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Old 05-09-07, 07:20 AM   #1
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Domain registrar and web hosting

Could any of you guys recommend a registrar and hosting service site? Our company uses lunarpages.com (before I was hired) and they seem to work OK. Others use networksolutions.com.

Do some of you use a different service that may be better?
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Old 05-09-07, 07:28 AM   #2
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Old 05-09-07, 07:43 AM   #3
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Thanks I'll look into it.
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when I looked into it , www.godaddy.com was the cheapest. Since they sponsor Danica Patrick now, I refuse to use them.
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www.dreamhost.com More bandwidth and storage then you could ever use at a decent price. Tons of promo codes going around so just google it. Ended up paying like $80 for the 1st 2 years of hosting.
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I use Network Solutions. They are not the cheapest, but the oldest provider, and have decent protections of user info.
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Old 05-09-07, 02:41 PM   #7
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Namecheap for domain registration and A Small Orange for hosting.
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Old 05-09-07, 02:44 PM   #8
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I use www.bluehost.com. But that's for a personal page; their pricing structure is different for commercial use. Their customer service and tech support is pretty good, however.
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If your current option fits your needs and isn't overcharging, it's seldom worth the hassle to change.

That said, Yahoo did a fine job as registrar for me and their hosting packages look competitive, but I wouldn't expect a lot of flexibility like you might get from a smaller host.
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I had trouble with Yahoo as a registrar when they changed which primary registrars they used-- way back they used to use Netsol, then they switched to MelbourneIT and broke all the controls for anyone who had originally registered when they used Netsol. They kept renewing the registration with Netsol, and it was a bit of a pain to get the domain switched to a registrar where I could do things like repoint it. Always use a primary registrar (one who doesn't just go pay another registrar, like Yahoo does) and stay away from resellers.

For hosting I use Hub.org, which offers virtual machines that can be custom configured with pretty much anything that runs on BSD, rather than virtual hosts. It's a little more effort to manage, but if you're doing anything active (with cgis and things) you have control over the versions of things so stuff doesn't break on you unexpectedly.
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Old 05-10-07, 06:44 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by substructure
Our company uses lunarpages.com (before I was hired) and they seem to work OK.
I've used them before, and they were pretty good.


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when I looked into it , www.godaddy.com was the cheapest.
Signed up for them and cancelled after 2 days. Definitely NOT for the power user. In order to set up my databases, I had to contact tech support and ask them to do the setup. I also had no shell access to the account. For a basic HTML page with no frills, they're probably fine, but not if you want to build something fancy.


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I used them until they started to fall apart a few months ago. I kept getting 500 server errors on all my pages/sites. Tech support was useless (kept telling me to "clean up my code"), and a visit to the customer forums revealed around 1000 people with the same exact problem. Funny how the exact same code resulted in no 500 errors for 5 years at my previous host, and the exact same code copied to my new host has been fine.

I don't like canned responses, and when you start to get to big companies (like Bluehost) that's all you seem to get. No one actually looks into your problem, unless it's to the point of bringing down their box.
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Old 05-10-07, 06:52 AM   #12
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I used them until they started to fall apart a few months ago. I kept getting 500 server errors on all my pages/sites. Tech support was useless (kept telling me to "clean up my code"), and a visit to the customer forums revealed around 1000 people with the same exact problem. Funny how the exact same code resulted in no 500 errors for 5 years at my previous host, and the exact same code copied to my new host has been fine.

I don't like canned responses, and when you start to get to big companies (like Bluehost) that's all you seem to get. No one actually looks into your problem, unless it's to the point of bringing down their box.
Wow. I've seen the emails about how they've been upgrading servers and stuff but had no idea. Like I said, my page is just a personal one; a simple photo gallery to share pics with friends and family.

Lots more issues and worries with a commercial site! Yikes.
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Old 05-10-07, 07:52 AM   #13
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I use MacHighway, formerly known as Itsamac. Not the cheapest, but their customer service is super-amazing. Also, I like Macs
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Old 05-10-07, 09:58 AM   #14
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Out of curiosity, is there a forum and/or tutorial about hosting a website, registering a domain, etc? I can write some HTML, but am curious about how to go from HTML pages to a website viewable by the world. I did set up a site on my university's domain. Their servers use linux, which I don't know, and I did a bunch of command line stuff without having any clue what I was doing, but somehow got it to work. Any suggested reading/ forums for a web newbie?

edit: Sorry, I don't mean to threadjack. If you want me to start another thread, just yell at me.
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Old 05-10-07, 10:33 AM   #15
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started using godaddy some years ago. today, it's our company standard and we've registered numerous domains without a hitch.

for hosting, we host our primary site and development in-house on iis ... client sites are hosted with a local isp. what's nice is our web guys now "own" the day to day. i just purchase domains now. much simpler on my end.
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