Jeff Friend said:
Typically I utilize the hosting provider to register the domain. It just seems to make things a little more simple. In my case I have utilize iPage for several of my last few domains/websites.
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Your first task is to spend up to ten minutes searching the web for someone that you can register a domain name with. Domain names are not bought, they are registered and you pay to register domain names for a set period of time - normally from one or two years.
I've subscribed to awardspace's free hosting plan. I've been using it since August last year and it seems the services are fine. I haven't encountered any issues yet. TLDs (top level domains) aren't available for free accounts and I have to upgrade to a paid account to edit the DNS though.
I also registered a domain with 50webs. TLDs are free for a year and the DNS is configurable. But you can't hotlink and the file size limit is 500kb. Also, I'm having problems with configuring my FTP client.
I have registered domains with several Registrars, but I registered the last 3 with Justhost.com and I can renew them from the Cpanel, and their prices are on par with most of the others I have used or found by searching when it is time to renew it anyway.
I registered several domain names years ago that was at a reallly cheap price, but come renewal time, it was outrageous! ( a well know registrar ).
They also offer (with hosting, right now @ 2.95 a month, I think ,) unlimited e mail accounts, databases, bandwidth transfer and many more good things.
I have used them for about 7 years now with no problems so far.
I currently have 4 domains registered through them . I have one still through another registrar whom I used years ago.
Some of my current domains are www.Stanwilliamsmusic.com www.Artistpromo.net www.Stans-songs.com www.Vanzants.net and www.Stratozfear.com
I've created websites using a variety of domain providers. When I create sites with Wix, I usually upgrade and use their provider (who charges an arm and a leg after the one year period is up) -- at that point I switch to GoDaddy -- definitely your best bet for the cheapest price. Also, for any of you who do the GroupOn thing, GoDaddy will OFTEN have majorly awesome bargains on there -- Like, pay $17, get $70 worth of services from them. I've also created quite a few sites with Wordpress.COM (org participation is forthcoming ;) and when I create those sites for the purpose of professional and clean looking pages, I upgrade to ensure that there isn't any advertising on there. I agree with those who recommended GoDaddy, because if you are doing your own thing outside of Wix or Wordpress (or, even if you are using those) it's definitely the cheapest way to go based on my own research (and trust me, I've done TONS of research on this!)
I think it only works with a promotional code, which you can find here: http://renewalcoupons.com/99-cent-domains-godaddy-coupon-codes/ It's a third party site, so operate at your own risk.
Hey guys just a heads up, LifeHacker.com has a deal with DreamHosting where you can get 1 year of great hosting AND a .com/.net/.org etc domain for $20!
I've just used it to get my website started, you can check it out at alexdodd.net, but there isn't much going on there yet but it shows its not a scam!
Seriously guys thats less than $2 a month for both a domain AND hosting! Most places won't even give you a domain for that cheap! Definately go for this!
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