Does anyone know a good place to purchase domain names?
Most of the sites I've looked at offer domain names as part of a hosting package. I'm also leery of being scammed out of the domain when it comes time to renew it, or to transfer it. Any tips to avoid being scammed, or to avoid getting in tricky situations?
I'm in Canada by the way, and wonder if I should look for some place that sells in Canadian dollars, so I'm not dinged an extra fee in currency conversion every month? Would that be a problem if I bought my domain through a USA company?
What's a good general ball park price for a .com domain? I've seen the one(s) I want going from anywhere between 13$ to 39$ per year (I think).
I've heard I should be looking for ICANN certification on websites (not that a little graphic is even valid proof these days) but is there anything else I should look for?
https://web.easydns.com/10_things_to_know_before_you_register.php This looks likes a handy read, but I'm not sure if it has everything I should know, is dated, or if I even understand everything -- granted, I've only skimmed it so far.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Horror stories to share?