I want my own domain name for my blog here, which is hosted by Google's Blogger service. I've never tried registering for a domain name before, so here's my attempt at finding a decent registrar.
Looking for reviews
I found some reviews of various domain registrars:
I also found out that .ca domain names are all managed by the CIRA:
Checking up BBB
And I also started checking out BBB for Registrars:
- BBB Find Business Reviews
- BBB reviews Netfirms
- BBB reviews Go Daddy
- BBB reviews Webnames
- BBB reviews EasyDNS
I tried another tactic, i.e. to find bad things about Netfirms. For instance, I dig up WordPress hosting woes. So it might suck for WordPress hosting due to server issues. Nothing about domain name registration though that I could see.
This is my first real attempt at finding a domain registrar, and I'm realizing that I'm just trying to optimize along too many dimensions, so I asked a friend for a recommendation.
Asking for a friendly recommendation
My friend reminds me that if I need web hosting service in addition to needing DNS service, then Dotster or Network Solutions can be worth the extra money. Otherwise, Domainsatcost, Dotster, or Go Daddy, would all work.
I also went back to looking up BBB on these companies that were suggested to me:
So the word of mouth suggestion from someone I'd tend to place more confidence on is for one company that has a F score on BBB, and one with seemingly quite expensive plans that has an A score on BBB. Both are actually quite expensive compared to, say Go Daddy though.
What do big sites do?
I try another tactic. I checked out some major sites (several major universities, news papers, etc.) thru whois (http://whois.cira.ca/) to see where they register through. Many come up using Webnames.ca. I check it out and it's expensive! So if you don't mind the cost, I guess it must be pretty good if many major institutions use it (or maybe they cater to major clients with other services?).
After looking at all the available data, I'm going with GoDaddy. It's inexpensive enough, and offers enough features, and apparently is good at resolving complaints.