The domain registrar is the most important domain industry company. My domain registrars are tasked with keeping my domain names safe and resolving to the right location. My registrar choice is based on several factors in varying order:
- Customer Service
- User Interface
- Ease of Use
My preference is to keep my domain names consolidated at one domain registrar, but I use several registrars for my portfolio. Auction wins and private acquisitions are the primary reasons for why I use multiple domain registrars.
I saw a tweet today that inspired this article:
For the curious, here are my registrars in order of # of domains held:
Dynadot (mostly due to a BB portfolio acquisition)
— Domainicate (@domainicate) July 15, 2022
I thought I would share the domain registrars I use in order of the most domain names I have registered there:
- NameBright (DropCatch auction wins)
- Network Solutions (NameJet auction wins)
The vast majority of my portfolio is held at GoDaddy. I appreciate their customer support the most, and I also like the added DTVS security I have enabled across the account. I can call or email my Account Manager when I can’t do something on my own, and many people I buy from or sell to either have GoDaddy accounts or are comfortable enough with the company to use them.
The other registrars are used because my auction wins end up there due to their relationships with the auction house. In the case of NameBright, I trust them enough to keep up to 100 or so domain names, but usually fewer. I typically try to transfer names out of Network Solutions on a more regular basis, but it can be a challenge to get names transferred.
If I wanted to break ties with GoDaddy, it would come down to Namecheap and NameBright. I have found customer service at GoDaddy to be superior to anywhere else, although Namecheap is quite responsive via email.