Welcome, Guest. [ Log In ]
Question   Why would I want to get a domain from DreamHost?
Search KBase


Related Links:
· Is there a way to get this domain for free?
· Domain Registration Agreement

Top 5 in this Area:
1. What is the difference between domain registration and web hosting?
2. Is there a way to get this domain for free?
3. How can I view my list of domains?
4. Does registering a domain mean I can publish my site right away?
5. Why would I want to get a domain from DreamHost?

 
Why would I want to get a domain from DreamHost?
That's a good question. At their core, every domain registrar out there is offering exactly the same thing.. adding an entry to Network Solution's database for you. There really is no difference in the core service every registrar provides.

So what is the difference between registrars? Is there anything that makes one better than another? Should one just pick a registrar at random? No, actually there are some important things that individual registrars have control of:

  • The end price charged to users per domain per year.
  • The interface end users have to register, modify, transfer, renew, pay for, and generally manage their domain registrations.
  • The stability, speed, and security of that interface.
  • The customer service provided to end users.
  • Value added features they can think of to offer.
  • The domain registration agreement you must agree to.
So when deciding on a domain registrar, you should compare them on the basis of these six qualities. There is no other difference in the service they provide.

Here is a quick summary of how we do in those departments.

  • The end price charged to users per domain per year.

  • $9.95/year with no minimum commitment is definitely in the mid-range of the price scale. Many places that are cheaper require bulk purchases of some sort.

  • The interface end users have to register, modify, transfer, renew, pay for, and generally manage their domain registrations.

  • We have really prided ourself on making all aspects of managing your domain registration fast and easy to use, as well as totally automated and available 24/7. Our site provides all the tools necessary to do each of these things directly, while also taking the complexity out of registering different TLDs (such as .info and .la) by offering exactly the same interface to every tld.

  • The stability, speed, and security of that interface.

  • Our registration interface is built on the same foundation as our webhosting, which we started doing in 1996. Every day DreamHost is responsible for the uninterrupted service of over 60,000 websites. More than 300 linux servers keep our systems up and running at a blazing speed. Our system administrators take an active stance towards security and we keep full back ups of all customer and internal data that we can recover in short order in the case of catastrophic failure.

  • The customer service provided to end users.

  • Our customer service team really is second to none. We recommend you view our DreamHost Accolades area to see what independently-operated webhost review sites have to say about us.

  • Value added features they can think of to offer.

  • We offer a free "coming soon" page for every domain you register with us, or the option to mirror or redirect your domain to any URL. We also offer unlimited email aliases @yourdomain.com for free just for registering it with us! What we don't offer are things like t-shirts with your domain name on it or trademark searches or search engine submission services (it's really easy to submit your site yourself if you need to). All our value added services are completely free, too!

  • The domain registration agreement you must agree to.

  • Ours is very straightforward and fair, available for your viewing here.

Well we hope that convinced you! But please, feel free to shop around at our competition and see how they meet each of the six criteria mentioned above. We think that for most of you, we will make an excellent choice.

Last updated: Nov 11, 2005.

User Post (2005-12-11 14:08:08 by mephistox)
If you want, you can just edit your domain name info and replace it with DH's:
DreamHost
PMB #257
417 Associated Rd.
Brea, CA 92821
USA
FAX: 714-990-2600

You don't need to pay an extra fee like other registrars demand, either.
User Post (2005-04-17 01:31:14 by dischead)
One other thing to consider when choosing between DreamHost and the competition is the publishing of "whois" information for domain names registered under .com/.net/.org/and so on. Due to long-standing Internet requirements, contact information for a domain-name registrant (that's you!) is usually made public. That includes postal mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers. Some registrars, for an additional fee, can keep this information private. DreamHost does not provide such a service at this time.

If you are interested in seeing DreamHost offer such a service, go to the "Suggestions" area (under the "Home" section of the Web Admin Panel) and vote for "Offer a whois information privacy protection service." Alternatively, you can register with a domain-name registrar that offers a privacy service. Or register under an alternative top-level domain (such as .to) that doesn't publish contact information.