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    UK, possibly US, suitable host?

    I'm looking to purchase a domain, hosting, and I want a private whois service

    and a 24/7 telephone line for these.

    Many US companies do UK too. Like godaddy. But since I hear bad things about godaddy, i'm looking at other options.

    suggestions and thoughts?

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    Do you have a budget in mind?
    Do you have statistics for your current websites?

    There are quite a lot of reputable options, just need to understand what you are looking for in terms of your website needs and requirements
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    There are a whole load of options for you at this point, but as a starter for 10, can I suggest that your domain is registered in one place and the site hosted in another to allow you to remain in control of the domain.

    Namecheap are very reliable and will give you the whois cover you want, they don't do telephone support but are very quick on tickets and live chat.
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    What kind of hosting are you looking for? Many hosts offer domain names with their service, and in addition to that WHOIS protection. So you definitely have a huge choice.

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    I use domainmonster. They are pretty good.

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    I just looked into namecheap.. they look good..$3/month is cheapest hosting i've seen. cheap whois privacy option too. their live chat is 24/7 and good and they say they deal with tickets within 2 hours.

    If i separate hosting from domain as suggested, where should I go for the domain, a .info ?

    domainsmart look like they're a bit more expensive like Ł8.50 a year($13). Godaddy is more like 10$(but $2 for the first year) namespace is about $9 a year. iif not doing the domain with namecheap 'cos if hosting with them, not wanting host and domain from same place.
    Last edited by varilo; 02-27-2011 at 12:31 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by varilo View Post
    I just looked into namecheap.. they look good..$3/month is cheapest hosting i've seen. cheap whois privacy option too. their live chat is 24/7 and good and they say they deal with tickets within 2 hours.

    If i separate hosting from domain as suggested, where should I go for the domain, a .info ?

    domainsmart look like they're a bit more expensive like Ł8.50 a year($13). Godaddy is more like 10$(but $2 for the first year) namespace is about $9 a year. iif not doing the domain with namecheap 'cos if hosting with them, not wanting host and domain from same place.
    Namecheap is my favorite option for domain names, but I can't really say anything about their hosting.

    I would stay away from GoDaddy - too many horror stories coming out of there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LM-AndrewS View Post
    I also recommend EZPZHosting, Dan and their crew are great.

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    EZPZ isn't 24/7 though or I see no indication of it. I see the telephone is 9-5. don't know about email hours? and no chat comes up when I click live chat. So really the support hours aren't so good for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by varilo View Post
    If i separate hosting from domain as suggested, where should I go for the domain, a .info ?
    I have many domains with both GoDaddy and NameCheap and both are decent as a registrar.

    Separating your domain from hosting is definitely good advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WickedFactor View Post
    I have many domains with both GoDaddy and NameCheap and both are decent as a registrar.

    Separating your domain from hosting is definitely good advice.
    Depends how reputable the company is. Namecheap operate a separate hosting division who's sole responsibility is hosting.
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    I prefer to manage domains with my host using their billing system, especially when they are using WHMCS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by varilo View Post
    EZPZ isn't 24/7 though or I see no indication of it. I see the telephone is 9-5. don't know about email hours? and no chat comes up when I click live chat. So really the support hours aren't so good for me.
    EZPZ, do provide 27/7 support...

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    As you stated, the telephone support, from what I can see, is 9-5. I can't seem to pull up the live chat window either at the moment.

    Do you specifically need 24/7 telephone support or 24/7 support via ticket (email) or both?
    Last edited by SercoNetworks; 02-27-2011 at 08:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by varilo View Post
    EZPZ isn't 24/7 though or I see no indication of it. I see the telephone is 9-5. don't know about email hours? and no chat comes up when I click live chat. So really the support hours aren't so good for me.
    We are indeed 24/7. The number at the top of the screen is our sales line hence it's only open from 9 until 5.

    Our Live Chat has been broken since upgrading the helpdesk software a few days ago but it should be up and running again soon.
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    ok, For hosting, I like the fact that namecheap is $3 a month, so I think i'll go with that one.

    for domain? does ezpz offer that without hosting? only other option mentioned is domainmonster, they look cheap though no 24/7 tel support and i'm not sure how quick their em response is, and no chat. but they have a forum.

    For whois privacy, should I go with a separate company for that, or stick to the domain company?
    Last edited by varilo; 02-27-2011 at 01:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by varilo View Post
    ok, For hosting, I like the fact that namecheap is $3 a month, so I think i'll go with that one.

    for domain? does ezpz offer that without hosting? only other option mentioned is domainmonster, they look cheap though no 24/7 tel support and i'm not sure how quick their em response is, and no chat. but they have a forum.

    For whois privacy, should I go with a separate company for that, or stick to the domain company?
    Its easier to have domain privacy (or "privacy protection") at the domain registrar. A lot of them offer it for free (at least mine does).

    One reason people say to register your domain name separate from your hosting account is to ensure you have complete control, and a dispute with your hosting company doesn't result in them freezing your domain name as well. They aren't supposed to do that, but we've all heard horror stories. Sometimes the "free domain with hosting" offers don't actually give you the domain; the host retains the name if you leave. That's really bad, because your domain name is what people associate with your site. So either way, you want to make sure you control your domain name.

    A .info domain should cost about $10 a year with privacy protection (you might find a special with it at less cost for the first year).

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    Yes, i've heard also of hosting companies squatting on the domain as soon as it's left. Networksolutions is the absolutely classic example. (though maybe if they're selling it, that's normal?)

    I may go with domainmonster, but what are the alternatives to domainmonster(besides namecheap since that's likely going to be my host)?

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    domain is likely to be .info

    namecheap would be my host.

    evohosts for the domain are a bit more expensive than others. Ł8.50 each year. I don't see a good reason to go for that.

    domainmonster Ł6 each year

    godaddy offers a cheap first year.. like Ł1.23 then about Ł6 thereafter. but if avoiding that..

    given that,

    what are the alternatives to domainmonster?

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    ok.. I've found name.com , I may go with that for the domain.

    Thanks for all your input guys.

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