I don’t consider myself a domainer but I do have a few hundred domains registered, most of which I have plans to personally develop but a few of them do fall into the “held for resale should the right offer present itself” category. In my time registering domains I switched around registrars a lot initially, eventually settling in at Godaddy where I have the bulk of my domains registered presently. This was fine initially but a few things started to rub me the wrong way the more I used their site. I don’t have patience for slow loading sites and the Godaddy domain manager always, every time I use it, has me sitting there waiting… and waiting… and waiting some more for it to display my short list of names or to get to the page where I can update my name servers or other domain related items that should be quickly and easily accessible. There should be no reason why I have to log in, find a link and click it to open a new browser tab to get to my domains and then wait 30 seconds for the page to load, no reason at all.
I also am not new to the concept of the up-sell, but to be quite honest the buying process at Godaddy irritates me like very few other things in life, sure I know the routine to zip through it and get to the checkout screen ignoring all the crap in between but the whole process just irks me every time I am forced to do it, not to mention that there is just something about Bob Parsons that I find highly annoying.
I am also not a fan of continual change, when I get used to something I like it to stay how it is unless there is a specific need to revise something for better function or usability. Godaddy has been changing things about their site lately that are completely trivial and add nothing to the value of my time there nor improve on the overall “user experience” for their site, when I log in I want to know where the stupid link is for what I am looking for without having to hunt for it.
So, who have I decided to use from here on out you may ask… Well, I am going to use name.com for all my domains, even tho they have no affiliate program (i hope they take a hint) and I have nothing to gain by making this post other than the fact that I like to endorse products, services or sites that I find useful, enjoyable to use and that simply do what they are supposed to do. When I buy a domain at name.com it’s simple, their search interface is very easy to use and the added features like the google keyword search integration are awesome, especially for those new to registering domain names. Once a name is picked out the purchase is simple, click on your cart, select your payment method and pay, that’s it. Navigating the account area is easy, updating information like name servers and contact information takes a few seconds and it all just makes sense. I have been very happy with the clean simple yet effective user interface they offer.