Subscribe to our email newsletter » Subscribe to our email newsletter to receive updates » Free forums  |   Discord server  |   Star on GitHub
Last modified on March 2nd, 2022


It is best practice to always register your domain names using a “top-level” ICANN-accredited registrar. This means going to the ICANN website and checking that your registrar is accredited before buying (or renewing) domains there. If your web host or registrar is not listed (the place where you paid for your domains) then we recommend immediately moving all your domains to an accredited registrar.

Not only is this for legal, privacy, and political reasons, but also for technical / performance reasons. Anytime you are using a domain “reseller” for example Hostmonster to pay for your domains, then they are using an API to control your various domain settings (which connects hopefully to one of the ICANN accredited registrars). This reselling approach and API means a lot more software and moving parts, which can lead potentially to conflicts, errors, and other delays in your domain’s DNS propagation and settings.

Even if your “reseller” caches their settings, or the settings are cached upstream, we have seen hundreds of cases over the years of various problems with API resellers.

Save yourself the potential headache and get on a registrar that focuses ONLY on domain registration, and not a company that offers a bloated list of services. This will ensure that they aim to impress you with their domaining software (only), and that they are focused entirely on DNS performance.

You should also carefully consider your country’s politics, and look for a registrar that protects your privacy, safety, and free speech. (This also partially depends on the TLD of the domain you are using… for example, .org is well known for defending their users free speech to a very aggressive level, while .us blatantly reveals WHOIS details.)

Currently we recommend these companies:

We specifically do not recommend these companies:

These companies have potential, but are not currently recommended:

Recent Blog Posts

The Last (Lightweight) CSS Reset You’ll Need

CSS resets have always been a pain in the neck, because of new elements and CSS options being released every few years. To make it more annoying, various browsers have decided to come up with their own default CSS settings in case they are undefined (and sometimes, even if they are defined). Since our team […]

Custom Cron Jobs (Unrestricted Code) Are Here

One of the most requested features ever, custom cron jobs, is finally here! A lot of developers who have come across SlickStack always say “this is awesome and super optimized but I still need the ability to add a few custom cron jobs” for a special API to import their WooCommerce products, or a third […]

Fastest WordPress Hosting (For Under $5/mo)

For over a decade, WordPress has continued to dominate the web hosting industry as small businesses and bloggers alike continue to seek out free and reliable CMS software that can easily be moved between web servers as needed, without being locked-in to any single platform or service. But in the past few years especially, high-tech […]