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Domain Registration & Domain Management

Hover

I’m a big fan of Hover. It costs a couple of dollars more to register your domain with Hover (compared to registrars like GoDaddy or NameCheap) but you get full privacy protection in the registration package—which I recommend if you use your home address as the domain postal address. Hover also delivers up a user-friendly experience. Add-ons (like mailboxes, redirects and more) are available, but you don’t get pressured by up-selling tactics.

If you use Hover to register your domain and click through via the links on this page or elsewhere on my site, I’ll receive a $2 credit from Hover.

NameCheap

On the recommendation of web developer friends (and other online sources), I’ve also given NameCheap.com (affiliate link) a whirl with a domain registration. That experience is also very positive, so I can add NameCheap.com to my recommended domain registrars.

I anticipate continuing to use Hover as my primary registrar, but NameCheap is about $1 less expensive ($3-something less in the first year) for .com registrations. If you’re looking to use a .info or other less popular domain extension NameCheap might save you a few dollars more, at least in the first year of registration.

Website Hosting

HostGator


I chose HostGator to host my sites because it comes highly-recommended and it’s scalable. Generally, while doing my own internet research about hosting providers I found HostGator to be among the top 3-4 hosting providers. I also overheard a lot of word-of-mouth recommendations of HostGator at a WordPress workshop I attended in January 2012 when no one knew I was looking for a new web host. These recommendations were coming from web designers who worked with small to medium-sized businesses.

Many of the online folks I’ve studied have affiliation relationships with BlueHost. It’s my understanding BlueHost is a great hosting provider. But the one thing my research revealed is that hosting via BlueHost is not scalable and, more recently, they seem to throttle the load times of some websites that get above-average traffic.

If you have big plans to grow your online presence, and especially if you plan to sell goods and services, I think it’s important to have a host that can meet your needs at all levels, not just “starter” sites.

HostGator is great for WordPress hosting but it’s also a great host for sites created using other content-management systems or custom-designed sized. HostGator offers a range of site-building tools and templates within the control panel, if you want to build-it-yourself.

I’ve been very satisfied with HostGator. They will help move your existing site and help set up the site if you’re tech-challenged or just busy. In many instances, they’ll provide this service for free. They did for me in January 2012, just because I was too busy at the time. I recently set up a new site with HostGator without using customer service and it’s easy as pie for anyone who is somewhat familiar with website management, as I am. (I created my first website in 1998 and taught myself HTML and basic webdesign in 1999 and managed my own website and blog for several years and the site for a sorority from 1998-2002.)

If you click through here or elsewhere on my site to establish a new web host or move your existing site to HostGator, I’ll receive a generous commission. Many thanks for your support.

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