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Old 04-08-02, 10:38 AM
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Registering domains: Which company do you suggest I use?

I'm looking to register 2 domains. Two of them will be new, and are available, and the third is one I currently have registered at register.com that I want to transfer. I've had no problems with Register.com, but it seems unnecessary to pay $35 for something that other companies offer at 1/2 or 1/3 the cost, and even throw in more features (in some cases).

So what registrar should I go with? I've done research on other boards and each company has its pros and cons. Right now I'm leaning towards Stargate. They have URL forwarding, masking, and pop3 email for 8.85 (if I order the two domains at the same time) and the transfer would only cost me $10 (that's compared to a $35 renewal from register.com). Godaddy seems to be the soup of the day, but I think people pick them mainly for the price. DirectNic and Dotster kinda turned me off cause they charge you extra for email, forwarding, masking.

I've read, on this board and others that if you put in a request for a transfer, register will offer you a 12.95 renewal so they dont' lose your business. I'd go for that on the renewal, but the new domains would still be registered somewhere else. That'll be just luck if they do offer it, i'm fully prepared to move it elsewhere though.

Thank in advance for any thoughts / opinions.
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I currently use Domaindiscover.com and have had no issues at all with email forwarding, Alternate DNS Servers, Web forwarding, etc.

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$8.95 for 1 year. If you sign up for more than 1 year, you get a discount:

$8.75/year for 2 years.
$8.55/year for 3 years.
$8.05/year for 5 years.
$6.95/year for 10 years.
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But godaddy offers you zilch int he way of domain forwarding, which i need for one of the domains i'm registering, and email.

Stargate however does offer those things, and with the plan i'll be using stargate won't be anymore expensive than godaddy...

So bascally i'm down to this, which company is going to be more reliable, more user freindly, more customer driven?
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Another factor is the email... CNET had reservations abotu stargate's mail service. Although on Godaddy you have to pay $15 to get email, whereas on stargate its free. Which company is going to have the better email service?
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i've used these guys for a couple of years now and havn't had any problems.
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THey dont' appear to be ICANN certified. Also they talk abotu subdomains, wouldn't subdomains be a host feature, and not a DNS feature?
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Having done a number of domains, including 3 in the last couple months. I like godaddy and dislike register.com.
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I have always just gone to http://www.networksolutions.com/ and get it from them, as they're the ones that everybody else has to get it from anyhow...
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Originally posted by ClarkKentKY
Another factor is the email... CNET had reservations abotu stargate's mail service. Although on Godaddy you have to pay $15 to get email, whereas on stargate its free. Which company is going to have the better email service?
If you are going to pay for hosting (almost everyone does), then e-mail is not an issue as it is the host that provides e-mail.
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Valid point abotu the email, thanks.


I'm basically trying to decide between
www.NameCheap.com (an enom reseller)
www.Stargate.com


Can't really decide. They seem about dead even.
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I have used godaddy. I pay for hosting with a different company.

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