When I first registered ValueCanuck.com more than ten years ago, I wanted to use a Canadian domain registrar that was trustworthy and reasonably priced. As usual, I was not looking for just the lowest price, but the best value. Even that long ago there were plenty of domain registrars to choose from, but I didn’t want to go with some fly-by-night organization that would fold on me after a couple of years. I did my research and I found Domain Direct, a domain registrar owned by Tucows, a Canadian internet pioneer.
What I liked about Domain Direct at the time was that they were Canadian, they were affiliated with a well-known company, they offered a solid suite of domain registration and related services which were all reasonably priced. Well, after buying two other domain registration companies and combining and rebranding them all at Hover.com, I am happy to say all the reasons I chose them in the first place still apply.
Hover offers domain registration services for .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .us, and .ca domains (.tv coming soon). All domain registrations come with domain forwarding (allows you point your domain to any web page you want), sub-domain forwarding, advanced domain name service management, and WhoIs privacy (allows you to register the domain without publicising your address). Although other domain registrars have lower advertised prices, not all of this stuff is normally included for free.
Hover also offers optional hosted email services with webmail, POP, and IMAP access. Finally, the takeover of NetIdentity brought thousands of surname domains into the fold that allow Hover to offer personal name email addresses like email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and many others.
In the 10 years I have been a customer of Domain Direct and Hover I have been very happy with the quality of the services and the value I have received for my money. I have found Hover’s customer service to be responsive and I like the fact that there is a toll-free number to call when email won’t do. Finally, I like the fact that I am not being bombarded with “offers” to upsell me into more services. I now have three domain names registered with Hover and I am happy customer.
If you are in the market for a new domain name, I would definitely suggest you check them out. Clicking on the logo above or the link below will make a two dollar discount available to new Hover customers (let me know if it works for new domains purchased by existing customers).
More reviews coming soon…