Building Rungs: The Name, Part Three (Netfirms)
This post is a continuation of the “Building Rungs” series. The first post is here.
My choice for the past few years has been to go with Netfirms. I’ve liked it for the following reasons:
- Affordable domain names without the need to sign up for hosting (in contrast to GoDaddy, where cheap domain deals are often only available if you sign up for other purchases, at least last time I checked).
- The amazing “promo495” coupon code to make your purchase cost only $4.95 for the first year, and around $11/year after that, but more on this later.
- A fairly decent UI for managing domain names (no complaints here).
- Pretty good security and customer service (more on this later as well).
I’m already a Netfirms users, as noted above, so I opted to register rungsapp.com through one of my existing accounts. Bad news is the famous “promo495” code didn’t work – I’m chatting with support about it right now, as I type this – but the good news is the domain name was only $9.95, as opposed to the past price of around $11 to $15 (I don’t completely remember). I think given my comfort with Netfirms, the “extra” $5 is worth it. I’m sure there are other comparable registrars out there, but I’m content.
I said I would write more about security, so here goes:
I spent a few years running a US-based business from Israel. Whenever I needed to register a domain name for the business, I used Netfirms. Because the payment information was coming from the US, but the purchase was aboard, Netfirms made sure to require additional validation. It was a good feeling to know that they valued credit card fraud prevention.
In terms of support, I’ve been chatting with a support agent for as long as it’s been taking me to write this post. They’re (Govinda R.) working with me every step of the way, trying to figure out why the “promo495” code didn’t work.
UPDATE: The code *should* work, and they’re not sure why it didn’t. They could register the domain name via my account (on my behalf) with the promo code (while they figure out why it didn’t work for me)…. except I went ahead and registered it without the code already. Patience is a virtue.
And for the record, I am not an affiliate, nor do I know if they even have an affiliate program.