This is our Domain Registrar Review page.
There are a TON of options when registering your domain, and to be completely honest, the majority of domain registers operate the same.
That being said, there are some important things to consider when choosing your domain registrar.
Here are some of the things we looked for when reaching our conclusion.
Support – Does the registrar have top notch support? Are you able to talk to someone quickly to get an answer to your questions? Are the FAQ pages helpful… or confusing? Is the support staff friendly and attentive?
Reliability – Is the registrar known for being reliable? Are there frequent reports of people’s domains going down? Do things just ‘work?’ Do they let you know when your domain is about to expire?
Security – Is the registrar known for being hacked? Do they give you strong privacy options? Does the company keep up to date with the latest web security practices? Do they communicate with you if something happens?
User Interface – Is the dashboard easy to use? Does it look good on the eyes? Are things simple.. or overly complex? Is it easy to connect your domain to a host of your choosing?
Additional Features – Does the registrar over email hosting support? Do they have options for custom domain endings.. (.co .biz etc?) Does it play well with a wide variety of web hosts? Do they offer Whois?
Our pick: Uniregistry
At StartABlog.TV our team owns hundreds of domains and virtually all of them are hosted with Uniregistry.
You’ll notice right off the bat, that unlike some other domain providers, their website is beautiful. It’s design is very minimalistic which helps you not feel so overwhelmed.
Their prices are also competitive with other providers (starting at around $10 dollars) and they do have a wide range of domain extensions such as .co, .sexy, .biz etc. which is nice when the .com for your blog name has already been taken.
We also like the fact that with every domain purchased includes a free WHOIS subscription. WHOIS basically makes it so people can’t figure out your personal details when viewing your site.
Some other domain providers charge for the WHOIS service, so it’s nice to see Uniregistry taking care of their customers.
One unique feature they have is the ability to redirect your domain to a social media profile of your choice, which can be helpful when you’re still working on your blog behind the scenes and don’t want your website to go live.
They also have are on the cutting edge when it comes to integrating cryptocurrency, and even has a partnership with the reward cryptocurrency Topcoin.
Uniregistry makes it very easy to transfer domains from another domain registrar, which is nice if your previous domain provider isn’t doing a good job.
One potential downside is their support. While their staff in our experience has been generally quite helpful, it can take a little bit of time for them to get back to you.
At the time of this writing, they don’t have a live chat support feature which can be a bummer for some. Their support is available 7 days a week Mon – Sun 9:00AM – 5:00PM UTC -5
Overall using Uniregistry is a very easy and enjoyable experience.
Namecheap didn’t miss the number 1 spot by much.
Over the years they have built a large following of devoted customers which speaks a lot about their top of the line support.
One benefit of Namecheap is they invest heavily in their content marketing / education efforts.
Their blog often answers the most common questions when it comes to all things domains. If you’re new to the online world, their resources can be incredibly helpful.
One drawback however is their interface isn’t nearly as intuitive as some of the other options.
When starting out, it can be frustrating with figuring out how to change your Namesevers for example.
With competitive pricing as well, they remain a solid option when purchasing your domain.
Relatively new to the domain space, especially for a giant technology company, Google Domains has hit the ground running.
Backed by the brand of Google, they continue to invest heavily in their product and customer support. Their design is also incredibly simple and the interface is very intuitive.
If you’re a Google fanboy (or girl) this might be a fantastic option for you.
There are a ton of domain registers out there and for the most part it’s very difficult to go wrong when choosing a provider.
That being said, the StartABlog.TV team has had a consistently poor experience with GoDaddy, so we recommend you avoid them.
GoDaddy is notorious for aggressively up selling their customers on services that you don’t actually need. In our experience, their support staff is generally not very helpful as well.
We suspect many of the “glowing” reviews of Godaddy are the result of a fairly lucrative affiliate program.
While, some bloggers have enjoyed their Godaddy experience, our experience was vastly different.
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