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How to buy a domain name?

Asked by wabarr (458points) August 14th, 2008

I want to set up a very basic static personal home page, hosted for free on my university’s webspace. But I would like to have a catchy domain name mask. Any thoughts on the best company to go through? A google search seems to return a bewildering number of companies selling domain names. Are these all likely to be legit?

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megalongcat's avatar

Dreamhost is legit and they send amusing newsletters each month.

robhaya's avatar and are highly reputable and inexpensive.

lapilofu's avatar

I recommend 1&1. They’re the cheapest, in my experience, and I’ve never had trouble with them.

megalongcat's avatar

GoDaddy is evil. Though it’s probably just me, but I’ve never had a good experience with them and I’ve been through a lot of companies.

aidje's avatar

GoDaddy and 1&1 actually have pretty poor reputations.

Anaphase's avatar is really expensive. I buy my domain names from GoDaddy, because it’s fairly cheap. GoDaddy is alright, despite it’s reputation, if you know what you’re doing; if you don’t, you’ll likely end up buy a bunch of stuff you don’t need.

lapilofu's avatar

Let me amend my recommendation. I buy from 1&1, because they’re the cheapest, but I don’t use them for hosting, and I don’t even use their nameservers. I buy the domains from them, but I host with another company and I point the domains at that company’s nameservers. For that purpose, I think 1&1 is the best deal.

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