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  1. #1
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    Registring Domains?

    Greetings guys,

    I am still looking for a good webhost but at the mean time I'm worried that the domains I want would be taken. I want to ask what are the good Domain Registrars on the web? and is the process of linking the Domain to my webhost hard? or does it take time?

    I wanted to buy my domain from the same webhost service provider to make things simple. But are they complicated using a company for domain registration and another company for hosting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yabyab View Post
    Greetings guys,

    I am still looking for a good webhost but at the mean time I'm worried that the domains I want would be taken. I want to ask what are the good Domain Registrars on the web? and is the process of linking the Domain to my webhost hard? or does it take time?

    I wanted to buy my domain from the same webhost service provider to make things simple. But are they complicated using a company for domain registration and another company for hosting?
    I use gogaddy and have been very happy. Pretty easy to configure and plenty of people here can tell you how to set things (mainly the nameservers when you first start in this game). Takes a few minutes to navigate the control panel and configure but sometimes you have to wait a while for the "propagation" where the Internet gets to know about your new domain name or new location of a web site.

    I would strongly advise that you keep your domain name registration separate from you hosting company - that way if the hosting company lets you down, which happens all too frequently, you can move to a new host very quickly.

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    I would strongly advise that you keep your domain name registration separate from you hosting company - that way if the hosting company lets you down, which happens all too frequently, you can move to a new host very quickly.
    I agree! Keeping it separate has saved me on a number of occasions!

    I like using namecheap, have all of my domains there. Mainly because the control panel is so easy to use. They even have a button called "Transfer DNS to webhost" and you can transfer it back, or to another host, whenever you want, so you remain in control of your domain.

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    I have been using namecheap for awhile and have been really happy with them.

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    We use eNom for our domain registrations and we have been very pleased. Only good things to say about NameCheap as well.

    We became an eNom reseller a couple of years ago so we have everything in one concentrated management area

    I am growing more and more dischanted with GoDaddy - their huge and fast growth seems to be affecting them
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    Namecheap sounds good. I have a question, why do I need to keep my name/info private when registering a domain? wouldn't it be better if I leave some kind of contact info just in case someone needs it?

    I'm still looking into name registrars if you have any suggestions please let me know. I am considering namecheap just because it is easy to use.

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    Another timely thread! I am about to change web hosts, but I don't want to pay their 'retail' rate for domain registration. I spent hours searching for some relevant domain names, entering them and checking on GoDaddy. Well, today, one of the available one's I wanted was taken. My first (cynical) thought was that they are one of those companies that grabs the available names that people test, and locks them so you can only buy it from them. But after checking some other available names I tested, it just appears that name very ironically was taken by someone through GoDaddy the next day. Blast!! (bluepi.com).

    I'd suggest you grab it quick if you find one you've just got to have. There's so much domain squatting going on, it's getting almost impossible to get a decent domain name that doesn't require someone to write it down to remember it, or type a sentence, to find your site.

    Quote Originally Posted by marcbarak View Post
    We use eNom for our domain registrations and we have been very pleased. Only good things to say about NameCheap as well.

    We became an eNom reseller a couple of years ago so we have everything in one concentrated management area

    I am growing more and more dischanted with GoDaddy - their huge and fast growth seems to be affecting them
    I looked at eNom, but I believe they are strictly a reseller registrar, and won't register domains for individuals without creating an expensive reseller account. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    I want to transfer registrars for my existing domain, but I'm sensing some shenanigans with my current hosting company, even though I own the domain name. I understand from GoDaddy's site that to transfer your registrar to them, your existing registrar has to release your domain registration to another company. And in my case, my web hosting company is an eNom reseller, but even eNom can't help me. Maybe I'm being cynical again, but my host's tool for managing my domain doesn't work. Another ticket open, awaiting a response! If this gets messy, I'm gonna be even more ticked at my hosting company than I am now.

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    well I used godaddy a lot and they are good.I also agree with the idea of keeping your domain and hosting separate.It can save you a lot of hassle.

    Some people like to hide their information and that is why that private registration service is becoming well known these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kooshin View Post

    Some people like to hide their information and that is why that private registration service is becoming well known these days.
    If you don't, anyone using a WHOIS service can see all your contact details and spam your email addresses

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    Godaddy, namecheap, enom, tucows to name a few.

    To answer your original question, it isn't that complicated using a separate domain registrar from the host itself, all you need to do is update the nameservers which will be provided by your host.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dengwms View Post
    I want to transfer registrars for my existing domain, but I'm sensing some shenanigans with my current hosting company, even though I own the domain name. I understand from GoDaddy's site that to transfer your registrar to them, your existing registrar has to release your domain registration to another company. And in my case, my web hosting company is an eNom reseller, but even eNom can't help me. Maybe I'm being cynical again, but my host's tool for managing my domain doesn't work. Another ticket open, awaiting a response! If this gets messy, I'm gonna be even more ticked at my hosting company than I am now.
    Check the WHOIS information for your domain and if you are there as admin or billing contact - host is probably technical contact - then you can probably authorise the release.

    If you "pull" from, say, godaddy they should help you and I believe they will refund your $10 if it doesn't work.

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    Well it is ok to see your information I guess and I don't know there is a real surefire way to avoid getting spammed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brookie View Post
    Check the WHOIS information for your domain and if you are there as admin or billing contact - host is probably technical contact - then you can probably authorise the release.

    If you "pull" from, say, godaddy they should help you and I believe they will refund your $10 if it doesn't work.
    I am listed as the Registrant and Administrative contacts, my hosting company is listed as the Technical contact. Maybe I'm in luck!

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    But are they complicated using a company for domain registration and another company for hosting?
    No, it's not at all complicated. Your host will give you a set of nameservers to use. You then login the admin panel at your registrar and do the nameservers change.

    One of the tutorials here might come in handy: http://onlinesupport.org/tutorials_dns.php

    In any case, they'll at least show you what you need to do in principle, and how simple it all really is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldcdc View Post
    ... You then login the admin panel at your registrar and do the nameservers change....
    Ah... there's the rub. From my earlier post:


    Quote Originally Posted by dengwms View Post
    Maybe I'm being cynical again, but my host's tool for managing my domain doesn't work. Another ticket open, awaiting a response! If this gets messy, I'm gonna be even more ticked at my hosting company than I am now.
    I try to log in, and it doesn't recognize me. Hopefully, it's just a glitch... like every other glitch I've had with them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brookie View Post
    I use gogaddy and have been very happy. Pretty easy to configure and plenty of people here can tell you how to set things (mainly the nameservers when you first start in this game). Takes a few minutes to navigate the control panel and configure but sometimes you have to wait a while for the "propagation" where the Internet gets to know about your new domain name or new location of a web site.

    I would strongly advise that you keep your domain name registration separate from you hosting company - that way if the hosting company lets you down, which happens all too frequently, you can move to a new host very quickly.
    I agree with you, godaddy is good choice for domain registration, I have registered with them for three domains name last night and completely processed no more than 5 minutes
    now i'll be looking for a good webhosting for these domain.
    regards

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    I just wanted to let you know that I used namecheap.com so far I'm very satisfied. I've tried to buy domains in godaddy but it bombarded me with offers and features making things SO confusing. Godaddy is cheaper for buying domains but namecheap offers a FREE whois guard which godaddy offers the same service for an additional cost. Don't quote me on this but I think namecheap hosting price with their whoisGuard are cheaper than GoDaddy and their whoisGuard equivilant plan.

    Conclusion: I'm glad I chose NameCheap and I'm very satisfied so far.

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    Personally wouldn't use any sort of "whois privacy tool". If it's not listing valid information, you're breaking ICANN rules. If you let the third party registrar write their privacy name there, sure hypothetically it could work, but assuming you get into any legal dispute with your registrar, as far as ICANN is concerned the whois shows the true owner of the domain.

    Beyond that point, generally go with price and some decent track record. Godaddy personally is fine; granted they try to upsell you on absolutely everything.

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    Don't quote me on this but I think namecheap hosting price with their whoisGuard are cheaper than GoDaddy and their whoisGuard equivilant plan.
    Keep in mind that the whoisguard free subscription is only for the first year. After that, you have to pay if you still want to use it.

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