Alibaba Cloud Registrar experience?

josh

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Hey guys,

Not sure where to post this as it doesn't seem to fit into any category.

Looking for the cheapest TLD so I can use let's encrypt for some home lab servers. I've looked around and Alibaba Cloud seems to have a ridiculous pricing of USD 6.8 for 10 years registration.

However, at the end of the day, it's still Alibaba and I'm skeptical about the reliability and privacy, especially whether they will hold the domain hostage in the future.

If anyone has any experience with them I'd appreciate some feedback. Will take other alternative suggestions as well.

Thanks!
 

Patrick

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I would love to hear experiences. I had no idea this existed.
 

Serverking

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I've looked around and Alibaba Cloud seems to have a ridiculous pricing of USD 6.8 for 10 years registration.
What TLD? If its a .com domain they are losing money. Wholesale price should be $7.85 USD.
 

wsuff

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Saw them listed on TLD-List.com so interested to see any experiences. I found Porkbun cheap enough for .com/net/org that I haven't tried too many others. Also nice that tld-list does show promo codes since that seems to be a popular way to get new business. Sadly it's also worth considering total cost of registration if you plan on holding onto it since renewal rates can be quite expense compared to new registration.
 

josh

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Saw them listed on TLD-List.com so interested to see any experiences. I found Porkbun cheap enough for .com/net/org that I haven't tried too many others. Also nice that tld-list does show promo codes since that seems to be a popular way to get new business. Sadly it's also worth considering total cost of registration if you plan on holding onto it since renewal rates can be quite expense compared to new registration.
It's $6.80 total for 10 years. Pretty sure I'd have no use for it by then or they shutdown.
If you want cheap domains CloudFlare does DNS registration at cost without any markups.
What TLD? If its a .com domain they are losing money. Wholesale price should be $7.85 USD.
It's a China TLD (cyou). It's pretty dumb to type or pronounce but it's extreme value.
 

josh

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The .cyou is $0.68/y for 10 years. If you don't mind how ridiculous it sounds.
 

Serverking

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@josh Is there a list or site that lets you know about the cheapest 5 or 10 year domains?
 

Evan

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I need to register a .io domain later the week or next and about the best I can find is namecheap at $30 a year. Ouch ! (Anybody know better or a reason not to use namecheap ?)

anyway noticed they had .online for $1.88 a year