The best way to register a domain name

by Maskil on August 4, 2008

Binary world

I don’t know if they intended it that way, but setting up a blog on Blogger.com has become the best way to register a new domain name. Here’s why.

For the cost of $10 per annum (in line with the going rate), you get the following:

  • The Blogger blog itself, hosted on Blogspot
  • Google Apps for your chosen domain, giving you all the benefits of products such as Google Mail (Gmail) but with your own e-mail address namespace
  • Your custom domain name in any of the (now) traditional TLDs (.com, .net, .org, .info or .biz), registered through a Google Partner such as eNom
  • Private registration of your domain, i.e. your details do not appear on Whois lookups. With my current registrar (GoDaddy.com), this would cost me an additional $10 per annum (less change), i.e. almost doubling the cost of maintaining the domain

(I’m now going through the painful process of migrating my domain names from GoDaddy to Namecheap in order get lower cost private registrations. I understand that Namecheap is an eNom reseller.)

You could put together all the components for yourself, but the Blogger interface packages it all together nicely, at the same cost as just the domain name itself. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

It would be even better if Google would consider offering the same deal to those with an existing domain name they want to utilize for Blogger and/or Google Apps. I’ve submitted an enhancement request to Google along these lines, but the wheels seem to turn quite slowly in Mountain View.

With regard to the top-level domains (TLDs), I’m finding that I pretty much have the .info (and .biz) namespaces to myself when I have a very specific domain name in mind. The .info namespace is therefore where I make my home these days, even if I’ve managed to secure the .com, .net or .org name to protect my “brand”. Some would hold that it’s better to accept a modified domain name in the .com space (e.g. myNAMEonline.com) rather than your preferred name in a “lesser” namespace (e.g. NAME.info). I’m going with the latter for now.

The guys from GoDaddy point out that “when you transfer, you lose any free services Go Daddy(R) provided with your domain(s). Your free Hosting, Blog, Personalized Email, domain forwarding and masking, email forwarding, etc., will be cancelled upon transfer”. True enough, but I’m either not using these services, or they’re also provided by the registrar I’m transferring to. The services I was eager to make use of (private registration and cash parking) all come at added cost. I’m transferring one domain at a time guys, for one year at a time, so knock yourselves out offering me a better deal.

I would be interested to hear your views out there on all of these points.

Links/Reading/Resources:

  1. Blogger: Create your Blog Now — FREE
  2. Namecheap.com
  3. New feature request – Transfer existing domains to Google Apps/eNom – Learn More | Google Groups

Related:

  1. J-Blogosphere: A Blogspot/eNom scenario to watch out for

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