I’ve been putting off domain name transfers for the past 6 months or so. I just didn’t want to take the time to do the research and paperwork. Here’s my issue:
My blogs and websites are hosted by Host Gator. I love their service and their up time. I’ve had very little issue with them when it comes to my sites being online. As a matter of fact, they were extremely helpful when one of my blogs (or should I say several of my blogs) were hacked. They worked diligently with me to find the vulnerability and get rid of it. I’ve suffered through poor hosting companies in the past so I truly appreciate Host Gator’s hosting services.
The one problem I have with them, however, is their domain name hosting. Not only is it more expensive than others (they charge $15 a year), on several occasions, my domain name had expired without any prior notification.
Imagine my surprise when I go to modify my site only to see the generic webpage which indicates the domain name had expired. It has happened to me more than once with them and I find that unacceptable.
Each time it happened, I swore I was going to move all of my domain names elsewhere to better manage them and save money (when you have over 10 domain names at $15 a pop, you can save a bit of money if you can pay $7.50 a pop). The only thing that stopped me was going through the process of switching the domains.
It’s time to bite the bullet (this is one of those tasks that I would love to delegate, but I’ve got no one to delegate it to). The most recent debacle lasted for 4 days before I realized the site was down. Not acceptable.
I’m looking for a little advice here. I’ve been thinking of transferring my domain names to Go Daddy. I see they have a bulk domain name transfer option whereby transferring 5 names or more you get the privacy option for free and each name costs $6.99 per year, plus they extend your current domain term by a year for free.
I’m looking to find a reliable and cost effective domain registration alternative to Host Gator’s. My next domain name expires in early March, and I’d like to have this all done well before then. If anyone knows of a reliable company, please let me know.
About the Author: Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites which include Tidbits and Stuff, BLULOW, A Dose of Health and a few other sites/blogs scattered around the internet.