS and registration for a chunk of people, the frequent flyer miles add up. It's 1000 miles per transfer or 5 year renewal.

Re:NetSol (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7270961)

From the Frequent Flier FAQ [] a mile is worth around 1 or 2 cents.

So, for a five year renewal at $17 - you spend $85 and get 1000 miles (which is worth about $15 ... at 1.5 cents a mile)

You could register with another registrar for $8 / year, which would be $40 for five. That nets you $45 in savings. Even if you subtract the $15 FF mile value, you save $30 which could be applied toward your next flight (if flying is your thing).

Additionally, that $30 could be bearing interest and be of more value at the end of 5 years than non-interest bearing FF miles.

Re:NetSol (1)

jayrtfm (148260) | about 11 years ago | (#7271682)

I think you missed his point:
"Hey, when you handle DNS and registration for a chunk of people,"

it's probably not his money, but does become his miles

Re:NetSol (1)

MindStalker (22827) | about 11 years ago | (#7271926)

I think he is saying that he is registering for other people, he gets the miles and the other people get the bill. He could potentially charge directly say 60 dollars for the 5 years pay 30 out of that is pocket the other 30, but he would need to be clear about the fact he is charging.

Re:NetSol (1)

Halvard (102061) | about 11 years ago | (#7272727)

Yes, you are right. I "bill through" the amount of the charge. Hey, I host their sites, do the DNS and provide the email.

Re:NetSol (1)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | about 11 years ago | (#7272792)

He could potentially charge directly say 60 dollars for the 5 years pay 30 out of that is pocket the other 30, but he would need to be clear about the fact he is charging.

He needs to be clear about the fact that he's taking these people's frequent flyer miles, as well. (1)

billh (85947) | about 11 years ago | (#7270725)

I have had good luck with [] . I had no problem transferring domain names away from NetSol and There was one domain I no longer had access to, because I had moved, and never received the password. I probably could have spent hours on the phone, and sent in multiple faxes (I've gone that route before), but I had no problem doing a transfer with Joker.

I don't know what kind of extra services they offer; I've never needed any. (2, Informative)

Rayban (13436) | about 11 years ago | (#7270848)

I love - I use their hosted nameservers + web forwarding to link a number of domains to a single CNAME'd domain to a address (yikes).

No real issues in the 4(?) odd years I've been with them. (1)

deque_alpha (257777) | about 11 years ago | (#7271027)

I too have used for many years and have always been happy with it. No monkey business, no pestering. They do what I need, when I need them to do it. No complaints here.

Used Joker for years and like them... (1)

HotNeedleOfInquiry (598897) | about 11 years ago | (#7271252)

After the last Verislime issue with Netfinder, I moved everything over to Joker from NS. No problems at all.

Anyone using Joker DNS for their servers? I'd like to try it, but I have something that works and I'm a little hesitant to change things. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7272834)

Another joker user here... all my domain names are registered through joker. I know of several hosting businesses too that use joker (and transfered all their domains over to them).

Dotster (2, Informative)

deanj (519759) | about 11 years ago | (#7270737)

Dotster...It's $14.95 a year (discounts if you do more than one year), and they've done a fine job for me.

Re:Dotster (1)

jhunsake (81920) | about 11 years ago | (#7270813)

I use Dotster too, but I won't in the future. Dotster has this really nasty behavior of making a new contact record for the new domains (.biz, .info, etc) everytime you try to modify it. So you'll end up with a list of contact records, each recording every change you've made.

If you don't believe me, try it. Lookup your domain using or Write down the contact record id's. Now go change one letter on that contact at Dotster. Then lookup your domain again. Bam! New contact record. Now, lookup your old contact record. Yep, still there!

Every other registrar that I've used is smart enough to change the current record rather can copying it everytime.

Dumb Question... (1)

GTRacer (234395) | about 11 years ago | (#7270871)

Fellow /.'ers, please help me understand something about registrars and DNS:

Let's say I have a static IP address and a server running Apache and Pegasus mail (SMTP server). I don't have ANYTHING registered yet with anyone.

Now, assuming I can keep my IP static, or nearly so, what do I need at a minimum to route all http requests for "" to my IP, and to route all emails for "" to the same IP address?

I've never been able to get a good solid answer from the tech guy I worked with (very small company) and the different services (godaddy etc. don't explain it in a way I understand enough to commit $$$ to). TIA!

- Not my real domain name

Re:Dumb Question... (2, Informative)

JofCoRe (315438) | about 11 years ago | (#7270928)

You would want to register Then, create dns records like so: (if you're using a registrar that does dns for you, do it w/them. otherwise, set up your own dns server and point your domain @ your dns server thru the registrar) A MX 10

And then you'd just want to configure your mailserver on whatever machine is answering to that IP so that it routes everything to your user account (in sendmail, you'd use the virtusertable, and configure and in the local-host-names. There's probably something similar in pegasus).

Re:Dumb Question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7270971)

You just got trolled, retard!

Re:Dumb Question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7270952)

Everyone, please help this fine fellow. He can be reached at [mailto] !

Re:Dumb Question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7271179)

What kind of a fuckstick are you?

You seem to go into every article and decode intentionally obfuscated email addy's so bots can pick them up. What the fuck is wrong with you, asshole?

Re:Dumb Question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7271012)

  1. Register the domain name you want with some service which provides DNS (preferably a primary *and* a secondary, unless you are in the mood to do your own primary).
  2. Set up the provided DNS service to point to your static IP address. This is where some registrars distinguish themselves by providing a nice web-based UI for configuring DNS.
  3. Make sure that the above is for email, as well as other 'net services. The aforementioned WebUI will probably have a checkbox.

Note that you can't really route only http requests to your machine. Once you are set up to handle requests to that domain/IP, you'll get *all* of them, so be very concerned about security/open ports.

Re:Dumb Question... (2, Informative)

ratboy666 (104074) | about 11 years ago | (#7271021)

Ok -- here's the steps:

- First, register a domain name. would do nicely. This will cost you ten bucks a year (prepay for a couple of years).

- Next, you need DNS services. Here there is a problem: (1) if your IP isn't really static and (2) you need 2 (two) different machines serving DNS. So go to someone who can solve both problems. would do nicely. Give money to to do your DNS (you want CUSTOM service) -- they will give you the IP addresses of the DNS servers, and you supply those to used to have a one-time contribution to do the dns (30 bucks?).

(3) Any time your IP address changes, simply go to the website and update your record. If you have a DHCP assigned IP, there are scripts that will automatically update whenever it changes.

And you are off to the races... your own email, web hosting, whatever. Total cost: ~$50US for two years.


Not possible.... (1)

TBone (5692) | about 11 years ago | (#7272039)

You can't do this. Not without hooking up with someone outside of your ISP to provide your DNS for you. In order to set up a DNS server, the owner-of-the-reverse-DNS address (i.e., would have to tag the name as a HOST. 99% of the time, this also means that said address is static and will not change. You can not register a primary NS for your domain onto a machine that is not a valid HOST. What you _can_ do is hook up with someone who is not part of your ISP, and get them to run DNS services for you. From that point, you can point to the IP address you're on, and things will work fine. I do this with the IP address of my home machine, inside of my co-hosted servers, so it always has the same name. I just have to peek once in a while to see if the IP address changed.

Re:Not possible.... (1)

Alrescha (50745) | about 11 years ago | (#7272221)

"Not possible... You can't do this. Not without hooking up with someone outside..."

This is like saying "you can't possibly drink beer. No way. Not without raising your glass to your lips."


Re:Not possible.... (1)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | about 11 years ago | (#7272854)

In order to set up a DNS server, the owner-of-the-reverse-DNS address (i.e., would have to tag the name as a HOST. 99% of the time, this also means that said address is static and will not change. You can not register a primary NS for your domain onto a machine that is not a valid HOST.

You are completely wrong. You don't have to have reverse DNS set up to set up a host. You can do it with a semi-static IP, as long as you are willing to lose mail for a day or two whenever you have to change your NS records.

Re:Dumb Question... (1)

Tom7 (102298) | about 11 years ago | (#7272532)

You need a static IP address, for real. Without it, you'll need to resort to some other method. The registrar needs to list the primary DNS server for your domain, and if you're doing your own DNS then that IP needs to be static, because it's not easy to change.

Otherwise, you *can* in fact do primary DNS for a domain using the domain itself. There's a bit of a "chicken and egg" problem here -- in order to register a domain you need to provide primary and secondary DNS for it, and in order to provide a DNS server you need to own a domain name. I somehow made this work with my domain names many years ago, but I don't remember how.

The easiest way is probably to get someone else (your ISP, your registrar) do DNS for you. They know how to do it and it doesn't really cost that much. (2, Informative)

jelevy01 (574941) | about 11 years ago | (#7270915)

I have been very pleased with They are a real company, established and based in New York. Not some fly by night registar.

They provide a full array to tools, ex: DNS, MX, all that you need for free. (1, Insightful)

Atomic_Furball (306177) | about 11 years ago | (#7271754) has, hands down, the best support I've ever dealt with. They're easy to deal with, knowledgeable and a prompt to take care of any problems I have. They'll even call me before my domains expire if I haven't renewed yet, to be sure that I'm aware that the expiration is approaching. Maybe that's a sales tactic, but it's also pretty helpful when you're managing a large number of domains. Their online management tools are easy to use and work well too (unlike the other registrars I've used).
I've used some of the cheaper registrars and they've all had awful (and slow) support, lots of screwups, etc. You get what you pay for, and I'm happy to pay an extra couple of bucks a year to get the kind of support has. They're the only one I'll use.

000domains (1)

BigBir3d (454486) | about 11 years ago | (#7270939)

They seem fine to me. Send me email reminders at 90/60/30 days that the registration is about to expire. Have had no other communication (in or out) with them. []

Re:000domains (2, Informative)

greenhide (597777) | about 11 years ago | (#7271471)

I'll second them for a recommendation.

We have 30+ domains with them. They make it very easy to keep track of all of the domains you have. When I log through my technical contact login (They offer a separate login for each contact, Tech, Admin, Owner, and Billing), it lists all of the domains I'm entered as a tech contact for.

This means I can administer all of my domains at once.

Best of all, separate logins means that each of my customers (the "Owner" contacts) has a login that they can use to get into their domains and change their current contact information, as well as keep tabs on the status of their domain (when will it expire, etc).

I don't know if they have a phone contact, but they generally respond to e-mails within 15 minutes or so during business hours.

In addition to sending reminders to the administrators, they send a reminder 5 days before expiration to the technical contact, just in case the admin isn't available to respond.

When you do go into the renewal form, it displays all of the domains you own, and when they are about to expire. You can theoretically renew a batch of them at once, but since most of my records have different owner contact records, I renew them individually. However, for someone who maintains many domain names with identical contacts, this would be ideal.

Also, they're only $13.50 per year, which isn't as cheap as some of these other services, but beats the pants off of Verisign.

Re:000domains (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7272882)

They're not a real registrar. They are a Tucows reseller. (1)

truffle (37924) | about 11 years ago | (#7270974)

- $15 for 1 year (this may be a little expensive these days)
- Web control panel for DNS, email forwarding, page ghosting, everything

I've been using them for a couple years now, 0 problems, they even have decent support. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7271204)

Wow, a girl!
So, do you like ... stuff?

But, but... (1)

Gaima (174551) | about 11 years ago | (#7271067)

What about Verisign!?

Now where would we be without their 'innovation', 'service', and 'helpful tool to navigate the web' ?

Re:But, but... (1)

Alpha27 (211269) | about 11 years ago | (#7271200)

We woud have more of our money if it were not for verisign.

RegisterFly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7271091)

RegisterFly [] currently charges $6 per year for .us and .biz, while .com, .net, .org are $10 per year.

Oh, and if you transfer a domain from another registrar to them (like I did from 000domains), they charge $8 for the transfer, but kick in another year.

WARNING: Parent is Reseller/Affiliate (1)

greenhide (597777) | about 11 years ago | (#7271684)

Oh, and if you transfer a domain from another registrar to them (like I did from 000domains), they charge $8 for the transfer, but kick in another year

Hmmm...unless they added *2* years to the previous expiration date, then they weren't doing anything special.

*Whenever* you transfer a domain name to another registrar, the expiration date is automatically extended by another year. So basically you're getting a $2 incentive to transfer to them from another registrar. The added year is actually a requirement.

For those of you who are interested in RegisterFly but don't want to line the pockets of some anonymous coward, you can access RegisterFly [] here. I wouldn't recommend it, though, as it seems people have had problems [] , especially with their hosting [] .

Re:WARNING: Parent is Reseller/Affiliate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7272245)

Yeah, so what if it's affiliate link? It's not like it's going to make the price higher.

Hosting sucks indeed, and sometimes the becomes too slow to respond, but no complaints about registrar/DNS service.

godaddy rulez (0)

kayen_telva (676872) | about 11 years ago | (#7271107)


Best/worst for .com, best for (2, Informative)

BestNicksRTaken (582194) | about 11 years ago | (#7271108)

Best for international -

Worst for international -

Best for UK -

Totalnic lock all your domains so you have to write to Australia (snail mail!) to request them to be unlocked before transferring them away.

Godaddy will not charge you if a transfer to them is unsuccessful (e.g. when I tried to transfer from Totalnic to Godaddy and found that my domains were locked!).

Easily makes it pretty easy to deal with domains - not all the crappy paperwork of Nominet.

Re:Best/worst for .com, best for (1)

stevey (64018) | about 11 years ago | (#7272686)

I love Easily [] they let you register and maintain the sites very easily. I'm not sure why you limit them to just "best for" I have several .com's with them...

The only down side is that you have very little flexibility with DNS - you either nominate the IP's of your own DNS servers or you setup the A and MX records.

There's no ability to create different subdomains like '' which is a shame.

Pricing is good, spam free, and easy to use.

Highly recommend (1)

FattMattP (86246) | about 11 years ago | (#7271186)

I can't recommend [] enough. About $12/year for a domain and their service is top notch.

Re:Highly recommend (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7271318)

Their agreement also explicitly states that YOU own the domain, and they are administering it for you. Make sure any other service you use has the same.

duh (1)

nocomment (239368) | about 11 years ago | (#7271213)

It's verisign!

BulkRegister (1)

GoRK (10018) | about 11 years ago | (#7271277)

I use BulkRegister and like it a lot. It's very easy to manage domains for a lot of people with it since you can just 'play registrar' with them and change any info you need without complication. They also have some nice tools for managing a lot of domains at the same time.

Well, personally... (1)

jon_eccleston (591876) | about 11 years ago | (#7271289)

I get my domains/webspace from HOH Ltd. []

They have several packages to choose from (prices listed are in GBP, but you can pay internationally with PayPal) [] , and the support is always friendly and personal.

Depending on the package you get, you can have mail forwarding or a POP3 box. And if you want the webspace, there's ASP/PHP and Access-ODBC/MySQL (again, depending on how much you want to pay!)

DISCLAIMER: I started using HOH when they employed me for some part-time web development. I'm still a satisfied customer, and I don't make any money from referrals. ;) (1)

Atzanteol (99067) | about 11 years ago | (#7271347)

I've used them in the past. Never had any problems.

powepipe (1)

ChiefArcher (1753) | about 11 years ago | (#7271428)

easy interface... bulk registering..
bulk changing... Good stuff.

Distant Past @*&$??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7271472)

WTF? Feb 2000 the distant past? Son, in my day when you registered your name you also got a number. And if your number came up the guberment paid you to see the world.

Go Daddy is great (1)

titaniam (635291) | about 11 years ago | (#7271527)

I use godaddy, directnic, and stargateinc for registering several sites. godaddy has the cheapest rates by far, so that is where I will eventually transfer all of my domains. I do my own hosting and dns, so there's no worry about ip addresses.
When I first got on the web, I hosted some sites on directnic, and they SUCKED. They inserted ads into my pages, very poorly done too, so I couldn't validate my pages. When I decided to switch to my own hosting, the bastards removed my whole site instantly with no warning - they didn't even give me two days for the dns changes to propagate, so I was off the net for a while.
Another "feature" of go-daddy is their willingness to play rough. They were one of the first to sue verisign for their site-finder "service", and I seem to remember them suing some other losers trying to ruin the internet. I don't know their motives, but they chose the right side, and that counts for something. $5 for a .us domain name doesn't hurt, either.

Re:So is directnic! (1)

laika$chi (676655) | about 11 years ago | (#7272149)

I would agree that Directnic's free web hosting stinks, but what to you expect for FREE??
Their domain management tools are SUPERB. You have complete control via a web interface, they do mail aliases and small lists, and will even do pop mailboxes if you feel like it. Don't know about the bulk stuff, never done it.

Dotster... (1)

GeekWithGuns (466361) | about 11 years ago | (#7271679)

I'm a big fan of Dotster [] . They are $14.95/year and have a nice web interface that works well with multiple domains. I know they are not the cheapest anymore, but I've never had a problem with them and I'm not going to change to try and save $7/year.

Also to I like that they are very active trying to keep Verisign and ICANN in line. They also are good about putting out warnings about domain scammers like "Domain Registry of America" and there likes. (2, Informative)

guerby (49204) | about 11 years ago | (#7271769)

For 5 euros one time payment you get five 25MB POP3 boxes with various security features, 3 different webmails access. If you pay one time 29 euros, you get unlimited POP3 boxes and mailing lists handling (ezlm). For 8.9 additional euros per year you get your com/org/net domain with full web DNS configuration and DynHost. They've answered all my stupid questions in less than a day.

All prices excluding VAT, 1 euro ~= 1.17 USD

Disclaimer: I'm an happy paying customer and switched all my email and DNS to OVH a month ago. No other relationship with OVH or OVH people.

Disclaimer 2: already posted in another /. discussion about webmail.

Laurent (1)

Kvorg (21076) | about 11 years ago | (#7273251)

As a two-year user of OVH, I have only praise for their service. Their dns-managing web forms are very cool and easy to handle, all their services so far were very responsive, I have recieved no spam from them except very civil information that payment for the next year's registration is approaching and I found their free additional services (mail handling with optional virus/spam cleaning) very nice, and the pricing of their hosting services rahter interesting.

But their basic domain registration package is perfect and, as stated above, very reasonalby priced.

They also provide a French interface and are stationed in Europe, so your domain is free from troubles with american legal system. :) (1)

jayrtfm (148260) | about 11 years ago | (#7271796) []

about $15/year with email fowarding, subdomains, etc. I've only used customer service via email, and got responses in 2 to 8 hours

I used to use .nu, and can't recommend them anymore

How about SSL certificates? (1)

sphealey (2855) | about 11 years ago | (#7271928)

Assuming one wishes to use a certificate signing authority, is there any downside to using Thawte at 1/8th the cost of Verisign?


Re:How about SSL certificates? (1)

ivan256 (17499) | about 11 years ago | (#7272107)

When I switched the only downside was having to explain to Verisign why I wasn't renewing my certificate with them when their sales drone called weekly from a month before expiration to three months after. I got tired of them telling me that unless I wasted money with them my customers wouldn't trust me. The end user experience on our site was seemless, and the hold times on the phone with Thawte are shorter.

Re:How about SSL certificates? (1)

/dev/trash (182850) | about 11 years ago | (#7273385)

Isn't Thawte owned by Verisign?

Re:How about SSL certificates? (1)

greenhide (597777) | about 11 years ago | (#7272322)

...Or Geotrust, which is even cheaper, or FreeSSL (not free, by the way) or Comodo (InstantSSL) which are both well under $100. m

All of them seem to be pretty good. I use Comodo, simply because that's the cheapest people who were around a year or two ago, and they offered the highest compatible certificate, and now I'm a partner. They offer pretty good service and very good prices, and their certificates are more compatible than Geotrust or FreeSSL (Geotrust and FreeSSL are only compatible on IE 5+ and NS 7+ browsers and knockoffs thereof, while InstantSSL is compatible with NS4+ and IE3+).

Re:How about SSL certificates? (1)

fdragon (138768) | about 11 years ago | (#7272332)

Just the price difference.

I have run many an ecommerce website with Thawte certificates. Lately I have been a fan of InstantSSL [] certificates.

I would suggest this excelent resource WhichSSL? [] to assist you in deciding which SSL provider to use.

Re:How about SSL certificates? (1)

jafuser (112236) | about 11 years ago | (#7272366)

The company I'm with has been using Thawte for 4-5 years now and never had any problems. As a matter of fact, they've improved their service quite a bit over the past couple years.

Re:How about SSL certificates? (1)

/dev/trash (182850) | about 11 years ago | (#7273305)

aside from them being the same company? No.

dotster (1)

Mickey Jameson (3209) | about 11 years ago | (#7271977)

I've been using Dotster for 3 years now without a single problem. It's cheap ($15/yr or $130/10 yr). Transfers, DNS changes, etc. - not a problem at all. - $7.95 (1)

Nasarius (593729) | about 11 years ago | (#7272066)

The cheapest ICANN accredited registrar is, at $7.95 per year. They also provide some pretty good features, though you kinda have to dig around their site.

I have had good experience with Domain Monger (1)

sphealey (2855) | about 11 years ago | (#7272234)

I have had good experience with Domain Monger [] , although I only use them for miscellaneous domains. The only time I had a problem with a registration their customer service fixed it within 24 hours from a single e-mail. YMMV


I like Dotster (2, Informative)

PeekabooCaribou (544905) | about 11 years ago | (#7272251)

I'm a fan of Dotster [] . I've been using them as a registrar and domain server for years and I have no complaints. At $15/year, it's pretty reasonably priced. They seem to be under pretty constant renovations in a good way, updating services and their interface as time goes on. (Unlike some companies that grow stagnant.)

Re:I like Dotster (1)

PsndCsrV (80030) | about 11 years ago | (#7273053)

Same thing here. They have excellent service, too, the once or twice I've had to use it (in 5 years).

Pairnic (1)

Call Me Black Cloud (616282) | about 11 years ago | (#7272339)

Try pairnic [] . They're part of Pair [] , one of the best web hosts around.
Pairnic is not the cheapest (for 1 year registrations anyway) but they're worth it, especially if you ever need support. They'll be there...

Sleazy practice (1)

RickL (64901) | about 11 years ago | (#7272676)

I'm seeing more and more registrars sell a service that lets you "camp" for a domain. Basically, if a domain name you want becomes available, the registrar will immediately buy it for you.

I find this distasteful because it makes it very easy to hold a domain hostage because someone forgot to make a payment.

I have a friend who homeschools. A few years ago, a very popular homeschooling site forgot to reregister, and a pr0n outfit snatched (heh) it up, instantly gaining a lot of hits and a high google ranking. I have no issue with porn, but I do have an issue with it being slammed in the face of someone who isn't expecting it (, for example). It is unlikely that they gained too many regulars, but they did get a lot of hits in the short term, undoubtedly doing brisk popup business.

I think I am (1)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | about 11 years ago | (#7272730)

I think I'm the best registrar. I signed up with Tucows [] and only pay $10/year for a domain. Of course, I signed up with them before MyDomain [] started offering domains for $8.50/year. They handle my email forwarding for free, even though I didn't get a domain from them, but obviously they offer it for those who do get a domain through them as well. I haven't had much downtime at all through their forwarding, and email is robust enough that a little downtime is not that bad. That's who I'd suggest: MyDomain. (2, Informative)

schon (31600) | about 11 years ago | (#7272731)

I love [] .

They are cheap, and it's easy to get in touch with a real, live human being if problems arise.

DNS Central (1)

Blackbrain (94923) | about 11 years ago | (#7272811)

I have been using DNS Central [] for almost a year now with no problems. I picked them because they are an OpenSRS [] reseller, they offer a good deal on web/e-mail forwarding, they have optional DNS service, and they were able to transfer .biz and .info names. The two times I needed support help during the set-up, I got very quick responses via e-mail and phone.

Names4Ever (1)

privatepepper (717860) | about 11 years ago | (#7272952)

I've used Names4Ever twice, and they haven't failed me yet (even though I can't really see how a registrar could register a domain in the wrong way). One of the domains propogated worldwide in 12 hours! It was like a new propogation record. Or something.

Namesecure mini-rant (1)

Crash Gordon (233006) | about 11 years ago | (#7273114)

I've been using Namesecure [] for years, since back when they were a decent company. Originally they were part of [] back when you could do reverse phone lookups there for free.

You could call Namesecure up on the phone and talk to an actual tech person who would fix things on the spot. Now, the only way to reach them is by fax or email -- they have painstakingly removed every telephone contact.

Back in the day, I had some custom configuration done on my mail routing. Now I can't receive email from Namesecure any more. I can receive email from anybody in the world, as long as it's not sent from a Namesecure internal mailserver. They swear there's nothing unusual about my domain, but they can't explain why their mail doesn't come through. This makes tech support rather difficult, especially if I forget to patch up the "Reply-To" header...

Having said all that, though, the Namesecure product is pretty good. Easy signup, easy administration of email and website forwarding, A, CNAME, and MX, and so on. Their support is absolutely the suck, but they're pretty stable so I hardly ever need the support anyway.

The outgoing message on their one remaining phone line (which does not record) says they've turned off live tech support "to remain competitive". They charge from $9.90 to $15/year depending on term; I'd gladly pay double those prices if they'd just turn the &*$&^$ phones back on!

I switched a couple domains to [] a while back, but framed my website (breaking it) and put a big ol' banner ad underneath it, which they'd gladly remove if I paid extra. wanted twice what Namesecure did for their basic service, and many of the standard services from Namesecure were upgrades at so the actual price ended up being even more. But they had tech support: Live people answering the phone, people who actually knew things, so that's why I went there. However, couldn't do the type of email forwarding I'd been getting at Namesecure so I ended up switching back and crossing my fingers.

Having my domains set up at Namesecure did save my ass when I got screwed by an ISP -- I switched to a different provider, updated my zone file at Namesecure, and was back on the air immediately. I didn't have to try and wrestle my domain away from the previous ISP. (OTOH, if I have a Problem with Namesecure I'll have to wrestle my domains away from them.)

So, here's my vote for Best Registrar: Namesecure doubles their pricing across the board and uses the extra money to hook up with's helpdesk.

Caveat: Namesecure appears to be owned by Verisign / Network Solutions (at least that's who owns their site certificate) so they are probably part of the Axis of Evil. This would explain the tech support.

pairNIC. (1)

/dev/trash (182850) | about 11 years ago | (#7273348)

Easy to use, and support is the best.
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