Which domain name and web hosting provider?

Posted on October 22, 2012

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About a year ago I was looking around for both a domain name and a host. It wasn’t for this blog, which is run off WordPress’ servers, but for what would become collectivecontent.co.uk.

Now this post isn’t based on scientific research and it’s not based on my own experience, because I personally have only used one provider, Namecheap.

This is just about the providers I saw most recommended on various other sites and blogs after a fair amount of comparison shopping.

Unsurprisingly, I saw Namecheap get more recommendations than any other provider. I went with them and so far, so good.

Almost with as many endorsements was Hover.

Then came a batch of providers with similar levels of good things said about them. This group includes: dotster, dynadot, gandi.net, HostPony, Moniker and netfirms.

There are clearly thousands of providers to choose from. I’m not saying all of these offer equivalent services and certainly pricing tends to be a movable feast of special offers.

I wasn’t swayed too much by location – perhaps I should have been – noting that many are based in North America.

Some providers with big marketing budgets, such as 1and1 and GoDaddy, have had plenty written about them. Try a Google News search and have some fun.

All I can say is do your research. I hope this forms a small part of that.

*photo credit: ivanpw via photopin cc

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