Stay away from Godaddy and some others when buying a domain name.
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Why it's risky to buy a domain name from Godaddy and some other domain registrars
Some people think that registering a domain name is simple and without risk. I disagree and think it's an important (first) step into the online world, with certain risks involved. As with web hosting companies there are bad and good registrars. Having full DNS and Whois Control over your domain name is an important matter. If your personal or business address changes, you should be able to modify your own information in an online account. Registrars should never be allowed to act as if they are the owners of your web address. If you have to change your DNS servers, you should never need your registrar's permission to do so. And then I don't even talk about the risk of disputes related to your domains. For example, what is the appropriate action if someone tries to steal one of your web addresses? So, in any possible situation, you should be in full control over your domains. The Godaddy registrar is notorious for "stealing" domain names from customers who forget to renew. The company also regularly increases the price of domains without an owner, once they notice that the available web address gets a lot of attention of potential buyers.
You Should Have Full Control Over:
1) Your Whois information.
2) Your DNS creation. Examples are: dns3/ns3.my- site.com/dns5/ns5.my-site.com/ etc.
3) Your Custom Records. Examples are: A, AAAA, MX, TXT Records, SRV, CNAME, NS.
4) Your URL Locking & EPP Key.
5) Your Parked Domains.
6) Registrar Changes and, last but not least:
7) Your Status Alerts.
How To Choose A Domain Name Provider
Many select their registrar based on popularity. However, what people may forget is that some top registrars create serious problems for your web address registration and ownership. People often overlook one of the most important aspects: keeping the registration under your control. Here are some tips:
1) Choose a registrar with a good reputation and do not confuse that with popularity! One of the biggest registrars/web hosts, Godaddy domains is notorious for customer service. We are talking here about possible trademark infringements or registration problems. A good registrar will not demand a high ransom to release you of a domain registration dispute.
2) Some registrars/web hosts lock domains when customers are searching for it. This way they can force the customer to register the domains with them. This is called web address squatting and another big hosting company was caught doing this.
3) Don't forget your personal privacy online. Most registrars offer Whois Privacy Protection Services. This is a plus for any webmaster.
4) Choose a specialist. In other words choose a company that is specialized in cheap web addresses and related products.
5) The single most important feature: Choose a company that gives you Full Control over your DNS servers and over your Whois database information. You should be able to modify your own Whois database and DNS information online.
Go Daddy's pricing structure
The real price is what you pay upon renewal. Let's assume you found a discount coupon allowing you to buy a .com name for $0.99 only. There's a good chance that the renewal price will be $15. In other words, just 12 months later you pay 15 times more! It's obvious that the Registrar selling the name is willing to sacrifice profit of the first registration in the expectation that they will make more money from you once it's time to renew. A reasonable price for registering a .com name is $10. So this would cost you $100 over a period of 10 years. In the Go Daddy example you pay $135.99 in 10 years which is almost 36 percent more expensive than an address without promo offer. Another problem with GD is that if you purchased privacy protection you will be forced to continue this option which will cost you another $7.99 a year per domain name.
Discount Domain Club
There is one specific situation in which GD is cheaper than others and that is if you're a member of the Discount Domain Club and you regularly purchase new domain names. The Club is a membership program designed for those who frequently register new names. Membership is open to anyone and is valid for 12 months after the start date. The fee is 9.99 a month. After joining this Club, you can log in to your account right away to see the discounted web addresses. New names, transfers, and renewals are discounted for participating TLDs. Discounts are limited to the base tier for participating TLDs, and are available for pre-registrations, registrations, transfers and renewals. Discounts automatically apply when you check out.
We heard complaints that it's getting more difficult every year to transfer domain addresses from the world's largest Registrar to another company. Most of these complaints are from people who own many domain names and who reported to us that the transfer failed partly. According to the web host's support department the addresses were locked for 60 days because something in the account had changed. The web hosting provider could not tell them what had changed and the company also could not inform the complainants exactly when it would be unlocked. So beware, if you're planning to move your Internet addresses to another company, don't modify anything in your account prior to the move.
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