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Moving Away From Godaddy

Located in Domain Marketplace Reviews, started by Keral_Patel, Oct 2, 2020

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  1. Keral_Patel

    Keral_Patel I'll do it

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    Hello NPers,

    I don't know if this is the correct section to post this as it has been a long time since I posted anything.

    So here is the thing. I have like 60 domains at Godaddy and the renewals are crazy. (I know buying DDC membership might help but it doesn't as it is not worth buying it for just 60 domains)

    So after 15 years of being there I am thinking to move them to someplace else. Where they don't give outrageous pricing and then to add insult to injury put in the taxes++

    Currently top choices are

    Epik
    Dynadot


    Any suggestions or updates would be very useful. As I have lost some touch with the domain market in all this years and thought will get best possible advice right here.

    Thank You.
     
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  2. AK85

    AK85 covd.com Gold Account

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    To me GD is the pace for my 'most expensive' domains. I trust GD with a $1M domain, not with any other registrar.

    For your casual domains, NameSilo & Dynadot are A+ registrars with an outstanding customer service, security, prices & freedom to move & speed up any domain transfer.

    Amr
     
  3. lock

    lock DomainUsed.com VIP

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    Reconsider you have the most exposure with godaddy auctions your names will be listed at afternic and expireddomains.net buy into the auctions so you can list your names.
     
  4. Keral_Patel

    Keral_Patel I'll do it

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    I don't use any of those things at all.
     
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    lock DomainUsed.com VIP

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    It may have been your own merit so far but would be nice to pick up a sale on a search on your keywords.
     
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  6. CraigD

    CraigD 360promo.com VIP

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    I considered Porkbun transfer deal a while ago because like you I thought GD renewals on certain extensions were a bit high even with GD membership discount. I can't vouch for them because I didn't follow through, but give them a look. For me, the security aspect of a large well known registrar like GD outweighed the cost savings and effort involved with transfers.
     
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  7. bulkdomainz

    bulkdomainz Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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  8. karmaco

    karmaco Top Contributor VIP

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    Just because many of us don’t use or don’t like GoDaddy doesn’t mean we are “casual domainers”. I don’t trust GD at all. Service is superior at several other registrars in every way.

    Dynadot has a $7.99 transfer going through the end of the year COMTRANS4
     
  9. Silentptnr

    Silentptnr Top Contributor VIP

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    Dynadot is excellent. I also like Namesilo. Both are superior to GD imo.

    I would recommend either Dynadot or Namesilo. Dynadot is my fave.

    By the way, your thread will probably be moved to Registrar Reviews section. :)

    Best of luck with you decision.
     
  10. Keral_Patel

    Keral_Patel I'll do it

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    Agreed. GoDaddy might have been famous brand-name and all but I just got 17.99 renewal/1 year on one of my .com. Add taxes on it and make it a nice round figure $20.

    That is the reason I am thinking of moving. It is not about saving $1 or $2 per domain as I have very less for it to make any substantial difference. It is more about not feeling ashamed of being literally taken advantage of by paying up that kind of money for renewals.

    I do have some real good CVCVs and stuff which I want to keep so any other facilities they offer are of no use to me.
     
  11. rightdomains.net

    rightdomains.net Upgraded Member Gold Account

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    I use both Epik and Dynadot. For me it's the same very good quality. In Epik i like easy to find panel with stats:

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  12. Donmarick

    Donmarick Established Member

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    now I use mostly Epik and for me, it works great. Dynadot only a few domains but not so many advantages for me as Epik.
     
  13. Mister Funsky

    Mister Funsky Top Contributor VIP

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    I use Epik, Dynadot and Namesilo in addition to Godaddy.

    At dad I have the DDC plan primarily for auction purchases. Handregs are done at one of the other three but Epik by far gets the majority of my business (full and free privacy is a must for me).
     
  14. Ostrados

    Ostrados EpicName.com VIP

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    Dunadot for me is the best in everything including price, ease of use, interface, bulk actions, security.
     
  15. Silentptnr

    Silentptnr Top Contributor VIP

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    Dynadot also has a super generous renewal timeline. Most others are far more aggressive in applying restoral fees, changing nameservers, selling your domain at auction, etc. imo.
     
  16. Primary Names

    Primary Names ****** xXx ****** VIP

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    The column WHOIS ( Number of whois query ) is definitely a killer feature that helps decide whether to drop or renew a domain.
     
  17. Mahogany

    Mahogany Top Contributor VIP

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    I have no complaints with Dynadot. Have a hundred or so there but Epik has been intriguing me for a while.
     
  18. shoval

    shoval Established Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Godaddy IMO is one of the worst registrars to work with. There interface is inconvenient and time consuming. Not to mention their prices. I found the registrar internet.bs to be most easy to manage domains, including bulk edits. very intuitive and straight forward. great prices. Have had many domains with them for years.
     
  19. loredan

    loredan Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    As most people suggested, Dynadot, Namesilo and Epik are pretty much the best registrars on the market today.

    Dynadot currently has a transfer promo so you might want to take advantage of this.

    Hope this helps a bit.
     
  20. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    Cost wise probably the leaders would be, not in any particular order:
    • Porkbun
    • NameSilo
    • Epik
    • Dynadot
    • Domain Cost Club (not the GD one by the one by this name)
    • Namecheap
    It depends somewhat on the TLDs you have and whether you just want everyday prices or take advantage of discounts. If you do go Epik, be sure to have your account marked NamePros to get their domainer discount pricing.

    Some have good pricing every day, and others you will need to take advantage of promotions to get the best pricing (e.g. Namecheap increasingly that way). NameSilo tend to have good pricing but not many promotions. Dynadot is a nice combination between good everyday pricing and deals beyond that as well, as are Epik (for domainer pricing).

    Is Sedo and Afternic integration important? GD, Namecheap and Porkbun have Afternic, but not Sedo MLS, fast transfer /premium network I think. Epik, NameSilo, Dynadot have both Afternic and Sedo network.

    Is having their own marketplace important? All on my list except Domain Cost Club and Porkbun have that. Poirkbun do now have their own landers to sell names, so I guess a sort of marketplace.

    It seems hard for me to judge if larger means safer. I would see primary risks are technical mixup, human mixup, or lack of due process if a claim is made against a domain name.

    Sav, which I don't think anyone has mentioned, definitely has low pricing. I have not, yet, personally used it is why I did not place it on my list.

    If you are planning to use the landers at the registrar, they offer very different options. Also, if selling through a registrar lander, Epik and NameSilo allow payment plan options (can also do that through DAN of course).

    You mentioned at 60 domain names that GD discount club not worth it, but it seems to me it might even at that number. Depends on plan price which varies with the country and with discount coupons for the service, and what TLDs your domains are in.

    Ease of use I think they are all pretty good (I use GD and all of the above, and a number of others).

    Of course check that privacy, ability to forward, set DN records as well as DNS, etc. are included free (or factor in the cost). Some prefer a free email account on the name.

    Epik do offer easy at a glance performance tabs with things like how many visits the name has got, how many Whois lookups, Estibot valuations, etc.

    Best wishes whatever you decide to do.

    Bob
     
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  21. Intelliname

    Intelliname Lifting people up is what we do... Epik.com Staff Gold Account

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    For me with 10,000 domains Epik is a very easy decision. Five quick reasons:

    1) The landing page generator surpasses anything out there. I can create high impact visual experiences in less than sixty seconds, embed keywords to maximize SEO / Organic positioning for more lead generation, and have more control over my landing presence than any other marketplace by far. It turns normal sales pages into a work of art, and they drive my highest conversion rates.

    2) Epik let's me turn each domain name into an instant active standalone website for free. The SSL certificates to maximize security and total browser compatibility are issued free, and automatically assigned for landing page builds. As well as Epik's global CDN network which is lightning fast.

    youtube.com/watch?v=L1rJLKwZkuc

    3) Their dynamic interface lets me update pricing on the fly, as well as set many other variables and settings, adjust the casing on my landing pages to how I want it to present, and more. For the names I have at Epik, they have been pioneering lease programs for more than seven years. In the UI is nearly a dozen a dozen automatic templates I can choose with 2 clicks, that customize the payment variables around the name value to help enhance my sales through rates.

    4) I've watched as Rob himself will jump in to help customers close deals in real time in ways I have never experienced in two decades. Just recently watched Rob convert a $20k lead for a brandable into a $200,000 surprise payday for a massively happy customer, and together we shifted a name that had a high value of $65k into a $325,000 close. We make great sales every day, but the team is full on engaged, can help shift portfolios and build out landers by the thousands weekly, and are the single most proactive and caring group of people I've ever met in the industry.

    5) The integration of 80 different market intelligence and consumer data services into one converged system, means they can assist with targeted outbound campaigns and prospect lists that are equal to any major agency in the world. In some ways, their methods are even impacting them externally, as 400 domain sectors allows for data management in unique ways that other industries would not have thought intuitively thought of or allowed for. Plus they are really pushing the envelope on matching that data to their customers based on the domain investments they have. I'm excited by the new prospecting models and the interfaces being conceptualized. It is like an AI-based targeting system, that scours all new data, news, and trade sources, to create an index matrix that drives candidate and prospect alerts in real time.

    Pricing across the board is extremely reasonable, and some of the special promotions reflect literally the lowest cost on growth extensions ever seen. But comparing price alone is apples to oranges. I'd take a $20k conversion to a $200,000 payday through Epik any day of the week, over more meticulous comparisons that may ultimately only save $300 to $500 a year at the cost of higher sales levels.

    Have a great day domaining!

    - Rob Davis
     
  22. UmerK

    UmerK Established Member

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    Dynadot is by far better than most registrars, it's even better than GD but since I sell geos quickly I prefer to register those with GD.

    I have no issues or complains with Dynadot, renewals are fairly priced and they're afternic partners as well so my vote is going to be for them.
     
  23. passini

    passini Established Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I reccomend:

    Internet.bs

    Dynadot
     
  24. Save Breach

    Save Breach Established Member

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    Well, its a great choice. GoDaddy is the worst registrar which has created a monopoly over time. You can just look at the recent case of stolen domains which they sold through their aftermarket and only selectively refunded one buyer, the rest are up to their fate, so if you are not a high value client, they won't care. As in my case, I got banned from their aftermarket for no reason, you won't believe me. If you try to approach them and call them out, they play the legal card. Even going as far as making wrong allegations against you when you try to follow the legal approach as I tried to do -- look how @Joe Styler and @Paul Nicks reacted, in both cases.

    From the above cases its clear, GoDaddy is shady and only cares about certain buyers, call it PARTIAL TREATMENT. So unless you own a million dollar portfolio, its a bad idea to Go with GoDaddy. Just avoid them.

    Finally, its a WISE decision to move away from GoDaddy, you should have done it decades back. @epik and @Dynadot both are cool.

    Epik was voted #1 registrar by the way.

    Cheers
     
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  25. tonyk2000

    tonyk2000 Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I recently tried Porkbun. Just to test waters. Easy. Simply works. Good pricing (even though Dynadot com transfer code is cheaper at the end). Fast support - I received replies in minutes (during U.S. working hours). Afternic fast transfer intergration as well as local marketplace (where I see some things to improve) make it a good option for a domainer :)
     
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