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I want to make a website for just my random needs. It would be my own email address, blog, picture hosting, and kind of my own version of delicious. Problem is, I have no clue how buying a domain works, and I know even less about html. I see for 9.99$ a year I could get a domain, which seems like a reasonable deal to me would there be other charges? Is there any user-friendly website creating programs for me out there? I do know a bit of html from back in the day, I know atleast enough to manipulate text placement and I can change tags if needed. How would I go about being able to use it as an email account?
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Do you have a server where you'll be hosting your domain or will you also need to purchase a hosting plan? If you want GoDaddy to provide the server, I think there are additional per-month charges.

Another company I've been looking at is 1and1.com. They have good prices and occasionally run special discounts. Any of the hosting companies will be able to register a domain name for you.

I don't have personal experience with either GoDaddy or 1and1 and would be very interested to hear the experiences of others.

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Can't go wrong for that type of thing. Actually it looks like if you register a URL with GoDaddy for the first time you can get it for $1.99...then you have to pick a hosting plan which is pretty cheap there. Maybe not the best service around but for what you want to do...GoDaddy is cheap and I think fairly reliable.
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so i need to pay 9.99 a year AND pay for a server?
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so i need to pay 9.99 a year AND pay for a server?
Yep. But like I said I think you can get the URL on special for $1.99 and they have a hosting plan for $3.99/mo...check into it with the link I left above.
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okay, but i am still new to all of this? would i just copy and paste text into a box for html programming? also, it is asking me linux or windows for a server? i have a mac! i am so confused
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I've heard bad things about godaddy's hosting, so I wouldn't really recommend using them for the hosting.

For the servers, that is the machine that will be hosting your website, I would choose Linux. It has nothing to do with your computer.

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I have used Godaddy for 3+ years and haven't had any problems. As for the platform, I would agree Linux is more stable than the Windows platforms. Essentially you create your website on your personal computer, then you upload it via FTP (File Transfer Protocol) or the file transfer program that GoDaddy provides (assuming you decide to use them).

Feel free to holler if you have any questions.
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will this serve my needs with ease? or is just using free email, flickr, and livejournal work better?
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Well, it depends on what you need, how geeky you feel, and how much cash you want to spend. Certainly you can do a lot of stuff with free sites but you sacrifice some control. If you are pretty good with HTML and know how to FTP files, I don't think it's a big deal having your own domain and controlling your own pages. AND, you can have your own web name -- www.skye23412.com (or whatever). Your friends will either think you're a true dweeb or extremely cool (depending on the type of friends you have).

As you can see by my sig, I have some photos posted on Tripod. Eventually I'm going to purchase a hosting package from one of the services and set up my own set of pages. I'll also have control of my email accounts and a bunch of other stuff. I'm just too busy at the moment to find the time.

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I've read good and bad things about go daddy, but to be honest if your just registering a domain it's not that big of a deal. Do a search for web hosting. You can deals on anywhere from 10Gb to 100Gb of server space for as little as $9.99/month. Not a bad deal and it's nice to have space to expand and store stuff remotely when you need it. You also want to look at bandwidth limitations as well. If you think your site is going to get and real traffic, get more bandwidth.

For example, my current server gives me 20Gb of storage and 250Gb of transfer bandwidth per month for $9.99.


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i have a couple website hosted on godaddy and my results have been mixed. depending on location, some folks have a terribly slow connection whereas others are zooming a long happy as can be. from where i live i also get mixed connection results with godaddy servers and i have a fast cable connection and ISP.

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I have been using GoDaddy for my personal site for a few years. I have never had any problems. Of course my bandwidth usage is very low.
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I have purchased a url (haven't set-up the site yet) from godaddy... very straight forward. No problems whatsoever.




Also.. if this isn't enough to get you to use godaddy what would be????
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I asked this earlier but maybe it got lost. Has anyone heard anything good or bad about 1&1 for web hosting?

They are currently offering: 2 free domain name registrations, 120 GB web space, 1,200 GB traffic and 1,200 e-mail accounts in their "Home" package for $4.99/month.

They make big claims but I've never heard any first-hand stories.

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