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I was helping a friend register a new domain name for his new website on godaddy.com just last night, and it was kind of interesting to see how they changed things up a little bit since the last time I actually registered a new domain with them.

First off, when you’re registering a dot com, they automatically check a box for adding the .net and .info TLDs (Top Level Domains) for an additional $9.  Now, even though all we wanted was the .com domain, GoDaddy still wants to sell you anything they can, so watch what you click on and what’s selected by default, otherwise you may end up paying more than the 9 bucks a year for a domain name.

The other service GoDaddy offers is hosting, and again, that is presented during the course of the registration process.  The “Standard” package just registers the domain name, and thankfully, this time it was selected by default.  There were two other additional options called “Deluxe” and “Premium” with a few different hosting options, but since the site was going to be hosted elsewhere, again, it was an additional charge that wasn’t needed here.

One last thing that you should take note of when registering a domain name is that the information you plug in during the registration process is the information that appears in the WHOIS database.  Meaning, if someone looks up your domain name with a WHOIS website, they will be able to see that information.

GoDaddy seems to offer some protection against that for an additional $9 or $25 with their Deluxe and Protected registration type.  The Deluxe supposedly hides your personal information (I haven’t tried it), and the Protected does that plus ensures against domain name expirations (again, I haven’t tried this).

But, instead of going this route with GoDaddy, you can always opt to follow Rich’s instructions in this past instructional video.

While I haven’t used dotster.com personally, it seems to be a perfectly acceptable alternative that’s very easy to use, unlike GoDaddy’s often confusing and cluttered pages, plus the need to double check for sneaky price and service additions.

(Originally published in the pcmech.com newsletter)