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Searching for the best Domain Registrar
reviewing Domain the Net
by Rick Smith (August 2, 2004)

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Domain the Net
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Registrar Name: Domain the Net Technologies
Whois Server: whois.domainthenet.com
Languages: Hebrew, English and Spanish
Location: Ramat-Hasharon, Israel

Unique features

Domain The Net provides a password for each domain, in addition to the usual account username and password. But don't forget to type your domain name in lower case letters or else you won't ever be able to login to your domain. In spite of this oversight, this unique capability allows several people to manage different domains using a single account. Logging in with only the domain name and password will display the account username. I did not find any way to logout from your account.

While having double passwords is not a major security increase, unlocking the domain name or making any domain change generates an email that you must respond to in order to actually perform the change. This is much higher security than most registrars who use ONLY use your login name and password to provide security.

While the site is trilingual, I examined only the English portion of their site.

Support

Domain The Net Technologies Ltd. provides their physical (street) address, telephone and fax number on their site, along with email addresses for their customer service, sales, HR and advertising departments. They also provide a contact submit page where you provide your name, phone number and other details so they can contact you. You can also provide a date and time for them to contact you back.

Account information

There is no way to view the existing details for your domain or account without attempting to change them. While you can print a Whois ahead of time, I don't understand why all registrars don't have a simple way to display your domain information on screen, separated into fields. When first I attempted to make changes, I got an error!!

Update 8/14/04: This appears to be working now.

Update 8/21/04: Now there are .ASP errors, so changes were possible. About an hour later, changes were possible.

The registrant's name is fixed and CANNOT be changed. In fact, the registrant's (owner's) name is not even displayed within the edit area! Therefore, if you need to make any change to the registrant's name, even a minor one, you will need to contact Domain the Net, via email. If that doesn't work, simply transfer your domain to a registrar that allows quick and easy changes to registrant's name.

An organization name is required and cannot be left blank. Phone numbers are split into three fields, but the country code and area code are not required.

Domain the Net does not provide any way to replicate the information between the registrant, billing, administrative or technical contacts other than manually typing each one.

Email change process

Since Domain the Net provides no contact information replication capability, I was forced to enter my new email address FOUR separate times. Even though I changed only one domain, I used "cut and paste" to simplify the process. Making this small change would take a long time if you have multiple domain names.

Name Servers

While Domain the Net provides space for eight name servers, only two display in the edit field. This means that if you use more than two nameservers, you will need a list of them before you make any changes, because they only transfer the first two to the edit area. For example, if you have four nameservers and need to add a fifth, you are required to retype the third and fourth, in addition to entering the fifth! This makes modifications of multiple DNS servers much more difficult than it should be. You also need to provide the IP addresses of each name server, as well. The domain's lock status is also not visible within the domain record, so make sure to have a recent Whois before making changes to your domain.

This display of only two nameservers is replicated on Domain the Net's Whois text. Fortunately, the correct number of nameservers do appear on the registry's Whois.

Pricing

Pricing is very easy to find on their site. The listed prices for .COM/.NET/.ORG domains are $69 for two years with a $30 annual renewal.

Renewal Notification

45 day and 30 day renewal notices were sent, along with special pricing of $19.90 per year or $29.00 for two years.

Transfers

I have not completed any transfers away from this registrar.

Pros

  • Unique three language capability (Hebrew, English and Spanish)
  • Specific passwords for each domain
  • Multiple reminders before domain expiration
  • Change security via a confirming email

    Cons

  • Fixed (unchangeable) registrant name
  • Organization name is required
  • In highest range of domain pricing ($34.50/year)
  • System faults encountered during testing
  • No quick replication of domain contacts

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    Copyright 2004 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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