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Jim Chinn

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What is the official web site to register or park a domain name?
 

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Jim Chinn said:
What is the official web site to register or park a domain name?

There is no official site as such (though networksolutions would like you to think they are...).

There are dozens of popular places. Your best bet is probably your existing ISP or, if you intend a high(ish)-bandwidth web site, the company that will provide your hosting package will probably throw in domain registration either as part of the package or for a few dollars extra per year.

Be careful of the very low cost ones as some charge you $20 or so if you want to transfer the domain away from their servers at a later date. I can't recommend any US based ones as I use UK ones (www.clara.net & www.freevirtualservers.com) - not that you HAVE to use a US one if you are in the US, it just makes payment easier.

It's worth doing some research so you know what your options are (for example, do you want .com, .net, .info or .us domain(s)?

Cheers, Bob.

P.S. Don't forget to check APUG's hosting company :wink:
 

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Try www.1and1.com .
I signed up for a free 3 year webhosting as they were promoting their entry into the US. Cool. They advertised like $5.99 for domain registry.
 

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domain registrars (Maybe Sean could move this thread to The Lounge)

There are hundreds of ICANN-sanctioned registrars, many or most of which offer a "parking" service. Parking isn't necessary unless you've already told someone about the domain and want to have some kind of content there.

I can highly recommend easydns.com as both a registrar and a DNS provider.

I would urge you to stay as far away from networksolutions.com as you can. Hideous customer service and responsiveness. Once upon a time, they were the only game in town. Hasn't been that way for quite a while, but they still act like it.

A list of all registrars is available from a link at www.internic.net.

Most registrars have help information and a list of frequently-asked questions and answers, but heavily weighted toward using their service. Maybe if someone knows of a good neutral tutorial on domain registration and website setup, they could chime in.

-KwM-
 

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My wife owns and operates our web business www.flatheadvalley.com and we have always recommended www.godaddy.com to our customers, we have found them very helpful, reasonable on pricing and never had them hold a domain hostage, which allot of the other registars do, I would agree, stay away from network solutions, they have been the big bully in the domain name world for a long time now.

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I too have registered with 1and1.com on the recommendation of quite a few friends who all speak very highly of the service and backup and they are quite inexpensive.
 

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I have at least a dozen registered through http://www.domains410.com/ As low as $6.75 each. I do web sites for small biz as a sideline, so I host elsewhere but I've used them for registration for years now. I, too, agree: Network Solutions = bad.
 

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hostway.com has been good to me. $6.95 per year and you can register and forward the domain to any url. I often set up a quick site on geocities then register and forward the domain to it. It gets the name up and running really fast.

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BruceN said:
I, too, agree: Network Solutions = bad.

I don't know. I have one domain registered with NS and never had a single problem with them. In fact, the few times I have called them, I found them easy to deal with.
 
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I've had good response and service from Godaddy.com also, but since it is my only experience with domain registration at this point, it is a small sampling to make any kind of broad statements regarding them as an organization.


---Michael
 

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roteague said:
I don't know. I have one domain registered with NS and never had a single problem with them. In fact, the few times I have called them, I found them easy to deal with.

The problems occur when you try to move a domain from their servers and have it hosted somewhere else. They actually turn quite nasty. I will admit, though, it's been a couple of years since I tangled with them last. Perhaps they've changed their tactics.
 
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