Discussion in 'HTML, Graphics & Programming' started by shine, Aug 23, 2018.
As per the title I'm looking for recommendation for a good/reliable UK based registrar!
How reliable are they, what's your personal expierence using them?
I have just managed to regain control of some .com domains after Register1 disappeared off the face of the earth without me realising it. Nine years ago I thought it would be a good idea to renew some critical domains over as long as possible so I wouldn't have to worry about forgetting to renew them. I did not factor in that the registrar would disappear and leave me with no way to manage the domain. TUCOWS were not interested in helping and it took a lot of back and forth for them to finally give me access to my domains. So, I keen not to repeat the same mistake and rather than go with the cheapest I'd like to go with someone who will be around for a while!
Namecheap is awesome. I've lost count of the number of domains I have registered with them. I keep my account topped up with say $50 to $100, and they auto-renew my domains for me. No complaints whatsoever and to top it off they support DNSSEC as well do by using Google Cloud DNS I can use DNSSEC for all of my domains. Also, they offer free whois guard privacy.
Another very good domain registrar is Gandi.
Have used Namecheap for domains only for several years now. No complaints at all, good pricing and never had any issues.
There's not much point focusing on a "UK based" provider to be honest.
I know AWS use Gandi as their register for Route 53 but I've heard a lot of negative feedback from direct users. How have you found them?
When I used them, they were great. Gandi offered more TLDs than Namecheap did at the time. I don't know if this is just because I'm a more advanced user or not but I never needed to contact their technical support so I can't comment on that front. I recently went back to take another look at them, and they have updated their website to make it look a little bit nicer. I was considering moving all of my domain names over to them, but since that would cost me over $100, I couldn't justify the expense at that point. I'm still thinking about it, but I think I'll stick to Namecheap for the time being as I have got so used to their website I can do everything I need to do quickly. Plus as I said before, I have about $100 in my account as credit so if I want to buy another domain name I can do so without having to go through the hassle of paying using a different payment method.
I transferred a domain to AWS yesterday as it’s free and I needed to test something with Route 53. It was painless and the renewal price is very competitive.
I’ll transfer my next domain to Gandi directly and see how I get on.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
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