I've been moving domain names as they come up for renewal, away from Register.com to GoDaddy.
I hate GoDaddy's name and dislike its cheesy advertising, but I gotta say this - they are a TON cheaper, and those dislikes are not strong enough for me to hurt my own bottom line.
Fact is, for somebody like me who doesn't need Web or email hosting (sure is nice having my own server!), there is literally no difference between register.com and GoDaddy - except that register.com charges $35 for a year, and GoDaddy $7-$15 depending on active promotions.
A domain name is something that, once you purchase it and set it up for your web site, is largely invisible. Why pay extra for it?
There was a time when GoDaddy had a bad reputation for customer support and glitches, but those times appear to be in the past, and I find their support people much more personable and knowledgeable than those of Register.com. I will say that you have to be careful when registering domains at GoDaddy, because they throw all kinds of "extras" and special deals at you. Just keep looking for the "no thanks" buttons, ha ha..
If you want to move a name away from your current registrar to GoDaddy, be aware that you want to start the process at least several weeks before the name comes up for renewal. It takes both registrars time to update their databases. Also, before you start the process, make sure you check the contact info for your domain name and make sure it's up-to-date with your current email address. Otherwise, you won't be able to receive the "do you approve?" messages both registrars will send to the domain holder.
The other things that have to be done:
- Turn off domain locking at register.com
- Call register.com to obtain an Authorization Code, which is needed when moving domain names from one registrar to the other
- Go to GoDaddy and under Domains, select Transfer a Domain, and set up your new account.
- When you kick-off the transfer at GoDaddy, you'll get an email from GoDaddy with two special codes. You'll use these codes and the veeeeryyy long authorization code from Register.com to proceed and validate the transfer.
Anyway, it's worth it. It took me half an hour to move a domain name, but over the course of five years I'll save about $75.
Now, multiply this by dozens and dozens of domain names, and you too will understand why the Register.com agent who asks "May I ask why you are transfering away from Register.com?" seems, sadly, to already know the answer.
What's your favorite domain name registrar? What are your experiences? Feel free to share your experiences and post a comment here.