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OK, so the address wont be as nice as your personal domain, but unless poeple can remember a personal or company name,and use it to guess your address, why does this matter?
The Domain names you've bought should already be registered as part of the price ?
Even commercial sites can operate with this approach, with no reg or hosting costs
If anybody is looking for a decent host you could try pair Networks [pair.com]. You can park as many domains as you like on one account and they are still handing out seperate IPs for each domain. (I have one account with 20 domains on it for less than $30 US per month - I am not affiliated with them)
I don't like to make recommendations because everyone's needs are different. I made this choice because of the price and reseller options, and it's been working for my purposes.
I'm going through an awful job of moving a site now from a free host because though it's got decent listings with several search engines, sites at that host are banned from Alta Vista, and the site is very unstable with Google (my sites on paid hosts with unique IP seem to stay put - so far). It's not half as bad if there's a domain name, but moving from subdomain to a domain name means changing loads of links, too. Just my opinion, but it's worth paying 13.50 a year for a domain name for a commercial site.
I agree Oilman.. there is a down side as you mention. People love having a personal domain .
But how is a UK school kid going to pay $13.50- $30.00 a month for hosting ? (ok.. so this is where we find littlewebwizard runs a multinational...)
Marcia.. I've had a stable no2 slot in Google using my secondary key phrase on a freeserve hosted site for months, so it can work. I agree with your point about moving hosts and the links problem. But if you only have a small site this is less daunting.
1. 2.5 meg with a shared IP (URL not found AV either, under search for host:url ) and $35 a year for domain registration. Right back to the shared IP issue, and increased cost if more space is needed - with $35 a year for starters.
2. 13.50 per year for domain registration, and free hosting available with 20 meg and full cgi, ssi, the whole enchilada. Only place excluded is AV, but a nice little informational additional site at freeserve gives the AV traffic.
3. 13.50 per year for domain registration, $36 per year
for 10 meg domain hosting with PERMANENT IP, ftp and subdomains, cgi, the whole enchilada!
4. 13.50 per year for domain registration, with choice of other free domain hosts, AV is the fussiest with banning, check there to see if other sites at that host have listings. If so, it might work for a while. Many free domain hosts are not banned yet.
5. Stay put. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.