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My first question is: Is GoDaddy the best site to register and start a web site?.

My next question is: I get this message from the customer care.

Is it possible to use an external privacy service? If yes, please name them below[reliable ones]...

Comments (22)

Your question was: Is GoDaddy the best site to register and start a web site?.

So I'd need to be a DNOA member for that ? Or is the service free ?

Comment #1

I think the use of privacy on is still on hold

That's the current list of benefits and it's a paid membership to join..

Comment #2

I am thinking this.

Transferring the name from the registrar to Moniker/Name,etc is better and they have privacy as well...

Comment #3

On they offer free private whois service


Comment #4

You could also use a mailing address to give you a layer of privacy, you can get them for about $10 a month, e.g.

Comment #5


Is there a problem transferring the HostGator name, the site is a developed one and I don't want to lose it. The price for the 1st one is really high. The 2nd link doesn't work for me...

Comment #6

I haven't used 123-reg that you need to confirm on their end..

Are you able to get the HostGator for free using this old promotion?

Comment #7

I registered the HostGator name during 2005. How would this help me with enabling privacy ?

Comment #8

So the 2 year free .com promotion has already expired on you? are you able to renew (pay) for this HostGator with them in the last year?..

Comment #9

I guess it depends on which country you are in. The price it gives me is $49.95 setup fee, which includes the first 3 months ( so really $20 setup, $10 a month ) and then $9.95 per month after that.

Where are you located?..

Comment #10


I don't understand why they don't allow it. I just checked out some HostGator names and they have been privacy enabled and haven't lost ownership at all. for e.g.,

Comment #11

Then if that's the case you're entitled to their whois privacy services, but tell them this straight if they don't enable your whois privacy then you have no choice but to move your domains to other registrar that offers free whois privacy as you really need them for your domains.

If they answer negative then initiate the HostGator transfer from

Comment #12

The few privacy provider contracts I have read generally have some kind of clause which gives them ownership, but confers all the rights of ownership to you.


"any available HostGator name registration that You designate will thereafter be registered in the name of DBP, as Registrant. In exchange for DBP becoming the Registrant"

So, in the sense that the proxy agent becomes the registrant, I guess you could say that you have lost ownership...

Comment #13

Yes, I am thinking down the same line. I think it's better to transfer out instead of writing to them, I know they won't agree.

Maybe report them to Internic as well after I transfer out...

Comment #14

Report to InterNIC?.

You can indeed either use some other contact data (e.g. business name, PO.

Box, etc.) or transfer to a registrar who offers WHOIS privacy services. Just.

Be aware of their respective pros and cons, especially the registrar's contract.

On WHOIS privacy...

Comment #15

Give some ultimatum email first just a headsup if still no reply then proceed with the plan..


Comment #16

They sent back the same response again. I don't understand the need to keep the whois open...

Comment #17

They should be giving you a reason and a reference for their reason maybe a change in their tos or something where they based these decisions.

Have you seen this?

They don't have private whois included.

That's why.

Taken from this

You should be contacting.

For your privacy whois if they still include it in their domain..


Comment #18

Many registrars can allow WHOIS privacy. But none of them are required to.

Offer that service to end users to begin with.

That's why I'm rather scratching my head why you reported it to InterNIC, as.

They have no jurisdiction over a registrar's business practices. ICANN ensures.

They comply with their contractual terms and policies, but that's just about it.

Just transfer your HostGator name to another registrar who offers it. That'll solve.

The issue...

Comment #19


So what's the update on this? is this resolved?..

Comment #20

No I never did. I was suggesting this as an idea that I could do, after I transfer the HostGator name. I initiated transfer of the HostGator name to Name...

Comment #21

Ah, okay. That ended my head-scratching.

In any case, have a good transfer...

Comment #22

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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