Thursday, September 22, 2011

New Website, Coming Soon

I've finally purchase my own domain. Unfortunately the crooks at buydomains.com has decided to hold ransom the domain I wanted, for nearly $4k. This is particularly surprising to me since only days prior there was no response for that domain indicating its nonexistence. My only guess is that these scoundrel domain squatting companies have some way of tracking hits to domains not yet registered. Perhaps they have deals with the DNS servers, I don't know. Anyway, let this be a warning to the rest of you. I wanted to cry, lol. I really liked the domain I had picked, but had no choice but to find another one.

Anyway, in my shopping around for a trustworthy domain registrar and host I found the list below. Most of them seem to have some garbage in their terms forfeiture of all rights to your own Intellectual Property and creations. I also want to ensure that MY domain is owned by ME, exclusively. I don't want some registrar trying to pull a fast one on me with my domain. I've included some brief notes about what I discovered. They are ordered roughly by credibility and trustworthiness.
  1. PJLHosting.com (my choice)
  2. InMotionHosting.com (A fantastic alternative, I chatted at length with their tech. Excellent reviews.)
  3. InternetBS.net (ICANN Accredited, registrar only)
  4. GreenGeeks.com (out) - A few too many bad reviews :(
  5. WebHostingHub.com (out) - A few too many bad reviews :(
  6. HostGator.com (out) - A few too many bad reviews :(
  7. DNSCentral.com (out) - registrar only, non-accredited
These hosts had some super shady Service Agreements. I won't even mess with them. 
  1. NameCheap.com (out) - Same as NetworkSolutions below; same article too.
  2. NetworkSolutions.com (out) - Article 6 of their Service Agreement, ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!
  3. Enom.com (out) - Shared domain ownership? Ahhhmmm NO!
Anyway, I hope to have my site live within a few weeks. If you're interested in my new domain, shoot me a message, otherwise I don't plan on linking from my blogs as I will maintain that site separately. As always, thanks to all my readers :)

~Matthew

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