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If you were starting a registrar for domainers

Located in Domain Registrar Reviews, started by ReggyStar, Sep 19, 2016

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  1. ReggyStar

    ReggyStar Established Member

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    I'm in early planning to start a registrar for domainers. What features are most important to you? Obv good customer support and good prices but any technical things that other guys aren't doing?
     
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  2. wayne wooldridge

    wayne wooldridge Top Contributor VIP

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    Easy-to-use portfolio management tools, good discounts on bulk transfer, accurate bulk whois.

    Just to name a few
     
  3. deez007

    deez007 The More I Learn The Less I "Know" VIP

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    Hmmm I think these would be some nice to haves:

    • No 60 day domain lock on new registrations.
    • No BS premium domain prices decided by the registrar
    • Proper support - maybe even a live support feature.
     
  4. doubleU

    doubleU Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Pricing is key to most domainers and timely support.

    Easy interface to services, namesilo is a good example that packs a lot of info without much marketing clutter.
     
  5. ReggyStar

    ReggyStar Established Member

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    Thanks for the posts. I want to keep prices low. Have to find a sweetspot where I can still have good support
     
  6. GoKaizen

    GoKaizen Always be Learning VIP ICA Member

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    That is an ICANN rule.

     
  7. deez007

    deez007 The More I Learn The Less I "Know" VIP

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    Ahh darn...I didn't know that.., I always assumed it's the registrars trying to screw us again....lol
     
  8. Asfas1000

    Asfas1000 Top Contributor VIP

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    1. Easy portfolio management
    2. Good support
    3. Safety (2FA etc)
    4. Fast transfers in and out
     
  9. Kate

    Kate Domainosaurus Rex VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I'm curious, why would one want to focus on the clientele of domainers in particular ?

    Here are some pros and cons I can think of right now. OP you tell me :)

    pros:
    • sophisticated users, won't need a lot of support
    • large portfolios holders
    • may act as business introducers (recommend you to their peers)
    cons:
    • not the most loyal customers, will gladly transfer out for better pricing
    • coupon chasers
    • demanding customers
    • will expect cheap prices = low margins
    • may require a wide range of extensions ie ccTLDs
     
  10. trp3

    trp3 Member VIP

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    Awesome Interfaces like Uniregistry.
     
  11. wayne wooldridge

    wayne wooldridge Top Contributor VIP

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    Those are great points to bring up. As far as your basic offerings, you are looking at a long turnaround on profit. Not saying it can't be profitable, but it may take a year or more to make any substantial profit from each customer.

    Your bread and butter is going to be up-sales on add-on services, products etc (short-term) and loyal customer base(long-term)

    It will be difficult to survive without appealing to more than just domainers(most who will just need a registrar and nothing else from you). You need end-users who will purchase upgrades, hosting etc
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2016
  12. matrigaldo

    matrigaldo Domainer since 2007 VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Asfas1000 got a good point: fast transfers in and out. Assuming all the other points should be quite obvious, because a registrar with no safety, no support and hard to understand, as long as high prices, would never be appetible.
    But the only thing i appreciate on GoDaddy is how fast is transferring out the domains. All the other registrars i'm using (especially Name.com) requires 3-5 days to complete a transfer, and they don't offer the chance to speed up the process, while on GoDaddy you can either choose to wait those days or approve the transfer within the control panel.
     
  13. The Durfer

    The Durfer Top Contributor VIP Gold Account

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    have a sale on a different tld all the time.
     
  14. frank-germany

    frank-germany domainer since 2001 / musician VIP

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    api for reg domains
     
  15. ReggyStar

    ReggyStar Established Member

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    I'm a developer, so I can do a lot of the work myself. I hope that means I can sustain it and hopefully make money with it even with a smaller group of customers. Thx for the feedback
     
  16. Soofi

    Soofi Love Domain Names PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I manage close to 15000 domain names of Domain name investors at NameCatch.org and let me tell you, if you cannot give them best deal in the market, you won't be able to sustain the registrar business for too long my friend.

    Good luck :)
     

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