1and1 are not a great registrar, and this has caused is some issues in the past:
- inflexibility of renewal periods is difficult for fixed-term projects (with fixed-term budgets) that have a requirement to maintain a web presence after the project has concluded
- bad support (who recommend letting a domain expire so it can be renewed for a different length of time)
- poor interface makes updating registrations and DNS difficult and more error-prone than it should be
The following are alternative registrars we are considering:
|Name||URL||.com price||.org price||.co.uk price||.org.uk price||Multiyear renewals||DNS cost||DNS as code||review/rating||other|
|$12||$12||$12||unlisted, presumably available||Yes||Google Nameservers - Included||likely, unclear||Reliable, but no direct support||As AWS, but less good documentation and tooling|
Basic - free
Premium - $5.00/year
|no, but Zonefile available on request||Great, commonly recommended||Prices are often lower, they run sales frequently|
|Hover||$12.99||$13.99||$9.99||$9.99||Yes||Basic - free||unlikely, unclear||Good, occasionally recommended||More consumer focused, no 24/7 support|
|Gandi.net||E12.54||E15.20||E8.00||E8.00||Unlcear, but likely||Basic - free||unlikely, unclear||Good, limited exposure so not a great sample size||Has a good rep, but feels and looks as old as 1and1, which makes me nervous for maintenance|
$0.50 per hosted zone (domain and its subdomains) per month
$0.400 per million queries per month (first billion queries)
$0.350 per million after that
|Yes, via Route53 and cli53|
Great, commonly recommended
Developer favorite, generally good, popular for ANAME records (not necessarily useful for us now)
AWS is a good platform in general, and might be useful for other projects in the future.
SLA is easily discoverable on the AWS docs (which are awesome).
|1and1||1and1.co.uk||$14.99||$19.99||unlisted, but available||unlisted, but available||No||Basic - free||no||Generally bad||Current provider|
Be aware, the review option is quite anecdotal, and there is no one clear ranking. I have tried to give an idea of the average of reviews, and how frequently they occur.