I think he meant domain provider (not hosting provider). Anyways, I would actually stay away from GoDaddy, just check out this site about them; nodaddy.com.
Also, stay away from 1and1 and yahoo as well (though yahoo is not as bad as the previous two). Though just know personally people who just keep having problems with those three.
NameCheap.com seems to be good.
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so far I've used GoDaddy, Namecheap, Mydomain, and Moniker and I can recommend any one of them - all pretty good (and I listed them from favorite to least favorite) - and I'll also tell you to stay away from 1&1 and Yahoo - had domains with both and had problems with both - yahoo gave me a lot more problems than 1&1 because they were a reseller of Melbourne IT back then (not sure if it's the same now) and they wouldn't let me transfer it out, etc.
I think to add charges that more than triple my cost and to sick a collection agency on me in this situation is treating my terribly. They set up the automatic renewal because it obvously benefits them. I'd rather agree again each year and have to opt-in. But okay there are worse things. But when my cc doesn't go through to more than triple the cost and send me to a collection agency is terrible. If I actively asked for a year of service and didn't pay that would be one thing, but their policy triggered the renewal. If they are going to be aggressive with the renewal they should a least just drop the account if a CC doesn't go through, not triple the charges and send the collection agency.
I am not saying this came out of the blue with no warning - I mentioned the notice they sent to give the full picture. But if I fail to update my CC it's perfectly reasonable to not renew me, it's not okay to triple the charge and go with the collection agency. And the sleezy collection agency wants to charge $8 to process a credit card order.
That's not a respectful way to treat a customer. That's looking to make a buck however you can.
I've tried with both posts to add the URL from the BBB, the form SW seems to reject it (says I need 5 posts before use of vB code features). It's easy to find: Go to www-dot-bbb-dot-org and search for '1 and 1 internet'
Please stop hijacking the thread. if you are having problems with a registrar, you can create your own thread on the Domain Name forum.
anyway, to answer the OP's question:
Godaddy is a great place if you want to get your first year registration CHEAP. they have lots of Coupons that you can use on your purchases. recently I had bought a domain from them for only #3.17 for the first year. although the interface is a bit disorganized and sucky, its still one of the greatest registrars in the business.
the top 3 TLDs costs 9.69 to register but it's worth it because you will get a free WhoIs guard Privacy protection plus a SSL Certificate. Its really great if you want to start your own e-commerce site. but beware, their support is a bit horrible. It takes them days to reply to support tickets.
What I like in this registrar is the simplicity of its panel, NO BS whatsoever. but they are a bit expensive compared to other registrars.
People's opinion varies based on the experience they have with their registrars. Not all are perfect as they all have some shortcomings. So, any established registrars like Godaddy, Moniker would do good if you wanna buy domains!