I have been using Fabulous and Dynadot for the past few years as my main registrars. I was using Moniker up until about 2007 but then I started transferring domains out. Their system was full of bugs, random things would happen all the time and support had started deteriorating. Of course it was still a lot better than what is going on these days. See here my latest post about all my Moniker problems after their system change about a month ago.
I now have a few names at Moniker, about 5% of what I once had, and I am looking to move them somewhere else.
I like consolidation but I also like to use 2 or 3 registrars because I don’t want to keep all my eggs in one basket. And there are a few reasons more. e.g. Although I like Fabulous they don’t offer .biz and .us and didn’t offer more than 6 extensions until recently. And Dynadot does not offer privacy for domains. Although they say they do, they don’t actually hide the name in whois but only the contact details (address, phone, email, etc.).
So I am looking for a reliable registrar,
preferably outside the US, with cheap .com prices, free privacy, range of payment options and support that actually replies to tickets.
So here are the prices on a few registrars I have checked:
Privacy: free Dynadot: $8.50
Moniker: $ 9.09
I already use Fabulous and Dynadot and I am leaving Moniker. I want a 3rd registrar. I also checked Enom (expensive), Name.com (too expensive), Hexonet (bad as a registrar in so many ways), Namecheap (not cheap) etc.
Of course I will not consider registrars such as Network Solutions, Register.com, Web.com for obvious reasons.
I also checked Go Daddy’s “Discount Domain Club” that has a .com renewal price set at $8.47 but has an annual $90 fee. So you need to have at least 1000 domains to make up for the price difference with e.g. Uniregistry. I don’t want to use Go Daddy because they are totally unreliable and unpredictable. Especially now with the IPO coming.
I am currently leaning towards Uniregistry although they too have some negatives. They don’t accept Paypal or any other form of payment except credit card (from what I see).
So do you have any other registrar to propose or should I use Uniregistry?