Where to register your domain(s)
I have found three registrars that I am happy with. There are others that are ok. I stay as far away from godaddy for several reasons. First the interface there sucks, unless you like to buy every upsell they can throw at you, and you can’t just say “take my money and let me move on”. Their prices are rarely as low as the others, with he exception an occasional sale special.
I like Name.com best. They have the best and quickest interface of any. They also offer free privacy and quick free setup of Google Apps. The only potential problem with them is that their support is not 24/7 but Monday-Friday 8am to 6pm Mountain Time (UTC -7).
Here are their current prices:
.com, .biz, .net, .us, Initial registration: $8.99 Renewal $9.99 Transfer $7.99
You can save just under $1 on most of those prices with a coupon code that changes from time to time.
Check Retail me NOT before you go to name.com.
Number 2 on my list is Namecheap
.com, .net, .org, .biz, .us, .info Initial registration: $8.99 Renewal $9.99 Transfer $6.99*
* Using coupon code switch2nc
Number 3 on my list is Netfirms
.com, .net, .org, Initial registration $7.99 Renewal $9.95 Transfer $7.99
With a coupon code 104domspecial
A small caveat: Most of the registrars advertise 24/7 support, however their bookkeeping departments generally keep “banker’s” hours, and due to fraud concerns place a hold until the bookkeeper reviews the transaction. It is best to set up a credit balance in the morning to cover any purchases you intend to complete at night or on Friday morning for weekend purchases. (USA Time GMT-5/9)