Purchasing A Domain Name

Hello,

I'm just wondering where could I purchase a domain name without emptying my pockets... I'm not looking for hosting or anything, just the domain name. I plan on using it for an email.

I've heard that some places such as networksolutions and register.com like to harass you, so I'd like to stay away from anything like that.
It is my understanding that in order to have an email with a domain, you have to usually have a hosting account. I own three domain names, but can't have any emails if I don't have some sort of hosting accounts attached to them.

It depends on what kind of domain you want to buy (.com, .net, .org, .us, etc.) as to how much you pay and then it depends on what hosting services you buy as to how much you pay.
I was suggesting one of you guys could recommend me a domain registrar (I think that's what they're called).

I know who I want to host from, I just want to get a domain.
Some hosting sites let you register domains with them. Me, I used GoDaddy despite the negative things I had read and own three .com domains.
Are they good? Do they blow up your phone?

I'd rather buy the domain and hosting separate.
I know a website that might be useful:
https://www.noip.com
You can get a free domain.
You must create an account of course. You can add domains and hosts. Just try it. But you don't need to have the host there. Also it is https, you know what it means.
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Fredbill wrote:
Are they good? Do they blow up your phone?

I have no complaints. As for my phone, caller ID, so if I don't know the number, I don't answer it.
Fredbill wrote:
I'd rather buy the domain and hosting separate.

That is fine, and most people do that. I just prefer to have my money going to one place rather than having to wonder when the site will take the money out of my account for domains and hosting.

Though, I canceled my hosting and went to gmail account for email. Right now I just pay for my domains so I have them in case I ever decide to put back up my portfolio and artwork.
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There are several decent mailing services that are free. My email uses my personal domain but is hosted through google mail.

I would also go with the the cheapest domain registrar you can find. I used to use GoDaddy until they started charging for literally everything (like changing MX records... which is ridiculous). You can avoid almost all of these charges by using something seperate (like afraid.org) to manage your DNS. Although, it can be convenient to have the services included with the domain registrar if you're inexperienced (which is why I think GoDaddy sucks).
jasongog wrote:
I know a website that might be useful:
https://www.noip.com
You can get a free domain.
You must create an account of course. You can add domains and hosts. Just try it. But you don't need to have the host there. Also it is https, you know what it means.
I refuse to use a free domain name service.

NoXzema wrote:
There are several decent mailing services that are free. My email uses my personal domain but is hosted through google mail.
Well, that was the plan.

I would also go with the the cheapest domain registrar you can find. I used to use GoDaddy until they started charging for literally everything (like changing MX records... which is ridiculous). You can avoid almost all of these charges by using something seperate (like afraid.org) to manage your DNS. Although, it can be convenient to have the services included with the domain registrar if you're inexperienced (which is why I think GoDaddy sucks).
Alright, I believe I'll do this.
@Fredbill: I respect your opinion, but may ask why you want a domain which is not free?
It's unprofessional. No one's going to take you seriously with a ".noip" tag in your domain.

It also can be taken away from you at anytime the host company pleases. It's unreliable.
@Fredbill: Your first point is wrong, with no-ip you can have domains .com , .net , .org , .info etc., but your second point might be right.
Read this article about noip in wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No-IP
If you don't want to read this article then i will say why i suggested reading it.
You can upgrade your account to premium by paying.
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I'd be spending more money in the end.
Fredbill wrote:

It's unprofessional. No one's going to take you seriously with a ".noip" tag in your domain.

Your domain tag has nothing to do with your professional image. The only thing that affects your professional image is your skills and the examples you show. I had a friend that I've lost touch with that had the domain monkeyblah.com who is now a game developer at FreeLunchDesign ( http://www.freelunchdesign.com ). That makes two people I know from that company as I know the co-founder Johan Peitz.
Fredbill wrote:

It also can be taken away from you at anytime the host company pleases. It's unreliable.

Same can be said for any host company.
Fredbill wrote:
I'd be spending more money in the end.

Depending on what domain you get and where you get it from may end up spending more anyways. Some domains are cheap, but it also depends on the registrar you use to get it as they can make you pay an arm and leg. Same with hosting as they can be cheap or be pricey with hidden fees (some hosting sites sneak in an SSL certification in to your deal and don't tell you until they suddenly charge you for it after the deal expires).
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