This article about the best domain registrars in 2020 was strange in so many ways

I might be late to the game on this one but I thought I’d write about it anyways. A couple of weeks ago techradar wrote an article about their favorite domain registrars. Rather than going with a top five or top ten list they went with a top six list, which is a little weird but who cares.

Before I go any further I know you want to see the list so here it is:

  1. Domain.com
  2. Go Daddy
  3. Hover
  4. Dynadot
  5. NameCheap
  6. Google Domains

Oh, one other weird thing, the url for this article is: https://www.techradar.com/news/best-domain-registrars-in-2019 which would make you think it’s about their favorite domain registrars in 2019, but it’s actually about their favorite domain registrars in 2020. I think they actually just wrote over their 2019 post?

Okay – now whether you agree with this list or not (note, I don’t but I’m not going to do a deep dive into my favorite registrars right now) one thing I didn’t quite get was the pros and cons they came up with for each registrar.

I’ll run through these because honestly, they are weird.

Domain.com – the pro is listed as “free website builder with domain purchase” and that’s the only pro. This is something that a ton of registrars offer and while it’s definitely a pro, it shouldn’t be the only pro and it’s not really a pro they have over other registrars, like their #2 pick Go Daddy which also has a free website builder.

Go Daddy – so with Go Daddy one of the pros is “telephone support” but Domain.com also has telephone support and I think most if not all of the other registrars on this list do too…and like I said above, Go Daddy also has a free website builder. The only con listed for Go Daddy is “high prices” which is confusing since Go Daddy has some of the best pricing out there.

Hover – for some reason a pro for Hover is “fair pricing” but it costs more to register a .COM there than at Go Daddy…but Go Daddy’s con is high prices?!?

Dynadot and Namecheap – both had no cons and I’ll be honest, both of these registrars rock IMHO. That being said, there are some things that Domain.com and Go Daddy offer that they don’t so weird that they didn’t get a single con, seems only fair right?

Google Domains – while Go Daddy got hit with the “high prices” con, Google Domains got “Fractionally above average prices” when I think their prices are almost always higher than Go Daddy’s.

So yeah, while I am a fan of techradar I think this article came out pretty strange. From the top six list to the weird URL and the strange selections of pros and cons that seem to miss the true pros and cons of each it reads like an article trying to get clicks and generate revenue rather than providing useful well-researched content.

That being said, this is a solid list of registrars but they missed a few like 101Domain which is must for ccTLDs, still I like it more than this article that lists Shopify as one of their favorite registrars, so I guess it could be worse!

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  • Andrei September 7, 2020, 1:18 am

    A big part of the comparison is based on the GoDaddy prices here.

    “Go Daddy has some of the best pricing out there” how can this be true?
    I tend to agree with the techradar article that GoDaddy has high prices. Majority of people want to register a domain for a longer time than one year. Just doing some simple math shows this quite clearly:
    – 5 years at GoDaddy: $10 first year + 4 x $19 = $86
    – 5 years at Dynadot: $9 * 5 = $45
    – 5 years at Google: $12 * 5 = $60

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  • Nik September 7, 2020, 6:59 am

    Godaddy is worst:
    regular .com registration cost is almost double of others.

    Godaddy do not provide free web builder. They provide free trials.

    Godaddy do not give you full opportunity to recover your domain name after 29th day of expiry(if bid is placed). What is worse that they try to make money of domain owners hard work. You have this opportunity at enom, dynadot, name.com, uniregistry, hover etc.

    They are very bad in domain disputes by implementing the lock , without properly understanding the laws and jurisdictions.

    “GoDaddy expressly reserves the right to deny, cancel, terminate, suspend, lock, or modify access to (or control of) any Account or Services (including the right to cancel or transfer any domain name registration) for any reason (as determined by GoDaddy in its sole and absolute discretion), including but not limited to the following: …. (viii) to avoid any civil or criminal liability on the part of GoDaddy, its officers, directors, employees and agents, as well as GoDaddy’s affiliates, including, but not limited to, instances where you have sued or threatened to sue GoDaddy.”

    YEAH, FOR ANY REASON…

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  • George In Miami September 8, 2020, 9:24 am

    Tech Radar… Obviously is getting paid for their “suggestions”.
    Epik runs around in circles of those registrars by far.

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  • Matt September 9, 2020, 8:13 pm

    Porkbun.com is one of the best registrar’s across so many criteria.

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