Registering Domain Names
Whichhosts.com (was Big Bytes) has a well maintained
database of domain name registration companies. The cheapest currently is ACS_Hosting.net,
they offer domain names (.com, .org, .net) for £16.42 for two years (123reg
for .co.uk names at £6.79).
US users may like thepricedomain.com,
which has a price listing of domain name registrars. Godaddy.com
has been mentioned as a large, low-cost registrar.
Lists of domain name sellers:
- Domaindata.co.uk -Domain
Prices for .co.uk and .com names and also lists of domain name brokers.
I maintain the comprehensive list of UK
registrars at Dmoz.org (International
Yahoo has Domain_Registration
lists too (UK).
- Joker.com registers domains for £17.40. This will
buy a .com, .org or .net domain
for two years. Based in
Germany, they charge EURO 13.92 for a year (12 EUROS plus 16% VAT), you can
only pay by credit card: Visa / Mastercard / American Express / Diner's club,
you may also have to pay currency conversion fees.
Raw current rates from the Financial Times-Marketprices
at ft.com - Last time I looked (31st Jan 2001), 1 pound=1.56635 EUROS.
register .com, or .org domains for £35, .co.uk
domains for £10, they also offer web hosting, email forwarding and web design.
($70 for two years)
(£10 UK domains, was gradwell.com)
Bulk buying (25
or more) .com/.org/.net domain names ? Bulk buying is available from
Search Yahoo for the cheapest domain names in the UK: Yahoo
If you find somewhere cheaper to register domains, mention it in the forum.
Domain information services
Dmoz.org has information about domains and
unregistered domain names
Keep track of domain names that are similar to yours, signup for
the free service at NameGuard Watch at Nameprotect.com
Registering domain names.
Registering a domain name is easy. All you need to do is go to a site
where they register domains, find an unused name and put you credit card
details in. I have registered my surname as a domain name
My simple explanation of domain names is here.
Free email forwarding and POP3 addresses are available from a number of
providers, so you don't need your own domain name for this. See the email
section of my broadband page for listings.
Buying and selling domain names - greatdomains.com
You can buy and sell domains at many sites. The site greatdomains.com
is possibly the largest and shows the value of well-chosen domain names.
Note the hundreds of domain names people are uninterested in that no-one has bid on.
Also, greatdomains.com is affiliated to
register.com, the busiest domain name registration site in the world. If you have a domain name you
fancy, and it gets taken, then
register.com is the most likely place of
has a vested interest in bumping up the
perceived values of domain names, hence greatdomains.com.
Free Secure Mail sites:
offers a traceroute tool for those that don't have access to it.
So now you have a domain name, see my page on creating