Where to register a domain. Price comparison

    Until recently, I had three problems with domain registration:

    • Choose a domain and quickly check its availability.
      Any domain name registrar offers you a form in which you enter the desired word, asks you to send it, wait a few seconds, find out if the name is free. Then repeat. If you are in a highly competitive niche where all the vocabulary names are busy, then you can spend several hours behind this fascinating activity. This problem for me for several years resolved domainr , which checks the domains as soon as you enter their names.

    • Set aside some successful domains to choose the best after.
      This is incredible, but almost no service, except namemesh , allows you to add domains to your favorites. Unfortunately, he asks to register as we all love this. On the sites of registrars, the problem is solved using the basket. First, add everything to the order, then throw out the excess. Long, uncomfortable, there are no options before my eyes.

    • Buy a domain where it is sold and where it is cheaper.
      The problem of registrar accreditation concerns primarily newTLD domains ( .bike , .restaurant , .tools and others). Your favorite registrar can easily have .travel , but no .work . Finding out who can register the already familiar .io domain for you is not a trivial task, not to mention finding a place to make it cheaper.

      The registrar’s task is to record the domain in a single database and provide a range of services related to the address (DNS, SSL and others). Current realities are such that almost all registrars offer the same services, but charge completely different money for this. And if the difference of 300 rubles for the purchase of a .ru domain from different registrars is not particularly important, then registering a dozen typo domains in the .net zone can cost from 3,000 to 13,000 rubles depending on the registrar ( $ 8.99 / 650 p / $ 34.99 ) .

    Three weeks ago, work on the next project was completed and I ended up in free swimming. Thinking about what to do next, I looked through the accumulated list of ideas. I wanted to do something simple, to master a couple of new technologies and solve a pressing problem. Suddenly, the puzzle has developed.

    I offer your attention Here is Domain .

    The service answers the questions “can I register the somadomain.tld domain?” As simply and quickly as possible. and “at which registrar and at what price?” In the appendix favorites, a search that remembers what you are interested in and some statistics.

    Who needs this?


    With this phrase, a dialogue began with a colleague who owns a reseller site and owns several dozen domains.
    - Who needs this? He asked skeptically. - Ordinary people do not care, but professionals already know where what prices are.
    - And you, for example, where do you get .com ?
    - Here , 412 rubles. I have big turns, and therefore the maximum discount.
    - Look, on this list there are at least four registrars who sell .com cheaper than 412 rubles.
    - Um, interesting ...

    Details


    It was very difficult to force ourselves to step over the perfectionist filter and show the project, which is at the alpha stage. On the other hand, it is better to understand earlier whether the project meets the interests of the audience, than to achieve the ideal for half a year and understand that you are doing nonsense.

    About whois


    Before diving into the depths of dns, whois-servers, IANA and ICANN rules, registrars and domain exchanges, my understanding of the industry was rather superficial. Problems began already at the stage of polling remote servers. Professionals may not read, but people unrelated to server administration will be interested to know that answering the question “is this domain registered” is a very non-trivial task.

    Firstly, each domain has a whois server at an address that is not associated with the domain. So whois.monic.mo server answers questions about the .mo domain , and whois.ksregistry.net tells about .mini .

    Secondly, information about some domains can be obtained only by requesting it by email (!) Or by entering a request on the site and filling in the captcha (hello, .es ). There are workarounds, and so far I’m thinking about them.

    Thirdly, servers issue information in a completely different form and in different languages. Some servers have a hard limit on the number of calls to them (hello, .ru ). There are servers that deal exclusively with redirects to others, but their databases are often unreliable.

    I was even confused when a colleague asked me: “What is the difficulty? Well, the answer is the console command whois domain.tld . "

    About IDN and new domains


    IDN - this is when part of the domain or the entire address is written in a language other than Latin. The story is quite new (unlike whois servers) and it would seem standardized. In practice, no one knows the uniform rules by which one or another name can or cannot be written. There are public tables , but they are not complete, they do not have an impressive part of the domains (hello, .rf ). In fact, in order to write a test for the correct name in the .ad zone , you need to find the site’s site owners and it may publish the rules.

    In 2011, the New gTLD program was adopted, which made it possible to register any top-level domains. Strict standards appeared here, for example, on whois-servers, but it became very difficult to determine the price of a domain at the time of pre-order or priority registration. Registrars display domains on their interfaces that will be such only in a few months. Domain prices during the period of priority registration can often be found out only by putting the address in the basket on the registrar's website.

    About the name of the service


    Despite the difficulties and deviations from the standards in the domain market, the most difficult was to find a name for the service. Ironically, a domain search service has been looking for a domain for almost a week. The thing is that the word domain as such is used in an incredible combination of parsed names. However, nothing surprising.

    In trying to find the name, I even used the Textdreamer service . Dozens of $ 99 freelancers generate hundreds of titles. Oh, these incredible fruits of creative thought! My psyche was enough to read up to this option and close the contest, stopping the counter on 710 proposed domains.



    Interesting Facts


    • Registrars are trickier one another. For example, 1 & 1 will register almost any domain for you for $ 0.99. Moreover, he will require registration for several years at once. Obviously, prices for future years are far from market prices.
    • Or else, Domain.com will sell you the .rich domain for only $ 10, but the second year will cost $ 2800.
    • The biggest difference among the national domains in terms of money is with the .na domain (difference in $ 1950). In percentage - .cf (a difference of 76 times), .cn (a difference of 23 times).
    • The cheapest domains to date: .info , .pp.ua and .pw
    • A list of registrars with domains that they register is cheaper than anyone else.


    What are your plans?


    The first and most important thing is to understand whether I am suffering from garbage, and whether there is a real need for what I do. As soon as this stage is completed, I plan to take the following steps.
    • More registrars are better. It often makes sense to add a local registrar just for the sake of cheap local domains. For example, エ ル ド メ イ ン sells .jp domains for about 920 rubles, while the nearest competitor is more than 2,000.
    • Now the interface displays only the fact of employment and it is assumed that if the domain domain is busy, then go ahead, choose another. Although, in fact, a huge number of domains are occupied by squatters and put up on all kinds of exchanges. If I have a domain on the exchange, I plan to immediately display its value.
    • You must carefully divide the domains into those that support IDN and the rest. For those who support, validate and warn correctly if something is wrong. Now it only works for a few Cyrillic domains like .sayt , .rf , Ukr , and a couple of other.
    • The next step is to make the search more intelligent. You can add prefixes, hyphens, postfixes to the domain, remove vowels, replace consonant fragments (x -> cs, s -> z), reduplicate (data -> dadata) and other lexical tricks.


    Other services


    Here is a complete list of services that I have found and which have something similar to what I did.
    • Domparison Prices at many registrars for some popular domain zones.
    • Namemesh You can choose a domain with prefixes, variations in spelling and in several zones. There are links and prices for four registrars.
    • Domaintyper The closest idea to speed verification. Unfortunately, only a couple of registrars and a few zones.
    • Bustaname Probably a convenient tool for selection. Unfortunately, only five zones and a few registrars.
    • Domai.nr A project that inspired me on a venture. I borrowed the idea of ​​the interface from these guys.

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