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I am moving away from GoDaddy and I am looking for a cheap, reliable registrat that also offers DNS management. I have .NAME, .COM and .NET domains.

I tried:

  • dnsimple.com and they work fine for all domains except that they seem to have an issue with the .NAME TLDs (most likely enom does, they use enom for domain registration)
  • dyndns.com and they are a bit too expensive for multiple domains;
  • namecheap.com and they do not handle .NAME TLDs for the time being.
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Shopping questions are generally considered off-topic here. –  Ward Jun 17 '11 at 5:52
You know what Ward, I am asking a question and counting on folks experience to help me. If you don't see any value in that, well that's your problem, and if you're so procedure bound maybe you should get a job with TSA. –  RaduGrama Jun 18 '11 at 16:21
The purpose of the comment was to let you know why the question was downvoted and later closed. Don't read anything more into it. –  Ward Jun 19 '11 at 4:35

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My personal preference is Gandi - they are reasonably priced, reliable, make no attempt at furious upsell of needless extras (a la GoDaddy) and prompt for domain expiry in a considered, non-spammy manner. They will also manage you DNS.

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I saw gandi.net in my searches and my only concern is that they are not US based. I will host my domains in US data centers and the users accessing them are in the US. Given that, does the registrar and DNS host location matter and to what extent; is this a valid concern or not really? –  RaduGrama Jun 16 '11 at 16:33
Only the dns server location matters, not the registrar's locality. –  petrus Jun 16 '11 at 16:46
So then having DNS provided by Gandi outside the US may be a performance bottleneck, right? –  RaduGrama Jun 16 '11 at 16:51
Due to the distributed, cached nature of DNS it is not going to be a bottleneck unless you set an outrageously low TTL. –  Andy Jun 16 '11 at 17:11

Network Solutions is a fine alternative to GoDaddy if you ask me.

They may not be as cheap as some other registrars, but with other low cost registrars it really is true that you get what you pay for. I'd rather pay a little more to Netsol and sleep easier at night.

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Yeah, I've been with Network Solutions 10 years ago when there were no other options. $35/year/domain name is a ripoff no matter how you look at it; at least for what I need, it is. –  RaduGrama Jun 16 '11 at 16:36
It's a ripoff until you have a problem with the $3.99 per year registrar that you chose instead of NetSol. I'm not knocking what you're saying but I'm interested in accountability, scalability, reachability, responsiveness, and quality of support and I'm willing to pay NetSol a little more to get it. –  joeqwerty Jun 16 '11 at 16:49
In addition: cheap and reliable are two diametrically opposed concepts as far as I'm concerned. –  joeqwerty Jun 16 '11 at 16:51
I completely see your point and if any of these domains would be money generating I would most likely go with NetSol, but they are not, so price matters. I guess cheap is not what I'm looking for, but reasonably priced definitely is, understanding that there will be a compromise. –  RaduGrama Jun 16 '11 at 16:53
@RaduGrama: Gotcha. 1AND1.com looks fairly reasonable in terms of pricing. They're large enough to be fairly stable as well. –  joeqwerty Jun 16 '11 at 16:58

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