View Full Version : O.T. registering & hosting a domain

01-02-2012, 06:46 PM
For a number of reasons, I want to register a domain, probably a .com or .org suffix. It will probably only have an email account associated with it, no web pages.

Does anyone have any preferences for the hosting? How about the registration? I've heard of GoDaddy, are they OK, or....???

TIA: Jim

01-02-2012, 06:49 PM
I use GoDaddy myself. They are stable, and have a good reputation for domain names.

You could use them for hosting your email addresses. I wouldnt use them for hosting a significant website, but that isn't your desire.

01-02-2012, 06:49 PM
If you just want email with your name in domain, google apps domain registration will come automaticly set up with gmail as email client, unlimited emails, $10 a year


01-02-2012, 06:56 PM
GoDaddy email hosting has some compatibility problems with various email clients, at least in the past, (Outlook 2003, etc) usually with smtp "send side". Maybe that's different now, your mileage may vary.

01-02-2012, 07:04 PM
I to use godaddy, stay away from Hostpapa whatever you do!

i would also use a different company to register and to host.....if you ever have a problem, dispute, don't like the service etc it'll be with the hosting function vs the register. if you use two different firms, its very easy to fire the hosting company, just go back to the registering company and point the domain to the new host. More complicated if who are firing is registering company and host

01-02-2012, 07:09 PM
I have used FatCow for a couple of years. No complaints.
Mikes idea of registering and hosting with different vendors is a good idea.
It can be a pain if things go wrong.


01-02-2012, 07:15 PM
There's been a lot of brou-haha about GoDaddy supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that essentially 90% of the web development community hates. GoDaddy has already lost thousands of domain accounts over this in the last week.

I'd be very careful about hosting with GoDaddy these days because if SOPA passes, there are quite a few people talking about blacklisting anyone who supported it.

My domains are registered with Whois.com and hosted Empowering Media (I think I also have a domain registered with them).

01-02-2012, 07:27 PM
I use these guys for hosting my domain: http://www.moniker.com/
$9 a year iirc for .com, pertty damn low.. decent UI. seems more made for people with a LOT of domains, but it was easy enough to figure out. OK reviews online (seems everyone hates everything nowdays but moniker seemed to receive the least hate)

Also has prepay and automated renewal features.

I would'nt touch godaddy with a 20' stick. Iv heard of them basicly ransoming peoples domains after they receive some 'complaint' (Like hosting porno when theres not even any pictures of humans on your website) that your domain name gets suspended (Read as: stolen) untill you pay some complaint review (Read as: Blackmail) fee.

01-02-2012, 09:00 PM
I've seen gmail, isn't that only web-based? I want POP3, not web email.

01-02-2012, 09:08 PM
I have used ehost.net for my sites and am very happy with them. The actual hosting is done through another party.

I use mail.com for my business email. I've been with them for about 20 years, which will give you an idea whether I am pleased with them.

I did use godaddy when I set up the website for the rifle range, because that was who the board voted to use.


Pete F
01-02-2012, 10:49 PM
+1 on gmail. You can use any mail service type you want (except Exchange, I guess). When I set up my account with Thunderbird, it figured everything out automagically, just based on the email address, which was a personal URL, not gmail.com.


01-02-2012, 11:29 PM
I've seen gmail, isn't that only web-based? I want POP3, not web email.

You can use your POP/SMTP client or the web interface ...


01-02-2012, 11:30 PM
I've seen gmail, isn't that only web-based? I want POP3, not web email.

Here are the complete settings for using a mail client rather than the web interface.


01-03-2012, 11:55 AM
Gmail also supports IMAP, which is what I prefer. I can go to any computer with a email client that supports IMAP (most of them), and have the exact same email box.

I ran into a problem with SMTP where I would go to a show and log in with my laptop, and then the email would only exist on my laptop. IMAP solves that problem.

01-03-2012, 04:17 PM
I'm registered with Godaddy and my mail & www.****.com website is hosted on Gmail for free. It must have the www to be free. I have the desktop Windows Live mail client synched with the domain mail as well as my hotmails, all is seamless and good. Designing the website within their limits was pretty easy.