Ask DN: Domain Registrars?

over 9 years ago from , Product Designer at SalesLoft

Planning on moving away from GoDaddy. Who do you register your domains with and why?


  • Joe TurnerJoe Turner, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    https://iwantmyname.com is by far the simplest solution out there, in my eyes anyway.

    Edit: Another note on iwantmyname is their one-click app library. Sure you can install wordpress, but you can also point your domain to Heroku, or set up blog.domain.com to point to Tumblr.

    10 points
    • Account deleted over 9 years ago

      Their support for quirky TLDs is excellent too

      1 point
    • Mike McMillanMike McMillan, over 9 years ago

      +1 for this but do note that they tend to be a couple bucks more expensive than their competitors. Worth it in my opinion for a very nice UI.

      1 point
    • Johnny BridgesJohnny Bridges, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

      +1 for iwantmyname.com

      They also make transferring domains to them a breeze, and will actually do it for you (for free) if you give them your current registrar's login details.


      I did it recently when consolidating a few domains I'd collected over the years from different places, into one place. Very handy!

      1 point
    • Joe Blau, over 9 years ago

      +1 for iwantmyname. Their support is amazing and their interface is very simple to use.

      1 point
  • Ari ZilnikAri Zilnik, over 9 years ago

    I like NameCheap. The name's a bit deceiving (they are affordable, but not THAT cheap) but I like their interface, and they're quite reliable.

    9 points
    • Zach HamedZach Hamed, over 9 years ago

      +1 for Namecheap! Great customer service and .com's are consistently $9-10.

      3 points
    • Luke HoerstenLuke Hoersten, over 9 years ago

      I prefer name cheap as well. One of the best DNS config interfaces I've seen. Great customer support. I just moved 7 domains there after a year of one domain and some of my hosting. Super happy.

      0 points
    • Ryan DeBeasi, over 9 years ago

      +1 for NameCheap. I've used them for around 6 years now with no problems.

      As you can probably guess, the price on their homepage ($4/year) is a promotional price for new registrations, and renewals run about $11/year.

      0 points
    • Will FroelichWill Froelich, over 9 years ago

      Another +1 here on NameCheap. I've used Dotster, Register, GoDaddy, MediaTemple & Ghandi but my favorite by far is NameCheap.

      0 points
  • Tom RohlfTom Rohlf, over 9 years ago

    Anyone but 1 & 1. They are the worst

    4 points
  • Hadrien BHadrien B, over 9 years ago

    I use Gandi. Their slogan tells it all: no bullshit™.

    But seriously, I don't think that the differences between registrars are big. I like my registrar because I'm used to it, with a great interface and everything, but having worked with others, not a big difference.

    4 points
    • Sam Solomon, over 9 years ago

      Thanks Hadrien! I was looking an Handi, because I've got an IO domain.

      0 points
      • Nikhil SrinivasanNikhil Srinivasan, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

        Their service is great and their platform robust – I was initially ambivalent to use a registrar I that wasn't based in the U.S. and I hadn't heard very much about but have had a great experience.

        As a registrar, they definitely go out of their way to secure authorized reseller certifications for pretty much any common TLDs. I would also recommend purchasing .IO domains from them versus NIC.IO, what I presume to be the official registry.

        If customer service is critical, I would suggest Hover. They are always available, have beautiful and simple dashboard interface and streamlined the domain management user experience. Definitely my suggestion for most DN community members looking for a domain registry. It's worth noting that they do not support certain TLDs such as .IO.

        2 points
  • Chris GabrielChris Gabriel, over 9 years ago

    Check out DNSimple, they're very transparent and responsive... last time I submitted a support request, one of the owners was the one to put in the fix. They also support Anycast which (in my experience) has resulted in much faster propagation and name-resolution.

    Here's my referral link: https://dnsimple.com/r/5a2c3f93961952

    3 points
    • Emily SaforrianEmily Saforrian, over 9 years ago

      I'm giving them a go too. I like their DNS setup for a lot of common services (Heroku, AWS, Github) which was seemingly difficult to do with bluehost.

      1 point
  • Tyler LongrenTyler Longren, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    gandi.net for .io domains, namecheap for everything else. Also use namecheap for SSL certs.

    3 points
  • Pasquale D'SilvaPasquale D'Silva, over 9 years ago

    I use: https://www.nameterrific.com/

    Terrible name, lovely interface for management.

    1 point
  • Ricardo VazquezRicardo Vazquez, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    I use Hover and I Want My Name for .io domains. I'm happy with both :)

    1 point
  • Henrique Alves, over 9 years ago

    Good call! I'm using Hover for a while and I like it! The fact that they're owned by Tucows which I never heard anything bad about them is a good thing. I must admit the price isn't cheap compared to others but like I said before, I feel they play fair so I don't mind to pay a bit more for that :)

    1 point
  • Florian RiederFlorian Rieder, over 9 years ago

    I use http://www.easyname.com/en — they have a great interface to manage your DNS records and there have never been problems. It is the one and only registrar i was with for all my domains so i have no idea if others are better/worse with what they have to offer but i am really happy there.

    1 point
  • Alisha RamosAlisha Ramos, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    I've used http://dreamhost.com for many years. Great customer service + can bundle with hosting.

    0 points
  • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, over 9 years ago

    I went with Hover after GoDaddy bought Media Temple, and I had an offer code for an .io domain from the guys at Accidental Tech Podcast.

    Someone else mentioned Gandhi and now I'm a customer there too, hehe!

    0 points
  • Evan KnightEvan Knight, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    http://Bluehost.com. I wouldn't necessarily recommend them, but I've been using them for so long I get a great price on things. However, I do think they give you first domain free if you sign up for hosting.

    Their landing page is incredibly ugly, but their control panel is decent.

    why do I use them?

    Unlimited domains on a $4/month account with a bunch of cms options. Can't really beat that. If you can.. tell me :)

    0 points
  • Aymeric G, over 9 years ago

    domain.com or name.com

    0 points
  • Nestor VeraNestor Vera, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    I've been using Don Dominio (http://www.dondominio.com/) for a few years and I'm not planing on moving my domains to anywhere else. They run Mr. Domain (http://www.mrdomain.com/) if you're not spanish.

    Best prices and support I've ever found. They usually run promotions and they even have a reward system too.

    EDIT: I forgot to say they offer free WHOIS Privacy.

    0 points
  • Paul @StammyPaul @Stammy, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    Namecheap. I moved after the big Godaddy exodus a year or two ago. Never been happier. And Route 53 for DNS. Previously Zerigo but they recently screwed everyone with a 10x+ price hike.

    0 points
  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, over 9 years ago

    I use name.com, no particular reason why.

    0 points