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Looking for a new domain registrar. Suggestions?

I’m currently looking for a new domain registrar for my domains.

I’m not ready to share the details of why I’m looking, but I am looking. I want to research and gather feedback before I make a choice and actually start moving domains.

The following are important to me in selecting a new registrar:

  • US-based, or a has a US business office.
  • Phone support (or chat support) available.
  • Price, of course
  • Must handle .com, .net, .org, .us TLDs at the very least.
  • Ability to store a credit card for automatic renewal
  • Is primarily a registrar, not primarily a hosting provider.

I would prefer not to consider GoDaddy as an option because of the elephant shooting incident, but I’ll entertain discussion on the subject.

Have a suggestion for a registrar? Please leave me a comment below. I would appreciate hearing the name of your suggestion, an optional URL, and why you like or suggest the registrar.

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  1. #1 by Mylan on May 9, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    NameCheap.com is advertising $4.99 transfers for com/net/org with 20% of the proceeds going to savetheelephants.org Don’t know if that’s a good price or anything…but saw it mentioned in an article about the elephant shooting incident.

    • #2 by Mike on May 9, 2011 - 9:01 pm

      Thanks. It looks like they are $9.98/yr normal price for a .com, so that’s certainly one option. No phone support, though they do have chat support.

  2. #3 by Mike on May 9, 2011 - 11:41 pm

    Someone on Twitter suggested Enom, but EnomCentral charges $34.95/yr for .com. The price is a little high for me.

  3. #4 by Adam on May 9, 2011 - 11:59 pm

    I think Rachel has one through Godaddy. Not positive thought. I hadn’t heard about an elephant shooting incident. What’s that all about?

    • #5 by Mike on May 10, 2011 - 12:04 am

      GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons videotaped himself shooting a wild elephant for sport.

  4. #6 by NMI on May 10, 2011 - 6:15 pm

    Blue Host
    MediaTemple
    Host Gator
    LiquidWeb

    • #7 by Mike on May 10, 2011 - 6:28 pm

      Bluehost, Hostgator, and LiquidWeb don’t offer registrar-only services, as far as I can tell.

      My only obstacle to having MediaTemple manage my domains is that I have a .us and they don’t manage .us domains.

  5. #8 by Syamsul on May 14, 2011 - 11:05 am

    Try internetbs.net or pointhq.com

  6. #9 by NMI on May 14, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    One of the ones on this page might do domain registration as well…
    http://webhostinggeeks.com/

  7. #10 by NMI on May 25, 2011 - 7:33 am

    • #11 by Mike on May 25, 2011 - 4:02 pm

      I won’t consider DreamHost for a similar reason to why I wonder consider your previous suggestions of Bluehost, etc. They are primarily hosting services and not a domain registrar. I would want to transfer to a company who is primarily a registrar, not primarily a hosting provider. But thank you for your suggestions.