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17 November 2008 @ 10:07 pm
Domain name and hosting  
SO, if I were looking to buy a domain name and host it somewhere, where would be good (and ideally relatively inexpensive) places to start?
what doesn't kill me better run: sam&brooke: studying is for smartmakingcarlyinrome on November 18th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)

What are you planning to use the space for?

Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 18th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
A friend's webspace, that I used to maintain, that needs to start being maintained again so it can bring in some money.
what doesn't kill me better run: ga: oh oh ohcarlyinrome on November 18th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)

Hmm. I have a really awesome deal on hosting, but you can't qualify if you're using the site to make money. Sorry. All I can tell you is to stay far, far away from Sphosting.

guppiecatguppiecat on November 18th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
I really like gandi.net. They're not too expensive, and they give you full control.

That said, it's pretty much a commodity place these days, so go with whoever. Just no GoDaddy. They're evil.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 18th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Gandi actually looks like it might be more advanced than I can manage. If I were to go there, how much help do they provide?
guppiecatguppiecat on November 18th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
I have no idea, I've never needed their help. Sorry.
ex_serenejo on November 18th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
I love the service and cost at liquidesign, which is dissolvedgrrl's business. They've been really great for the last five or six years since I started using them.
redneckgaijinredneckgaijin on November 18th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
I have pecuniary reasons to favor DreamHost.

That said, DreamHost is pretty helpful and VERY easy to get started with. Everything I've heard about GoDaddy, on the other hand, screams AVOID, despite the low prices. Extremely obtuse user interfaces, utter lack of tech support, etc.

Charlie Princeccprince on November 18th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
Here's another vote for DreamHost. That's where I've got my photography site, and it's been pretty spiffy.
mujetdebois on November 18th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
We use DreamHost as well, I and we also work with Joomla which is open source content management & web design
danaedanaewhispering on November 18th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
I use http://www.lunarpages.com/ for all my websites and they include a free domain too. They have a special going on 4.95 a month right now too. There tech support has been great when I have had questions.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 18th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
Couple of questions, if I might --

1. Does LunarPages allow people to participate in other affiliate programs, e.g., Amazon or Barnes & Noble?

2. Does LP allow people to have PayPal buttons on the site, e.g., as a "Tip Jar"?
danaedanaewhispering on November 18th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
yes to both questions and I have both affiliate and paypal buttons on websites.
n5red on November 18th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
I have been using gkg.net for Domain registration for many years. They are great. I don't know what kind of hosting they have available, but you might want to look.
The World War 1 Flying Acetww1fa on November 18th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
You might want to take a look at geekniche.com. You might recognize one of the owners :)
suzilemsuzilem on November 19th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
Yup. The good brother has been hosting both of my domains for several years now. :-) Best service I've ever gotten from any hosting company. Getting the domain registered was also painless with him.
Steffirecat on November 18th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
I use pairnic.com for my domains and pair.com for hosting. They aren't the cheapest, but they are reasonable and the service is superb.
freetrav on November 19th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
I won't use GoDaddy for hosting, but I DO use them as my registrar, and have had no problems.

For hosting, I use CyberWeb Hosting/Networks; I've had no trouble with them at all. I'm on the Gold plan, which is $6 per month; their Platinum plan offers twice the storage and three times the data transfer of the Gold plan for three times the Gold price. You can also add additional transfer or disk space if needed, a la carte.
suzilemsuzilem on November 19th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
as previously suggested, www.geekniche.com is great. Both my domains have been hosted there for the past several years. They also registered my two new domains recently. Customer service is incredible and their prices are VERY competitive. If for no other reason, it's good to patronize a Callahaniac!
Devil on your shouldersoundofwater on November 19th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
NearlyFreeSpeech.net has a pay-by-use pricing model, load-balanced FreeBSD servers and, if it matters, libertarian policies with regard to content. Highly recommended. I deposited $20 into my account eight months ago and it hasn't run down to zero yet.