I haven’t checked out Network Solutions’ web site (http://www.nsi.com) in ages, but for some reason today, I decided to check it out, and daaaank, their site looks good. Its color scheme and layout is just marvelously perfect. Plus, its pricing for domain name registration has gone lower.
(UPDATE: September 4, 2009 – 5:08 PM EST) – Oops, I might have been mistaken, because when I checked out the NSI site today, September 4, 2009, their registration fee per each new .com domain name is $34.99, which freakin’ high compare to GoDaddy.com and 1and1.com, and many other Registrars, who charge no more than $10 per each new .com domain name.)
Network Solutions, Inc. (NSI), was the original registrar and has held a monopoly over the .com and basically the .org and .net TLD domain registration as initially authorized by the U.S. government, when the registrations for the domain names were made available for commercial registration and general use. Only after Register.com lobbied and was granted permission to become the second TLD registrar. Not sure whatever happened to Register.com, deadpooled?
However, NSI was later acquired by VeriSign, which ended up just making it a mess, and awfully lowsy. Kept its domain pricing awfully high and awful to manage, and that paved a way for GoDaddy.com, and other upcoming registrars to take over the leadership from NSI.
I used to have hundreds of domain names registered under NSI, but since VeriSign took over the control of NSI and messed it up, like most other domain name owners, we migrated to other registrars. For me, I moved all my domains to GoDaddy.com.
A few years ago, VeriSign sold NSI to a private equity firm, and I wasn’t sure about the future of NSI, I thought that was the end of it, but when I stumbled back on to its web site today, I really like what I see. Their site looks good and their domain pricing is as low as GoDaddy.com (sorry, but check my updated inserts above).
I will now move all my domains back to NSI, because as you can read from my previous posts on here about GoDaddy.com, I have not been a happy camper with GoDaddy.com.
I recommend NSI for domain name registration to anyone, anywhere.
(Except that they charge $12 a year per domain name forwarding, which sucks my breath out, because most Registrars don’t charge fees for domain forwarding any more.)