IWantMyName is a service provider based in New Zealand that focuses solely on domain name management. The company was founded in 2008 by former employees from several ICANN accredited domain registrars. They offer domain registration and DNS hosting. The company’s mission is to simplify the process of buying and managing domains while offering full transparency, what they call “Domain Management Ethics”. IWantMyName currently has over 75,000 customers and counting.
- Number of TLDs available
- ICANN fees
- Security features
- Cross selling
- Simple domain transfer policies
- Customer support
If you want to register a .com domain, IWantMyName charges $14.90/year. All domain names are billed automatically every year until you cancel your service. There are no setup costs, which really stands out among domain registrars. The .com price is competitive, being in line with what the biggest domain name brands in the industry charge, which typically falls somewhere between $13.00-$15.00. Also positive is the fact that the yearly .com fee is not introductory as some companies offer only for the first year. After that, their fees skyrocket to over $30.00 or more. IWantMyName's .com fee is fixed, so what you pay this year, you can also expect to pay next year.
Number of TLDs Available
IWantMyName is way ahead of the competition when it comes to the number of domain names available. Many companies only offer up to 10-50 Top Level Domains to choose from. With IWantMyName, you can purchase hundreds of international domain extensions and have them connect your web address to web apps and services from all around the Internet. Currently, they offer 500+ newly released Top Level Domains, the most on the market. Some of these domains have not been launched yet, but IWantMyName lets customers register or pre-order your domain.
Every domain name registrar has to pay an annual 18 cent fee to ICANN for each domain name registered through them. Although the fee is only 18 cents, it does change the advertised price and puts off some consumers and reviewers. While most domain name providers include this fee in their advertised cost and other companies didn't mention whether or not they had those fees included with the price through a small print notice at the bottom of their home pages, IWantMyName charges ZERO ($0) ICANN fees or any other hidden charges.
IWantMyName offers customers a WHOIS privacy feature, which replaces your personal information with the contact information of the public domain registrar. This is a free service for IWantMyName customers. Most domain companies charge an additional fee (on average between $9.00-$11.00). This puts IWantMyName at a disadvantage. Each underlying domain registry has different WHOIS requirements, they can only enable their WHOIS privacy service with 350 of their select top-level domains (TLDs).
Cross-Selling with IWantMyName is minimal (1) compared to other sites. Many domain registration companies try to sell you additional services and products during the checkout process. However, due to IWantMyName not charging any additional setup fees or offering web hosting services, checking out is pretty straightforward once you set up an account and input your billing information. They only ask if you want to add more domains once on the checkout page. This is a small link at the bottom of the page, displayed very non-intrusively. Ultimately, what price you start with is the price you end with.
Simple Domain-Transfer Policies
Registrars in general have a terrible reputation for holding names hostage, making it difficult to switch registrars if you become dissatisfied. Some charge exorbitant fees or create delays to avoid losing business. If you are dissatisfied with having a domain registered with IWantMyName, there are several steps you can take to transfer your domain name to another registrar that don't appear to be complicated or overly bureaucratic: initiating the process with the receiving registrar, locating an authorization code or Transfer Auth Code on your dashboard, unlocking your Domain name (if the code is hidden). Some domains cannot be transferred in the first 60 days after registration due to an ICANN / registry policy.
IWantMyName offers a Support Page with common customer questions. You can also email the company, as they offer their email address on their Support page. Unlike the majority of domain registrars, IWantMyName does not offer Live Chat or a Telephone number for customer support. This puts customers who need phone support at a disadvantage.
- Other TLD prices
- Mobile app
- Bulk price
- ICANN accreditation
Other TLD Prices
For other Top-Level Domains (TLDs) outside of .com (.net, .co, .org, .info, etc), IWantMyName gets more expensive. The price range is very broad, starting as low as $9.90/year and going up to as much as $149.00/year. The price depends on the particular domain extension you want. For example, a .net domain costs $15.50/year while a .org domain costs $16.30/year. This is less appealing, since other companies offer alternate TLDs at the same price as .com extensions.
One advantage to purchasing a domain name with IWantMyName is the variety of options to choose from. Most companies offer the top 5 popular domains (.net, .co, .org, .info, etc), but IWantMyName offers hundreds of unique extensions such as .ACADEMY, .PHOTOGRAPHY, .BAYERN, .CREDIT and exotic domains like .CRICKET.
The disadvantage to purchasing one of these alternate domain names is that some prices are only for the first year. If you choose to get a .CO domain, for instance, the price for the first year is $17.50(higher than many domain registrar companies already) and goes up to $29.90/year afterwards. The majority of the TLDs are fixed prices, but compared to many companies that offer additional domain extensions for less money (typically $13.00-$15.00) IWantMyName's prices are less competitive.
IWantMyName does not offer a specific app for their own site with iOS or Android, but they do offer 15+ Apps on their website for customers who have purchased a domain name and already have a website host. Some of these apps include services like Big Cartel (one-stop-shop website builder app) and Ghost (blog hosting platform which lets you focus on writing). It gets slightly confusing because IWantMyName only handles domain hosting and you need a website host (like BlueHost or Wordpress) to actually have a site where you can download apps.
IWantMyName does not offer bulk discounts for customers purchasing multiple domains. For example, some domain registrars offer a discount pyramid, where customers can get discounts on 100 domains = 10% off, 200 domains = 20% off, 300 domains = 30$ off, etc. What is surprising is that IWantMyName does not offer this option, due to the fact that they offer hundreds of domains that can be bulk-purchased.