[lug] Need Advice on Domain Registration Services

Daniel Webb lists at danielwebb.us
Sun Jul 24 01:53:59 MDT 2005

On Fri, Jul 22, 2005 at 09:22:39AM -0600, Bill Thoen wrote:

> My domain name is coming up for renewal soon and I was thinking of
> transferring it from Network Solutions to somebody else. The reason is
> that NS wants quite a bit more money than some of the other domain hosting
> services out there.
> I was thinking of transferring to GoDaddy, but before I do that, I'd
> thought I'd ask and see if anyone has any advice about this. If I pay
> Network Solutions $95 to renew my domain registration, do I get that much
> more in security, services, etc. than if I go with GoDaddy, who wants only
> about $9? Seems to me they both offer the same essential service, but I
> just wonder why NS charges ten times more that GD.

I've never seen a reason given that Network Solutions is so expensive, except
for the same reason AOL can still get away with charging $24/month for dialup:
some people don't know any better.

I've been using Godaddy pretty much since they started, and while I haven't
had any problems, the web interface and new registration interface has gone
downhill.  You'll spend way too many minutes just trying to figure out where
the "No thanks" buttons are for the seemingly endless pages of ads for
related services they'll throw at you.  They are cheap though, and will
probably still be around in 10 years unlike the other budget registrars I've
used who went belly-up.

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