guess godaddy decided for me:
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Created on 2020-09-16
by GoDaddy.com, LLC
just a warning if you have a special name do not use godaddy to check if its available
currently discussed at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24523901.
I cannot speak to GoDaddy's practices. However, I can say that for Namecheap, this is not something we would ever even consider doing.
In my experience though, lookups are more complex than most think. We are querying so many different sources to give you availability status, some of which are less reliable than others. For example, with smaller TLDs like .ai or .is, lookups may be less reliable than a well-oiled machine like Verisign, which operates the .com and .net TLDs, among others. As a result, sometimes with a less reliable registry, there can be false positives, resulting in the registrar showing a domain as "available" when it is actually registered.
In addition to registry connection reliability, there are also many different aftermarket sources that registrars often pull from. You know when you see a Premium domain (registered and usually higher priced) in search? That could be coming from any number of 3rd party aftermarket platforms, which also can have varying reliability and/or stale listings.
Lastly, you have to consider that some registrars handle the "drop window" differently than others. If a domain deletes and is removed from the zone, ergo, becoming available again, some registrars have a buffer period before they show it as available again.
It does not appear that Felons.io had ever been registered before, which makes this case pretty strange.
Interface : just give me the records. I don't want to buy more stuff. Somehow namecheap lets me but the same extras like email, without badgering me. Godaddy is just ads ads ads and interfaces to sell stuff to people who aren't tech savvy.
Squatting: this definitely happens with godaddy, like the OP says. Never use them, it's a disgusting practice.
I use namecheap for dozens of domains. I only used godaddy once because I couldn't get the tld on namecheap.
I use Gandi too and am very satisfied
I finally tried Namecheap after 10 years of 1and1 for my personal site, and various free DDNS services for my home router. Namecheap is easy, and has guides for just about everything you’d want to do. Now my routers public IP has an easy FQDN, which cost me less than $20 for 3 years and I can update with a cURL one-liner to Namecheap’s API.
It's been so bad for a few years that I've actually wondered if it's a sign of decline at the company... if you want very specific complaints about the UI I am happy to elaborate.
(No affiliation, just a happy user)
Interesting... I'd love to get a .as domain, but Namecheap don't offer that. Does GoDaddy have more TLDs or where would you suggest to look for obscure TLDs?
But I still get some weird error messages, empty red alert boxes that doesnt say anything, and general burps time to time when trying to navigate their GUI. At least GoDaddy GUI is much more intuitive but yet they try to sell more - an obvious goal of any for-profit company.
I eventually routed most of my domains to dynadot that has much more safe chat and is US based only. No Easter European have access to my names, contacts, credit card info etc - God only knows what they can do with that info knowing an average salary in countries like Ukraine is $200 per month.
Sometimes when I read these comments like "Namecheap is the best domain provider ever" I chuckle a little - every company has an outstanding record until you test them in times when rubber truly hits the road. 99% of domain users never had any issues because ownership of domain is pretty straightforward business. So these folks than never have a problem are the last one you should be listening to when you pick a domain provider.
Just my 2c.
Edit: I don't have a dog in this race, I don't work for any domain provider and my business is entirely unrelated so I have no business in badmouthing namecheap other than personally having crappy experience with them. But I am sure for every me there is 100 people who got no issues, so that's that.
Will one of those updates be the ability to export domains & expiration dates, from the dashboard?
If so, then say so; otherwise your response feels, well, dodgy. If not, why are you mentioning them in response to offmycloud's issue?
Past that, we appreciate your time here.
disclosure: I'm a 15 year Namecheap customer
GoDaddy doesn't even sound like a professional service to me. The name itself wreaks of technical incompetence. I want round-the-clock network infra experts managing my domains, not some random dude's daddy.
The Namecheap interface and usability was very pleasing. I actually searched first on Godaddy before settling for Namecheap on all the domains.
Not least, but I got a lower price on Namecheap on all of them and yeah much lesser cross selling attempt which is nice for the DIY types :-)
Definitely would recommend. Haven't used Godaddy myself, but i've heard horror stories from others
There has been (at least in the Bay Area) a large increase in text spam. They all have a very similar format, e.g. pretending you missed a delivery, and try to get you to click on a link, usually a .info domain.
They are all hosted on Alibaba Cloud, but they are registered in bulk via Namecheap. Your legal and abuse team says they have no obligation to prevent such registrations, but to instead take it up with the FTC or the hosting, both of which do nothing either.
Here's a recent article about the problem with bulk registrations and spam: https://www.spamhaus.org/news/article/795/weaponizing-domain...
edit: I highly recommend reading the article for more context on why bulk domain registration is problematic. Note the DOJ filed a temporary restraining order again Namecheap, and the office of the NY AG also contacted them due to their role in spam and scams.
To address some of the questions and comments below:
> A registrar is simple: request a domain, they check you match the requirement for said domain rules, take your money and register the domain for you. Very simple, very stupid, very non-opiniated.
Where do you draw the line on this? How do you feel about registering hate speech in a domain name, or someone else's trademark? Clearly there needs to be some level of regulation.
> do they have any obligation to investigate the purouse people want to use the domains for
Do domain hosts have any obligation to investigate what people are hosting? Does Google have an obligation to remove results from search? There are clearly multiple parties to hosting content on the web, and it's a shared responsibility to keep folks doing the right thing
> Are you asking Namecheap to take unilateral action against domain registrations with no due process?
No - what makes you think that's what I was asking?
A registrar is simple: request a domain, they check you match the requirement for said domain rules, take your money and register the domain for you. Very simple, very stupid, very non-opiniated.
If registrars start deciding who is worthy of domains, what arbitrary set of rules they want you to follow on top of the real ones, what set of laws they act as judge for ... Things would go wrong insanely quickly.
If the price of that is that they let abusers through too then fine, they're not the justice department either way and if they apply the judicial decision once those abusers are caught, that's all we should ask from them.
Namecheap never resolved it or even responded back beyond the precanned message.
If you should be upset with anyone, it's your local police who didn't escalate the case further.
Namecheap does have a duty when they are informed with reasonable evidence to not be an accessory to a crime. Prior to being informed, Namecheap is in the clear. Once they're given clear evidence (and in my case it was blatantly obvious because it was a crappy scam) then they do have a duty to act.
It's the difference between Ford selling a car which happens to be used in a bank robbery, and Ford knowingly selling a fleet of armored vans after being told that their client is a known bank robber.
And if they’re aware that the car will be imminently used for a terrorist attack, does that change the equation?
Same for namecheap. They cannot be the judge of what is spam and not. they should not be asked to gatekeep for the justice system
Don't know if it applies in this particular case though. Clearly the government didn't think so.
In the US, all kinds of speech is "awful but lawful", including hate speech. I don't think registrars should be policing legal speech.
If there's trademark infringement going on, there are legal processes to which the injured parties can avail themselves.
If there's more serious criminality afoot, law enforcement should generally lead.
I don't like the idea of unpopular but legal speech being scrubbed from the public internet because people object loudly to it. I think domain registrars (and other infrastructure vendors) are qualitatively different than social media properties, etc, in this regard.
The trouble with regulating speech is that the regulators have become a type of autocratic judge presiding over the decision.
The only cure to allow regulation AND autocracy would require some level of distribution of power. We've seen councils of industry leaders before, and this may be a good chance for an enterprising NPOer (NPOneur? NPOinator?).
If the problem is with mobile provider spam filtering and where the sites are hosted, that is where the abuse issue should be dealt with, with continued complaints to regulatory bodies (ie, the FTC and the FCC).
I have never had issues with them stealing domains after searches or any other problems w/ my account.
And do you have a better way of going about flagging these sites other than the “abuse” email that shows when doing a WhoIs lookup?
I found Dynadot prices very competitive, Namecheap is not shoving ads but dns management is not easy, & is expensive. Hexonet offers way more tlds, have robust search, & retains domains in cart for months if you are not ready. Dynadot record manager is better. Hexonet is expensive.
Godaddy used to be my choice in around 2012-2016, but not any more.
Shameless plug, one of my total three blog posts is about my journey of Domains https://davinder.net/my-journey-with-domains/
I was gonna use google's new domain product since I'm a huge Google fanboy, but it ended up being 10x pricier in some cases and the interface isn't as powerful (maybe for the better, but ymmv).
Net renewal is again $11/15 at Dyna/Namecheap. Transfers are same, $11.
.in renewals are $7/$12, transfers same $7.
I mostly prefers renewals because of inertia of moving nameservers and or other DNS records. I sometime transfer between namecheap and Dynadot. Most of my purchases are multi year.
*All prices rounded roughly to nearest dollar.
+1 for having same experience at Google, living in Google verse 24/7, but google.domains is expensive.
Namecheap is abused to prop up the largest SMS phishing scam in Australia and they do not care to enforce their TOS to stop it.
This is a skilled in-house team that is working hard on these cases. We absolutely do enforce our ToS but we do not takedown domains without due diligence.
Been using you for 15 years now, really happy. Even though I wish the website were faster :)
We're working really hard to make the site faster. While there are still areas where there's room for improvement, we're regularly deploying performance updates (e.g. search, and most recently the cart).
The reasons I transferred to Google Domains are:
* I found the interface easier to use: fewer clicks to DNS, email, etc.
* The features are easily visible
* Auto-verification in GCP
I understand, of course, if you can't deal with or prioritize any of these. Hope the feedback helps.
As a result of Namecheap not doing their due diligence as a registrar my domain got deleted and picked up by SEDO.
In the light of this thread, I've shared my experience with domain names search and how to perform it securely without worrying that someone will grab your name https://stanbright.com/domain-name-search/
To be honest, my initial reaction was "I've been godaddy'd" since the messages don't indicate anything different.
Always had great service, including quick resolution when I tried to register .id shortly after they allowed international registration (and encountered a few speedbumps).
Thanks for the good work!
Only problem in the company settings is multiple users but other than that no issues.
There are less expensive options than both GoDaddy and Namecheap that do not have any of these issues. The renewal rate for a .com domain is $17.99/year at GoDaddy, $8.88/year at Namecheap, $8.56/year at Porkbun, and $8.03/year at Cloudflare.
Seems a bit strange that someone would be willing to hand over their Name, Address and payment for a domain, but not willing to show up not behind a VPN.
It's inconvenient to turn off a VPN just to use Namecheap. Although Namecheap already has my information, if I have more than one browser tab open and need to do something on another site while interacting with Namecheap, I would be exposed to an unprotected connection with not only Namecheap but also the other site. This is unacceptable considering that other registrars don't have anti-VPN restrictions.
Is there a way to migrate a bunch of domain names from Godaddy to Namecheap ? We own about 200 domain names and I would like nothing more than to drop Godaddy for Namecheap, but I cannot justify the manpower (basically just me) required to migrate domains one by one.
The whois information is masked, because that's what we do to protect customer privacy.
It's registered to someone in New York, not to GoDaddy.
Registrant Organization: Registrant State/Province: New York Registrant Country: US
Just wanted to add my opinion to the thread and thank you guys for a very good service.
Any chance Namecheap can provide catch-all mailboxes?
I don't care to have 10 different mailboxes, I was stuck with GoDaddy and now with Wild West Domains just because the have "catch-all", so I can register to services with different email addresses (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) so I can also track who got hacked/sold my email ;)
If you do provide it, since I don't see "catch-all" on your three email options (Starter-Pro-Ultimate). If you do offer it, can you please consider adding it to the key specs?
Just wondering if I should be aware of something...
If I do move, Namecheap it will be, given this discussion.
Steady as she goes right now, but I know where to go should things change.
Algolia will have more.
(Of course xxx and yyy are placeholders here.)
Edit: xxx.yyy.name comes from the .name registry, just like xxx.co.uk comes from the .uk registry.
Of course, ".name" might not work in the expected way, but it seems a likely explanation for the issue you report.
Sounds like the tech support agent and supervisor got it basically right.
I'm sure they could if they wanted to. Gandi will happily do it for $15/year. I can only assume they've decided it's not worth their time to do so.
Your xxx.yyy.name is a subdomain of yyy.name and thus beholden to it. Unless it's something like a .co.uk domain, which with you mentioning .name isn't the case.
Whom do you pay for xxx.yyy.name?
Look, you can register one yourself: https://imgur.com/tIESzRr
You're surely familiar with domains like foo.co.uk? You don't have to own co.uk to own or transfer foo.co.uk, even though it's the uk registry, not the co.uk registry.
Many many years ago, when YC was newish - I read a blog post featuring Drew. He registered the first Dropbox domain (getdropbox.com I think) on Namecheap. That's when I decided to give Namecheap a try, and I'm so glad I did.
Haven't been disappointed since. Thank you!
To be honest most providers suck. Another common scam these guys run is skinning you for renewals, its just messed up that sometimes i have to pay double to triple the price of buying the domain for renewals.
I've been less happy with Namecheap's abuse responses, unfortunately. I quit trying to report NC registered domains (or NC hosting), that were being used for clearly malicious activity.
I just miss .SE domains, I have quite a few of them and would really like to move them over to Namecheap. Keep up the great service, it’s really unique among registrars to be user friendly, cheap, well documented and without bloat and ads. Love it!
Some drawbacks of NC are some support need sharpen their skills and response more quickly, but in overall, I am really happy with everything namecheap did, and would love advise anyone try it.
I'm a very satisfied Namecheap customer :-)
Also, will Namecheap ever add a second factor method that isn’t SMS? Security aside, logging in just feels clunky.
On the flip side, when I hear GoDaddy used in any sentence - The hairs on the back of my neck stand up :(
Also Louis Rossman mentioned you in his latest video. That's what brought me here.
And then I remembered I had transferred them to namecheap a year ago. You guys are the best.
A few days later I was contacted by Hover support saying they were unable to acquire it. I'm now in the process of transferring everything to Namecheap.
A registrar takes your money & coordinates with TLD owner to add your domain to the master phone book. In about x time, minutes to hours to few days, all servers over the world has your domain's dns information. Most of the time registrar's job is done, & now hosting provider as well as dns servers come in picture.
Now, when a user types your domain, his internet provider or dns address server looks up the relevant ip & or ask around. Closest/fastest/reliable records are then used. Your registrar usually do not control or operate these servers, but Google 220.127.116.11, Cloud flare 18.104.22.168, your ISP & such operate these.
The geographic closeness to hosting servers is preferred, but I think geographic closeness to register doesn't matter much.
Your understanding is incorrect.
There are no issues with registering a domain via Namecheap when your users are in India (or anywhere else).
Once you've registered a domain, you can use any nameservers that you like -- regardless of their geographical location. You could use the free DNS service Namecheap includes with your domain registration, nameservers from the provider of your choice in India, or something like AWS Route 53, Cloudflare, or Google DNS, which all use anycast and have DNS servers around the globe (I don't know which of them, if any, have servers specifically in India, however).
I renewed a .com for an additional 9 years. When the order processed, it turns out domains can only be extended out to a maximum of 10 years, and this domain was still a few years away from expiry.
The order didn't go through and I wasn't charged.
The next day I got an email from NameCheap saying that they had manually charged me $80ish, renewed the domain for 3 years, and put the rest in the NameCheap wallet. None of which I asked for.
I went back and forth a couple times with support saying they would cancel my domain if I wanted the money refunded, when all I wanted was for this transaction I didn't ask for to be undone.
After they "made an exception" I transferred everything to PorkBun, which works just as nicely.
Usually all dictionary words, domains below 3chars, domains below 4chars, etc.
To make it more clear, if you need a domain which is registered in godaddy and has privacy protection enabled, please do not pay money to godaddy to broker a deal on behalf of you with the existing domain owner. They take huge sum of money, do nothing and stop responding. It's like giving your hard earned money for free to these godaddy scammers. One of the worst registrars and I don't want to open another can of worms with their really really bad service (hosting, emailing and all such services!)
If it was a ccTLD (2 characters on the TLD), they could also be sanctioned, depending on the rules of the extension.
The sanction can range from a (huge) fee, to a revocation of their accreditation, so it's not nothing.
And if GoDaddy reaches out to that customer on behalf of another customer, they don't reveal any private information. Each customer only sees their own interaction with GoDaddy. They don't see each others' info.
Charging for this is really shady, but not contacting the domain owner when requested is a registrar agreement violation.
Note that it's also the responsibility of the registrar to ensure that contact information of their registrants are correct.
Source - https://baremetrics.com/blog/scored-baremetrics-dot-com
I said yes and their process was extremely fast in the transfer and getting paid.
I use Google Domains now for my stuff.
Thanks for the heads up! Any recommendations for alternative methods for accomplishing this?