I will be glad if you share your impressions of the current cheap domain registrars. I am currently using Joker.com(4+ years). It is relatively small but they always keep the pace of the biggest in the business.
hm, yes I've heard them many times. They look nice but in terms of real behind the scenes handling of a domain, I find joker.com better. If we speak in term of the cheapest one, it is 1&1 but only for the States.
I had a client that had already signed up with godaddy before contacting me to create a site for them and WHAT A HASSLE!
It's designed for people who is not trained in web design and don't have the need to control their own domain.
The best place I've found for registrar and for hosting is AIT - http://www.aitcom.net/
This is what the terms usually mean, assuming Easily haven't redefined any:
Masked web forwarding - people accessing your domain will get a framed page which redirects them to the real place where your pages are hosted. The location bar URL stays on the first page. This usually is not a good idea.
DNS A-Name Admin - you can change the IP address that most services use when connecting to the domain (except e.g. mail, which uses an MX record instead of an A record). Use it to point the domain at another host's webserver.
Email forwarding addresses - they provide a mail server that accepts mail sent to your domain and forwards it to an address you provide at another host. This saves them from having to give you a POP/IMAP account.
"If youíre not using valid HTML, then you havenít created a Web page. You may have created something else, but it isnít a Web page." - Joe Clark
I've been very happy with DirectNIC (http://www.directnic.com). The charge $15/year, which isn't as cheap as some others, but they have excellent customer support and an easily navigable online domain manager. They offer a variety of other services like hosting, etc., which I don't use because I maintain my own servers.
That godaddy.com sucks major donkey sausage. I tried buying a domain, filled in the registration details and got nothing but a "You must provide a state" thing. I did provide one though. Not applicable. Y'know, seeing as I'm one of those rare people on this planet that DOESN'T LIVE IN AMERICA!
The only damned option in the SELECT BOX was Not Applicable. How the hell are you gonna miss entering a value into a select box with only a single value that is not null!?