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If you are considering using NameSilo, you might be wondering if it is legit. I've used it for many years and I'll explain what NameSilo is (and what it isn't!) and what you'd typically use it for and whether it's legit or scam. I also have a coupon available from NameSilo if you are interested, which I mention toward the end of this article.
What is NameSilo and what do you use it for?
NameSilo is a domain name registrar. That means they handle the selling of domain names. If you want to put up your own website, you need a domain name. For example, mywonderfulsite.com or thebigidea.space and so on. There are many domain registrars out there, but they're not all equal in terms of pricing, ease of use, and reputation. I've used other domain name registrars besides NameSilo - these were GoDaddy and Namecheap, but there are others out there too.
Don't get confused between the domain name registrar (e.g. NameSilo) and a web host. The job of the domain name registrar is simply to handle the sale of the domain name (and not the content on the website). When you buy a domain name, you're basically renting the use of it. It will expire after a year unless you renew it - although this depends in part how you've set up your preferences (I explain this in more detail toward the end of the article).
Is NameSilo legit?
Yes, NameSilo is legit and reliable, I've never had anything go wrong there. I have a coupon available here also toward the end. Additionally the site is easy to use so it's pretty clear; you're unlikely to do something wrong out of confusion.
How does NameSilo stack up compared to other registrars?
NameSilo stacks up much better than GoDaddy both in terms of pricing and in terms of ease of use, in my opinion. Compared to NameCheap, I still prefer NameSilo although at least NameCheap is similarly easy to use.
There are many smaller and less well-known domain name registrars but I don't recommend those. The reason I don't recommend them is that some of them are just reselling via NameSilo or another of the big domain name registrars. Besides this being more expensive (since they have to make a profit from you somehow), there's also the chance of something going wrong or of them going out of business - and you don't want to lose a domain that way.
NameSilo is one of the biggest domain name registrars out there and it manages to keep its pricing consistently low, making it in my experience the best option compared to other registrars. Here is a step by step illustrated tutorial for how to buy a domain name from NameSilo. Once you have your domain name, then you can set up a website on it and create email addresses for that domain. We also have a guide for how to pick meaningful email addresses for your business.
Why might some people think NameSilo is a scam?
Let's move on to reasons why people might think NameSilo is a scam. I searched online to find out what problems made people wonder if NameSilo was a scam:
- The person had auto-renew turned on (this is a normal default) and then got upset when their domain name renewed when they hadn't intended it to. Rest assured it's standard across the board at most registrars for auto-renew to be turned on by default. Therefore if you're not certain you want to renew, simply turn off auto-renew. If you do that though, you'll need to put a memo in your calendar close to renewal time to decide whether you want to renew your domain or simply let it expire.
- There may be a bad site out there with malware and you notice that the domain name is registered at NameSilo. The malware is not NameSilo's problem! This is the web host's problem. The registrar (e.g. NameSilo) is only responsible for handling the sale of the domain name. They have no control over the content on it. If you have found a site hosting malware, contact their web host to have it taken down, not NameSilo.
Neither of these things are scams - it's standard for all registrars to default to auto-renew for domains (you can always turn auto-renew off). Also, NameSilo or other registrars are not responsible for the content on bad sites - contact the web host for that, not the registrar.
NameSilo has kindly offered a coupon of $1 off their order fo $1 or more for readers of FlipFall Magazine. The coupon code is FLIPFALL
Simply enter FLIPFALL in the coupon code box at checkout to get your discount. Please note: each person can only use it once, so after you use it the first time it won't work for you again. Other people can still use it for their first time of course. NameSilo just doesn't want the same person using it multiple times.
NameSilo is legit and not a scam. I have used it for years (see my coupon in this article!) and I recommend it above other registrars. If you're seeking inspiration for a project to do with a domain name, take a look at our illustrated tutorial for how to build your own social network on a bare-bones shoestring budget - no coding needed.