I might be late to the game on this one but I thought I’d write about it anyways. A couple of weeks ago techradar wrote an article about their favorite domain registrars. Rather than going with a top five or top ten list they went with a top six list, which is a little weird but who cares.
Before I go any further I know you want to see the list so here it is:
- Go Daddy
- Google Domains
Oh, one other weird thing, the url for this article is: https://www.techradar.com/news/best-domain-registrars-in-2019 which would make you think it’s about their favorite domain registrars in 2019, but it’s actually about their favorite domain registrars in 2020. I think they actually just wrote over their 2019 post?
Okay – now whether you agree with this list or not (note, I don’t but I’m not going to do a deep dive into my favorite registrars right now) one thing I didn’t quite get was the pros and cons they came up with for each registrar.
I’ll run through these because honestly, they are weird.
Domain.com – the pro is listed as “free website builder with domain purchase” and that’s the only pro. This is something that a ton of registrars offer and while it’s definitely a pro, it shouldn’t be the only pro and it’s not really a pro they have over other registrars, like their #2 pick Go Daddy which also has a free website builder.
Go Daddy – so with Go Daddy one of the pros is “telephone support” but Domain.com also has telephone support and I think most if not all of the other registrars on this list do too…and like I said above, Go Daddy also has a free website builder. The only con listed for Go Daddy is “high prices” which is confusing since Go Daddy has some of the best pricing out there.
Hover – for some reason a pro for Hover is “fair pricing” but it costs more to register a .COM there than at Go Daddy…but Go Daddy’s con is high prices?!?
Dynadot and Namecheap – both had no cons and I’ll be honest, both of these registrars rock IMHO. That being said, there are some things that Domain.com and Go Daddy offer that they don’t so weird that they didn’t get a single con, seems only fair right?
Google Domains – while Go Daddy got hit with the “high prices” con, Google Domains got “Fractionally above average prices” when I think their prices are almost always higher than Go Daddy’s.
So yeah, while I am a fan of techradar I think this article came out pretty strange. From the top six list to the weird URL and the strange selections of pros and cons that seem to miss the true pros and cons of each it reads like an article trying to get clicks and generate revenue rather than providing useful well-researched content.
That being said, this is a solid list of registrars but they missed a few like 101Domain which is must for ccTLDs, still I like it more than this article that lists Shopify as one of their favorite registrars, so I guess it could be worse!