In this post I’ll share my experience (and write a sort of a review) with Porkbun domain registrar (affiliate link).
- Introduction – how I came to Porkbun
- Domain registration and renewal
- Porkbun technical support and user interface
- Porkbun prices and business policy
- Conclusion and my personal opinion
1. Introduction – how I came to Porkbun
Relatively soon after moving all of my domains from ionos to Namecheap, domain renewal prices started going up.
So I was looking for a cheaper, yet reliable alternative. On some forums and other on-line places, I saw that people praise Porkbun. So decided to give them a chance. They chose a bit “strange” name for their brand and domain: “porkbun.com”. I like to joke saying that Porkbun leave the best domain names to their customers, taking the worst one for themselves.
…Yes, this does come from a guy who chose BikeGremlin! 🙂
2. Domain registration and renewal
Domain registration, renewal, as well as domain transfer from another registrar, all go smoothly. User interface is clear and straight forward. Registration renewal price is nicely and clearly listed up front.
Because of problematic Serbian banks, I like being able to pay up front some funds with provider’s account. Here’s what that looks like with Namecheap domain registrar:
When I asked about using that option with Porkbun, they replied: “You can pay ahead of time using cryptocurrency, but we charge a 10% fee.” Not very practical, nor convenient in my opinion. I prefer renewing domain registration well in advance (over a year), so this is not much of a problem. Suppose, even with Serbian banks, one year is enough to sort out any payment problems.
As it is implied in the paragraph above, will matter to some people: they accept bitcoin payments.
WHOIS privacy protection is not charged extra – cool!
3. Porkbun technical support and user interface
Technical support is good in my experience – they reply quickly and explain nicely.
User interface is OK, though Namecheap’s is better, with a (still) better knowledge base. As a personal reminder: for configuring your custom nameservers, here the option used is “Glue records”. After the last user interface change, this option was placed in a more visible place. Before, I had to ask technical support – couldn’t figure it out within the menu, nor find the answer in the knowledge base.
From what I could tell when doing research for writing this review, they have improved their knowledge base (Porkbun knowledgebase). For example: tutorial for configuring custom nameservers (glue records).
Minor objection goes to 2FA login protection (what is 2FA – multifactor authentication). After you have entered your username and password correctly, you will get to enter 2FA code. Then, when you enter the code correctly, you are logged in. This is all normal and the way it should be. However, you might also receive an email notifying you of a failed 2FA login attempt, even if you get it right from the first attempt. This is a minor flaw, no reason to panic (unless you get such notification when you don’t try to log in).
The problem can be solved by disabling your password manager, like LastPass. Which is generally a good idea for a domain registrar.
Update September 28th 2020: this issue has been fixed.
I will also refer here to a thread on LowEndSpirit forum regarding a DNS issue. This kind of actually giving a damn about the partners (customers) is what makes me think even more highly of the domain registrar with the funny name.
4. Porkbun prices and business policy
The main reason for considering changing Namecheap domain registrar are renewal prices. Porkbun’s prices are among the cheaper: for both domain registration, renewal, and domain transfer from another registrar.
All the prices, including the renewal price, are clearly displayed.
I must note some objections I heard. They boil down to abuse policy – that is, when someone complains about your domain hosting inappropriate content (or viruses). Allegedly they quickly and (too) easily block domain. I haven’t experienced any of these problems. Also, if this LowEndTalk discussion is to be trusted (a Porkbun representative had also taken part in it), this policy has been “fixed” – link about the problem with Porkbun.
5. Conclusion and my personal opinion
Porkbun is a promising domain registrar. For absolute beginners, because of a better user interface, knowledgebase and lots of on-line tutorials, I might recommend Namecheap (my review). Although Porkbun seems to be working hard on improving both the user interface and their knowledgebase.
If Porkbun remains solid and among the cheaper in pricing,
I will probably transfer most of my domains with them. I have already transfered many. Update 9th of September 2020: practically all of my domains are with Porkbun now – and I would recommend them.
If you choose this domain registrar, you can use my affiliate link to register a domain with Porkbun. Hence supporting this website, without it costing you anything extra.