Top 50 Domain Registrars Ranked

Posted by Marty Dickinson on May 28, 2008

Came across a great report on a website featuring the top 50 domain name registrars. It’s fascinating to look at the report but I’d also like to point out that I believe their ranking criteria is a little flawed. So, first checkout the top 50 domain name registrars report as shown on the Website Magazine website that featured in their May 2008 edition. Then, come back to Website Waves and listen to my 9min50sec audio posting of the criteria I would use to rank registrars.


This was of particular interest to me because I’m so frequently asked the question “Where should I register my domain name?”

When I attended the last Internet conference where probably half the audience was just starting to get involved with the Internet, I was probably asked that question a dozen times.

So, enjoy the article and my audio and let me know which ranking criteria you believe is more accurate. And, don’t be afraid to cast your vote for your favorite registrar and add your comment why of course.

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Very good blog. Thanks for the information. You gave me the best at BestDomainName.com. Their customer service has been great.

May 28th, 2008 | 6:11 pm

My favorite registar is NameCheap.com. I am actually surprised not to see them on the list there. They did just move from being an enom seller to their own system which could be why.

Ranking the top 50 domain registars based on their traffic does not seem to be a fair comparison of “top registars”.

I think the ranking system should be: price, support, features, user interface.
Price: This day an age domains shouldn’t be over $10.00/yr. Some companies still do this and it works for them. Network Solutions did up until a short while ago.
Support: Support is always highly regarded when ranking any type of service. Thus it’s a given on my list.
Features: As you say, URL forwarding is a nice feature to have. I also like having DNS being run from the registar on some sites. Features, features, features.
Last but certainly not least, User Interface. This relates back to your post on “How Polite is Your Website?”. I have come across some registars who have terrible user interfaces and make it hard to find what you are looking for. Or word it in a way that makes you over look it. From my standpoint if you do not have a good user interface I would use your service.

May 28th, 2008 | 10:23 pm
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