Seeing Jillian Michael's face when I'm buying a domain or setting up DNS records for a client is pretty much the last thing I want to see.
I guess you could say SOPA was the last straw. Transferring 47 domains cost a pretty penny, but it feels really good to leave that circus behind.
I went with Namecheap, primarily because I've heard good things about them and this blog post made it easy. I like how simple and snappy their web site is. Much quicker and easier to use than Godaddy...and no Jillian Michaels staring me down.
And if you have any domains that still have a few years left in their registration, that is supposed to transfer with the domains.
Big relief having finally gotten off my butt to do that. Well worth the $200+ and at least that renews them all for an extra year at the same time, so it's not like I wouldn't have spent it anyway (just not all at once).
One of our customers wrote a great transfer how-to that can be found here... https://twitter.com/technologypoet/status/150084142577623042
...and to head off any bandwagon jumping criticisms, we've been publicly opposed to this sort of legislative gerrymandering long before Godaddy stepped out in favour of it... https://www.hover.com/blog/hover-opposes-sopa
172 domains for roughly $1400 @ NameCheap. I had been experimenting with several registrars and they've 'felt' the best so far.
I'd move to Namecheap right now if
1) They took my American Express card, they only take Visa/MC
2) They would auto-renew my domains
Then it's just a matter of waiting for everything to finalize. I started the process this morning and it still isn't finalized.
1) How does one transfer all the DNS information, including the A and MX records (anything else I need?)? Is this all provider-specific? Or can they just port in the existing data?
2) When I'm ready, I'd want to set up a web site, and especially a mail server. Any recommendations? (I know this has been asked plenty in the past, but this seems a good time to make a list excluding GoDaddy)
But if you are talking about moving over just dns servers (not the records that are in those dns servers) that is automatically ported over when you change registrars. But if the dns servers are the dns servers of the registrar that isn't what you want. Which is one of the reasons to use third party dns. If you switch registrars the gaining registrar automatically sets the primary and secondary dns to what it was at the old registrar.
I wrote this fast but if you have any questions let me know. This is what I do.
To answer about mail server depends on whether you mean the mail server will run on your equipment or on a VPS or?
This cannot be emphasized enough. Do not use your registrar's DNS. Do not use your registrar's hosting. Do not use your host's DNS.
The three elements -- domain registration, DNS, and web hosting -- should be segregated. That way, if you have problems with one, through chance, malice, or incompetence, you can exercise the other two items to work around the issue.
If your web host is DDOSed, change the DNS entries to point to another host; minimizing downtime.
If your DNS servers are taken offline by legal action against the company that owns them, change the published servers at your registrar.
If your registrar goes bankrupt, your DNS and hosting will continue running smoothly while ICANN handles the domain management.
While you're at it, host your email somewhere different than your webhost. If you're account gets disabled because of a billing mistake, you want to get the email that tells you about it, right?
It's not even that expensive to implement these steps -- $25, maybe $50 per year. If you are at all serious about something on the Internet, spend the extra money!
I'm not saying it isn't smart I am just wondering if you have any examples of the others actually occurring.
Police Raids: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/04/data-centers-ra/ http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/22/fbi_data_centre_raid...
Shutdown Registrars: http://domainnamewire.com/2009/10/12/directnic-picks-up-red-... http://blog.domaintools.com/2007/03/registerfly-terminated-b...
You can never know what the company executives or managers might be getting up to, so -- as basic risk management -- you should prepare for catastrophic events.
2) This might be helpful for email / website / blog hosting: http://iwantmyname.com/services – these hosted apps and services can all be used with your own domain.
(Full disclosure: I'm a co-founder at iWantMyname)
Note the tip at the end: you usually have to wait the full 5 day waiting period when transferring a domain out of GoDaddy because they let the domain auto ack at the end, however you can speed things up using the technique described in this help article on their site: http://help.godaddy.com/article/6040?locale=en
Copied here in case they remove it. :-)
To Accept or Decline a Transfer to Another Registrar
Log in to your Account Manager.
In the My Products section, click Domains/Domain Manager.
From the Domains menu, select Pending Transfers.
Select the domain name(s) you are transferring to another registrar, and then click Accept/Decline.
Select one of the following:
Accept — This option might speed up the pending transfer's completion.
Decline — This option cancels the pending transfer, which causes it to fail.
Click OK twice. We process your request within 30 minutes.
I don't mind paying some, but just need it to be ultra easy :)
Which essentially means that you cannot transfer any domains out of GoDaddy without losing your anonymity.
Is it allowed to use a fictional name?
184.108.40.206 A Registered Name Holder's willful provision of inaccurate or unreliable information, its willful failure promptly to update information provided to Registrar, or its failure to respond for over fifteen (15) calendar days to inquiries by Registrar concerning the accuracy of contact details associated with the Registered Name Holder's registration shall constitute a material breach of the Registered Name Holder-registrar contract and be a basis for cancellation of the Registered Name registration.
I knew a guy in college (super disreputable, FWIW, so I don't necessarily believe everything he said) who claimed that one of the first tricks up his sleeve when he was launching a new site was to file complaints about incorrect WHOIS data against all his competitors (and sometimes against random sites with useful keyword content and a bit of pagerank) and then pounce on the domains if they opened up so he could point them to his new site. He told me that often enough to be useful to him, people either failed to respond to the verification requests in time, or had actually provided false data, and he was able to either snatch their domains or at least cause some trouble.
So I probably wouldn't recommend messing around with phony data, better just to set up some contact info that you don't mind having out in the open.
I do have a question for anyone who could help: Can I transfer a domain which is set to expire in 2019? And, are there typically fees for transferring a domain?
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can someone advise?
Personally I'd like to hear NC's take on the incident before I pass judgement on that post, but if you're not comfortable with them, find another registrar that you are OK with. The whole point is that GoDaddy are bad, not that NameCheap are good.
(Demian Sellfors is the CEO.)
(and I've used nearly a dozen registrars, not just resellers)
You can be out in under 4 hours, all depends on how fast the registry responds.
The problem with boycotts is they are based on the following things:
1) The spending power of the boycotter.
2) The potential spend of the boycotter on the relevant service/product.
3) The amount of influence you have over others to boycott.
So whilst you can move your handful of personal domains that you were using for your hobby website or small startup elsewhere, the biggest spenders on domains I would imagine are going to be medium-large businesses.
These are much more cautious to join a boycott unless there is obvious PR benefit (e.g fairtrade or animal testing free products spring to mind) because they are beholden to shareholders and are generally conservative when it comes to changing suppliers unless there is a clear cost-benefit. The only people in the organization that are likely to care about this will be the techies who unless they are the CIO/CTO do not have the influence to affect domain purchasing decisions.
The conversation probably goes approximately like this:
Boss: Good day underling! Please secure us the following list of 100 domain names from the great godaddy, lord of the DNS!
Techie: But sir , we shouldn't use godaddy. There is an active boycott because of SOPA, how about company X instead?
Boss: What is this SOPA of which you speak?
Techie: explains SOPA
Boss: Damn hippies! I neither understand nor care for their plight, godaddy is cheaper and we already have an account with them. I know not of this company X, do they advertise at the superbowl?
Boss: Please do as I command and grace godaddy with our pieces of silver.
Techie: enters company credit card details at godaddy.com
Use the "sopasucks" discount code, it takes $1.99 off each .com domain. For some reason, .me transfers are much more expensive than .com transfers: $19.99 vs $8.98
I believe that their support of the SOPA could be looked at as their last straw for me. I'm planning on moving all of my domains on Dec 29 unless they change their stance on SOPA. However, even if they did change their stance I don't think it could really save me as a customer considering all of the other aforementioned issues.
Unless you host your DNS externally (and you have GoDaddy configured to use those), you will have to switch to Namecheap's nameservers and I believe reconfigure your records.
For a smooth transition, you could change your nameserver configuration on GoDaddy before transferring, and then have Namecheap keep the settings.
EDIT: Just noticed another commenter mention that you can export your zones from GoDaddy.
And nameservers will transfer.
What a windfall for Namecheap.
(I am not affiliated with namecheap, the promo code or anything related. I am just cheap :-p)
EDIT: gandi.net looks like the best bet if anyone else needs both .me and .it.
The domain,authcode trick in the bulk form doesn't work. Make sure to enter the unquoted auth codes for those domains in the cart during transfer.
Transferring anyway :)