Having been with several different domain name registrars over the years, and worked with several others for clients, I have found that the range of service, satisfaction and cost is quite large. Paying more certainly does not equate to getting more. However, I can also say one of the worst was also one of the cheapest.
Here’s my ranking, from best to worst.
- 1and1.com – You get a domain name or two (or three) with most accounts at 1and1 and they allow you to create a “private” registration where your information is hidden behind a proxy 1and1 account. This is very useful in spam prevention and unwanted solicitations.
- register.com – This used to not be so high on my list, but I’ve come to find their services more reliable and that the interface for domain management has improved.
- networksolutions.com – Their domain management interface is okay, but the cost of a domain name is out of bounds via this old veteran on the Internet.
- godaddy.com – For several years I used and recommended GoDaddy to people. No more. They are inexpensive, have a reasonably intuitive domain management interface and lots of services. However, they spam you at every opportunity, make leaving or transferring a domain to another registrar near impossible and have an owner who does horrific things to animals.
If you have a favorite, please go ahead and plug in a comment here but give details about why it is good to use.