|In 1998 Network Solutions lost its
government sanctioned monopoly as the sole registrar of domain names. While it
continues to manage the root registry there are a multitude of registrars out there.
Each registrar has its own interface (which may make your job as administrator
harder or easier), prices (which vary greatly), terms and conditions (which must be read
carefully), and support. In choosing the right one you should consider the following
Icann accredited or a reseller - a must!
Administrative, billing, and technical must have YOUR contact information.
Fees for registering or transferring a domain. It ranges from $35/year to $0.
The root (central) registry CHARGES all Icann accredited registrars $6 per domain
per year. Anybody offering you the service for less than what it cost them MUST be
making it up in some other fees or restrictions.
Other Fees: Each
registrar has its own set of rules and fees schedule. You may have to pay a fee for
transferring, updating your record, hosting your site elsewhere, "parking" your
domain (i.e. you are not ready to setup your site right away), etc.. You must ask if
there is ANY kind of fees other than the yearly registeration, or ANY
kind of restrictions to your full discretionary use of your domain.
it easy to manage? Is it easy to manage more than one domain, and update more than one
domain at one time?
If the interface is easy to use and the registrar's servers
are robust you may never need support. When you do need it you must be able to get
it and get it fast. Most registrars only have e-mail support since
the margin on domain name registration has shrunk dramatically. This should not
worry you since the better ones respond within minutes (a couple of hours at the most) to
all questions... often the length of time you will spend on hold with those offering phone
We have used godaddy for the longest time. We were
very satisfied and eventually paid a license fee to their subsidiary and became their
resellers. We offer thier services for a cheaper price at Omega ID.
You can register there at $8.75 or less with free domain
forwarding, no hidden fees, and friendly interface. The name is registered in your
name. You own it and you control it. Choose the automatic renewal feature and
you won't have to ever worry about the domain expiring on you.
We will soon publish a few articles on how to choose the
best domain nme for your site at Omega