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Option5

OK, Mrs O5 and friends do some charity work and want to have a website and associated email addresses. Of course they want everything for free or minimal cost etc.

Any advice for them regarding Domain Name registration, site hosting and site building tools?

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DTMark

With regard to domain names:

Heart Internet - cheap and cheerful.

123Reg is OK.

Avoid GoDaddy - cheap up-front deals but eye-watering renewal prices.

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6 hours ago, Option5 said:

OK, Mrs O5 and friends do some charity work and want to have a website and associated email addresses. Of course they want everything for free or minimal cost etc.

Any advice for them regarding Domain Name registration, site hosting and site building tools?

Domains all i use is Namecheap they offer email to for your domain which pretty cheap and basic

https://www.namecheap.com/hosting/email/

 

As for the website a nice service for a website that i like is https://carrd.co even host the website for you nothing amazing but idea for something small or download the files and host else where

 

cost you about £40 a year for the above

 

Quite a few people i know use Carrd for pages and parking domains and have no complaints and neither do i

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DTMark

You could try Wix. I have no personal experience but it seems quite comprehensive and a couple of clients have had some success with it.

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Wight Flight
On 27/05/2021 at 10:41, Option5 said:

OK, Mrs O5 and friends do some charity work and want to have a website and associated email addresses. Of course they want everything for free or minimal cost etc.

Any advice for them regarding Domain Name registration, site hosting and site building tools?

Personally I find 123-reg very good for registration and email.

For the website, it would really depend how tech savvy they are. I like shopify, and could get a five page site up in an hour or so, but there is a learning curve.

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On 27/05/2021 at 10:47, DTMark said:

With regard to domain names:

Heart Internet - cheap and cheerful.

123Reg is OK.

Avoid GoDaddy - cheap up-front deals but eye-watering renewal prices.

123Reg is now owned by GoDaddy (as of 2017). May explain why they were once hassle free and now have a difficult almost Ryanair like website user experience for trying to avoid paying for stuff you don't want.

E.g. auto renewals using any card you used in the past (even if expired) via continuous payment authorisation so can't see anything from the banking side until a payment is taken unlike standing orders and direct debits.

They once charged me for a mailbox even though the associated domain had long expired, just because it was auto-renewed, though to be fair they cancelled it and refunded when I complained about charging for a service I could no longer use and no warning email up front about the pending renewal and fees.

Been using Namecheap since 123Reg went downhill (in my opinion), seems a more transparent process so less likely to make a costly mistake or forget to turn off a freebie before they start charging.

If a web specialist can't design a user friendlly website they're likely doing it on purpose, hence the Ryanair reference. Had similar experience with 1&1 back in the day, another piece of crap website that put me off using them. [facepalm]

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1 minute ago, BoSon said:

123Reg is now owned by GoDaddy (as of 2017). May explain why they were once hassle free and now have a difficult almost Ryanair like website user experience for trying to avoid paying for stuff you don't want.

 

In that case I withdraw the suggestion of using 123Reg ;)

I seem to remember Fasthosts had some sharkish practices that led to me closing an entire reseller account with them.

And saying - no, it doesn't make any difference now if you refund it, since I've already moved absolutely everything away and I'm not coming back.

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Namecheap are the best IMO. Their livechat support is available 24/7, and they actually do have a decent record with lawsuits/privacy etc. Naturally they're not the cheapest but worth paying for.

 

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Cheap hosting - namecheap (as others have said) or Siteground.

Siteground are very good for wordpress sites with their own easy to use migration package and CDN support via Cloudflare.

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