I received notification of early entry to the CloudFlare registrar service. I transferred a domain (this one) for a test drive. My initial impression … pretty awesome!
The process of transferring the domain was less time consuming and onerous than I expected. It required actions at both CloudFlare and NameSilo, as well as email. The steps at CloudFlare were a bit confusing, not always clear what was happening or where and when to click, and instructions seemed lacking. I almost gave up a couple of times. But the CF registrar service is in its infancy and I’m sure the user experience will improve. There were several delays while things got sorted out. Overall the process took maybe an hour of work over the course of a couple of days.
And … I think I’m going to really, really like CF as a registrar. In a nutshell, it is the exact opposite of GoDaddy:
- The CF registrar service is bare bones. The full extent of the CF domain manager (see image) is a small section of the site’s Overview page. That’s it. Just the essentials. Everything I need with nothing extra to get in my way.
- Absolutely no obnoxious up-selling. Maybe because there is nothing to up-sell.
- My concerns over extra-cost services appear to be groundless.
- Whois Privacy is included for free, by default.
- Two-Factor Authentication is the existing, free service that CF has long offered, and which I already use.
- As an unexpected bonus, DNSSEC is not only free, but setup automatically if I already was using it.
CF as a registrar has a lot going for it. But, I can think of a couple of good reasons to stick with NameSilo. First, NameSilo is also awesome, has provided me superb service, and is just slightly more expensive than CF. Also, I really like keeping my registrar service separate from all other services. So, I will likely stick with NameSilo for most of my domains. That said, CF as a registrar is absolutely worthy of consideration. If I ever have a need to move on from NameSilo, it gives me great peace of mind to know that CF is waiting patiently as a safety net.