Netfirms vs. GoDaddy (domain registrar)


I’ve been using Netfirms as a domain registrar now for a couple years.  So far so good!  They’re cheap ($6.99 / year!) and the site is easy-to-use.

Well, actually…my only complaint is that I wish they would allow registration of .US extensions.  I’m not entirely sure but I’m guessing it’s because they’re based out of the UK and registrars must be American to offer .US extensions.

Not too long ago I had a keyword phrase that had a good monthly search / competition ratio so I decided to register the domain.  Unfortunately all the popular extensions were taken (.COM, .NET, .ORG) – even hyphenated – so I decided to go for a .US.

That lead me on the unfortunate path to GoDaddy, the self-proclaimed “World’s #1 Registrar” (no joke!).  Holy crap are they ever terrible.

Let me list the ways:

  • A maze of pages before you can complete your order that attempt to trick you in a multitude of ways to pay more money for extra crap you don’t want or need
  • Phone calls after you’ve bought a domain to sell you more shit (first time in my life a registrar has ever called me)
  • The privacy feature IS NOT *free* (so the public can see the phone # and address associated with your domain)

Anyhoo, the moral of the story is…Netfirms good, GoDaddy terrible (regardless of how beautiful their models are).

7 comments for “Netfirms vs. GoDaddy (domain registrar)

  1. L
    June 10, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    I hear ya! I can’t stand GoDaddy. Their site is like a virus – once you get in you can’t get out. If they didn’t have an awesome marketing department that does superbowl ads they’d be finished.

  2. Gus
    June 25, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Been with netfirms for over 3 years…def’ the cheapest domains…godaddy’s up sales options seem like the early days if pop up advertising..not needed

  3. KonstantinMiller
    July 6, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Hello, can you please post some more information on this topic? I would like to read more.

  4. April 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    What do you think about namecheap?

    • May 6, 2010 at 10:53 am

      Sorry Wibowo, haven’t heard much about them or used them myself.

  5. June 5, 2011 at 6:42 am

    What is the performance between them?

  6. June 5, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Update – NetFirms started charging extra for Domain Privacy so now I use They seem to be the cheapest registrar for >1 year.

Comments are closed.