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Buying a dotcom and hosting

by Macca / April 23, 2004 12:00 AM PDT

A friend has asked me to set up a small 'vanity' site for a business that they have just taken on in the States. I've had a look and think that I could get the dotcom for the business name as it doesn't appear to be registered anywhere.

What is the best way to buy it so as to be the registered holder of the name? I've heard that some registering/hosting companies register the name themselves and lease it to you and that this can cause problems if you want to move hosting companies.

I had a domain through register.com but found that it seemed expensive i.e. additional annual cost to have more than one email address associated with the dotcom through them. Also I didn't seem to be able to design my site in DWMX but had to use their own web building package. (I may be totally wrong about this due to my own inexperience)

Finally where should I eventually host this site given that it will probably be used to advertise the business (a cafe/ restaurant) and I imagine have little dynamic/interactve requirements?

Many thanks for any advice

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Re:Buying a dotcom and hosting
by Sovereign Forum moderator / April 23, 2004 9:43 AM PDT

My recommendation:
+ www.godaddy.com for domains (.com are only 6.95$ right now)
+ www.totalchoicehosting.com for hosting. they have reseller and nomrmal accounts. the cheapest they got is 300MB, 5.5GB bandwidth for $4 a month, or $44 a year. I've been using them for a long time and I was always more than happy.

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Re:Buying a dotcom and hosting
by cory61574 / April 23, 2004 1:02 PM PDT


Great service, cheap domains, full management of domains.

Hosting: $34.95 - Database connectivity, Coldfusion, unmatched technical services.

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Re:Buying a dotcom and hosting
by Macca / April 23, 2004 9:56 PM PDT

Thanks guys

GoDaddy seems great.

Corinterative seems a bit daunting compared with Totalchoice Hosting but the latter doesn't appear to support ASP(.NET) or Coldfusion, which currently are all I know.

I realise that at the moment I don't really need this functionality, but it would be nice perhaps in the future, as things evolve, to have multiple sites hosted at the same place.

So I need a Totalchoice style hosting company that supports ASP and/or Coldfusion. Or do I just go and learn PHP? Any more ideas?

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Re:Buying a dotcom and hosting
by animationic / April 27, 2004 6:07 AM PDT

I don't have much information for you, but I have found the cheapest host for the most options - it's amazing! check this out http://www.datapacket.net I have the second option ... way more than enough, and still cheaper than all BASIC hosting packages that I've found.

It took me forever to find them, but I did, and I'm happy with their service. Now I share the wealth...

With the domain ... I think there was some sort of way to get one through DP, but I didn't get mine through them ... I started at another company that ripped me off, then got out of it with my domain, and transfered it to DP. This is not recommended!

I don't have any better way than getting on google (or your perferred search engine) and search the web for domain registration or the like.

Best Wishes

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