Domain Name?

sirelewop

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Lemme give you a run-down:

1. I have a pseudo-website. (I have a bunch of HTML files and some PHP Scripts all running on an Apache server.)

2. This site is running from a Dell Poweredge in my basement.

3. I have the site running through DynDNS

4. This means that the URL for the site is something like this: MYSITEHERE.ath.cx

5. I found a website that gives you free hosting, if you have a Domain name.


And this is why I am asking you guys for help;

I want to know where the best place to get a domain name is.

I know what I want and I have looked to see if its in use, and it isn't.

I also want to know if i can continue hosting the site from my home server once I get the domain name, or if I need to switch to a remote server.

Any tips, suggestions, and all help is appreciated.

(P.S. I know the risks of hosting the server from my house, and I know I'll be taking a performance hit as well.)
 

BlackBeret

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Name.com and Namecheap.com seem to be the most popular. GoDaddy is ok if you are going to stay white hat.

I don't know much about hosting a site on a home computer. My guess would be if you home computer has a static IP address you should be able to do it, but I don't know why you would want to.
 

smileplease

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NAME.com would be great for a domain.
Check the section two click above for promo codes.

If i were you,
i'd just use hostgator.
Cheap hosting, you get the first month for 1cent, its all good.

If you're going to sign up for hostgator, please PM me so i can give you my referral link.
tyvm
 

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risky, but good idea to start.

But be warned: I cannot remember exactly how it works, but dyndns is configured in a way that it updates the a records quickly (your router or desktop app), so the domain is mostly pointing to the right ip.

I doubt that this is possible with name/namecheap/etc. Instead of pointing to a IP you could maybe point in e.g. namecheap to a domain, but am not sure which request is then passed to your webserver.

I think dyndns offers also dynamic ip for serious domain names, did you already check? Or too expensive?

cooooookies

Lemme give you a run-down:

1. I have a pseudo-website. (I have a bunch of HTML files and some PHP Scripts all running on an Apache server.)

2. This site is running from a Dell Poweredge in my basement.

3. I have the site running through DynDNS

4. This means that the URL for the site is something like this: MYSITEHERE.ath.cx

5. I found a website that gives you free hosting, if you have a Domain name.


And this is why I am asking you guys for help;

I want to know where the best place to get a domain name is.

I know what I want and I have looked to see if its in use, and it isn't.

I also want to know if i can continue hosting the site from my home server once I get the domain name, or if I need to switch to a remote server.

Any tips, suggestions, and all help is appreciated.

(P.S. I know the risks of hosting the server from my house, and I know I'll be taking a performance hit as well.)
 

sirelewop

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I don't know much about hosting a site on a home computer. My guess would be if you home computer has a static IP address you should be able to do it, but I don't know why you would want to.

I'm really, really cheap. xD

If you're going to sign up for hostgator, please PM me so i can give you my referral link.
tyvm

will do.

and thanks for all the help guys!
 

sirelewop

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risky, but good idea to start.

But be warned: I cannot remember exactly how it works, but dyndns is configured in a way that it updates the a records quickly (your router or desktop app), so the domain is mostly pointing to the right ip.

I doubt that this is possible with name/namecheap/etc. Instead of pointing to a IP you could maybe point in e.g. namecheap to a domain, but am not sure which request is then passed to your webserver.

I think dyndns offers also dynamic ip for serious domain names, did you already check? Or too expensive?

I took a look, Google offers domain names for about 10$ and DynDNS casts about 15$.

its not a big difference, but still its money. xD
 

BlackBeret

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Why do you need to pay for hosting? According to you:

5. I found a website that gives you free hosting, if you have a Domain name.

Just use them when you get your domain name. Are you doing any Black Hat stuff? How much room does your site take?
 

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for sure....i WILL go for Namecheap.c0m... as for webhost...lunarpages.c0m...

Both service and quality are very good !
 

isritter

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I use GoDaddy which is NOT a fan favorite here. I anticipate moving to NameCheap within the next year or so whenever my domain load increases. Transferring domains can be a chore, especially with locking and privacy.

NameCheap seems to be the popular one that BWH'ers tend to talk about.

If you are looking for a good, keyword-rich domain name, you can go to the link below and it will tell you what is available for your targeted keyword.

Code:
http://www.webconfs.com/keyword-rich-domain-suggestions.php
 

BlackBeret

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The only thing I don't like about namecheap is there are no coupons or discounts for renewals. At least none that I have found. I see them occasionally for new regs, but not renewals. I can always get cheap renews at GD, usually no more than $7.50.

If you wanted to go through the hassle you can transfer them back and forth between registrars, they always seem to have a deal on that. You usually need to do it before 60 till expiration.
 
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