Domain Name Registrars: They Aren’t All Created Equally

When it comes to domain name registrars, there are good ones and there are bad ones. There are popular ones, and there are less popular ones, but at the end of the day—you simply need to choose one that’s right for you. This isn’t always an easy task, because often times it can be confusing, trying to figure out which registrars have the best combination of pricing, support, and other features that can make it easy to register and maintain domain names. In this post, we’ll go over some of the most popular domain name registrars and give our opinion on their strengths and weaknesses, as well as any other information that we think you should be aware of. Let’s get started!

GoDaddy

As far as domain name registrars go, they are one of, if not the biggest domain name registrar out there. They have an extremely large percentage of all available domain names and it’s hard to look around on the web without seeing them somewhere. But are they a good registrar? Well, that depends on a variety of factors.

First of all, GoDaddy tends to be pretty cheap when it comes to first registering a domain name, but when it comes to renewing a domain name, they tend to be a bit more expensive than some of the other registrars as they charge quite a bit (almost $10 at the time of writing) for privacy, where other registrars don’t charge anything for this, or it’s extremely cheap. This has caused some people to research GoDaddy alternatives on sites like Instructify in order to get an idea of how they can lower the recurring cost of domain name registrations and renewals.

Despite their somewhat higher prices, GoDaddy is one of the most “legit” registrars out there, so it’s hard to beat them in terms of reliability and support.

Namecheap

Namecheap has become an extremely popular registrar in the last decade or so, and they are one of the best combinations of support and good pricing that you’ll find anywhere. Unlike GoDaddy, they don’t jack up the rates at renewal time which makes it quite a bit easier to handle their renewals without getting upset that you’re spending a lot of money. On top of that, they have support 24/7 and it doesn’t take long to get help.

One drawback for Namecheap is that their user interface isn’t always the cleanest. It used to be great, but in the last few years they’ve really tried to get fancy with it, and this has made some things that should be relatively simple (like updating DNS records) much more difficult or confusing.

Network Solutions

Often referred to as “Netsol,” they are one of the oldest domain registrars out there. But like many other things that are old, they are outdated, their interface is terrible, and we honestly can’t recommend them. They’re also quite expensive and seem to play games (in our opinion) when it comes to transferring domain names out of their company. We recommend avoiding them as there are much better options out there.

So, there you have it—a quick breakdown on domain registrars, with recommendations! Whoever you choose to register your domains with, just make sure that they are a reliable company and have good pricing and support, and you should be happy!

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