Domain Hoster

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Wallace, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Wallace macrumors member


    Oct 9, 2003
    Can someone recommend a good domain hosting company? I already have a URL which I would like to move to a hosting company here in the US. I basically need the domain mainly for email. Probably something which works great with Mac/iOS and has some "MS Exchange" functions (push email, calender).

    Can you recommend something good and affordable?

  2. AFPoster macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
  3. And1ss macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3GS: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    I use
  5. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    I use GoDaddy for my personal website and have never had any problems (though a lot of people hate it). I use MediaTemple at work and have not had any problems with it, either.
  6. jtara macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    What's a "domain hosting company"? Domains aren't "hosted". Web servers, email servers, etc. are "hosted". A domain is just a registered name, that is used as a means for users to find your server(s).

    I think you probably mean you already have a domain name. A URL is the address of a web page (OK, technically, a "resource", so it could be a web page, an image, etc.), which includes as part of it the domain name.

    Ultimately, a domain name is nothing but an entry in a large database (a "registry" - for example, .com is a registry), which contains very little: the domain name, your name, address, and phone number, and the address of a DNS server that can be used to "resolve" names within your domain.

    When you register a domain with a domain registrar (for example, GoDaddy), you are simply paying them to stick that information in the database (.com registry) for you, and remember to bill you again next year.

    Your DNS server doesn't have to be provided by your registrar, though most offer DNS as a free service with your registration. For most registrants that service is sufficient, but you can move your DNS services elsewhere if you wish.

    Some registrars (Godaddy is a good example) do also offer hosting, email, and other services, but you are under no obligation to obtain those services from them.

    Are you currently using a hosting company not in the U.S.? Or do you mean your registrar?

    I think you mean you want to host a website on your domain. The only way you can "move" your domain is to move it to a different registrar. And that isn't really "moving" it, because no matter what company you use to register your domain name, it still lives in the same database at the "registry". "Moving" a domain name is just changing who takes care of collecting your money and interfacing with the registry, which contains the details of your domain registration.

    Then you really should be shopping for an email host. And it sounds like you want one that supports Microsoft Exchange. Will you actually be using Microsoft Exchange as your email client?

    You don't need a web host unless you actually have a need or desire for a web site. Email and web hosting don't have to be done by the same company. In fact, seldom does the same company do both well, IMO. Nor does your domain registration have to be done through same company that handles either of these.

    You might want to look at Rackspace for email. I'm very happy with them myself. They do have a Microsoft Exchange option, but it's rather costly vs. regular POP/IMAP email hosting. I just use standard IMAP, so I can't comment on how good their Exchange hosting is.

    OK, so perhaps people will think I've been picky about correct terminology and overly-technical here, since I "got" what you were asking. (Maybe.) The thing is I DID have to guess what you meant. So, let's start by getting the terminology right so we all know what you are talking about.

    Did I guess right? Can you clarify further?
  7. IgnatiusTheKing, Jul 9, 2011
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    IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    Everyone knew what the OP meant.
  8. macking104 macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2003
    California, USA

    A lot Cheaper than godaddy's rip off prices. No sexist ads.

    Good web host packages too...

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    I'm not including the lucrative affiliate link so I won't get busted...
  9. janinatarama macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    Try, I am actually quite happy with their services. I tried them with a shared hosting plan and then as my site grew, I upgraded to VPS. Now I am using 3 VPS from them now - 2 of which is Linux and one is Windows.
  10. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    How do you figure? From what I can tell, the regular price for basic service at both hosts is $4.99/month.
  11. Ronald Williams macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2011
    If you want to choose the best hosting provider then you can go with bluehost or hostgator, i think they provide the best hosting service. If you want to buy domain name for your site then you must go with there you can find a large variety of exclusive domain names in very cheaper price....
  12. TonyK macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    While I use GoDaddy, they have not always been good. There are promotion coupons you can find to help reduce the price by up to 25% which brings the price down.

    At this time, I've got too hooks in to simply leave them and after researching the others, I'm not so quick to jump ship.

    One good thing is the customer support is pretty fast and responsive via email. Even the times I've resorted to calling them, they have resolved the issue pretty quickly (related to them moving things around).
  13. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea

    They have a free hosting option that is very good. I used it for years to host my business site, and finally upgraded to a paid option simply out of guilt. They will try and sell you some optional services when you sign up and renew. Other than that, you never know they are there.

    I like them alot.
  14. ombrenelcielo macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2011
    Helsinki, Finland

    rather go for myhosting (canadian).
  15. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    Seriously? The only thing GoDaddy is good for is domain registration. They have insanely overloaded servers. If you have anything but a static website GoDaddy will drag terribly.

    I had a recent situation where a client insisted on using GoDaddy. The site was developed on another server and transferred to GoDaddy. Upon placement at GoDaddy the site began doing very strange things. (Random artifacts showing up where there were no graphics.) The files were all deleted and transferred again. Same thing. The site files were placed on IIS and CentOS servers from other providers and the site worked just fine.

    A call to tech support was less than useless. The guy put me on hold to 'do some tests' and then came back on the line and said "The server tests out ok. It's your problem." I asked him what kind of Linux server it was to try to determine if this was something unique to a particular server distribution. He said "Linux." I told him, no, what KIND of Linux was doing the hosting on that server? The guy responded, "What are you talking about? Linux is Linux. There's only one kind." Um. Yeah.
  16. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I've been with Dreamhost for several years, and I've been happy.
  17. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    I've been looking to use GoDaddy when my MobileMe expires next summer, I guess I should maybe reconsider.
  18. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Scott Raymond, blogging over at ZDNet, has some less than complimentary things to say about GoDaddy. Read the blog here.
  19. NXTMIKE macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    I would NOT recommend GoDaddy for using their email services. Their POP is very unreliable, causing server errors and never works properly on my iPhone.
  20. PatrickOMFG macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2011
    I recommend

    I use them for all domains I have and am happy with their service. They have relatively good prices when I compared to other domain hosts.
  21. Benchtech macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2012
    I am with GoDaddy and I find them fast and pretty good, other than my SSL which took twice the time it should have. The trouble with getting advice on the internet is that people mainly publish their bad experiences. I went with 123-reg once and they were terribly slow. I am on cloud hosting with GoDaddy and can't fault it so far, you can look at the speed of my site if you like. Link is in my signature.

    EDIT: It's also best to type the link in manually for an idea of speed. MacRumours link processing seems to take a while when compared to typing it in manually.
  22. jwm2 macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2012
    Stay away from go daddy. If you ever need to move your domain to another registrar they are a pain to deal with. They are the mcdonalds of domain registrars. Good for nothing and most of the time they screw up your order.
  23. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    I'm quite happy with ANHOSTING ... only once they locked me out but I kind of violated the TOS; so my fault.
  24. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I highly recommend visiting WebhostingTalk An independent forum for discussing and reviewing webhosts and what not.

    Also for me, I use ICDSoft, and I've used MediaLayer. Both offer exceptional service, speed and uptime. All my support tickets for both are handled with 20 minutes. I'm with ICDSoft given the price, performance and my needs.
  25. Benchtech macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2012
    I take back my comment, slow support which always dodges the question in hand. Going to get my moneys worth in wasting their supports time if I am not getting it in hosting.

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