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It occurs to me that I have a great many friends who are a lot more than passingly conversant with them there computatin' machines, and this WebNet thing that the young'uns are always going on about.

Can someone clue me in on the best/smartest way to claim and register a domain name?

Date: 2011-06-29 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luckykitty.livejournal.com
Well, I use dreamhost as a host, so I can register domains through them. I quite like them. http://www.dreamhost.com/domreg.cgi

But some people don't!

A lot of people get their domains through GoDaddy.com.

Network Solutions is used by a lot of big companies but honestly, every dealing with them I've had has been a big ole PITA.

Date: 2011-06-30 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tammylee.livejournal.com
Avoiiiid Network Solutions. D: They are devil beasts!

GoDaddy is okay.

I register through DreamHost, same as L.

Date: 2011-06-30 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsubaki-ny.livejournal.com
(This is what's confusing me. (http://whatever.scalzi.com/2011/06/29/mastering-ones-own-domain-an-no-this-is-not-a-seinfeld-reference/#comment-263083))

Date: 2011-06-30 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tammylee.livejournal.com
Ahh yes, that is a very good point about keeping your hosting and your domain separate.

Tucows.com doesn't register domains directly, you have to find one of their resellers to make the transaction through. My corporation used to have a reseller account. =x My day job still does. But I don't register domain names through where I work, just seems prudent.

http://lifehacker.com/5681997/best-domain-name-registrar
Might help?

Basically, this is how a web site works:
1. register a domain name
2. rent web space (or use tumblr or posterous or something free)
3. point your domain name at your web space (using the web host's name servers)
4. upload files

I use DreamHost for everything because it's convenient, I already pay tonnes for hosting (why?! I hardly use it!), and I'm confident they're sticking around.

GoDaddy interface can be confusing and filled with advertising for products you don't need. That NameCheap.com seems to be a popular recommendation.
http://www.hostingsthatsuck.com/namecheap-sucks/

I'd recommend:
1. register your domain name (research Namecheap a bit more but they seem pretty reliable)
2. turn on Whois privacy (so your personal information is not exposed)
3. turn on registrar lock (so your domain can't be transferred without your expressed permission... just in case you fall for a scam)

Then you can sit on it for $10/year while you decide what to do for a web site. You can use a personal domain name for lots of free web site services like blogger, wordpress, tumblr, posterous, etc.

Date: 2011-06-30 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tammylee.livejournal.com
Oh, and if you find you are confused or ever want to transfer your domain name to another registrar, feel free to drop me a line and I'll help you out.
I have a lot of experience with transferring domain names and dealing with registrars.

OH!! and maintenance for your domain name: make sure you always have your administrator/owner contact information up to date. Never stop using the email you've registered your domain name with until you've changed your domain name email to something new. Often when you need to change contact information you will be required to confirm via email the changes are coming from you. If your email is not up to date, there can be trouble.

Date: 2011-06-30 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsubaki-ny.livejournal.com
This:

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2011/06/29/mastering-ones-own-domain-an-no-this-is-not-a-seinfeld-reference/#comment-263083

Is the thing rife with terminology that I don't understand. *puppy whine*

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