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Q: Need help and Direction on Domain name registration and Web hosting ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Need help and Direction on Domain name registration and Web hosting
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: mortgagesaver01-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 11 Aug 2005 17:07 PDT
Expires: 10 Sep 2005 17:07 PDT
Question ID: 554690
First I?m looking for the ?right? website to register a domain name.

Second I?m looking for a good site to set up a website for both
personal and business use. I have no idea about this type of thing so
any guidance you can provide would be GREATLY appreciated. What things
should I be concerned with when picking a host site and cost what is
fair to pay for web hosting?

What software would be best to create a web page or should I hire someone?

Please Help!!
Subject: Re: Need help and Direction on Domain name registration and Web hosting
Answered By: muhammad-ga on 17 Aug 2005 09:51 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

In answering your question I am dividing it into two parts: 

1) Domain Registration
2) Web Hosting

Domain registrations have become cheaper year after year, and there
are no quality issues as far as choosing a registrar is concerned. The
only caution you have to take it to avoid some free Domain
registration companies wherein you are not the authorized owner of the
domain. Such companies usually market their services as ?free? but as
one checks, the Domain ownership is in their name.

Since domain registration is very cheap: some companies offer it for
free if you choose their hosting plan.

The global Domain Registration database is maintained by ICANN which
has authorized a list of companies for registration. Usually these
companies sublet the registration business by assigning resellers. If
you feel that you are going to register more domain name it is
advisable to become a reseller of a registration company. This can
make the per-domain rates cheaper for you.

Following is a partial list of Retail Domain Name Prices, August 2005
according to

Company price 	 Primary Business 	 Primary Region
=======		=============	============	===========
Netfirms 		$4.95 			Shared Hosting 	America

1&1 Internet AG 	$5.99 			Mixed Hosting 	Europe

Hostway 		$6.95 			Shared Hosting 	America

Interland 		$7.95 			Mixed Hosting 	America 		$7.95 			Mixed Hosting 	America

AIT Domains	 	$7.99		 	Mixed Hosting 	America

Stargate 		$8.49 			Shared Hosting 	America

Go Daddy Inc 	$9.20 			Domain Registrar 	America

To choose one, you should know the requirements of your website like,
size, traffic expected, programming languages used, components used,
SSL/ecommerce integration etc. Please don?t get confused if you don?t
know about all this or if you just want to venture into web based
business. In that case you can choose a ?Starter Package? from a
?good? (parameterized by Customer Support, Features, Price)  hosting

If you are rather choosy about selecting a hosting company you may
want to do some research on hosting companies.
provides information about Top hosting companies of the world.
Following is a List of top

Rank  	Hosting Company 				Country 		Market Share 		Total Domains
1 	WILDWESTDOMAINS.COM 		United States 		8.8291 % 		4,813,764
2 	ENOM.COM 					United States 		4.7075 % 		2,566,606
3 	NETWORKSOLUTIONS.COM 		United States 		3.3847 % 		1,845,400
4 	REGISTER.COM 				United States 		2.9715 % 		1,620,107
5 	YAHOO.COM 				United States	 	2.5682 % 		1,400,198
6 	DIRECTNIC.COM 				United States 		2.4399 % 		1,330,248
7 	SCHLUND.DE 				Germany 		1.4586 % 		795,243
8 	BUYDOMAINS.COM 			United States 		1.2572 % 		685,448
9 	ONEANDONE.COM 			United States	 	1.1755 % 		640,883
10 	DOMAINSPONSOR.COM 			United States	 	1.1358 % 		619,249
11 	DOTSTER.COM 				United States	 	1.1228 % 		612,166
12 	FABULOUS.COM 				Australia 		1.1088 % 		604,558
13 	MYDOMAIN.COM 				United States 		0.6592 % 		359,425
14 	VERIO.COM 				United States	 	0.6109 % 		333,051
15 	SEDOPARKING.COM 			Germany 		0.6047 % 		329,669

For more information please visit www.

Budget is the prime consideration for many people while choosing a
hosting company, since they want to test the feasibility of the
hosting provider. In my earlier answers to a question about hosting I

?Choosing a cheap web hosting provider is often a tricky-decision,
since there are many hosting providers who claim to be cheapest but
offer very poor level of services like customer support, availability
of components etc. In my experience of web development I have come
across some reasonable good hosting companies. There is always a
trade-off between price and features. There are top hosting companies
which provide best features, but their cost is also on the high end.?

I also mentioned the following list of the companies which offer good
packages for beginner to small scale businesses.

* DirectI ( They are one of the leading domain
registration companies of India. They support the PHP Nukes, CGI, ASP,
Perl etc. You will find the particular useful if you want some other
component to be installed. One main issue while mentioned this that
comes is that usually Virtual hosting does not give all the options
and flexibility as a dedicated hosting plan where you can install and
configure the components of your choice, but then when we are talking
about cheap web hosting, Virtual Hosting is the way to go.

Directi has an online website configurator which lets one choose the
hosting package. You can create your package there and check how much
each feature will cost you. You may check it at
I created a basic package of 100MB Linux package in the USA Premium
Datacenter using this tool and it amounted to: $ 34.25 per month. This
package includes the following:

100MB Space, 1FTP User,1000 MB Web and Database bandwidth
10 MB Email Space for 3 POP accounts with 500MB Email bandwidth.
PHP,CGI,SSI support, 10 MB Database Space

They support Linux hosting with PHP, Perl, CGI, Custom Mime types and
error pages, MySQL, SSI, SSL, SSH, Graphical Web stats, Web Logs,
Frontpage and Win2k Hosting with ASP, .NET, SQL Server 2000, MS

You can also set-up a free trial account and test their services,
this is a good option if you are testing and comparing other hosting
providers, since you can only get the actual hang around the hosting
quality only after actually checking its features in action.

* India Access: ( It is one of the oldest
hosting service provider from India, they prices are very competitive.
They are also flexible in terms of helping you set-up different
components. I spoke to a sales representative there about your
requirements.  They can support PHP nukes if the web space requirement
if more than 100 MB. They also have a good customer support. You can
also get the email aliases free.
Like many hosting companies they also provide you with a good featured
Control Panel which lets you configure most of the options of your
hosting account. You can also increase or decrease or add/modify any
feature at any time, the modified cost of which will be reflected from
next month of those modifications.

* NetProHosting: Their basic 100MB
Annual package costs $ 71.40. In this package you will get a range of
features like:

Secure Shell (SSH) Access (available on request)
PHP, Perl & Python
Personal cgi-bin
5 MySQL Databases
Shared SSL Certificate (https)
Server Side Includes (e.g. .shtml)
10 Subdomains
5 Parked Domains
5 Add-On Domains (ideal for multi-domain hosting!)
5Mailman Mailing Lists
Unlimited E-mail Forwarders
Unlimited E-mail Autoresponders
Streaming Audio & Video (http only)

You can check their other hosting plans at

* RoyalWebHosting( If you are looking
for smaller packages like 5MB ($16.38 annually) or 50MB ($49.98
annually), this hosting provider gives you the option to choose that.
A standard 100MB package costs $108.78 annually. For a detailed
listing of the features supported in each plan please visit:

* ( A 100MB package with
unlimited POP accounts, will cost you $ 79.67 annually. They support
features like MS CDONTS Mail, MS CDOSYS Mail, ASP.NET, Server Side
Includes, Secure HTTPS/SSL capability, CGI-Bin, FrontPage Extensions
2000/2002, PERL, PHP, C, Server Side PGP,

* ReefHost: ( They have a yearly
hosting plan of $80.00. This supports 100MB Disk Space,1GB of Monthly
Bandwidth, Unlimited Domains, POP Email Accounts, and Sub-Domains.

Over the time, I have also come across some good companies which let
you choose for a months package at a time, this is particularly good
if you want to test their service standards, quality, speed, features
No Set-up cost
Packages 	Budget 		Basic 		Supreme
Price 		$4.95/mo 	$9.95/mo 	$19.95/mo
Web Space 	200MB 		1500MB	 	3000MB
Traffic 	20GB 		125GB 		250GB
Setup cost of $19.95 (one time)
Starting monthly at $4.95 (if you go for 2 year package). Monthly
package will cost 9.95.

Some answers to question about choosing a hosting company:

I'm looking for a good Web Hosting provider - detailed requirements are provided

I need a web hosting service!

List worldwide Top 10 Web Hosting and Web Domain Register!


I hope you find the above information useful. I welcome any request
for  clarification or more information on this topic, since I believe
that it is often a time-consuming effort for people not familiar with
domain registration/hosting to choose a hosting provider which matches
their budget & requirements and expectations.

Thank you,
Google Answers Researcher
mortgagesaver01-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
All I can say is WOW!!!! Muhammad you put a lot into this answer a lot
of it I do not yet understand (the tech lingo stuff) but I will sit
down with this info you have provided and being more educated I can
make some sound choices.

This was an exceptional answer!!!

Subject: Re: Need help and Direction on Domain name registration and Web hosting
From: azizparacha-ga on 17 Aug 2005 01:08 PDT
Please check They provide FREE web hosting with
their packages. You can even hire them to design a website for you.
Because they have offshore offices they do quality work at fraction of
cost incurred in US.

Subject: Re: Need help and Direction on Domain name registration and Web hosting
From: azizparacha-ga on 17 Aug 2005 01:09 PDT
*typo: please read as "provide free domain registration with hosting"

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