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Opinions on where to purchase domain names needed.

I'd like to hear some of your opinions on where you think are some good places to go to purchase domain names.  I'm thinking of purchasing one myself, but I don't even know where to begin as far as rating different places on price/quality/service/etc.  I need a jump start to point me in right direction. 


Wednesday, January 01, 2003

I think beats everyone hands down.  Cheap and decent service.

Wednesday, January 01, 2003

Everyone I know who have used Gandi have been extremely satisfied, and so have I.

Wednesday, January 01, 2003

Excuse me if this seems like a naive question but how do registrars set the price for domain name reservations?

The source(?), Network Solutions ( ), is always higher than the places mentioned previously.


Chi Lambda
Thursday, January 02, 2003

$7/year. Really good service.

Guan Yang
Thursday, January 02, 2003

I think netsol charges the other registrars $6 per domain name per year.

Joel Spolsky
Thursday, January 02, 2003

I always use which is $13.50 a year per domain. I know there are cheaper options, but I've been using them for as long as I can remember and I'm very happy with them. Always get prompt replies to my questions and I have a number of names registered with them. I don't see the point in switching to someone else if all I'm going to save is $5.

James Ussher-Smith
Thursday, January 02, 2003

Network Solutions charges a lot because they think they're a monopoly, and want to rake in as much cash as they can. However, they only charge the other registrars $6 per domain name. Some registrars jack up this price, others don't.

Chris Tavares
Thursday, January 02, 2003

Another gandi customer here. I used them at a friend's reccomendation.

Not because they're cheap (12 euros, low but not bargain basement). Not because of their web site (basic but fully functional). Not because of the free web and email redirection (which hopefully I'll stop using soon.) But because of their intellectual property (IP) rules. Check out the TOS on other places.

Netsol relies on two things: people who don't know that they're no longer a monopoly, and people who wish that AT&T hadn't been broken up because they don't want to think about the choice. (One of the more bizarre US consumer movements.)

Netsol/Versign are notorious for having very high prices, terrible customer service, and bad IP rules. (Yeah, you can use the domain name you pay us for. Unless we decide to take it back. Maybe even by mistake. Or something like that, I haven't checked recently.)

Friday, January 03, 2003

Satisfied directNIC - - customer.  Have been for many years.  Not the cheapest at $15/yr, but I like the features they offer and the service has been top notch.

Marty Eichelman
Friday, January 03, 2003

Don't use
They are a very spammer-friendly registrar.
Have a look at their "Terms and Conditions" page.
They require you to snail-mail written documentation to Germany if you want to complain about a spammer.
They do not seem to take action against a person who places an invalid email address in the domain name contact info.
A large percentage of the sites that are advertised in spam that I have received have their domain names registered with them.

some guy I know
Sunday, January 05, 2003

Thanks so much for the help guys.  Now that I have some of the BS filtered out, my search will much more fruitful.  Again, your help is much appreciated!


Monday, January 06, 2003

I just used DirectNic ( ) for the first time.  This was based on a recommendation posted on the CityDesk forum.  Everything worked fine. 

Alex Chernavsky
Monday, January 06, 2003

I've been using for more than 2 years and purchased / renewed 26 domains from them -- I'm 100% satisfied.

Vladimir Golovin
Thursday, January 09, 2003

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