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    Need to buy a domain name

    Can anyone recommend a good review of domain registrars?

    I'm looking for a very simple, cheap purchase of a domain name.
    All I want to do with it is create a very simple web page with just a few levels and links.
    It'll be little more than a brochure with contact information for my very small business.
    I DO want an email address included.

    No major space is needed as I can forward most email to my free email addresses.

    I had something just like this a few years ago via a "free" Windows Live registration.
    It was supposed to be free, but a couple years later it disappeared.

    Since this is likely to happen to anything called "free" I expect to have to pay this time around, but my business is little more than a hobby, so I need the price to be pretty low.

    Any helpful advice is much appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    I use GoDaddy for that sort of thing. They are cheap and provide free email and hosting with the registration, but the purchase process is long and convoluted, designed to make you spend more money. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and select the "no thanks" or whatever it's called today button to skip the additional items.

    cheers, Paul

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    Strictly speaking a domain registrar only administers the domain name for you. You also require web hosting and email forwarding.
    The recommendation of GoDaddy is generally speaking a good one: they will offer a *very* cheap all-in package. I use them myself, although I use other providers too.

    * The GoDaddy online control panel offers an impressive feature set, at the cost of being rather bewildering at times.

    * GoDaddy is an impressively cheap domain registrar for global domains although undercut by local providers when it comes to country-specific domains (such as .co.uk). I use FastHosts for UK domain registration.

    * I have occasionally had issues with GoDaddy mail forwarding. They have very aggressive spam filters which act from time to time to block wide swathes of IP addresses: in my experience this is prone to periodically blocking some legitimate users whose IPs fall within that range. I use a local UK mail provider instead of the GoDaddy mail service (FastVision, who are exceptionally good).

    In a nutshell: +1 for GoDaddy, unless you come across a specific reason to look further.

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    I have been using Register.com for years.

    Never had a problem...
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    I have 6 domain names registered with namecheap and they seem to be pretty good.

    Here's a good discussion of domain registrars at the WebHostingTalk forums.

    http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1159789
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    I've used 1&1 for years, and have never had a problem.

    Addendum: I should have added that, among other things, 1&1 offers both registration and hosting.
    Last edited by JSS3rd; 2012-06-07 at 12:51.
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    I think godaddy.com or thewholeinternet.net are the way to go. However, you will also need a hosting plan. Thewholeinternet offers both, and I think godaddy does also.

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    I would not use GoDaddy for any reason as they were supporters of SOPA. They did eventually retract their support but were initially adamant that they would not stop supporting that horrendous bit of legislation. Wikipedia withdrew from GoDaddy as a result of this.

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    You probably won't need separate hosting, your ISP should provide you with enough free space for your site already. They may also have a site building tool which will get your brochure up and running quickly. So your site will end up with a URL like:
    http://members.yourisp.com/gobbly/dgook/


    Get your domain name at any of the registrars mentioned above, eg hgarrett1234.com. In the registrar's menu, go to "URL forwarding" or "Domain forwarding" or similar, where you can 'point' hgarrett1234.com to http://members.yourisp.com/gobbly/dgook/

    Decide what email addresses you want to use, and go to "Email forwarding" in the registrar's menu. 'Point' hgar@hgarrett1234.com to gargar124578@gmail.com [your free address], and you're set.

    This is basic, but probably the simplest and easiest quick setup. If you ever move your site or email from YourISP or Gmail, you only need to change the 'pointers' above and nobody will know--and you won't lose traffic or email because of the change.

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    Domain registration (or transfer) and free or low cost web hosting

    I had two domains from Microsoft Live. I am very price conscious having been unemployed for some time now. The $15 per year for the old Microsoft Live would have been barely acceptable, but $6 to $8 per month was too much. Seeing as to how the websites would have to be rebuilt anyways, I decided to see what other alternative services were available.

    My needs were to replace two Microsoft Live sites at minimum cost using the same domain names. My requirements included transfer of domain to new registrar, a reasonable amount of space for site, multiple email accounts or email forwarding, with high bandwidth as a bonus (just in case a planned page went viral)

    In my research I decided to use

    • 1and1.com for domain registration transfer. Per domain cost 1st year limited time offer of $4.99, renewal $10 to $12, depending upon costs at time of renewal. Allows setting up email forwarding of multiple domain emails to other accounts, such as Yahoo or Gmail. E.g. anyname@yourdomain.com forwarded to yourname@yahoo.com



    • Weebly.com for web hosting. Free web hosting, unlimited pages, bandwidth, and storage space (with a limit of 5MB per file uploaded). Some limitations on what file types can be hosted for free. E.g. movies and other features would require Weebly PRO with monthly costs between $2.99 (2 years prepaid) and $4.58 (6 months prepaid). The free account includes a tag line advertising Weebly at the bottom of the web pages.


    My next choice for web hosting would be www.000webhost.com: 1500 MB storage, 100 GB bandwidth, FTP, 5 email accounts, email forwarding. (Unlimited space, bandwidth and additional features $4.84/month)

    The other registrars and web hosts that I reviewed (dozens from lists of hundreds) failed one or more of my criteria: no cost, storage, email, bandwidth, and other features. I was actually considering GoDaddy based on price for domain registration until I noticed only one email account, info@yourdomain.com. Google was advertising web service, Google Sites, but it was free for only the 1st year. (Apparently it is now free, but appears limited in what can be done.)

    If you can live with a subdomain like yourname.hostingservice.com, Weebly and 000webhost can provide this at no cost. There are other good service providers that I rejected because I wanted my own domain name instead of a subdomain.

    If you don’t like the idea of a free web host and would rather pay several to $10 per month for service, go for a web hosting service that allows domain registration and low cost web hosting with the features that you need. Just watch out, the second and following years can be expensive. I have no idea how long Weebly or 000webhost will be around, but I suspect that 1and1 and GoDaddy and other name brands will be around for a long time. But then again I though the same about Microsoft free web service, and even the paid per year service.

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    You might find this review helpful: http://www.consumersearch.com/domain-registration

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    Take a look @ Network Solutions

    http://www.networksolutions.com/

    I bought the domain name for my IT company from them. Good deal, good service & good offers, going forward, after you are w/ them.

    Cheers,
    Drew

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    When I put my website up, I initially used GoDaddy too, but I found I didn't like their interface, their ftp protocols, nothing worked easily, and I found their advertising offensive as well. I moved my domains to Blue Host within a month and have been with them for 5 years now, my second domain is still parked, I pay for the first they pay for the second, and I can make changes to my site directly from within CPanel easily and instantly. No downtime, you can always reach a LIVE person who actually knows what they are doing. Love 'em, and their hosting packages are competitive and for me reasonably priced. Oh, and I used NVU to initially build my site, a free open source site builder that allows you to toggle between plain English and HTML easily to tweak whatever you are working on.
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    The people who follow Cringley seem to like Namecheap.com and dislike Network Solutions and GoDaddy.http://www.cringely.com/2012/06/24/i...strar-is-best/

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    Sorry, my company filters out certain functions from Windows Secrets. I can't post messages cleanly or edit while I am at the office. However the two links I posted above sort of work until I can fix them when I am outside my office.

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