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How do you go about getting your own domain? And where do you go to work on it?

I've only ever had Geocities or Homestead sites, and they're pissing me off now.
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From:mireille719
Date:June 29th, 2003 - 03:07 pm
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It is very, very easy. We used www.dotster.com, and it's a very simple process to register the domain name and get the hosting set up.
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From:avariel_wings
Date:June 29th, 2003 - 03:22 pm
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Which package of theirs did you use?
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From:mireille719
Date:June 29th, 2003 - 04:53 pm
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They actually had more packages three months ago--I think they've moved some of their stuff over to hostlane.com--so I can't actually remember. We got 50MB and 3 e-mail addresses, so whichever package is closest to that. (Did I do the research on this? No. *g*)
From:partly_bouncy
Date:June 29th, 2003 - 03:07 pm
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From:faerie_chloz
Date:June 29th, 2003 - 03:08 pm
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Try http://www.oneandone.co.uk, good cheap domain names, something like £2 a year. Check it out, it's a bloody good service.
Gotta go turn off my comp, there's a thunderstorm! Yay! ^_^
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From:dangermouse42
Date:June 29th, 2003 - 03:20 pm
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Personally, I like the companies that let you register and domain name and host with them. Sometimes, transferring a domain to a host can get costly.

Depending on what you need your webpage to do, free hosting over at doteasy.com might be good enough (though you wouldn't get cgi access). They charge a $25 domain registration, which is good for a year, but you don't have to pay for webspace, which makes it a good deal.

Two other hosting companies I like are godaddy.com and ipowerweb.net. I've had reliable service from both and customer service is pretty on the ball. Both have pretty low costs for hosting, but you usually have to pay either six months or a year all at once. Still, it comes out cheaper than places like Geosuckies.

Hope that helps!
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From:mark356
Date:June 29th, 2003 - 03:37 pm
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As other people have said, to get your own website, you find a hosting company and buy a plan from them. $5/month is about par, and watch out for hidden fees beyond the month price and price of the domain name. You should be able to get a year's service for less than $100.

To work on yoru website, you use FTP. You write files in Notepad or some other plain-text editor, like Wordpad or Simpletext, and you use exactly the same HTML you use on your free websites, only you're not forced to include ad banners. Be sure to include all parts of the pages. An FTP program should come with the hosting plan, and the way mine works is I just drag my finished filed from my computer folder into my website folder. If you already know HTML, and the service comes with some FAQ, you shouldn't have any problems. Good luck!
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From:avariel_wings
Date:June 29th, 2003 - 03:40 pm

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Which hosting company do you use?
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From:mark356
Date:June 29th, 2003 - 04:34 pm
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I'm flattered that you're asking me, but you should really ask everyone who has a website. I bought mark356.net from featureprice.com last November, but as well as $5 a month and $25 for a domain name, they had a $25 hidden fee. Just recently, they were bought by atlantic.net, and they didn't give atlantic.net the money from their cheap customers like me, so they're only giving me until the end of July to give them more money, and I'm not sure if I'll sign up with them again. However, mark356.net always seems to load well, and the FTP is as easy to use as I've described, and there is a good stats page.
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From:mooders
Date:June 29th, 2003 - 05:03 pm
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If you aren't sure about buying your own domain, my friend Matte is hosting anyone at his site.

www.the-matte.net

Just say Oowth sent ya. He's going to be going to Mexico Wed. till Sunday so you might have to wait a bit. But if you hurry, he might be able to get you set up before then. ^_^

-Oowth, who gets cookies for every Referral
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From:deslea
Date:June 29th, 2003 - 06:54 pm
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Personally, I prefer to register the domain name in one place and get hosting from another. The domain-only places have control panels that let you change it to a different host at will. Whereas if it's tied to the same company that you host with, they can kind of hold it hostage by charging you fees before they'll let it go. This can be a real problem if, say, you outgrow your hosting package or they have technical problems and you want to move elsewhere.

I use 123cheapdomains.com or gobigmedia.com for my domains. On the whole I prefer 123. Presently I have my hosting through Hostrocket. They're fine, but you might be able to do better.