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Best long term host/domain registration company?

Truth-Serum 2,700 334 February 15, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I'm a cheap twenty-something and trying expand my brand onto the internet. What is the best host/domain service for a cheap mofo like me trying to get my feet wet on the internet? I know there are companies that offer cheap services for a year and when the time comes, you pay the normal price or they make it hard to transfer to another company.

What is the best cheap provider within let's say a 2-3 year span?

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as has been recommended to me: namecheap [namecheap.com] for domain names and HostGator [hostgator.com] for hosting.
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My recommendation is to get your domain name and dns hosting at 1 place and your site hosting at another. That way if you want to switch site hosts its not as messy. Godaddy is decent and cheap for getting the name and dns hosting.
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My recommendation is to get your domain name and dns hosting at 1 place and your site hosting at another. That way if you want to switch site hosts its not as messy. Godaddy is decent and cheap for getting the name and dns hosting.
I can't recommend Godaddy. They upsell super hard, use some legal but kind of shady tactics and their CS is well below average.

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as has been recommended to me: namecheap [namecheap.com] for domain names and HostGator [hostgator.com] for hosting.
Both good options. I am a fan of https://www.hover.com/ for domain names. Might be a few dollars higher than others but they are super clear, no upsell, and great american customer support.
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I can't recommend Godaddy. They upsell super hard, use some legal but kind of shady tactics and their CS is well below average.



Both good options. I am a fan of https://www.hover.com/ for domain names. Might be a few dollars higher than others but they are super clear, no upsell, and great american customer support.
What is there to upsell on a name? marking it private? I have about 250 active domains names with them and no issues...
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What is there to upsell on a name? marking it private? I have about 250 active domains names with them and no issues...
Ya that and they always try and sell you email, hosting, certs, etc with it. The pages are cluttered with a ton of stuff you just don't need and you have to read it all carefully to make sure your getting just a domain name.

Also other hosts like Hover offer free private domains for all purchases. For me it's a nice feature and worth the extra dollar or two over GD.
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Try not to search for it first cause then the register buys it so you have to pay more for it.

Network Solutions can give you 100 year reg's.
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Quote from kakomu View Post :
as has been recommended to me: namecheap [namecheap.com] for domain names and HostGator [hostgator.com] for hosting.
This!

This is what I go by exactly.
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Try not to search for it first cause then the register buys it so you have to pay more for it.
Only the slimy ones do this. Go Daddy has been accused of it but I don't know if they actually have done it.

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Network Solutions can give you 100 year reg's.
And you only need a 100 year registration to get the annual price [networksolutions.com] down as low as Namecheap's normal pricing [namecheap.com] (for .com's).


@OP: Namecheap is well-regarded as a registrar, and affordable. I would not do business with Go Daddy.

It is difficult to recommend a web host without a better idea of your needs, although "getting your feet wet" suggests you would be OK with one of the relatively cheap shared hosts. You can get a good sampling of people's opinions on WebHostingTalk [webhostingtalk.com].
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as has been recommended to me: namecheap [namecheap.com] for domain names and HostGator [hostgator.com] for hosting.
These companies are not only highly rated, but one I also refer to some of my clients as well. They are great providers with excellent support and affordable prices.
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There was a cool site, noDaddy,com but it's been taken off....by guess who.
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Only the slimy ones do this. Go Daddy has been accused of it but I don't know if they actually have done it.
They had admitted to domain front running, but claimed they did it to reserve the domain for the person who initially searched/found the available domain. Of course, the customer had to pay a "reservation" fee. Don't know if they are doing it anymore, but I don't trust them.

They recently robbed a valuable domain from my account without a cause (well, other than stealing a valuable name for $8), since I was not violating any TOS, and they were not able to give a real reason as to why the domain in my account that I bought and paid for all of the sudden disappeared and now is under their control. They claimed that they refunded my fee (have not verified yet), but that is the best that they can do. Mine you, they acted as though my domain name has the same value as a junk domain with random characters.
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Try not to search for it first cause then the register buys it so you have to pay more for it.

Network Solutions can give you 100 year reg's.
Network Solutions was one of the companies that did the very thing you suggested. I remember searching for domains several years ago through Network Solutions, only to find that I couldn't buy that domain anywhere else after searching for it on Network Solutions
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Network Solutions was one of the companies that did the very thing you suggested. I remember searching for domains several years ago through Network Solutions, only to find that I couldn't buy that domain anywhere else after searching for it on Network Solutions
Yes, & they said they did it too. But I got mine before that happened.
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So where is the best place to do the searching?
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