Top 5 Most Important Registrar Features To Have
Registering a domain name is an important first step in beginning your online business or establishing your Internet presence. Your domain name will announce to the world who you are and where they can find you. However, you have to choose your domain registrar very carefully. Some are definitely better than others. Here are the 5 most important registrar features to make sure your domain name is cared for and protected all the time.
1. Private Registration
One of the most important features you should look for in a registrar is private registration. The Internet’s domain name governing agency, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), requires current personal contact information be provided for each person who registers a domain. Domain names and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of their owners are public record through WhoIs.com. Anyone in the world can look up who owns any domain through WhoIs.com. You definitely don’t want strangers to know how to contact you through any means other than the official contact information you provide on your website. Protecting your personal contact information is important to your privacy and even safety. Don’t even bother with registrars that don’t offer private registration. The best ones offer it for a small annual fee. Private registration takes your personal information out of the public sphere and replaces it with the contact information of the domain registrar. Annual fees for private registration are usually less than $10 and it is well worth it to purchase it for the peace of mind that it brings.
2. Competitive Pricing for Domain Names
We’ve come a long way from the days when domain names cost $50 a year or more to register. Most good registrars charge less than $20 a year for a .com. Pricing for other extensions varies, with .net domains usually costing more than .com domains and .org and .info domains costing less. Other domain extensions vary depending on how rare or in demand they are at the time. Don’t bother with domain registrar that charge more than market value for the annual fee of a .com domain. Anything more than $20 a year is too much and shows an outdated view of domain pricing. You can get a better deal with better customer service at other places.
3. Automatic Domain Locking
You want to make sure your registrar automatically locks your domain as soon as you buy it. Locking prevents someone else from transferring your domain out of your account and into theirs. This is known as domain stealing and it does happen. It’s a particular problem with popular or rare domain names that aren’t properly protected. Don’t use registrars that put domains into your account in an unlocked state. You may forget to go in and lock them. Automatic locking upon purchase protects your ownership of your domain.
4. Automatic Domain Renewal
Most registrars send out e-mail reminders when it’s time to renew your domain. You may not get these reminders if you change your email address and forget to update it with the registrar. However, if your registrar allows you to sign up for automatic renewal through a credit card you plan on continuing to use for a while you will never lose your domain because you forgot to renew it.
5. A Well-Known and Respected Registrar
Don’t go with registrars that are unknown. These could be start-ups that are struggling to stay in business. They could also be under-used because they are over-priced or have bad customer service. Stick with registrars whose names are out there and who you know are respected in the industry. You will never lose your domain to a company going out of business this way and you can be sure all of your domain issues will be handled professionally and politely any time you need assistance. You should frequently refer to users who have used these registrars and see what they have to say about them. Here is a Namecheap.com review by domainraccoon.com that just might help.
Karsten Aichholz has worked with the domain registrar industry for numerous years and blogs about it at domainraccoon.com. In this time, he has discovered which registrars are best and which should always be avoided. These 5 tips on finding a registrar you can trust are based on these many years of domain registrar experience.