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Alternatives to Network Solutions for renewng website domain

Post by Retired1809 » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:09 pm

For 15 years, I've paid Network Solutions for the privilege of using my domain name. Don't we now have alternatives to Network Solutions? Who are they? Any recommendations?

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Post by 123 » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:26 pm

I've been using Godaddy.com for quite awhile but they've been adjusting their rates and services so it's not as good a deal as it once was. I've looked at Google's new domain registration service, https://domains.google.com/about/ , and will probably switch to them next. Their standard pricing seems to include the "private registration" option, in case that's important to you.
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Post by tibbitts » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:30 pm

If you just do a search you'll find almost infinite possibilities. Decide what features you care about (private registration, etc.) and compare prices.

You can often get lower prices for initial registrations or transfers than renewals, so you can bounce around from registrar to registrar if you're inclined. In that sense registration is similar to credit card sign-up bonuses.

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Post by oneleaf » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:32 pm

I can't remember what Network Solutions standard rates are (after the teaser 1 year advertised promotional rate) but I remember it being extremely high. Like over $30.

Namecheap has been a great registrar and I have used them the most. Rates are very reasonable (between $10 and $12 depending on tld). I also use AWS (Amazon web services) and prices are comparable.

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Post by jchef » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:32 pm

You've have had options for many years. There are literally hundreds of domain registrars.

Namecheap.com and name.com are popular for low prices and good service. I personally use Gandi.net . It's a couple dollars more than the previous two, but they have an extremely good reputation.


edit: make it clear that it's gandi.net and not .com
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Re: Alternatives to Network Solutions for renewng website do

Post by Raymond » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:39 pm

Another vote for Namecheap, who I transferred to after my previous registrar (MyDomain) went to hell in a handbasket and didn't forward e-mails.
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Post by Tabulator » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:42 pm

jchef wrote:I personally use Gandi. It's a couple dollars more than the previous two, but they have an extremely good reputation.
Yes. How interesting it is that the best registrars seem to be based in Europe and Canada. And the differences in price are hardly noticeable.

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Post by tuningfork » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:47 pm

I'm happy with Namecheap. I'm using them for a couple of domains with privacy registration. Previously I used Godaddy but I left them a few years back when they were adamant supporters of SOPA.

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Post by Cottons » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:45 am

Thank you for this, and thank you to OP for reading my mind. I too was pondering this the other day.

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Post by InvestorNewb » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:54 am

I've been using Namecheap for many years without any issues. They also have 2FA which is a plus.
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