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Author Topic: 123-reg expensive domain renewals  (Read 3112 times)

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123-reg expensive domain renewals
« on: January 30, 2020, 02:39:19 PM »

Is it my imagination or has 123-reg put up domain renewal prices a lot in recent years

I was just charged over £14 for renewal of a .uk domain. I’m thinking of moving to dynadot. Do I waste a load of money if I don’t wait until the end of the annual period, until it is almost over, before transferring to someone cheaper ?

I can never remember who to do these transfers; my apologies, pain drugs making me extremely groggy, perhaps someone could remind me.

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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2020, 04:53:30 PM »

I just renewed my .uk domain for £8.99 ex vat with John.
As to transferring, I recall I “purchased” the transfer first with new registrar (at no charge) then changed the domain registration TAG with the current registrar. That was all there was to it.
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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2020, 06:15:56 PM »

I just paid £12 inc vat for a .co.uk with 1&1 now ionos
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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2020, 07:09:21 PM »

I just paid £12 inc vat for a .co.uk with 1&1 now ionos

Yup, its why I moved to them from 123-reg.
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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2020, 10:13:43 PM »

I just renewed some .uk domains with dynadot for £5.99 which may include the VAT, can’t tell very easily.
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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2020, 10:41:43 AM »

What are the going rates for .com and .uk renewals in your experience? And do I have to watch out for first-year only cheap deals?

I’m starting to wonder if it’s worth renewing for multiple years in order to avoid the hassle of moving if the price later goes up.
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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2020, 06:51:13 PM »

I moved my domains to dynadot for this reason, dont like the trend of charging more for renewals vs initial registration.  They also have free privacy, if thats something you value.
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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2020, 10:09:07 PM »

Is there any difference between the privacy option offered by registrars and logging into your Nominet account and setting it yourself? My Whois shows no personal info.
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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2020, 10:19:43 PM »

Hi

When the latest GDPR was in force, paying for domain privacy was defunct

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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2020, 10:26:15 PM »

Thanks John that makes sense as previously the Whois quoted the registrant as “a private individual” or similar, whereas now there is no mention.
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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2020, 01:58:33 AM »

I went with 1&1 because they have been around a long time, I was a bit nervous going for any company that was unproven.

I guess that's why 123-reg are creeping up the pricing, they are banking on their reputation being a draw.

Does anyone know what procedure you would need to reclaim a domain if the company you bought it from went bankrupt?
Is there any security if you have whois privacy on that ensures they actually registered it to you personally and not themselves?
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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2020, 09:15:43 AM »

I can’t move some of my .com domains from 123-reg; I don’t have a password that is demanded to unlock the domain; they call this ‘feature’ "domain ownership protection" or something. There’s no password reset by email; you have to fill in a form and send it to them if you want the password reset and I have no idea what the answers to the questions on the form are either. So it all seems to be a nightmare which conveniently makes it really difficult to leave

It’s so excruciating that I will just stay with them because I can’t see a way out.
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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2020, 09:30:39 AM »

Hi

@weaver - you have access into your 123 account, so can easily do this

It is called unlock (all tld.com etc...) are locked by default and you click unlock, which then displays a key

You have to unlock them to transfer

Remember domain will auto lock after 5 days....

Alternatively contact your new provider for instructions on how to do this

Also remember you will be charged by new provider for transfer

The way we do this for our clients, is we have to charge a transfer fee, but we renew domain for 1 year, as transfer fee is equal to renewal fee

Most providers do this...

Lastly, anyone using our services, if we stop, our clients still have access to their domains as we open an account for them directly so it’s in their name not ours.

Many thanks

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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2020, 09:36:12 AM »

I was looking for an unlock thing, as I remember it from before - but all I found was this ‘protection’ thing.

I have found the unlock thing - I think. Something is very faint ‘greyed out’ - and it shows

"While Domain Ownership Protection is active, you are unable to change your domain's IPS tag or start a domain transfer. Manage Domain Ownership Protection."

So that’s the nightmare. I don’t know what the password is, nor do I know why it isn’t equal to the password I use to log in to the site / into the main control panel itself. I also tried an older password from years back, no luck. I have used ‘strong’ passwords with the main site which are not used elsewhere. There’s no username in this prompt, just some password.
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Re: 123-reg expensive domain renewals
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2020, 10:33:51 AM »

Hi

I would open a support ticket with 123 reg

You can prove you have access into the account and you can prove who you are

123 reg should then help you regain access back

Many thanks

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