I have been using GoDaddy for several years, but I recently also added NameSilo as a domain registrar I use. The first thing that caught me was the fact that you can buy a .com domain for $8.99, and this price includes both the cost of Whois protection and the ICANN fee. And this is not just a first year intro price, you get the same price each year!
And actually when I first visited their pricelist, they had a sale on .com domains for $6.99, and they also have quantity discounts. You can check out the NameSilo pricelist here (opens in a new tab). They have the lowest prices on the internet and you can pay with a credit card or with a verified PayPal address.
If you transfer $50 to your NameSilo account and you use that balance to purchase domains instead of your credit card, you get additional discount. (You need to enable the Discount Program feature and you need to verify your credit card’s ownership with them first.)
How can they be so cheap? They don’t inflate their pricing to cover costs such as expensive celebrity spokespeople, vanity phone numbers, Super Bowl advertising, or non-domain-related technical and support staff. There are certain costs associated with running an effective domain registrar, but they are fanatical about avoiding non-essential expenses which allows them to keep their prices so low.
The next thing that I noticed was their site speed. I didn’t have to wait long for the pages to load. Their customer service is great. You can contact them in whatever medium that suits you. Call them, email them or simply chat with them.
NameSilo Expired Domains & Auction
My next surprise came when I realized that they have a domain auction market: they sell their expired domains and you can sell your own domains, even if it is registered with another registrar. You can list them as an auction, but also as an offer/counteroffer and you can put the domains you are interested in on your watchlist.
It has a detailed search function – category, buy now price, reserve, age, number of bids, number of characters in the domain name, dashes, numbers. You can also download domain names to a csv file.
Their sales commission is 3.5-7%, the lowest in the industry. They give you a sales landing page where you can customize the color, text, etc. They also handle the payment processing, so you don’t need a third party or an escrow company. Then they pay you with PayPal or wire transfer. You can also choose to sell your domain with a payment plan.
When you sell your domain, you can push it to another NameSilo member’s account right from your control panel, you just need their user name. Here is a tutorial on how you can set up your own market site for domain sales, which are mobile friendly.
If you want to bid on an expired domain, you will immediately notice that NameSilo has a very interesting pricing for its expired domains, beating GoDaddy by miles. In the last 24 hours of the domain’s expiry the auction price is only $1! If there is one day left, the fee is $5, $15 for two days, $25 for three days and $50 for 4 days and above.
Unfortunately most of their domains are not very aged, 2013 and later.
Unfortunately domains are a key target for hackers, spammers and other criminals. Having a user name and a password doesn’t prove to be enough security in today’s internet. All domains are always locked at the registry level. This means that no changes can be made to your domains at the registry level.
Namesilo also provides you with a Domain Locking feature, so that no one will transfer your domain to any other registrar, even if they guess your user name and password. You also get the Domain Defender with Namesilo. Your domain name gets secured with security questions that are necessary to pass in order to change the domain name server or any other feature.
In addition to all this, there is also a 2-Factor Authentication, which is specifically intended to protect your account from being improperly accessed. With these features, you feel absolutely safe.
Whois Email Verification
As part of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), ICANN began enforcing a new rule requiring registrars to verify Registrant contact information used in WHOIS. NameSilo will email the email address used as the Registrant contact role for all domains immediately upon registration or transfer completion of a domain. Also, removing WHOIS Privacy or updating the contact information used for the Registrant of a domain will trigger verification.
Registrars are required to deactivate any domains for which email verification has not been completed within 15 days of initial notification. Deactivation entails placing the domain on clientHold status which entirely disables the domain including web site, email and any other services used by the domain.
The Transfer Manager displays the status of all of your incoming domain transfers. Transferring domains between registrars is a strictly regulated process that can undergo various paths before the transfer is completed. You can cancel your transfer request at any time before the transfer has been completed.
Other NameSilo Features
You also get free domain parking and you can keep 100 percent of the revenue.
If you use multiple registrars, with their free domain link product you can view all of your domains in one place.
If you have a domain portfolio, you can assign your domains to different domain groups. You also get a discount for purchasing bulk domains, or if you load your account with at least $50 and you purchase from your account balance (you need to verify your credit card before you can do that.)
They also have an affiliate program AND a reseller program. As part of the reseller program you can sell domains on your own website (you need to provide customer service to your own customers). You can also brand your interface with your company info and you charge your customers the fees that you set, while you buy the domains at wholesale price.
You can also create sub-accounts to handle your clients’ domains.