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    Looking for host that comes with free-for-life domain.

    Yeah, so I'm looking for a new host that comes with those free-for-life domains. I already know that they're only free-for-life as long as you're with that specific company.

    I run a small site with forums, but I'd like to have some room to grow. Maybe around 2-4 gigs of space and around 10-15 gigs of bandwidth. Budget is around 7-10 dollars a month, and I can only pay by credit card. I realize that I will most probably have to go with an overselling host, but I'm willing to take my chances.

    Also, a question: sometimes I have around 7-10 members online at the same time, and I think it's causing the slowdown on the site recently. Is that really enough to slow down a shared account?

    Given all of the information (and especially the first requirement!), here are some of the hosts I'm looking at, sorted by price per year.

    SiteGround
    BlueHost
    HostMonster
    Lunarpages
    DreamHost

    Any opinions on which overseller is the most workable one? Any more suggestions? Also, if any of these include the domain free for the first year only, please correct me.

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    Why not register the domain independently? It may cost you a bit, but you'll have greater flexibility/security in moving between hosts if something goes wrong.

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    A domain name only costs like 7 bucks to register for a year. I think leaving control of your domain to someone else is a real bad idea. especially just to save 7 bucks.

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    Hmm.. thanks for the perspective.

    Well in that case, how do these webhosts fare in shared accounts? I'm with HostNine right now, and their sometimes the service just crawls.

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    I would be cautious of getting a free domain with hosting unless it was registered with you as the owner. What would happen if you decided to leave the said host?

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    During the last few years I've tried them all, except for SiteGround and for dynamic content I found hostgator have the best performance - but that also depends on the load of the server so it's hard to give a fair compare since I didn't use any of them for a very long period (max. a year).
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    1&1. If you get the Business package it comes with three. There is also ZERO problem transferring it to another registrar should you decide to move it, as I have personally done so several times.


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    I can't stand 1and1 personally.

    As said above, there's nothing wrong with having the host register the domain as long as it is registered in your name. Even better if they offer you DNS management via their panel.

    Contact a few hosts and ask them how they're registered. If they register them under their name, stay clear.
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    7-10 dollars per month are enough to afford a reliable host not overselling one like those you've mentioned above.
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    Hosts nowadays "oversell" in most cases since they want to stay in business. The customers are impressed by large numbers, so they usually go with the host that seems to offer the most bang for the buck.

    This works OK if done sensibly, however and I wouldn't worry about it. The host will shut down any account that hogs too much CPU resources. (Note that hosts NEVER promise you X amount of CPU usage!)
    Your host suggestions seem pretty OK to me although there may be even better hosts out there.
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    All of the hosts that you listed are quality except for dreamhost IMO. Btw Hostmonster and bluehost are the same company and they have excellent support.
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    Thanks for the inputs. I decided to go ahead and purchase the domain separately.

    I'm still with my current host, but in the future should I need to move my site I'll keep your suggestions in mind.

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    Check on IX, Godaddy and dotster. Always no free domain. But sometime they are giving offer around 2 doller or 1 doller etc. Free domain its not good . Some time u may loose it

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    Quote Originally Posted by micksss View Post
    All of the hosts that you listed are quality except for dreamhost IMO. Btw Hostmonster and bluehost are the same company and they have excellent support.
    Some have bad experiences and some have good experiences with Dreamhost, like me. I'm a happy customer of Dreamhost for almost 2 years now.
    They provide alot of features and possibilities, support is good and they aren't complete dictators when it comes to overusage (not that I've experienced it myself though).

    Anyhow, like what was mentioned before, registering a domain separate from your host is always the best option. I've lots of domains registered at a separate registrar but I also have a domain registered at Dreamhost (dedicational.net) but I'm sure I can transfer it out when I stop hosting at Dreamhost.

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    free for a life time huh!... never thing about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonboy View Post
    free for a life time huh!... never thing about it.
    Well usually only if you stay with the host for life and think the hosting price is only for hosting, not for the domain hehe

    Free for life... sure...

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    It is highly advisable to book a domain name independently and choose a host. And it is not at all possible to get life time free domain name.
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    You face two problems. First, when you sign up for an overselling host, you are asking for downtime and other technical issues. Seeing that you are willing to take that chance, I hope you don't come to WHT to complain when you have a bad experience with an overselling host. Second, I would recommend registering a domain with a company like Go Daddy, because they are reputable in this area. If you buy a domain and hosting from a company (free-for-life), chances are that if you break their terms of service, your domain will be locked until some demand is met.

    Just my two cents.

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    All very good points. My personal suggestion is to never register your domain name thru a hosting provider.
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    Thanks for the posts people, but as I said before you, I already went ahead and registered the domain separately.

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    For even $4-5 a month you can find a nice hosting for your needs and for the rest $3x12, you can buy your domain and pay yearly.

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    You face two problems. First, when you sign up for an overselling host, you are asking for downtime and other technical issues.
    chances are that if you break their terms of service, your domain will be locked until some demand is met.
    That's with some unscrupulous hosts maybe. In most normal cases, the domain is released to the customer, for a fee of $20 or so. All this should in fact be detailed in the Terms of Service.

    First, when you sign up for an overselling host, you are asking for downtime and other technical issues.
    Well now, that's a bit broad. Overselling starts way sooner than 10TB for $7. Not to mention that technical problems happen to any host, given enough time.

    True though, for a reason I still don't fully comprehend (given the existence of server abuse clauses), very cheap hosts are apparently more likely to keep their servers too busy.

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    Dan's entirely right, technical issues can happen to big, small, good, and bad hosts. Technical issues don't discriminate, but some hosts do handle them better. Personally though, don't get a domain through the host. Not all hosts are bad, and most will release them without a problem, but there's a chance that they'll hold it hostage. Alternatively, if the host goes out of business and disappeares with your domain, you still might not get it back. I know of a pretty large, decently known host which went down, and people lost most of their domains. Although it will cost more to buy your own domain and keep it renewed, that's what I would do. Of course, I'm a control freak, and I like having everything within my control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldcdc View Post
    True though, for a reason I still don't fully comprehend (given the existence of server abuse clauses), very cheap hosts are apparently more likely to keep their servers too busy.
    I suppose you are right. Technical issues happen with every company. However, if you choose an overselling host that does not take the time to monitor its servers and clients, you are more likely to see downtime than someone who pays for normal webhosting (non-oversold).

    Don't get me wrong, I've saw a HostGator account with 250GB of files on it. Some companies do take care of things.

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    Cross siteground and hostmonster off your list. I've heard terrible things about both. And I've experienced hostmonster's TERRIBLE service.
    I'm currently hosting with: hostgator

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