Here’s how to maximize your chances of getting the .co domain names you want — without breaking the bank.
.Co domain name registration will be open to the public July 20. But if you want to get a good domain name, you’ll need to pre-register the domains prior to the general release. On July 20 the registrars will be pinging the .co registry servers like mad in a bid to get domains that were pre-registered. Going at it by hand will be difficult.
Each registrar has different policies for .co pre-registration, and how they will choose which domains to go after is somewhat nebulous. Here’s what we do know: most registrars charge you up front and refund your money if they fail to get the domain (Dotster is a notable exception). Here’s what we don’t know: how the registrars will choose which domains go at the top of its queue (possibly the most popular domains that will be harder to get) and if they’ll allow more than one pre-registration for a domain (and how they will allocate domains pre-registered by multiple parties).
Go Daddy confirmed to me that it will only accept one pre-registration per domain name. It might select an order to submit domains to the registry to maximize the number of domains it procures.
Your best best appears to be OpenSRS, which charges only $25. Your worst bet, unless it’s a domain that will attract a lot of attention anyway, is eNom/NameJet. Although they don’t charge up front, you’ll go to an auction if more than one person pre-registers the domain.
One thing’s for sure: a winning strategy is to pre-register at multiple registrars. That means more of them will be working for you on July 20.
Here are the ten officially accredited .co registrars and their prices for pre-registration:
GoDaddy – $29.99/year. If they don’t get the domain you get a refund. Only one pre-registration per name, so hurry to beat your competition.
NetSol – $29.99, will charge $39.99 after pre-registration.
MelborneIT – 80.00 AUD
OpenSRS – $25 (email mklein [at] tucows.com to get a free OpenSRS account).
Register.com – price not listed yet
eNom – will auction through NameJet. No cost to pre-order, but auction starts at $39. Only good for competitive names.
Dotster – $34.99, but only charged if successfully get the domain name. You should probably pre-register any competitive domains at Dotster too since you don’t have to pay anything out of pocket.
Mi.com.co – price not disclosed yet
Dominio Amigo – $59.90
InternetX – unsure, need to be a reseller to purchase.