While the function of registering a Domain Name has not changed much over the last 13 years, the cost has certainly changed. Back in 1994 there were very few place to register your domain and the cost was high. I have used several Registrars over the years, including Network Solutions, NameSecure, Register.com, GoDaddy and my current favorite NameCheap.
Here is what I look for in a Domain Registrar.
- Cost – No reason to pay more than $9.95
- Interface – Should include a keyword search.
- TLD’s (extensions) – I typically stick with the 2 majors, .com and .net, but I like the option for the others.
- WhoisGuard – The ability to put WhoisGuard and hide personal information on the Whois. (currently included at NameCheap)
- Push Domain – I like the ability to Push a Domain to another user. When you sell a domain this can save a lot of time and frustration.
- Default Nameservers – Since I use a multi host system, setting the Nameservers to my server saves me a lot of time.