Where to Register a Domain

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Published on: June 26, 2012

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Namecheap Trend

In 2005 when I transferred over to the marketing side of my company, one of my first assignments was to find a good domain registrar. My boss at the time (now famed inventor Al Contarino) had gone a little domain registration crazy. He wasn’t alone. In the dawning age of AdSense, affiliates, and arbitrage sites, and before the world economy declined, staking your Internet claim was all the rage. A good domain name was considered key to rankings and traffic, and grabbing a key term could net you a huge sellout if the giant companies of the age needed it. Pizza.com was soon to become the most expensive domain auction, and no one wanted to be left out.

So, new to the idea of how the ICANN DNS system worked, I went about researching the best domain registrar for his needs. He had already used many major brands out there, like Register.com, Network Solutions, and, of course, Go Daddy. I went on forums and Webmaster World and browsed all sorts of recommendations. In the end, what did I choose?

Namecheap

Needless to say, my boss was concerned. Any company with the word “cheap” in the name is a little suspect. He asked me many questions about the service, speed, and longevity of the company (because we had already just gotten over one Internet bubble, at that point all online companies were capable of disappearing overnight). Even when I assured him the company was legitimate, reputable, and reliable, he was skeptical. But since I was going to be doing most of the interacting with our registrar, he left me to my decision.

At his request, I began registering domains in many keywords related to our business. In the span of a few months, we had over 200 separate domains, the vast majority from Namecheap. Fast forward new seven years and I’m happy to say I made the right choice. Namecheap has provided all the services we wanted and more, all with a clean, easy interface. And because there were no frills, the price was, as expected, cheap.

A few weeks ago, Namecheap posted on their blog this infographic showing their meteoric rise since 2001. All without the glossy ad budgets of places like Go Daddy. I’d say that says something.

MarketingResilience.com is registered and hosted by Namecheap. I’ve tried other hosts in the past and, while DNS tends to not matter where you get it from, the hosting services from Namecheap are excellent.

My only slim criticism of Namecheap is that they don’t offer many of the rarer ccTLDs out there. For those, I generally go to Marcaria.com.

Do you know a registrar or hosting service that shines? Put your recs in the comments!

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