In the interest of full disclosure, we're NOT the cheapest registrar out there - nor the most expensive. :>
One of the biggest benefits of having us as your registrar is the convenience and peace of mind in having everything all handled by one company, and a company you can trust (in my humble-but-biased opinion!).
While we're probably a bit 'happier' helping with DH-registered domains (we have an affinity for our paychecks :>), the main thing is that it's kind of annoying to have to tell people to go to their registrar to make a change. It's much easier to support something when we're familiar with it, can give step-by-step instructions, etc.
Also, there are some shady registrars out there, not to mention some fairly unresponsive ones. There ARE some good ones too, I'm sure, though I haven't used anyone else since we started offering it. Anyone who wants to post a comparison between the different options, please feel free. We're not that afraid of the competition. :>
Those with a lot of experience in handling domain registration, or those registering tons of domains on a regular basic, might be best off with a cheap registration service. Then again, it's still nice to have everything under one 'roof'. Like anything, it depends on your needs.
On a related note, since this came up: DH-registered domains are 100% owned by the person who registered them, not matter what (well, until it expires at least). This even applies to those domains provided with our free domain registration promotion. We get asked about this pretty often.
- Jeff @ DreamHost
- DH Discussion Forum Admin