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Hey, I'm planning on buying a new domain name and I was wondering two things: 1) Is there any real difference between registrars? Why is one considerably cheaper than the other for the same domain name? 2) What have you used to register your own domain name(s)? Thanks!

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I haven't really compared registrars, and picked 1&1 out of a recommendation from people at work. I'm paying $6/year for my domain. It's cheap enough that I didn't bother to look for a cheaper place. Their administration interface is simple and clean, but I don't know if it's powerful. Maybe they really dumb things down, but I don't mind.

BTW, if you're considering signing up with them use my affiliate link so that perhaps I can get commission :D

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It might not actually be cheap, but I trust gandi.net for meldstar.com since their terms aren't such that they own the domain and just lease it to you (unlike a lot of cheap domain registrars). It's 12 euros per year (works out to between $25 and $30 CAD depending on currency fluctuations, for me).

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I haven't really compared registrars, and picked 1&1 out of a recommendation from people at work. I'm paying $6/year for my domain. It's cheap enough that I didn't bother to look for a cheaper place. Their administration interface is simple and clean, but I don't know if it's powerful. Maybe they really dumb things down, but I don't mind.

BTW, if you're considering signing up with them use my affiliate link so that perhaps I can get commission :D


Good deal! I signed up and used your affiliate link. I trust 1and1, too, since I've used them in the past.

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1&1 is cheap, but I've always had problems with their servers being REALLY SLOW. Every time I have to update anything about the domain, I dread the experience of a simulated 56k. As soon as my free domains are about to expire, I'll transfer all the domains I have with them to my GoDaddy account. GoDaddy is only slightly more expensive and their servers are much more responsive IME such that I can' actually tell I'm using 3Mb broadband and not a 56k dialup connection.

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Why would their server speed have anything to do with it? I was under the impression that when you register a domain name, it gets registered and propogated across the internet to all the various DNS servers. (assuming we're just talking about domain names, not hosting)

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Alright for the last time, haha, whats the say on 1&1, i considered them for a long while because of there packaged deal, then im told they are bad, and now some people are saying they are good, wth?

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Why would their server speed have anything to do with it? I was under the impression that when you register a domain name, it gets registered and propogated across the internet to all the various DNS servers. (assuming we're just talking about domain names, not hosting)
Their server speed effects how long it takes me to do stuff with their control panel when I'm changing my DNS info or the like. When it takes 20 seconds for a single web page to load from their site (and sometimes a refresh because it times out), it can take a LONG time to get through the 10 control panel pages required to update 2-3 fields of info about my domain. For example, I changed hosting company not too long ago(which meant changing my DNS info to point to the new host) and it took me something like 15 minutes to change the DNS IPs on 3 domains because of the time it took to load each control panel pages and the number of pages I had to go through to get that done.

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I always use GoDaddy because they can anonymize your whois data the legal way for $10,-

Namecheap.com is giving their WhoisGuard (anonymizer) for free now....its normally only $4.95 annualy though.

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