I have no experience registering a .com domain name and am looking into how to do this. I came across a site which lists “10 things you must know before you register a domain name with anyone.” The site's really an advertisement for a particular domain name registrar, but it does seem to list valid warnings; from what I understand, among the most important things it warns about are registrars who:
- Charge "transfer-out" fees when you move a domain name from them to another registrar
- Lock you to their services through “registrar-lock” or by withholding the “domain auth-code” from you
- Charge fees if you want to edit your whois database record
- Register your domain in such a way that they are the legal owner rather than you (through “premium whois privacy services”)
Are there other pitfalls that I should watch out for? How do I avoid them? How much should I expect to be paying for registering a .com domain for 1 year while avoiding such problems?