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Domaining's version of March Madness - Who is the best registrar in the business? 2020 Edition

Labeled as poll in General Domain Discussion, started by equity78, Mar 4, 2020

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Who is the best registrar in the business? 2020 Edition

Poll closed Mar 31, 2020.
  1. InternetBS

    0.7%
  2. Epik

    26.9%
  3. Porkbun

    4.6%
  4. NameCheap

    7.8%
  5. Name.com

    1.2%
  6. Dynadot

    25.1%
  7. 101Domain

    0 votes
    0.0%
  8. NameBright

    1.1%
  9. Fabulous

    0.2%
  10. Domain.com

    0.2%
  11. NetworkSolutions

    2.1%
  12. 1&1

    0.2%
  13. GoDaddy

    15.5%
  14. Hexonet

    0.4%
  15. NameSilo

    11.4%
  16. Cloudflare

    0.5%
  17. Google

    0.9%
  18. Moniker

    0.3%
  19. Sav.com

    0.5%
  20. Enom

    0.3%
Total: 914 vote(s)
  1. Makise

    Makise Country Manager RU/UA/BY/KZ Epik.com Staff VIP

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    Thank you guys! (y)


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  2. NameDeck

    NameDeck Who's afraid of red ... VIP

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    Besides from quoting the wrong guy you seem to be on top of things.
     
  3. Makise

    Makise Country Manager RU/UA/BY/KZ Epik.com Staff VIP

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    Edited :)
     
  4. frostify

    frostify Top Contributor VIP

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    I feel bad for 101domain, the only registrar that received zero votes LOL :ROFL:
     
  5. Ryan217

    Ryan217 Account Closed (Requested)

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    Ya co soldering Netsol somehow got 19 and even 1&1 got 2 that's pretty bad...
     
  6. jtl

    jtl New Member

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    I was a fan of Uniregistry and their (mostly) competent support and secure domain management portal, but post GoDaddy acquisition I can't say I'm a fan of GoDaddy's past business practices and policies with regards to due process when it comes to account security and other matters, and I'm concerned this could affect Uniregistry as well so I'm looking elsewhere.
     
  7. Embrand

    Embrand Top Contributor VIP ICA Member Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    They are actually not bad, I think. I used them a while ago, and they offered excellent service. Loads of ccTLDs as well.
     
  8. Samer

    Samer Top Contributor VIP Blue Account

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    i feel you, but until today, never heard of them; believe other than market factors; it’s the
    Classic case of a terrible name..
    What is “101domain”?

    i feel bad for Above.com; continue to waste its awesome name fading into obscurity. :cautious:

    Samer
     
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  9. golan

    golan GolanMedia.com VIP Gold Account

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    Totally. In Europe, 1&1 are known to all moms i think, which is just pity. GD... I doubt so.
     
  10. Numan Ahmed Habir

    Numan Ahmed Habir Account Closed (Disallowed)

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    Epik 100%
    Epik is the best I think in all side
     
  11. frank-germany

    frank-germany domainer since 2001 / musician VIP

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    some people might think
    it's a good idea to use the "welcome thread" as the first post

    but you have chosen to worship epik
    welcome
     
  12. Samer

    Samer Top Contributor VIP Blue Account

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    Frank, I became more active after seeing Rob being only Registrar CEO to post, every day, my decision justified more and more. he’ll see.
    This is practically the same. Welcome to NP!

    (i still dont have a Welcome thread dw about it)

    i’m sure if he tries rest registrars, he’ll agree.
    Concur with his statement :) make NP accs to sign up for epik; if thats not best; idk what is!

    Samer
     
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  13. Ryan217

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    Maybe he dosent want to use the welcome thread for social distancing purposes. 😄
     
  14. Mod Team Bravo

    Mod Team Bravo Moderator, NamePros Moderator PRO VIP Gold Account

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    Hello,

    We're working on a lot of updates for polls. In the near future, polls on NamePros are going to have a lot more options and features thanks to your feedback, such as not allowing comments until the poll closes if the pollster chooses. However, we've only read a few posts in this thread, so if you had/have suggestions, please share them in the Poll Feedback thread so that we can take them into consideration during development.

    Note: Newly-registered accounts have not been able to vote in any polls this year, which is different from last year. Soon, there will also be advanced analysis available on larger polls like this one, which will help to remove manipulative votes from polls.

    Edited for clarity: Accounts may not be considered newly-registered the whole time for a long-running poll like this one. For example, March 1st is 25 days ago (almost 1 month ago), so that's not really considered a newly-registered account by our standards, but it is possible for members who registered on March 1st to not be able to vote because it's based on more than just the registration date.

    Follow the poll feedback thread for updates.

    Cc @NickB @equity78
     
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  15. Web Trader

    Web Trader Established Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Epik
     
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  16. bigcassgbr

    bigcassgbr Top Member VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Can't believe Netsol got one vote. There are Horrible
     
  17. Makise

    Makise Country Manager RU/UA/BY/KZ Epik.com Staff VIP

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    $34.99 for reg./renew. Worst price ever for domainers, IMHO.
     
  18. Intelliname

    Intelliname Lifting people up is what we do... Gold Account

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    As submitted to TLD Investors:

    It is awesome Raymond, the great work you have done in helping to lift up the domain industry and the valued investors and collectors that are within it. Some amazing people (including some feisty personalities lol), but so much depth and experience in helping others. Just watching Michael's recent social conference as well was a real treat. The compassion, care for others, the humility, the long standing relationships.. much respect to all of you and the important roles you play. So much knowledge that has been freely shared over the years. It is a privilege to be an active participant in such a great industry.

    I am thrilled you are so active in running polls and challenging individuals to think. The competition is very healthy, and ultimately should result in better customer service, heightened consumer experiences, and an increase in capabilities and focus across the board. There is so much to learn, just in terms of best practices and methodologies. I myself have had registrar accounts with a dozen or more companies over two decades, due in part to various name acquisitions or sub-management responsibilities we have held as an ad agency. So I've seen the best and the worst, and have been gravely disappointed at many of the market choices by the largest in our industry. I am so thankful for the emerging organizations that can thrive through flexibility, and truly focus on customer service without compromise. We need more companies like them.

    For me this is no question. In terms of organic innovation, market position for positive influence on the future, evolving technologies, care of staff and partnerships, respect for others, and pushing the overall consumer experience, my vote goes to Epik hands down.

    And it is not even close.

    I know of no other company where executives get up from the dinner table to help with needful clients. Often seven days a week. Or make themselves available at 2 am in the morning to make sure a seller can close a hard worked deal that is worth a lot to them when much is on the line. Or a CEO that will gracefully extend renewal periods to 35 days to help out a customer that has had a hard month. Or reduce migration costs and take a personal hit to help reduce the cost of renewals and get access to better services. Or help even return and restore names when possible through back end coordination when the occasional collector loses an expired domain through mishap. Or the incredible pool of talent and passion that has been drawn to them, as they work each and every day to help make the customer experience the absolute best one possible.

    That is before even considering their new programs to help struggling domainers from all registrars list their names into a liquidation platform to help turn it into positive revenue, prior to GoDaddy's expiry machine shredding them into dividend payments. Or their low fees and highly personalized concierge assistance when needed on escrows. Or their experience in navigating different payment methods. I would mention the expanding marketplace resources, including the new WYSIWYG editors, and the near unlimited capabilities to design both amazingly detailed landers and full personal market places in a matter of minutes with no experience. There is nothing like it in the industry.

    Tag in the option to pay one fee for domains and never renew them. New insurance products to protect premium domains from UDRP and hijacking attempts. I'd also mention likely the number one champion in the industry for responsible free speech, protecting the rights of domainers, and pushing the absolute framework to guarantee the right to expression and resiliency/security of online operations.

    Most would be awed by their investments into new marketing resources. Their work in integrating ad agency professionals over this past month, so that they can boost direct sales and premium brokerage services by meshing names with added value strategic programs. I've seen the Redbooks / Winmo videos myself. Soon Epik will have terminals that can literally track 150,000 professionals, 14,000 ad agencies, and a massive data bank of fortune brands. Comparing them with RFQ and RFP requests to build active tracking on some 1.5m deals yearly where companies literally layout their branding budgets and the type of brand identity creations they are looking for.

    The real cool stuff though gets into how Rob Monster converts premium sales and Epik's own earnings into a massive hub of transformation that serves some of the most impoverished market areas in the world. Like Toki - which takes a snapshot of the web, compresses it into a localized server, and then drops education and empowerment on demand into market areas that have never had access to the web. Or his recent HI.TV platform, that is enabling one click, no download, no login, free video conference access to those who are separated from families and having to correspond at long distances. Or the work I have done myself thanks to his help with PrayerMeeting, in introducing Epik's video terminal adjusted for prayer and loving care for one another to pastors and worship leaders around the country. I could continue, and I hope to one day help him do so. There are many exceptional products and services to take advantage of at Epik, and those who choose to see for themselves are experiencing some amazing paradigms. I for one have taken the time this past month to really dig in and discover. You should too!

    So if you are seeing posts about bias. About "employees" voting. About the degree of activity in support of Epik and the feeling of a few masked individuals who think this dubious... Please remember, some of the most passionate domainers across the world are involved with Epik at many levels. Not because they are employees - as Epik retains an extremely versatile remote network covering literally five continents. But because they are each empowered to feel part of something greater. It is truly Epik!
     
  19. bigcassgbr

    bigcassgbr Top Member VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I do like Epik myself - in particular, the immediate receipt of domains bought in their reverse auctions and the accessibility and helpful nature of Rob on NP. The only reason why I don't use Epik more often is that to buy domains there via paypal (PP) in my part of the world, PP requires that an int'l visa/mastercard be card attached to my account. My local debit card is not accepted via paypal to buy domains with Epik. However, with other registrars, like Namesilo and Dynadot, I am able to buy domains via PP with my local debit card attached. The latter is highly convenient and cheaper for me to use. Not sure why with PP there is that difference between registrars. I have to say Dynadot rocks as well. In addition to my reason previously mentioned, they offer 5.99 domain discounts pretty often.
     
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  20. bigcassgbr

    bigcassgbr Top Member VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    One redeeming quality of Netsol is if a domain expires and is within the grace period - the nameservers don't change to some expired nameservers like at many other registrars. This feature is useful if you have domains whose NS point to for sale landers that you want to keep operational until you decide to renew.
     
  21. golan

    golan GolanMedia.com VIP Gold Account

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    The biggest lesson of the year: how fast and dramatically @namesilo lost their first place. All these small issues that remained unanswered for long time, all bugs, all cancelled auctions, all lost domains, and overall - bad reputation impressions...

    Never rest on our laurels, folks.
     
  22. koolishman

    koolishman Upgraded Member Blue Account

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    Story of hare and tortoise.
     
  23. Samer

    Samer Top Contributor VIP Blue Account

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    it went up. Current reg/renew price; $37.99
     
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  24. Grilled

    Grilled self challenge: don't be kcid a for xis months. VIP

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    I have a lot of choice words to direct towards your comments...

    ... however, if you are serious about

    ... then I will hold those choice words for now, in hopes you truly wish to be a peace maker, and not just a promoter.


    @frank-germany , while I can understand why you might have thought I left namePros because of Epik/Fanboi involvement, my decision had more to do with wanting to silence myself, as if it's not apparent, I'm not/haven't been feeling too stable as of late, and while I seek help personally in the outside world, I wanted to mitigate any unforeseen instances in the online world where I may wake into a situation I'd rather not be in, due to an overactive stimuli, or an uneducated/short-sighted opinion that I might have put in print while possibly not being in my right mind. Specifically speaking, I wanted to continue commenting on the ICA thread and address certain aspects (such as spam) of the CQD thread, but with everything going on for me personally, and everyone else globally, I don't think now is the appropriate time to be divided. Just my opinion.
    As my last comment in this thread, and shifting away from the voters, getting back to registrar candidates, I want to wish an early congratulations to the likely victor, @Epik.com... Even if the reason for winning is because they hired an abundance of namePros members, and that decision in itself helped lead to a victorious poll, then who are we to judge.

    It's hard to deny that it seems Epik has created a great platform in terms of user features, and there are a lot of signs pointing towards continued growth..

    However, as certain internal policies have came to light, in particular regarding Epik warehousing domains, I no longer feel comfortable using their landing pages, as if Epik is in the business of warehousing, I don't want to be concerned that Epik has access to the amount of leads/offers/traffic/whois inquiries each domain had received, and a decision to warehouse may (not evidence based) be influenced/leveraged by such stats.

    If not for Epik warehousing, and if not for *as it turns out, for me* Sav.com has had a better backorder success rate against Epik backorders, and for a cheaper price....

    ... I might have changed my vote from Sav.com back to Epik.com, but as Sav.com support and services has been nothing short of amazing for me, I'm happy to keep my vote with the good people/backordering super powers of Sav.com.

    **apologies if parts of this post comes off as an advertisement. I have no financial affiliation to sav.com or epik.com besides being a customer.**
     
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  25. Samer

    Samer Top Contributor VIP Blue Account

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    noo idea what i did,

    i was waiting for this guy to come back!
     
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