need help buying a domain name and host

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I have seen the the forums that people buy the name and hosting in 2 different places, not sure why but it sounds complicated, for a new guy with zero experience, should I buy it from the same place ?
Can you guys recommend me a good place that is cheap.
Also any advice when picking a name
thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
    You can try GoDaddy.com. Their prices are reasonable and they have hosting plans too.

    With regards to the name: Perhaps you should decide on what it is you want to do before choosing a name. Have you written down your plan of what it is you want to achieve and how you will achieve it?

    Di
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  • Profile picture of the author Amitywill
    For domains I use name.com. There's lots of coupons
    around for them too. If you want to protect your privacy
    then use the coupon freewhois.

    For hosting I prefer hostgator because they're simple and
    easy to use and there's also lots of coupons for them too.

    After you've bought your domain and hosting your hosting
    company will give you 2 nameservers that look something like..

    ns1.hostgator.com
    ns2.hostgator.com

    To connect you domain to your host all you need to do is
    log in to your domain account and click change nameservers
    and enter in the nameservers that your hosting company
    gave you.

    Your domain and host will now be connected.

    After that you can install wordpress etc directly from your
    hosting account control panel.

    Trust me after the first couple of times it's as easy as
    pie.

    Will
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    • Profile picture of the author BDE4Live
      Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

      You can try GoDaddy.com. Their prices are reasonable and they have hosting plans too.

      With regards to the name: Perhaps you should decide on what it is you want to do before choosing a name. Have you written down your plan of what it is you want to achieve and how you will achieve it?

      Di
      H Diana tks for the reply, I have decide to buy a blog from somene that build them for 25$, Witch I find its cheap and ill save me a couple of days work ! I never realt taught of making a plan. I figure my forst step would be to get something online and then market it. I have read allot of information here and I follow better if I' have an example .

      Originally Posted by Amitywill View Post

      For domains I use name.com. There's lots of coupons
      around for them too. If you want to protect your privacy
      then use the coupon freewhois.

      For hosting I prefer hostgator because they're simple and
      easy to use and there's also lots of coupons for them too.

      After you've bought your domain and hosting your hosting
      company will give you 2 nameservers that look something like..

      ns1.hostgator.com
      ns2.hostgator.com

      To connect you domain to your host all you need to do is
      log in to your domain account and click change nameservers
      and enter in the nameservers that your hosting company
      gave you.

      Your domain and host will now be connected.

      After that you can install wordpress etc directly from your
      hosting account control panel.

      Trust me after the first couple of times it's as easy as
      pie.

      Will
      Thnaks for the info, will go this way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    No, you shouldn't buy them from the same company. Because you don't want one company keeping you hostage if you want to move. Have you ever heard the expression don't put all your eggs in one basket...?

    Namecheap for registering a domain.
    Any decent host like hostgator, bluehost, linksky... would do it.

    YOU must do the research before "picking" a domain name. How do we know what kind of website are you planning?
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    • Profile picture of the author BDE4Live
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      No, you shouldn't buy them from the same company. Because you don't want one company keeping you hostage if you want to move. Have you ever heard the expression don't put all your eggs in one basket...?

      Namecheap for registering a domain.
      Any decent host like hostgator, bluehost, linksky... would do it.

      YOU must do the research before "picking" a domain name. How do we know what kind of website are you planning?
      I agree with you, you just reminded me of my cell phone Plan, stuck on a 3 year contract. lol
      it's a Weight Loss blog.
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    • Profile picture of the author momfriend
      Thank you. I was thinking that, but no one ever came out and said it.
      I need a good web design for website for affiliate marketing. anyone ???
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by nishaseo View Post

      You can buy hosting and domain at the same place. there is not an issue.
      Says who? And based on what evidence?
      (Because we have endless cases discussed in this forum when people ended up with a domain registered NOT in their name by the hosting company; people stuck with the registrar/host not being able to move etc.)
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by nishaseo View Post

      You can buy hosting and domain at the same place. there is not an issue.
      This is really dreadful advice. There are many potential issues.

      I'm really dismayed to see someone with the letters "SEO" in his username offering such advice. I just hope you don't tell your clients that.

      Different people have different recommendations. Personally I recommend Namecheap as a registrar and Hostgator as a host, but that doesn't matter too much (I stay away from GoDaddy, myself, though): there are plenty of good registrars and plenty of good hosts. And as long as you get those two services in two different places, you can avoid almost all the potentially serious problems.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
        Alexa.

        I purchase my domain and hosting from the same company. What "issues" are you talking about?
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

          I purchase my domain and hosting from the same company. What "issues" are you talking about?
          Hi Jonathan,

          It matters only if/when something goes wrong. (Which, as we all know, "only happens all the time").

          If your host isn't also your registrar, then in the event of any accident/problem, if anything ever goes wrong with your hosting, you're in control, not them. And can avoid nightmares, disasters, long delays and entirely unexpected "ransom demands". And can re-host your site somewhere else the next day, minimising the commercial interruption.

          There's a large number of horror stories of hosting/registration/control disasters scattered about the forum, almost all of which could have been avoided by registering and hosting in two different places.

          Brad expresses it very well, with several well-known examples, in this post.

          It's one of those issues which so many people look at and think to themselves "Eew, well, those are all other people: it wouldn't ever happen to me". Until someone on one of their lists reports them, even with absolutely no justification at all, to their host for alleged "spamming" and their website disappears and the host (in accordance with its TOS which few people have ever read all the way through at the time they registered the domain) suddenly wants hundreds of dollars to release the domain so they can get it back online somewhere else.

          The point is that "whether something goes wrong" may not be within your own control - it can be just one of those pretty random things that Winston Churchill called "events". :rolleyes:
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          • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            If your host isn't also your registrar, then in the event of any accident/problem, if anything ever goes wrong with your hosting, you're in control, not them. And can avoid nightmares, disasters, long delays and entirely unexpected "ransom demands". And can re-host your site somewhere else the next day, minimising the commercial interruption.
            Cool. I didn't know that however it makes sense. Thanks for the explanation/advice Alexa.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    Originally Posted by BDE4Live View Post

    I have seen the the forums that people buy the name and hosting in 2 different places, not sure why but it sounds complicated, for a new guy with zero experience, should I buy it from the same place ?
    Can you guys recommend me a good place that is cheap.
    Also any advice when picking a name
    thanks
    Buy domain at namecheap.com (cheap and payment system is not complicated), and host it with hostgator.com (cheap and reliable)... That's all you need..

    regards,
    adie
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheila Dunfrey
    There are many sites that where you can buy domain names. Hostgator, Namecheap and GoDaddy are just examples. If you want a cheap domain name.... choose GoDaddy. GoDaddy is proven to be the cheapest site.
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  • Profile picture of the author art72
    I agree with Diane and Istvan's solid advice.

    I generally buy all my domains at GoDaddy and have my hosting account with HostGator, it definitely seems having your beans in one basket is NOT a good idea.

    If were to buy domains elsewhere, it would likely be from namecheap.

    In regard to choosing your domain name, write down your niche ideas (things you are passionate about or have knowledge of) and research using Google Keyword Tool (make sure it's external) this will help you see how many people search for specific 'keywords'.

    What I do is plan my niche (say a health product), I then type in my targeted keywords say; acid reflux for example, and click the "exact" box on the left. This returns [90,500] exact monthly searches, and 1.2 million broad searches per month.

    Then, open another window, Godaddy for example, and search for a relevant domain name. In my case, I found acid-reflux[dot]co

    This is just an example, and I recommend you stick with .com, .net, .org, or maybe the occasional .info, as they are the dominant domains to build authority sites. In my example, I am not reliant on SEO so the .co serves it's purpose as an [exact] match domain or EMD.

    It's more important to learn "how to" perform market research, than that of where you buy your domain. You want to make sure there is a 'buyers' market.

    If you like 'alligator hunting' for example, you'll want to make sure there are supportive products, and a demand for those products before you buy a domain for that niche.

    I sent you a pm with something I believe will help you immensely. Not so long ago, I had zero knowledge, and it helped me out a lot.



    All the Best,

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    • Profile picture of the author jvjoe
      To avoid any problem with your internet business to register and host it at the same company... can be bit risky doing that.
      Godaddy, 007names, cheapname can register your domain
      while hostgator or bluehost can host your domain name. hope this help?
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Then, open another window, Godaddy for example, and search for a relevant domain name. In my case, I found acid-reflux[dot]co
    I am very much against GD... one reason being if you do what was said above AND you don't buy it immediately - they will register the domain and will try to sell you for a higher price.
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    • Profile picture of the author art72
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      I am very much against GD... one reason being if you do what was said above AND you don't buy it immediately - they will register the domain and will try to sell you for a higher price.
      Yes, I have heard of this happening as well. With that said, once you find a 'good domain' it leaves one to wonder; is there a registrar who can be trusted NOT to gobble up the domain, and then 'jack' up the price?

      Despite the negative above, I use GD as a "Discount Domain Member" as I buy a lot of domains, and it seems the best way to lock-in the annual renewal cost.

      The OP might also want to keep in mind that while new companies offer .99 domains for the first year, they often have an automatic renewal 30-50% higher then the average price other registrars are charging annually... something to consider when purchasing as well.

      If you don't mind, Istvan... where do you buy your domains?

      I ask only to know if there is an 'honest' registrar who won't 'inflate' the domain price as you suggested GD does. (*which is not the first time I've heard that statement.)

      Thanks.

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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    You should always buy the domains and hosting separately. I use Godaddy and Namecheap for domains and Hostgator and Hostmonster for hosting.

    Cheap deals aren't always the best. Some companies will lure you in with a very cheap domain and hosting initially and then you have nothing but problems. 1&1 is such a company. Tons of complaints.

    If you're domain is purchased through your hosting company and your host shuts you down for TOS violation, spam report, overusing their resources, etc, you still can point your domains to a new host and get up and running again.

    Avoid Godaddy hosting. They're good for domains, but awful hosting. Hostgator offers virtually unlimited domains on one hosting plan.
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    • Profile picture of the author BDE4Live
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      No, you shouldn't buy them from the same company. Because you don't want one company keeping you hostage if you want to move. Have you ever heard the expression don't put all your eggs in one basket...?

      Namecheap for registering a domain.
      Any decent host like hostgator, bluehost, linksky... would do it.

      YOU must do the research before "picking" a domain name. How do we know what kind of website are you planning?
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      You should always buy the domains and hosting separately. I use Godaddy and Namecheap for domains and Hostgator and Hostmonster for hosting.

      Cheap deals aren't always the best. Some companies will lure you in with a very cheap domain and hosting initially and then you have nothing but problems. 1&1 is such a company. Tons of complaints.

      If you're domain is purchased through your hosting company and your host shuts you down for TOS violation, spam report, overusing their resources, etc, you still can point your domains to a new host and get up and running again.

      Avoid Godaddy hosting. They're good for domains, but awful hosting. Hostgator offers virtually unlimited domains on one hosting plan.
      Thanks so I will use godaddy for domain name, got a coupon but not sure if i did it right, I still did not purchase but im in the check out.
      THe total cost is 7.48 for 1 year, is this a good deal ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Scott Burton
      Originally Posted by BDE4Live View Post

      Thanks so I will use godaddy for domain name, got a coupon but not sure if i did it right, I still did not purchase but im in the check out.
      THe total cost is 7.48 for 1 year, is this a good deal ?
      Generally yes. Sometimes there are coupons that are even less, but in my personal experience, I usually expect to be looking at 7-9 dollars if doing a new domain for one year.

      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      I am very much against GD... one reason being if you do what was said above AND you don't buy it immediately - they will register the domain and will try to sell you for a higher price.
      I've heard of this happening, but I have never personally experienced it. I have checked domain names many times at godaddy, then come back several days later and then registered it.

      I don't know if they do it or not, but since I've had no experience with it, I can't say either way.

      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      You should always buy the domains and hosting separately. I use Godaddy and Namecheap for domains and Hostgator and Hostmonster for hosting.

      Cheap deals aren't always the best. Some companies will lure you in with a very cheap domain and hosting initially and then you have nothing but problems. 1&1 is such a company. Tons of complaints.

      If you're domain is purchased through your hosting company and your host shuts you down for TOS violation, spam report, overusing their resources, etc, you still can point your domains to a new host and get up and running again.

      Avoid Godaddy hosting. They're good for domains, but awful hosting. Hostgator offers virtually unlimited domains on one hosting plan.
      Agreed. Godaddy is good for domains (and it's really easy to transfer the domain to someone if you sell it later), the only hosting of theirs I ever used was one of their free hosting accounts a long time ago.

      Hostgator is one of many reliable hosts. But having your hosting separate from your domain registration seems a good practice to me. I will say of the reliable ones, it's hard to beat hostgator on price.
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  • Profile picture of the author BDE4Live
    Thanks, One more thing.
    Im checking out hostgator, but they have so many option, what is the best for someone that is doing is frist steps in Internet Marketing.
    And ow much should I be expecting to pay.
    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author art72
      Originally Posted by BDE4Live View Post

      Thanks, One more thing.
      Im checking out hostgator, but they have so many option, what is the best for someone that is doing is frist steps in Internet Marketing.
      And ow much should I be expecting to pay.
      Thanks
      I started off with their "Hatchling Plan" back in February, and by April upgraded to the unlimited "Business Plan" whereby, they just charge you the difference.

      The best thing to do is spend minimal, and increase your package as you grow IMHO. There's really no need to spend more money if you're not going to use the extra space and resources, so I would start lite, and upgrade later.

      The "Hatchling Plan" is currently running for $5.56 per month for 1 year, and is cheaper if you pay 2-3 years in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author tamalanwar
    Hey get domain from Godaddy or namecheap and hosting from Hostgator.

    On hostgattor shared hosting, get the middle option, that's "Baby plan" this allows you to host more websites in the same account later.

    When you go for any of these sites, they will try to hook you up with a hosting/domain (vise versa) the reason is obvious, they want to keep there for longer.

    Godaddy is good for domains, but they are not a good host.

    The same goes for hostgator, they are good at hosting but domain solutions are not better than others.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    You can start with the lowest plan they have if you want to and upgrade any time that you need to. The Hatchling plan is for only one domain so if you plan on having more than that anytime soon, I'd go with the Baby Plan.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robin3972
    Hi,
    I've been using 1&1 for a number of years and have been very happy with them. Their prices are fairly cheap and the service that I've received has always been good. I would recommend them. I also have used GoDaddy a number of times but hate having to go through all their upsells that they seem to always put me through. I know it is just business but it is annoying. Another one that I've used for a few of my Canadian Clients is DomainsAtCost.ca This is a great company to work with.

    For hosting I've used HostGator for most of my sites since beginning about 4 years ago. They are excellent to deal with and their prices are very reasonable. I also have a reseller account with them to offer to my new clients.

    For some of my Canadian clients I have been recommending Canadian Web Hosting - Web Hosting Canada all in Canadian dollars - Plus Canada Domain Hosting Services They are really excellent to deal with, too. Anyone can use them not just Canadians.

    On the higher end of things you may want to look at RackSpace / Mosso if you end up doing a lot of offline marketing to clients needing hosting as well. Their cloud service is a bit more expensive but they have been incredible to deal with. I have used them for a couple of years now for clients' accounts that I inherited from a small local hosting company that I worked at and then took over last year. They were already set up on the RackSpace cloud system so I left them there for this year. I may switch them over to another reseller account elsewhere but not sure yet.

    Good luck with your new business.

    Cheers,
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by Robin3972 View Post

      Hi,
      I've been using 1&1 for a number of years and have been very happy with them. Their prices are fairly cheap and the service that I've received has always been good.
      Glad you've had a good experience, but anyone considering 1&1, Google 1&1 scam FIRST and see how many people have had horrible experiences with them.
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      • Profile picture of the author Robin3972
        Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

        Glad you've had a good experience, but anyone considering 1&1, Google 1&1 scam FIRST and see how many people have had horrible experiences with them.
        Thanks for the heads up. I had no idea that so many people have had bad experiences with them. I feel sorry that those people had to go through all that trouble.

        As I said before I've had good experiences with them. Maybe I'm lucky. Not sure, but they've been good to me. However, I'll keep my eyes open a little more now though just in case.

        Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan92
    I've pretty much used Hostgator and Namecheap together for a while now, and I've been largely pleased with the experience. It does seem that GoDaddy is more mainstream, at least in my experience talking with other folks, so I'll probably move out. Also, it's a good idea to have multiple hosting accounts when you are ready to do so, as there are many practical reasons for this.
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  • Profile picture of the author wordydiva
    I'm going to cosign with the "hatchling" plan suggestion. It would be the best plan for you getting started. Remember, you can always upgrade later.

    I'll also throw out there that I've used 1&1 and had three good experiences then one horrible experience. Well it would have been horrible if I truly needed or cared about the domain I'd tried to register. In short, I would only register a domain with 1&1 if you don't care about trying to transfer it later...

    I'll also add that I've tried just about every domain registrar out there (just to see what they were like) and the only thing that topped 1&1 was register.com calling me eight times a day for the first two days trying to get me to buy their web design services.
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  • Profile picture of the author adamfdotnet
    I have been using Dreamhost for the domain and hosting. Things have been good with them. Although, I seem to be one of the few using Dreamhost....

    What I want to see is what the limit for various hosts are for the memory limit allocated to PHP for Wordpress hosting. With shared hosting, this can be a serious issue if the memory limit isn't set high enough. I currently use 65% of the 90M allocated and it has concerned me over time...

    Many hosting companies don't make it explicit how much they allocate until after you sign with them...

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  • Profile picture of the author Mauricio Lopez
    I recommend using Godaddy for your domain name and Hostgator for your hosting account.

    I know it sound complicated, but it's really not that hard. Once you've purchased your domain name go to hostgator and sign up for the BABY Plan becuase i'm sure your going to want to host several domains later down the line.

    The great thing about hostgator is once you have your domain name go to hostgator and click on live chat - one of the helpful reps will literally walk you throught the whole process on how to change the nameservers from godaddy to hostgator.

    Literally takes about a couple of seconds to do. If you're still have problems - feel free to send me a PM - Ill be more than happy to assist you.

    As far as choosing a domain name think about what niche your getting into, Is there a particular name, product, or service you want to brand??? Play around with some ideas and choose the one that best fits your needs.

    I tend to stick with the .com because there popular and everyones heard of .com but feel free to choose a .net, .mobi. etc.

    Hope this helps....
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  • Profile picture of the author adamfdotnet
    How much memory does hostgator offer per wordpress install?

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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Tyler
    I would recommend buying your domains at GoDaddy and host your domains at HostGator.com. You can also of course just buy the domain at HostGator, but it's not recommend (in case you wanna change host and its expensive).

    Godd Luck

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  • Profile picture of the author writersparadigm
    I have purchased my domain name from godaddy.com like most, and I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate so my hosting is provided by them. All is working out without any problems. Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author PabloEscobar77
    I've just bought a domain at 1and1, its 1$ for .com. Its worth trying i guess, i can afford to lose 1$
    You can get some cheap hosting also, 1$ a month or so
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by PabloEscobar77 View Post

      I've just bought a domain at 1and1, its 1$ for .com. Its worth trying i guess, i can afford to lose 1$
      You can get some cheap hosting also, 1$ a month or so
      It might work for some people... unfortunately, I'm not rich enough to afford cheap things.
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  • Profile picture of the author BDE4Live
    Amazing, So happy I ask the question !
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    If you don't mind, Istvan... where do you buy your domains?
    Mainly, namecheap.com and, occasionally, name.com (discovered them before namecheap)
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  • Profile picture of the author djasmin
    For domains I use Godaddy.com and Name.com
    Hosting I prefer Hostgator
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  • Profile picture of the author gudrunsmith
    Originally Posted by BDE4Live View Post

    I have seen the the forums that people buy the name and hosting in 2 different places, not sure why but it sounds complicated, for a new guy with zero experience, should I buy it from the same place ?
    Can you guys recommend me a good place that is cheap.
    Also any advice when picking a name
    thanks

    I use Godaddy to buy my domains and I use knowhost for hosting. It easier, I had Godaddy hosting before but suddenly I was not able to get into my hosting account and their tech told me it looks fine from their site. I also use cpanel and that is the greatest tool I ever got
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  • Profile picture of the author katnyc
    I was with godaddy for years, just redirects though with no site.

    Now that I am building sites, I moved to namecheap for domains and hostgator for hosting. That was based on reviews from friends and reviews from warrior forum.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      You can buy hosting and domain at the same place. there is not an issue.
      Spoken like someone who's never been bitten by this situation.

      I fell for this once. Got hosting at a new place to test an idea. Got the domain through them, too. When I wanted to move the domain, they pretty much told me to go pound sand. They made it so ridiculously difficult that I just told them to keep it for the three remaining months.

      I do not recommend GoDaddy if you intend to do any email promotions, no matter how legit they are. GD has been known to close and lock domains based on as few as ONE complaint, and charge you a $199 fee to move your domain based on same. I have a lot of friends in the spamfighting community who won't touch NoDaddy because they're so far out there on the "Zero Tolerance" front.

      There's a difference between responsible and reactionary...

      Keep good backups (including MySQL databases) and almost any decent host will work. You can always move your site. Getting the domain back from a nasty registrar is a whole other issue.

      I currently have hosting accounts with Verio, HostingBuzz (a test site), DreamHost, and Hostgator. Pair is one I've also used recently and been very happy with. Verio's managed private servers are terrific, with the best tech support/customer service I have seen for any corporate product. Ever. If you need a dedicated server with 24/7/365 support that's competent, professional, and pleasant to deal with, they're the way to go.

      HostingBuzz is a cheapo service. Their spam filters are a bit overzealous, and they have some other issues, but it's not horrible for the price. Just don't put anything there that's mission critical.


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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    It's a good idea to buy from two different places, that way if there is ever a problem you are not stuck with the same company controlling your nameservers and files
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  • Profile picture of the author jambaman2
    I have found that you can get VERY cheap domain names, as low as $.99, by googling "domain name sales". These are new member offers and I have gotten as much as 3 domain names at that price. I wonder what people think of this idea?
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  • Profile picture of the author andrealhendrick
    No, its really not all that complicated. If your having trouble then I recommend Hostgator as a hosting solution, they'll help you every step of the way through this process.
    Originally Posted by BDE4Live View Post

    I have seen the the forums that people buy the name and hosting in 2 different places, not sure why but it sounds complicated, for a new guy with zero experience, should I buy it from the same place ?
    Can you guys recommend me a good place that is cheap.
    Also any advice when picking a name
    thanks
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