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dave

The Super Bowl is almost here, which reminds me, I need to move domains from GoDaddy...



If there's anything the Super Bowl is good for, it's a yearly reminder that we shouldn't be using GoDaddy to purchase domains. Similar to how the switch between Daylight Savings and Standard Time is a biannual reminder that we should change batteries in our smoke alarms, the Super Bowl provides a great opportunity for a equally beneficial public service.

That said, I'm ashamed to admit that I still have a few domains hosted with them, mostly out of sheer laziness. The last time I looked, transferring domains seemed like it was a daunting task (since I'm using WHOIS privacy, I think I was going to have to scan a passport and two forms of address verification to send in? It was something crazy.)

Has anyone gone through the process of moving their domains from GoDaddy to something like Name.com (or other registrars)? What is the process like?

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HughesNet

I have never had trouble transferring in or out ot Godaddy or it being any sort of abnormal process. That said though, why is it you don't like Godaddy? Is it just the owner? I have never had any trouble with the service they provide personally. I have several hundred domains registered there and several hosting accounts as well.
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dave

Eh, the stuff with the owner is one thing, but it's their obnoxious and degrading advertising that's been going on for nearly a decade that's really been bugging me. It makes me feel dirty and I just don't want my dollars being used for that sort of scummy marketing. Plus, their domain registration process is a bit scummy as they try to upsell you and tons of unnecessary products and services.

It's an idea that's been festering for awhile now.
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flackend

I agree. Also I've found their management tools frustrating and other words.

I've been using namecheap.com to register domain names for a year or two. I like to keep my domain registration and hosting separate. They've been awesome. Plus they just refreshed their site's design and it looks awesome (I'm a sucker for pretty UI). I'll try out name.com next time I need to register a domain.
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kineticartist

Ive never seen a single one of their ads and remember YOU have control of the remote as for the upselling they have made great strides in making the NO THANKS button more prominent but again its their protection of my many domains and their tools and their pricing that keeps me around not their silly commercials aimed at beer swilling gomers watching the Super brawl
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HughesNet

I would never be able to pass a lie detector test to which I said I didn't voluntarily watch far worse things. I don't see anything wrong personally with their ads. Sex sells and their ads honestly are rather puritan compared to ads in other countries. It isn't as though Danika is being forced to do them at gun point :)
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cjtylr

I've moved a few domains from GoDaddy to Hover. Was relatively painless - I have no complaints.
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kineticartist

whats wrong with Godaddy their domain manager and DNS editor is top notch puts other registrars to shame If its their commercials well your real problem is you are watching the crappy super bowl in the first place
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dave

Hahaha. Well played.

I've actually enjoyed Name.com's domain management tools a bit more, so I'd prefer to keep things in one place. I've also heard a few people mention Hover, which I wasn't aware of.
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kineticartist

Ive been with godaddy for so long and have so many domains and ALl my experiences with register.com name.com net sol tucows (barf.wav) directnic.com have left me cold as to tools and features and ease of moving away from some of these mentioned are downright draconian when you want to move away from them where as GoDaddy makes it easy and painless to move away or move to but Id NEVER buy hosting from them My servers kick their servers Arses every day all day
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Dignan17

I respectfully disagree. They practically hide their DNS editor and it's much more of a pain with fewer options than other competitors.
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Dignan17

I've moved several of my domains and several clients' domains from GoDaddy to other registrars. My host/registrar is Bluehost, but I've used Domain.com and Hover as well. GoDaddy is always the most annoying part of the process, mostly because they require a long amount of time to unlock your domain. I once tried to transfer a domain at least three weeks before it was set to renew at GoDaddy, and they insisted that I not unlock/transfer the domain within a month of expiration. The transfers themselves are usually painless, but take forever to complete.

I'm not a fan of GoDaddy because their interface is terrible. For me, they're tied with Network Solutions for the worst UI in the business, at least among the major players.
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groovechicken

I moved a client from Network Solutions to Hover and the process was not so bad. For my own domains, I use Omnis because they are cheap and include free zone hosting and editing when you use them for registration. The editor is pretty good and the tools are well organized. I forgot how good they are until I set up the zone for one of my domains at fastmail and saw the contrast.

I also am not a fan of GoDaddy on multiple levels, especially the way they do business and marketing.
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johncolucci

I remember having this thought last year and then I never got to it, and just two weeks ago I Transferred IN a domain to GoDaddy and am locked there for 2 years. Oh well. But I hear the ads this year will be a lot less salacious as they have a new CEO in place.
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