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They were big time bad! Got caught buying names that people were seacrhing availability of and charging premium prices.
I can't remember if they are one of the ones taken over by my parent company, or not.

DO NOT POST THE NAMES YOU ARE LOOOKING FOR ONLINE ANYWHERE!!!!!!!

Domainers search for posts like this and reg the names to resell to endusers every minute of the day!

Put the names on notepad.
Leave OFF the .com, .net extensions.
Go to your registrar when you want to buy.
Look around for register domains, and find the drop down menu and select "Bulk Register", or something similar.
C &P your list there and select your extension, then enter any code needed.
Register ALL that are available! There is usually a discount offered too.
Use the shortest one for your site and 301 all the others for SEO purposes.
Examples: Type in slateroofspecialist.com to see what I mean by type in traffic and SEO.

Give me a call at 804-833-6418 and I will explain in more detail. Not a sales pitch, just free advice.
 

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Has anybody had any experience with Network Solutions? I want to get on the Web, but not sure where to start.
By now you've probably gotten a few private messages from some of the SEO guys here on this site. They know what they're doing go with them. Website and SEO is paying off for me and it will for you too.
 

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I would second the hire a pro advice, but since I'm a pro, it might seem self serving. The others were right about NS being busted for domain squatting, but I think they gave that up due to a lot of bad press. Chances are, a NS rep may very well stop by this thread for damage control because they do sweep the web looking for just such threads.

Anyway, GoDaddy is as good a place as any to register domain names, and I say a big AMEN to Tinner's advice to register IMMEDIATELY and not do a search until you are ready. Also DO NOT register domains and host with the same company. Choose a different source for each.

No offense, Amelia, but free places like weebly are very unprofessional. At $10 a year for a domain and $7 a month or less for hosting, it's very inexpensive. It's difficult to be taken seriously as a business if you don't have your own domain and hosting. I advocate a custom web site too, but then again, I'll let others here who are not web designers give that advice.
 

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Buy your domain on your own, then hire a pro

At a minimum, you shoud buy your domain on your own whether it be from GoDaddy, Network Solutions, Yahoo Small Business Solutions. This is the only way you have control of the mybusiness.com and [email protected]. Using someone else for this rudimentary function can be costly if you have some obscure dispute down the road. After you own (actually rent) your domain name, you can then hire someone like FootbridgeMedia to create the website, but you control the domain. But you can also set up your own basic website on your own by using any of the three (and many others but just not worth the long debate) to get started. All will serve the basic functions that you will need. Best wishes.
Brian
PS. I use both Network Solutions and Yahoo (but not Go Daddy) to manange domains.
 

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I do not like Yahoo because as your domain starts to run out as in 10 months or under one year they will not let you renew until it expires ,Google may not trust sites registered for one year or less . Namecheap.com is one I use as well as Network Solutions.
 

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One more point on Yahoo for domains: I don't know if they have an "introductory price" or whether their domain price is up across the board, but it's $35 a year and not $10. I had a client start out at $10 and then they snuck in a $35 renewal, and she had at least 4-5 domains. You wouldn't want to get burned like that. Don't use Yahoo for domain registration. If you want to use them for hosting, fine in some cases, but many people don't like their hosting either.

I've said this before, but it should be repeated here with this discussion. Avoid hosting with a web designer too. MOTB's post kind of says that, but I think there is too much potential for trouble in using the same source for both design and hosting. It does get a little deep to explain why, but just know it's a bad idea. A web designer can help you choose hosting, and that's good since they should know your needs, but you want to keep the domain, hosting, and design separate. An all in one could be convenient, and it could also become a nightmare.
 

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I would second the hire a pro advice, but since I'm a pro, it might seem self serving. The others were right about NS being busted for domain squatting, but I think they gave that up due to a lot of bad press. Chances are, a NS rep may very well stop by this thread for damage control because they do sweep the web looking for just such threads.

Anyway, GoDaddy is as good a place as any to register domain names, and I say a big AMEN to Tinner's advice to register IMMEDIATELY and not do a search until you are ready. Also DO NOT register domains and host with the same company. Choose a different source for each.

No offense, Amelia, but free places like weebly are very unprofessional. At $10 a year for a domain and $7 a month or less for hosting, it's very inexpensive. It's difficult to be taken seriously as a business if you don't have your own domain and hosting. I advocate a custom web site too, but then again, I'll let others here who are not web designers give that advice.
Hey CBS,

Sounds like you know what your talking about, when were talking about websites and hosting companies. I got my domain name from Network Solutions, and i was thinking about using them to host. I also was thinking about using there website to help me build my website. Is this not a good idea? If not....who would you recommend i use to host my site and build my website? I would like to pay someone to build my site, but my budget doesn't allow me. So i was told that if i use someone like network solutions or godaddy to build my website that it would be easy for me to do myself. What would you recommend is best for me? I'm not trying to build a high tech website...it's just going to be a construction website. I appreciate your feed back!!!!!


Rudy
 

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Hey CBS,

Sounds like you know what your talking about, when were talking about websites and hosting companies. I got my domain name from Network Solutions, and i was thinking about using them to host. I also was thinking about using there website to help me build my website. Is this not a good idea? If not....who would you recommend i use to host my site and build my website? I would like to pay someone to build my site, but my budget doesn't allow me. So i was told that if i use someone like network solutions or godaddy to build my website that it would be easy for me to do myself. What would you recommend is best for me? I'm not trying to build a high tech website...it's just going to be a construction website. I appreciate your feed back!!!!!


Rudy
Rudy, it looks like it took me a little while to see your question, but it doesn't help that I've been gone from here for several days.

My advice on a DIY site is www.wordpress.org (WordPress). It's easy enough to learn and requires almost no real technical ability. Do a search for "wordpress themes" and you'll find more choices that you'll ever have enough time to sort through. Think of these themes as templates only better. You should be able to find something that suits your needs, then use it to build your site.

As for hosting, I have several clients who use Bluehost (WordPress even lists them as one of their recommended hosts). I've never had any issues with Bluehost, so they are one of the few that I can recommend with confidence.

If you've not already registered a domain name, GoDaddy is a good source for that. I strongly advise against domain registration and hosting with the same company. GD is fine for domains, but their hosting is not the best anyway, so there's no advantage to hosting with them.
 

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what exactly is a domain name and what & how do you use it ?
Rather than redoing something I typed a long time ago, here is a non-technical answer to that question.

Note to mods: This is a copy and paste from my site, I hope that's OK.

Domain Name:

This is essentially your starting point. You know it as www.whatever.com. Your domain name is "whatever." You need to find something that no one else has, then register it before someone else does. It is your unique identity. There are mostly two common domain designations; .com and .net. A third common designation of .org is mostly for non profit organizations. We DO NOT recommend .biz, .info, or other such domains in most cases. A few other words of advice are:
  1. If possible, try to avoid being too close to someone else (e.g. someone already has "whatever" so you choose "what-ever"). Yes, they will be different, but you may lose traffic if someone forgets the hyphen, plus, the other whatever will not be happy with you.
  2. Consider registering your domain name under both .com and .net if they are both available. You do not have to build web sites for both, but it's a good idea to register both to prevent someone else from capitalizing on your name later.
  3. If there are common misspellings of the domain name you want to use, it is a good idea to register those if they are available. In many cases, someone might be prone to use a plural version of a word where your domain might be singular. If possible, registering all variations is a good idea, and they can all be redirected to your real web site under your preferred domain name.
  4. DO NOT perform a search to see if the domain name(s) you want is/are available until you are ready to buy immediately! If you try to buy an available domain name later after a search, it will magically cease to be available.
 

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do you register it public or private ? came up on godaddy ?
I recommend private. GoDaddy will try to sell you several extras you don't need when registering a domain name, but this is one option I do recommend.

Here's why, and here's what the difference means.

Public means your contact info is exposed in public databases, a sure formula for increased spam since that includes your email.

Private simply means your contact info is not shown in public databases. GoDaddy will show as your registrar, but that's about as far as it goes.

Here's another benefit to private registration. There are several slime oozing companies that will try to trick you with fake domain renewal offers. If you were to fall for one of these, they hijack the registration to force exhorbitant renewal rates and you'd be in for a fight to regain control of the domain.

These scourge use public registrations to send out their bogus renewal notices. Private registration should shield you from getting these bogus renewals.
 

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Hire a professional company

We started with a "boxed" package website and it was fine but we got a lot more business when we hired a pro. Just seems to work better when an independent designer is working on it. More creative maybe and more responsive.
 

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im hosted at the nrg and i bought from my domain from tinner. Looking at the back side and you can ask tinner i know nothing about this and i could do it. very friendly user ablity. Could do it yourself or chris could build for 395 and host it. up to you. thats all i know. Hope it helps.
 
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