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Domain names suppliers
« on: December 01, 2013, 06:08:10 PM »
With the 'not' so recent announcement of a whole range of domain names being issued I wondered how many here may be tempted to go for one or a number of with "photographer" and "photography" being in the lists.

1&1 are a company I've heard of but wondered if there are also others doing this - and if so - who they may be. Do any members already have their "own" domain name for web page/email etc., (like .co.uk or .com) and, if they don't mind sharing the information, would they say if they feel it's cost effective depending on the type of set up they have? I've heard that some just use it as a lead in page that then links to the web space they may already have available from their ISP.

There seems to be a number of variations you can "buy" with web space and a number of email addresses with it so I'm interested in other members thoughts on this stuff. My present web address is rather a long winded line of text to have to write down for use :(

www. franks.photography or www. frank.photographer for example some what appeals :)
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Re: Domain names suppliers
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013, 12:23:54 AM »
Frank, I have had chappo1.com for 7 or 8 years but must admit I have been slack in adding images in the last 12 months.
I have used IX web hosting for the entire time and have been perfectly happy with them.  I do not try and sell images as for me it is a hobby.  I have allowed use of a few images if asked.  Most contacts I have had are looking for bird and each page is indexed by one of those crawlers You can trial IX free of charge- that is how I started all those years ago.

I have also toyed with Weebly but again have not done much with it lately.  You can set up under Weebly,actually publish and then move your domain if you wish.

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Re: Domain names suppliers
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 11:46:29 AM »
I use Fasthosts for my domain registration, web hosting and email - they are reasonably priced, but others are cheaper (I specifically wanted Windows based hosting, which limits the options, most of the cheap options are linux only).

I did look at 1&1, but my recollection is that you did not actually end up owning the domain - they registered it and held it themselves, with you using it - which could make it difficult if you wanted to change hosting companies later. Worth checking (it may no longer be the case).

It costs me ~£10 / month, but that gives me more web space and email addresses than I can use!
The big feature I like about having my own domain is that I can create as many dummy email addresses (they simply forward things to another email address) as want - so I have a different one for EVERY time I have to provide a new company with an email address - whenever I get any spam, I know exactly who has leaked my email, and cna easily block it!
 
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Re: Domain names suppliers
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2013, 07:06:36 PM »
Thanks for the replies and the information John (chappo1) and Faldrax :)

I mentioned 1&1 as they appear to be the one most advertised in the mags etc., so was/am open to hearing of others. I thought that was the set up with 1&1 - they register but keep the name for you and you 'rent' it and pay X amount depending on what you want to use.

I'll check out those others that have been named to see what I can find out. My present ISP (Virgin Media) state that you can't use the web space they 'give' in the package for "business purposes" - only personal but having used some of it for a small "business" some time ago they don't seem to check up on the usage type.

Anyone else with some more information? Would be appreciated :)
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Re: Domain names suppliers
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2013, 08:55:55 PM »
1&1 may be good on price but I've found that any support you need is awful.

I use ukreg.com and mydomain.com for domain registration, but there are lots of other popular services. Just double check the small print and make sure that you are able to transfer it away easily should you want to and that you get access to the DNS settings in case you need to do anything other than the basics at a later date.
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Re: Domain names suppliers
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2013, 09:06:28 PM »
1&1 may be good on price but I've found that any support you need is awful.

I use ukreg.com and mydomain.com for domain registration, but there are lots of other popular services. Just double check the small print and make sure that you are able to transfer it away easily should you want to and that you get access to the DNS settings in case you need to do anything other than the basics at a later date.

Thanks gazraa :)

I've not done much since I first posted the thread/topic as I've been caught up with other things. I will check out the ones you've named. Any others to put forward? It seems like a bit of a mine field out there in knowing what to be looking out for and 'who' you can trust :)
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