I'm in the process to buy a domain name for myself.

What pitfall could I face to ?

If I choose a private registration, will I have full control of my domain ? (host, resell it...)

Will I get alot of spam if I chose a public registration ? All sellers want to sell it and two of their argument are spam and privacy...

What else do I have to consider ?


I found this interesting link.

Except the private/public aspect, is there any other considerations ?

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    If you're tempted to buy from GoDaddy: Just say no – Mike Pennington Jun 29 '12 at 3:11
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    @MikePennington i've had no problems with godaddy domains. Why do you recommend against them? – Grant Jun 29 '12 at 3:40
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    @Grant GoDaddy may be technically fine as a registrar among other services offered, but the company has, as of this comment, positioned itself as an enemy of internet freedom. – Wesley Jun 29 '12 at 20:29
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    Can you point us to a website explaining this topic with more details, Wesley? – Valentin Jun 30 '12 at 12:08
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    @Valentin google.com/search?q=godaddy+sopa – ceejayoz Aug 14 '12 at 15:03

Honestly I don't see any pitfall at all if you have a good spam filter :)

Sure you can go for the private registration which is just a legal way how to hide data from the whois servers, but honestly I never bother with that and I believe I don't have less or more spam/scam attempt because of that. I am not a lawyer, but as I understand you can still cancel, sell, renew or transfer your domain.

For me the only important think is that I am able to freely control my DNS records, even some non standard one like TXT, TTL, etc. This is why I use my own DNS server to control my domain.

If you don't have the access to your own DNS servers just look for a provider, which has a good control panel.

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