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I want to buy a domain name. How do I do it?

8:42 am on Apr 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I already "own" a domain name but the company that registered it for me, CWI Hosting, actually owns it.

I want to buy several new domains for a new site I am planning, however, I want to be the sole legal owner of the domain.

Where do I start?

I see godaddy.com registers domains for $6.95 per year and register.com does it for $35 per year.

Are there any strings attached to getting a new www.com domain name? What should I look out for?

I was very disappointed when it was pointed out that my current domain is owned by someone else. I was under the impression that it was going to be mine but was wrong in the end.



PS: I did a WHOIS search for SWV and no information pops up. Why is this?

8:46 am on Apr 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Also, if I registered with a certain company and someone else offers a lower register price, say, 5 years from now can I renew my domain through a new company or am I forever stuck with the original registar?

Also, if the company I register with goes out of business what happens?

Thanks in advance

(who is excited about the new ideas he has for a site)

9:40 am on Apr 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'll have a go at this one.

First off... If you want the domain name you had/have with CWI Hosting, press them until they give it to you.

I use godaddy to register domains and host them at pair.com. Never had any problems with them.

What you need to watch out for is what happened with CWI Hosting. With godaddy you really will own your domain name. Godaddy will try to sell you a lot of stuff while your registering your domain. That's how they have such low prices. Just keep on clicking on the "no thanks" and move on to the next page. You can host with Godaddy but I never bothered reading their ads. Probably not the best place to host.

I've been with pair for about four years and my sites have never been down (that I am aware of). With your host you need to watch out for that. How fast your site downloads is another thing. A hosting company may try to get business by not charging much for bandwidth which can slow down their servers.

First register with godaddy. Say you just want to park the domain there. Open another window and go to pair. Get their $5.95 plan which includes hosting for one domain and any others for 1 buck each. You can always upgrade to get more space and bandwidth later. Go ahead and pay for 12 months to get the discount. Tell them you already registered the domain. They will give you two nameservers, a primary and secondary one. They look something like this: ns284.pair.com, ns0000.ns0.com. Go back to godaddy and give them the nameservers.

Pair will help you with the whole process.

You can change your registrar any time you want.

If the registrar goes out of business, the domain is still yours. Don't know any details.

Good luck.

3:59 pm on Apr 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You may want to try www.accuwebhosting.com. They offer web hosting services as well as domain registration. I've hosted a couple of sites with them and though they will charge you US$ 7.99 their customer service is one of the best i've ever come across. My typical email support questions to them get ussually get replied within 45 minutes

If you register domain name with them,you get

->Complete domain ownership
->Your name, address and contact details will be shown as registrant, admin & technical contact
->Customer control panel available to mange your domains
-> You can place new orders for domain from the control panel.


11:32 pm on Apr 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If the registrar goes out of business, the domain is still yours. Don't know any details.

IIRC, most of the registries require registrars to have an arrangement whereby any domains registered through them will be transfered to another registrar if they go out of business. I don't know how those transfers work in practice, and I suspect it would be different each time a registrar went under.

12:13 am on Apr 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ive always used westhost.com for webspace, there great! and godaddy.com for domains. If you put webmasterworld.com as the reffer for westhost.com i think brent gets some credit or something. Nice way to support a great forum. :)