Most people don’t really care about who their domain name registrar is but I do and here is why you should too. When I first started with internet marketing I used Godaddy for my domain names. Godaddy was always more expensive than other domain name registrars, but with time some of their fees got seriously ridiculous not to mention their annoying sales process 🙂 ( I shouldn’t really complain about upsells but when the number of upsells exceeds like 10 it’s just silly)
Anyway, Godaddy is much stricter and they can basically shut your business down without even letting you know that they are about to pull the plug on you. Let’s say you run an affiliate program and you host the affiliate tracking script on the same domain name. Usually in that case the domain name will be part of the affiliate link you give to your affiliates. Now when one of them decides to spam their affiliate link all over and someone complains about your domain name then you are in trouble with Godaddy. In fact you could even lose your domain name permanently.
Another downside of Godaddy is that they do not offer free whoisguard like Namecheap does. Everytime you register a new domain name with Namecheap you get free whoisguard for a year 🙂
When your domain name expired because you forgot to renew it, Godaddy will charge you like $80 (that’s what it was last time I checked) reactivation fee. Namecheap will allow you to reactivate your expired domain name for the same price you would pay if you registered it for the first time.
I have transferred most of my domain names to Namecheap now. Their customer service is awesome and their interface is very user friendly. You don’t have to go through like a “million” upsells or pay additional fees to get whoisguard. Namecheap is just better period.
I am not sure if you read JohnChow.com blog, but he just got his domain name redirected by Godaddy because some of his Whois information was not correct. I don’t know about you but I think what they did was totally wrong. He probably lost a big chunk of his daily revenue because of that.
So if you still have domain names with Godaddy, I highly recommend that you transfer them to Namecheap. It would be a very wise decision to do so.