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February 10, 2003 Issue #1514

--== Domain Registration Encore ==--
~ Rod Aries

From: Rod Aries
Subject: Domain registration

Greetings,

Saw the post re Domain Registration Encore and saw Will Bontrager's
response (issue 1513):

Not TotalNIC... I found TotalNIC had locked [our]  domain, requiring a notarized statement postal  mailed to their headquarters in Australia...

We own about 10,000 domains, of which about 100 are with TotalNic.  We have used at least 10 different registrars over the years.

In my personal opinion, based upon my personal experience with them, they are the most unresponsive, non-customer oriented and absolutely the worst registrar we have ever come across.

On a brighter note... here are a few factors to consider when selecting a registrar;

Price: you should easily be able to find a competent sub $10 registrar

Control panel: possibly more important than price if you frequently change hosting or own a large number of domains. At a minimum the panel should allow you to change the whois or DNS on the fly.

Free web hosting and email forwarding are a bonus when you can find it.

Registrar lock: the ability to prevent unauthorized transactions.  In example I just transferred a domain from my account at  namebay.com and they sent an automated reply that went like this - pay attention to the last line:

------------------
"We have received a request to transfer the domain name [domainname.com] from [NAMEBAY] to [my preferred registrar].

"You may confirm or refuse this transfer request through the following address http://www.namebay.com/manage/Edit_Transfer_Out_Dom.asp?contact_id=xxxxxxx

"If you don't reply to this e-mail, this transfer request will be automatically accepted."

Hmm, "transfer request will be automatically accepted" if I DON'T respond.

Assume for a minute that someone was trying to hijack my domain because they know that namebay automatically transfers domains, they figure that they find someone who has an email address that changed and is no longer valid or the transfer request gets filtered as spam or, as in my recent case, I was on vacation for 2 weeks out of the country. I come back and find my domain transferred, WITHOUT my permission.

Anyways, there are more factors, but those are foremost.

At your service,
Rod Aries
How To Internet Your Business
http://www.howtointernet.com/?email

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