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Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

  • 1.  Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 06, 2020 12:09

    Hello everyone,

    We are getting ready to renew one of our domains.

    What are your favorite domain registrars in terms of pricing?

    Any of them give a nonprofit discount or a discount for multiple domains?

    Thank you!

    Roshani



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    Roshani Kothari
    Technology & Digital Operations Director
    Plastic Pollution Coalition
    Washington, DC
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  • 2.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 06, 2020 12:14
    I'm a big fan of EasyDNS.com. Not the cheapest, maybe, but competitive with multiple domain discounts. They are highly ethical and they answer the phone if you have a problem. I've been with them for well over a decade.

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    Peter Campbell
    Senior Strategic Consulatnt
    Marcum Technology /Raffa - Marcum's Nonprofit and Social Sector Group
    Washington DC
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  • 3.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 07, 2020 09:29
    I started using Cloudflare for domain registrations a year ago and I'm very happy. They don't mark up prices over the wholesale price. They also seem to be a pretty ethical company.

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    Dan Greenman
    Director of Technology
    NY
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  • 4.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 07, 2020 09:35
    Thanks Peter and Dan! I will check out these companies.

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  • 5.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 10, 2020 16:40
    1. NameCheap.com
    2. CloudFlare.com
    3. Gandi.net

    I'd probably do CloudFlare if starting from scratch because, at least for DNS, they have good administrative controls.
    --ken

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    Technology Director

     

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  • 6.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 11, 2020 09:33
    Hi Roshani,

    There are plenty of good domain providers.  I don't think I have ever had a bad experience with any of them.  For now, most of mine are via Google Domains, mostly for convenience.

    The real advice I would give is to not get your domain from your current DNS provider. At times, if everything is at one provider, I have found that migration away can be a real hassle.

    -Dave


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    David W. Doligalski
    Managing Director

    We focus on your technology so you can focus on your mission.




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  • 7.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 12, 2020 11:46
    David, I'm intrigued by your answer.  For some reason, I thought the company that I use to purchase/renew domain registrations is, by definition, my DNS provider (but different, of course, from my web hosting provider).  Didn't know DNS and domain registration could be two separate entities. Maybe you could elaborate? if it's too far down in the weeds, maybe send me a note offline? Thanks.

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    Joseph Klem
    Owner
    Arlington, VA
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  • 8.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 12, 2020 13:29
    Thanks everyone! This has been a very helpful discussion.

    We are most likely going to go with Cloudflare.



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  • 9.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 12, 2020 14:19
    Joseph, it might be good to share with everyone...

    When you buy a domain name, that's all you are getting.... the name.  Most domain providers, as a service/profit opportunity, just automatically link your name to the provider's DNS (known as nameservers).

    However, one of the great things about the Internet, is how things can be interconnected. Thus, you should be able to log into your domain providers portal and edit the assigned nameservers to point to a different set of nameservers (DNS).   (For instance, to use Cloudflare, you need to use their DNS.)  There are plenty of DNS-only providers available.

    And then. of course, the DNS itself can point to (web, mail, etc) servers at a wholly different IP addresses. 

    My original post on this thread points out that by having all three levels (domain name, DNS, and web/mail/etc servers) with different providers, you have greater flexibility to swap out providers as you may need.  

    As an example, let me mention my experience with Authorize.net. Getting a domain name from them is fine (it's really quite simple anywhere).  But if you wish to make a change to their DNS system it can take 4 or more hours for these changes to fully propagate across the internet. And while the transfer is propagating, it can flip back and forth frequently, Whereas, other (most?) DNS providers changes are fairly quick... under an hour, usually within minutes.

    Another warning on domain names.... beware of domain names that are provided free with hosting accounts.  This doesn't happen as frequently as it used to, but the ownership for these domains may stay with the hosting company, not with you.  When you try to move to a different host, they can make it difficult to take the domain name with you. (Again, I don't know if this is still the case, but it was true previously.)

    I hope this helps you, and anyone else.

    -Dave

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    David W. Doligalski
    Managing Director

    We focus on your technology so you can focus on your mission.




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  • 10.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 18, 2020 12:01

    Hi @Dan Greenman and @Ken Montenegro,

    I was looking at switching to Cloudflare, but I am confused about how it works. It is not a domain registrar per se.

    What service does it provide, and is it worth signing up for it? I would have to sign up for the free service for every domain. Pros and cons of the Cloudflare service and why you use it at your organization?

    https://www.cloudflare.com/

    Maybe we should just use Google domains for our domains or another company that just does domain registration? I looked at gandi, but they are more expensive.

    Thank you!

    Roshani

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    Roshani Kothari
    Technology & Digital Operations Director
    Plastic Pollution Coalition
    Washington, DC
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  • 11.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 21, 2020 07:29
    Just a minor note -- if you're interested in one of the many newer/non-traditional TLDs (top level domains) such as
    • example.io
    • example.ninja
    • example.qa
    You might find not all registrars will sell you the name you want.  For example we have a few domains with OnlyDomains.com which I had never heard of, but which registered the TLD we wanted.  (For the record, they're fine but no compelling reason to move there)

    Also, while everyone is within a dollar or two on .com/.org names, I've seen prices on newer TLD's differ by $50/yr or more.

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    President & Executive Chef
    Report Kitchen
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  • 12.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 23, 2020 17:12
    Roshani,

    Cloudflare has a lot of products in addition to domain registration. If you want to register a domain you can start from this page and it will walk you through: https://www.cloudflare.com/products/registrar/

    They also offer free DNS and other security services - some free and some as a part of a paid plan. I recommend starting with the free plan. There's a summary of their plans here: https://www.cloudflare.com/plans/

    I hope that helps.


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    Dan Greenman
    Director of Technology
    NY
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  • 13.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 24, 2020 11:05

    Figured I'd share a Cloudflare experience in hopes of saving someone else from the snafu that hit one of our clients this morning.

    Cloudflare works as a proxy which means it redirects all traffic going to your domain, to its servers, and then does some performance caching and security filtering before passing it back to you.  Ordinarily, that's all great.

    Unfortunately when this client signed up, it switched all the hostnames in this organization's domain, including the DKIM (Domain Keys Identified Mail) records, which then no longer pointed the right place.  Result?  4,000 bounced emails when their weekly newsletter went out.  4,000 people moved to "on hold" status in their newsletter tool.

    Moral of the story: if you move a domain to Cloudflare (or a similar DNS-based security/caching service, don't let them proxy any hostnames or aliases your email/newsletter providers may have asked you to create.

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    Nathan Gasser
    President & Executive Chef
    Report Kitchen
    :::
    A more delicious way to publish your
    research reports, resource guides, toolkits & more.
    :::
    http://reportkitchen.com
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  • 14.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 07, 2020 09:43
    gandi.net for ethics and privacy. Their domain name search is really good too.

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    Andrew Mallis
    CEO & founder @ www.kalamuna.com
    Oakland, CA
    mallis@kalamuna.com
    925-255-5204 x700
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  • 15.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 11, 2020 10:33
    I've been using Tierra.net for years, the pricing and support has always been good.  They were originally called DomainDiscover.

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    Beth Camero
    bcamero@cahf.org
    Technology Manager
    Quality Care Health Foundation
    California Association of Health Facilities
    916-432-5183
    Sacramento, CA
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  • 16.  RE: Your Favorite Domain Registrars?

    Posted Feb 26, 2020 05:35
    We use Google domains. No upsell, easy to use DNS interface and fast resolver. 

    We also use Google for NonProfit with most organizations so adding domain registration keeps it all together. 

    There are no NonProfit discounts as far as I know. 

    Birgit



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