Key takeaway: Hover > Godaddy as a domain registrar.
Chances are that if you are reading this you have a website. I would also venture to bet that you registered your domain name with GoDaddy. Last, I would guess that you were not ecstatic about working with GoDaddy.
Neither was I.
I reluctantly use GoDaddy for domain registration because I thought it was the only way.
My main gripes
They use a very long funnel for something as simple as buying a domain name. It includes a few different scare tactics (“your privacy is at risk”, and “someone might steal your domain names”) to upsell you on everything they can think of.
This was a drag and bummed me out every time I had to register a new domain name. Frankly, I didn’t enjoy giving them my money.
Then I found Hover.
I figured why not check it out.
It was so simple and I loved the design. It made me feel good. I didn’t see all the sleazy GoDaddy sales tactics I am used to. Instead, it appeared to be a straightforward process (as it should be).
I decided to give them a test by asking a few questions in their online chat.
Someone responded instantly. I was amazed, no queue, no waiting for 40+ minutes just to chat with a robot reading from a script.
It was a wonderful conversation. The entire chat took 10 minutes and that was only because I was in a coffee shop and at one point had to get up and grab my coffee.
The Purchasing Process
After chatting with Rachel I was pumped. So I broke out my credit card and got to transferring from GoDaddy to Hover. (so you know, you get an extra year added to your registration when you transfer a domain name).
Hovers Pricing: Link
The only part that took a long time was waiting for Godaddy to send my authorization code, typical…
I didn’t get up sold. I ordered my domain transfer. No “you need hosting” or “Your privacy is at risk, protect it for a few extra bucks”, or “Get an email address”. I clicked on the domain I wanted, was taken to my cart, entered in my credit card information, and I was done.
Side note, Hover provides privacy protection for FREE. GoDaddy charges $8 a year for this.
Quick and painless. I was in love!
Here is GoDaddys ultra upselling funnel at its finest. I mean really, I just want to purchase a domain name…
Email made easy
I also needed an email address. In the past, I created an email address on my shared hosting account and forwarded it to my Gmail. This works, but it has issues (like depending on shared hosting). It also requires that I keep my shared hosting account or deal with transferring the email address across servers.
I decided to give Hovers email a try. For $20 a year you get an email address. It was simple to buy (again no upsells) and very easy to set up with my Gmail account. This is a great option for people that are on managed WordPress hosting like WP Engine or Flywheel.
A Domain search that puts the focus on finding you a great domain name
When you arrive on Hovers home page you are presented with an easy to use search box for finding your next domain name. Give it a try. Seriously, go do it. Here is the link again to make it easier.
What I love about Hovers search is that the suggestions are actually helpful. You are presented with different TLDs and if your preferred choice is not available then you are given many alternatives.
Clean and simple domain registration wins.
I can see myself registering a lot more domain names in the future now that I know the process is quick. If you are feeling stuck with GoDaddy and want something different, I highly suggest checking out Hover.