2012 Domain Registrar Showdown Is Coming!

One of the most common questions I get from blog readers is, “What registrar should I use for my domains?” I personally keep most of my domains between Go Daddy and Moniker, and a handful of other registrars. I’ve always had a great experience with both of these registrars but with so many other registrars out there it’s not fair for me to only promote these two. So I’ve decided to run a completely unbiased 2012 Domain Registrar Showdown.

The idea here is that I will evaluate a number of registrars based on five key qualities that I think we all agree are pretty darn important. I’m still picking the final list of registrars I will be evaluating, feel free to recommend a few. I have finalized the criteria I will be using, both are listed below!

Registrar Evaluation Criteria

  1. Technical Support – how long do I have to wait on hold before I get a real person? (I will be calling three times to get a fair average)
  2. Registration and Renewal Fees – how much does it cost to manage your portfolio at a registrar?
  3. Security – not all registrars are created equal when it comes to security, I’ll be getting under the hood to find-out which have the best security.
  4. User Interface – does the registrar provide an easy-to-use interface or is it like navigating a maze?
  5. Hosting – does the registrar offer hosting options, if so how good are they?

Registrars To Be Evaluated

  • Go Daddy
  • Moniker
  • Dotster
  • NameCheap
  • Name.com
  • OnlyDomains.com
  • 101Domain.com
  • Epik
  • DomainIt
  • 1&1
  • Network Solutions
  • Register.com
  • Fabulous
  • eNom
  • FastDomain.com
  • Domain Monster

If you notice that a registrar that you use is missing from the list please let me know and I’ll make sure to add it to the evaluation. The entire process will take roughly one month and I plan to share the results in mid-to-late February. Stay-tuned, more to come!

{ 11 comments… add one }

  • Emerging Domains January 16, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Please, if you’re going to do something like that, make it a REAL test. Give it six months, minimum. What happens come renewal time? Do you get timely notices? Godaddy has a reputation of charging for the renewal a month early, for instance. What is the true story? Will your Whosis stay in tact?

    Is your Socal confernece no charge to attend? Couldn’t find price info. Maybe it should be pay as ability . . .

    • Morgan Linton January 16, 2012, 2:56 pm

      Hi Louise! Good feedback, the font does look too small, I’ll try to update it this week!

      There is no cost to attend our MeetUp, all you need to bring is yourself and a passion for Domaining! πŸ™‚

  • Emerging Domains January 16, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Wow! you need glasses to see the type in the comments – tiny!!!

    • Morgan Linton January 16, 2012, 3:01 pm

      There we go – how is that now πŸ™‚

      • James January 16, 2012, 3:11 pm

        Much better πŸ˜‰

        • Morgan Linton January 16, 2012, 3:16 pm

          Phew – night and day huh! Weird that it defaults to that tiny font!

  • Patrick January 16, 2012, 3:07 pm


    I think you should add Dynadot and Rebel to the list.

    • Morgan Linton January 16, 2012, 3:16 pm

      Thanks Patrick – great additions, added!

  • Anonymous January 17, 2012, 2:32 am

    Thx for your list. I’ve used Register4Less to manage my portfolio now for over a decade – great service, good value for the money, easy ui, basic hosting included..

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