Posted 05 August 2010 - 02:28 PM
Once upon a time, I used dialup internet access to get to my ISP, plus also had a family website hosted there for free.
Later, when my cable TV company started offering high-speed internet access, I switched my ISP to them, but kept an email account at my old ISP, who continued giving me free hosting of my family website.
Well, the old ISP (stic.net) finally advised me the free ride was over, and that to continue hosting my family website, I would need to register a top level name domain and sign a monthly web hosting contract with them.
The total cost per year for domain name registration and web hosting will run slighlty less than $100, so I figure it's worth it. I'm also thinking of keeping things simple by doing the domain name registration and web hosting thru the same ISP provider (stic.net). However, I've got a few questions I'd like to ask your advice on.
1. Is it safe to register my desired domain name thru stic.net, or should I register the domain name separately with someone else, like namecheap.com? (Since this is only a family website, with limited business potential, I'm not too worried about someone trying to steal my domain name.)
2. For the domain name registration, does it matter who gets listed as the administrative contact? (I've seen advice saying this could change who officially own the domain name, but others have said to put this in the name of the web hosting company in order to avoid getting flooded with spam emails - so I'm not sure which way to go.)
3. The cheapest priced web hosting plan with stic.net does not offer FrontPage extensions. Does this matter very much? (My website will be built very, very basically, using static html pages, possibly using MS Word, and uploaded via free ftp program. I built something like this about five years ago, but do not remember how I did it - sorry, but TBI damage from an auto accident has wiped out parts of my memory.)
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