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    I have always kept my domains and web hosting through different companies. Unfortunately, the company I use for domans has become a bit problematic, with some features not working properly, and the dozen domains I have are all coming up for renewal. I am looking to transfer them to a new service and I am considering Namecheap:

    Does anybody have any experience with them, and if so, are you willing to share those experiences? Any other recommendations?
    I am legally blind. Please forgive any typos. I do try and catch as many as I can.

  • #2
    I've been using DomainDiscount24 for close to 20 years (domain registration) no issues EVER.
    <b>George W. Bleck</b>
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    • #3
      Originally posted by George Bleck View Post
      I've been using DomainDiscount24 for close to 20 years (domain registration) no issues EVER.

      That is some awesome testimony.

      I am legally blind. Please forgive any typos. I do try and catch as many as I can.

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      • #4
        Oddly through godadfy you can have one domain service and dns and with that paid service. You can have many more dns services to other domain names at other locations and only pay for one dns service. I was spending a fortune for years at DNS.com buying dns services for each domain name account I had.
        Being I have paid for many years service for the domain name. I started having the dns service with godaddy for about 30 dollars a year compared to many hundred of dollars per year.
        I asked them why they did that. They told me that they hoped to have all our donamin name services.
        p purvis

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        • #5
          GoDaddy has a pretty bad reputation. I can't tell how many times in the past decades it was caught handling their business in ... erhm ... "strange" ... ways, e.g. as recent as Jan 2019: injecting JavaScript into your web traffic

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          • #6
            Dotster, never been a problem.
            hutch at movsd dot com
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            • #7
              Steve Hutchesson Thank you. From the looks of what they offer, I will be going with them They have all of the features I want and the ones that I have missed, that my current service discontinued 12+ years back.

              Knuth Konrad GoDaddy has a horrible reputation for hosting, it is as bad as DreamHost, but for domains, I have rarely heard bad about GoDaddy. Still, you could not pay me ot use them.

              My current domains are through Namesecure, which I have used exclusively since the mid 90s. It was awesome at the time, one of the first registrars to offer prices less than $70 per year and it was reliable. It offered domain forwarding with the URL gripper and email forwarding. Both were extremely useful features. They were based in California.

              Eventually they got bought by a company in Herndon, VA and around that time, they quit offering email forwarding, which sucked as I used it a lot. I also used to host email accounts through them, and those got buggy.

              I have had a LOT of domains through them over the years, and current count is 8. I have not used domain forwarding and the URL gripper in years, but went to turn it on for one of my domains. Simply because I want one bookmark for the actual domain as my visitors will see it, and with the URL gripper used for the bookmark link, that tricks Firefox so I can set that to zoom the site to 170% so I can actually see it, but it will only affect the "Gripped" domain and not the bookmark for the actual URL.

              Well, the domain forwarding and URL gripping features are buggy and I can't get the URL gripping to work at all for any domain. I simply do not have it in me to argue with somebody to try and get them to understand the problem and fix it. So, after being with them since '96 (IIRC), I am going to move all of my domains. I wish I could simply start over with new domains, but that is not really feasible and a couple of the domains reflect IPs I have owned since the 80s and even 70s. Also, it seems Namesecue has been bought yet again and is now owned by web.com

              Kinda funny timing, as last year I had to move web hosts, because the host I had been with since their inception, for over 12 years and I was grandfathered in under a killer deal, well they got bought by Square.

              I know at 50, I am one of the younger folks here, but I really am hating change of any kind, Change is rarely better.
              I am legally blind. Please forgive any typos. I do try and catch as many as I can.

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              • #8
                Domain host Unix or Windows based? I switched a few years back to Interserver.net (Linux Cpanel interface or FTP).. I basically use it as a mail drop. Really cheap and reasonably fast. Unlimited data and email accounts. I set my domains up as sub domains on the server. All three and primary one price, and they guarantee price will not increase. They threw in the SSL secure certificates on all the domains.

                As for domain registration. I have another provider, that was cheap but now renewal is about average with discount for multiple years renewal. Most sites offer great price for new name but get you on the renewal price.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nick Luick View Post
                  They threw in the SSL secure certificates on all the domains.
                  There is a host I have used in the past and recommended to folks for years. It is under $50 per year and unlike many with pricing gimmicks, I have never had anybody run into limitations. Now that SSL is so important for Google rankings, I made the mistake of inquiring about him adding a SSL certificate. He did at $10 a month!! I no longer will recommend him to anybody and will not touch his service. Let’s Encrypt provides FREE SSL certificates to hosts or individual sites. Nowadays, the only budget host I will recommend to folks is Neocities. $5 per month, free SSL and it is extremely reliable and even allows you to use IPFS if you choose to. I tried it for a couple of months as a temp host and it was flawless.

                  Anyway, back to my original post, I ended up going with Namecheap. I need to save $$ where I can and with the free "privacy" Namecheap offers, I am saving $80 per year ($90 if you count my new domain). I have transferred all but two of my domains (which will be transferred next month) and even bought a new domain. Everything has been flawless. This being my first time ever transferring a domain, I had no idea what to expect. Even my custom DNS settings were transferred intact and I did not have to reset them at Namecheap.



                  I am legally blind. Please forgive any typos. I do try and catch as many as I can.

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