Hexonet did remarkably well with my .website pre-orders.
On Wednesday, I wrote about the challenges I had pre-registering domain names at various registrars.
I was specifically trying to pre-register .website domains. .Website was supposed to launch Wednesday, but was delayed a day for technical reasons. This gave me another 24 hours to go after the domains I wanted.
Originally, I found 23 domains that didn’t have premium prices and pre-ordered them at GoDaddy. It turns out a few were claimed in landrush, so I ended up with 19 obtainable orders at GoDaddy.
I also pre-ordered 18 at 101domain. They only allow one pre-order per domain, and someone had already pre-ordered one of the domains I wanted.
If you read my previous post, you know that I gave up on ordering from a number of registrars. But, given that Hexonet had beaten my registrars on some orders I placed for previous TLDs, I decided to give them another shot.
That ended up being a smart move.
Here’s how each registrar did:
Yes, you read that correctly. Hexonet batted 1.000.
Like 101Domain, Hexonet also only accepts one backorder per domain, so I don’t have to face off in any auctions, either.
Although Hexonet’s interface is confusing to me, it’s worth overlooking when it comes to pre-ordering new TLDs.
I should note that all of these domains are from one registry. I’m sure Hexonet doesn’t always score 100% with all registries, and I think it makes sense to order domains you really want at multiple registrars.