I registered yet another domain today (terrible habit to have) and I noticed something odd when i was at the godaddy cart review page.
They do a nice little tricky number on you by presenting their domain registration plans in a manner that suggests that you can ONLY hide your personal contact info if you choose a business registration. Which is 4 dollars extra. On top of that, when you DO choose it, it shows up as 4 dollars for the business plan, PLUS another 4 dollars for "private registration services".
Well foo, I thought that's what the business plan was for. Alright, well I'll remove the business plan then if I don't need it for private registration.
Really though, "private registration services" for 40% of the domain cost? That really should be free. Oh well.
To make matters worse, I only just noticed that I don't need the business plan for private registration. I've registered a few domains through them with business plan private registration. In other words, 8 dollars on top of the $9.95 yearly registration fee. Oh and by the way, you have to be extra sure that you're only paying for a year. Their default selection on the dropdown is for 2 years of registration. Shady? Nah... everybody knows we naturally measure time in increments of two years.
Anyway... I say to myself "hey... i remember dreamhost giving me a free domain when I signed up way back when. That means they've gotta be a legit registrar. I wonder if they trick their customers into paying 80% more than necessary."
Worried, yet not without hope, I travel to the trusty wiki.dreamhost.com and type in "private domain registration". 3rd result on the list is "Domain WHOIS Privacy Service (1,513 bytes)". Ah yes, 1,513 bytes of a potential better way.
I scan the page for some info and see that DreamHost addresses the issue of privacy by saying that
Oh come on DH, don't jerk me around...
But wait! They understand after all!
I continue to read about how DH kindly offers their "proxy" contact info for anybody who registers domains through them. For free! No seemingly required business registration plan! Not even a four dollar "private registration fee"!
And that brings me current. GoDaddy, today I realized that you are no gentleman. Come renewal time, I'm moving to DH.
And honestly, I should have realized this way earlier. I've been hosted here since Nov 05. GoDaddy isn't any cheaper, there's no reason I should have had my domain and hosting services separate for so long.
The moral of the story: If you register your domains through somebody else and are mainly hosted here: ask yourself why. If the answer is "they're cheaper" then good for you. If your answer is "cause I've been using registrar x forever", you might want to reconsider the validity of that reason.
Ok, I'm done now. That was a nice vent.