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Best service for Domain name registration?

What is the best and cheap service for registering a domain name? In past, I used NameZero plus account for which  they charged me about $15 for an year, but I would say that it is not good and is not a "real" registration.

They just forward my visitor to the actual domain. And its not so simple to transfer the domain service fron Namezero to Network Solutions as Network Solution says that I am already their registration, via NameZero and for all changes I need to contact NameZero. So I am kind of locked in with Namezero.

Steve Johnson
Thursday, April 18, 2002

Well, for German domain names netbeat works pretty well, they charge about 10$ US a year for a simple redirect and about twice as much for a small domain. They are pretty much focused on .de domain names (even though they also sell .net and .com domains) and I am afraid their homepage is only available in German. They help you to transfer a domain name you already own, though, which would be quite helpful in your case. Maybe you can contact them via email (I am sure their staff speaks English).

http://www.netbeat.de

Have fun,

Jutta Jordans
Thursday, April 18, 2002

yeah, i have my (.de) domain hosted at netbeat. i have never had a problem. online administration makes everything really easy too.

nope
Thursday, April 18, 2002

Check out gandi [ http://gandi.net ] - $10/year, YOU own the domain name, not gandi (you might assume this is the norm, but it isn't!), free redirect and email forward service, free secondary DNS service.

Ori Berger
Thursday, April 18, 2002

I just setup my latest domain using http://www.godaddy.com -- and it worked out fine -- prices are reasonable, and you can reconfigure it via the web if you change hosts.

Rob Purser
Thursday, April 18, 2002

A second vote for godaddy.  For me it was nine dollars (US) per year.  I'm also using a dynamic DNS service.  That was pricy at one hunded dollars for 2 years.  The dynamic DNS provider I'm using doesn't make me a sub domain.  So even though I have a cable modem and a dynamic IP I can always be found.  It's pretty much used only for the email server.  So far it's been more reliable than AT&T's email.

Good Luck!

Greg Kellerman
Thursday, April 18, 2002

I've used Verisign, Register.com, Yahoo! domains, and Godaddy.  I recommend Register.com.  Their user interface is excellent -- it is one of the most user-friendly sites I've seen, and I've had none of the hassles with them that I've had with other registrars.

Verisign is okay, too -- no real problems with them.  Godaddy is cheap, but there are LOTS of hidden fees, so it doesn't work out to be much cheaper than Verisign or Register.com.  And once you've dealt with Godaddy's hassles, you'll think, "If I had only known, I would have paid $30 not to have to go through what I just went through."

But whatever you do, do NOT use Yahoo Domains.  They apparently don't want you transferring your domain to any host other than Yahoo -- it is almost impossible to find the page where you change your DNS settings.  Not only is their site not user-friendly, it is user-hostile.

James
Thursday, April 18, 2002

Second vote for http://www.gandi.net . The company was created by people who did not understand why domain registration was so expensive, so built their own inexpensive one.

I've used gandi several times, it's easy, fast and cheap (~$10). Just plug your hosting account dns servers and you have your own domain (no redirection).

(For hosting, i use http://www.nexenservices.com - cheap, php & mysql, you name it. http://www.2mhost.com seems pretty good, too).

Blah
Friday, April 19, 2002

I'm a happy GoDaddy customer (http://www.godaddy.com).
$8 a year for a domain YOU own !
I don't quite get were the previously mentioned hidden fees are. Of course they provide with lots of additional [hosting] options but I wouldn't call that hidden fees. You definitely don't have to take them if you don't want to.
I use the free zoneedit.com for DNS services (both static and dynamic. Works like a charm).
The only drawback with GoDaddy is that I discovered kind of a minor security leak regarding access to registration data (No, I' won't describe it in a public forum ;-). I reported it to them but they never replied.

Serge Wautier
Saturday, April 20, 2002

Yeah, http://Gandi.net (EU12/year, that's about US$10.5) is the best for simplicity and price (includes forwarding, email forwarding).

Register.com is known for it's interface.

Who can beat VeriSign's Mail-From interface? I love to see my clients being confused, and I'm helping them. And then still don't understand what I did...

B here
Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Has anyone tryed web expert2000? They offer some fantastic services including multingual domain registration and language translators. The interface is one of the best ive ever seen on a website ( www.hostcompanies.com/domain.htm ).

Has anyone here heard of them?

Sara Jacobs
Tuesday, October 01, 2002

Do some research before using Gandi.net. I will avoid them like the plague from here on out. I registered, their email redirect worked for one week. After I changed my email address with everyone and every listserv, it stopped working. I have sent over 20 emails and filled out all their complaint forms. They don't reply. They don't care.

Amy Shimmick
Saturday, June 05, 2004

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