Registering a domain is like making an investment, and the registry is like your investment partner. That why the first and foremost factor we consider when choosing registry is its credibility. If we have mistakenly chosen an untrustworthy registry and it registered the domain with its information (but not yours), you have let others registered a good domain without actknowledging. When the registry is bankrupt, we then have to work to confirm the ownership of the domain, transfer to another register and tons of complicated and time consuming procedures. A good registry not only guarantee long term cooperation, but it also provide invaluable ideas of domain maintenance and value-adding with its expertise.
The safest way would be registering through ICANN authorized registries. Problem is they are mostly located in USA and contact may become an issue. Now the domain marketing is open, most registries leave the selling duty to registrars. When choosing registry, we should make sure if it is ICANN authorized, and if its information can be found in the ICANN website.
Please note that some websites that offer domain registration service are actually re-sellers but not real registrars. They registered domains in bulk from registrars at low prices and directly provide them to users. The price may be low, but the length of service may vary with the sales performance, resulting in extension fee problems.
Last and most importantly, when registering a domain, we must make sure if we have the ownership of that domain. A good registry will help you register a domain with your certified documents, making you the owner of the domain. When negotiating a contract, it should be clearly stated which party owns the domain, and demand a prove of the final decision. If no prove is presented, it is possible that your domain being set for auction when you’re building a website in it.
What services do good registries provide other than registering domains?
Good registries normally go the extra mile to think more than their clients do. Other than domain registration, they also provide us with a wide range of add-on services, including domain forwarding and domain server. Here we go through some more important ones.
Domain forwarding: when your site is not yet ready after registering a domain, you my redirect traffics from your domain to others with a ready-to-use website. This service can help companies with more than one domain too. Take a website selling fruit with fruit.com domain as an example. More domains like buyfruit.com , fruitshop.com and fruit.com.hk can be registered, so that when people enter one of those, they will be able to reach your site directly. This of course needs you to register other domains beforehand. One obvious advantage is boosting website audience due to increased channels.
Domain owner’s information protection: normally, domain registration information, including the name, address and phone no. of the contact person, are publicly listed in the WHOIS database. That means anyone could get those personal information from the database.It was originally set up to ensure the legitimacy, usability and connectability when it comes to domain transfer. Yet the database could be exploited by criminals for illegitimate uses. To cope with the situation, some domain registrars offer information protection services, that use the information of the registrar to disguise as the domain owner, leaving the domain owners free from malicious attempts to reach their personal information.
Domain value evaluation: if you have a really cool domain, let it be newerp.com , open for bidding but you don’t know how to set a right price for it. This service helps you analyse and investigate so that you have a market price for reference.
The above mentioned add-on services are especially useful for those who just registered a domain. For more information, you might visit some of the more sizeble registrars, such as networksoltuons.com , register.com , godday.com & udomain.net , where details of add-on services are clearly listed.