Register domain names at my Registry Rocket account (a service of eNom, based locally in Bellevue, Washington).
GoDaddy’s navigation and site usability is a nightmare. And I grow tired of the constant ‘would-you-like-fries-with-that’ sales approach. Plus, I’m not a big fan of politically conservative corporations.
In 2009, the Go Daddy Group spent $538,000 on lobbying. In 2008, the Group contributed $37,200 to the Republican Party (vs. $250 to the Democratic Party). Source: OpenSecrets.org.
While I’m all for individuals making their own political choices, I do not like paying vendors to use my money to further corporate politics.
I’ll keep looking for a truly neutral domain registrar (where’s the Working Assets progressive registrar that donates to nonprofits?).
Consider purchasing/renewing domains for at least two years to help with search engine optimization.
The Digital Eve listserv recently compiled some other recommended domain registrars – including: Dotster and Hover.