As I was going through my domain name registrar accounts to change passwords due to the Heartbleed bug, I realized how fortunate I am to have domain names registered at just a few domain registrars. I don’t know how many domain registrars are vulnerable due to the bug, but I do know account security is one of (if not) the most critical components to a domain registrar.
If you are able to do so, I strongly recommend consolidating your domain names at one, two, or three domain registrars for a number of reasons, and I want to share five of them with you. If you have other reasons why you think consolidation is important, feel free to share a comment. If you disagree with me and feel that your domain names should be spread out amongst a variety of domain registrars, you are welcome to share your thoughts about that as well.
1) Account Security – The fewer domain registrar accounts you have to manage, the less worry there is that one of your registrar accounts will be hacked and stolen. You don’t have to rely on the security of many different registrars to protect your domain names. Instead, you can find what you think is the most secure registrar and lock down your accounts as best as you can within their parameters.
2) Pricing – The more domain names you register at a particular domain registrar, the greater likelihood that you will get better pricing on registrations, transfers, and renewals. If you have a large book of business at a particular registrar, you will likely get much better pricing, especially if you use other services like email and hosting.
3) Account Representation / Management – At most major domain registrars, larger accounts will be assigned an account manager or account representative. If you ever run into any technical support issues, your account rep should be able to troubleshoot or ensure that your support ticket is looked at quickly. Many registrars empower their account reps to make account changes you request to save you the time of having to do it on your own.
4) Death or Change of Management – For some people, this might be the biggest concern. If something happens to you and you are incapacitated or you die, someone else will have the responsibility of overseeing your estate or business. If your domain names are at a small number of registrars, this job will be much easier, especially if you have an account manager already.
5) Location / Jurisdiction – The domain registrar’s location may determine what it can or cannot do for you if there’s ever a legal issue because they are beholden to the laws of their jurisdiction. Additionally, when a complainant files a UDRP, they can choose the jurisdiction – either that of the domain registrar or the domain registrant. I am not a lawyer nor do I have any legal experience, so I won’t dive too deeply in this.
I am not going to endorse or recommend one registrar over another for a variety of reasons, but I think it is wise to have your domain names registered at as few domain registrars as possible.