For a long time I’ve registered my domains with godaddy. They were recommended by a friend back in the early 00’s, and they worked well enough, but there have always been a few gotchas that made using the service unpleasant:
- Heavy UI, required more work than needed to get things done. To be fair, they have improved this over the time.
- Constant up selling of things I don’t need.
- Bait tactic of charging for a cheap one year domain, only to be hit with a high renewal fee the year after.
Still, for a relatively light domain registrar user like myself, those kinks weren’t really enough to justify the trouble of moving.
Until recently a couple of my domains came up for renewal, and I finally decided it was time to try something different. My first port of call was reddit.com, and as usual, they didn’t disappoint. The site is packed full of threads discussing domain registrars. Out of these, a gem came out.
I like the ability to compare prices for different .TLDs and purchase options (New, Renew, Transfer), while the discussions on reddit gave me a general idea of what kinds of features/service levels to expect.