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    Fnding a replacement for GoDaddy

    For the better part of ten years, I have been responsible for building, maintaining and uploading simple web-sites for local events. This started when a local business owner offered to upload the sites for me to his GoDaddy account. A few years later, that business owner went out of business, and GoDaddy transferred those web-site assets to a new account in my name. GoDaddy secures the domain names for each web-site for me, and also provides server space so I can upload the sites.

    Over the past few years, I've been slowly getting the impression that my pocket is being picked. I use an freeware FTP client (FileZilla, which GoDaddy suggested) to upload the sites to the specific server folders, but most of the time the uploads have problems. Either the uploads are blocked or the revised web-sites simply do not appear. It's also my impression that GoDaddy hits me with all kinds of clever "nickel and dime" nuisance charges. I am slowly loosing my patience with this outfit. I just successfully uploaded a web-site tonight, twice, and I've visited the revised site with multiple web browsers to find that nothing happened.

    What kind of package deals can I find for a different firm that can acquire the domain names for my sites, plus provide server space. In other words, how do I shop around?
    Owner of: Brain Bag backpack (Black), Field Journal Notebook (Blue), Snake Charmer (Small, Orange), Super Ego briefcase (Black / Indigo / Steel) with Reflective Strip, Brain Cell (Steel), Horizontal Freudian Slip, various Organizer Pouches and Key Straps, and a Side Effect (Black / Wassabi) worn as a belt-style hip-pack.

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    It depends a lot on what you're looking for. I'm happy to pay well for a solid service that isn't going to screw me over/domain-slam me, and that's in a jurisdiction with acceptable privacy policy.

    For domain name registration I highly recommend Gandi, which is domiciled in France. Domain names and VPS Cloud hosting - Who is Gandi? - Gandi.net I haven't used their site hosting so far -- although I'm considering moving to it -- but I'm very happy with them as a domain registrar (after a hideous experience with one of the large US-based registrars).

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    I am a big fan of asmallorange.com for hosting. They have very affordable plans for smaller sites and they are much more stable than godaddy. They can register your domains as well, but i like to keep domains seperate from hosting, so you could use the service @Hanaper suggested for the domain names.

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    I have been user hover.com for few years and have no complaints for a registrar.

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    I'll second the Hover recommendation. They have a migration tool that makes it really easy to move registrars. Free WHOIS protection. Coupons for your first purchase are readily available if you search, particularly from podcasts.
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    I have many domains registered and use several registrars: enom.com, joker.com, namecheap.com and hoststar.ch. I have had good experiences with all of them and would recommend them without hesitation. For webhosting I have been using pair.com for many years and find them extremely reliable with friendly support and great pricing.
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    I've been using Bluehost for a few years. I switched from GoDaddy.

    Whenever I have a problem, Bluehost has always helped me to find out how to fix it.
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    I've used Bluehost and was very pleased with the results. elisa

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    Has anyone switched from GoDaddy to Bluehost? What was the process of switching like?

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    I've had my domains with Hover for years. Their customer service is awesome, and any issues I've had, they've fixed very quickly.

    So that'll sort out your registrar, but as for hosting, it sort of depends on what you're doing. If it's just a static website with no databases or scripting (PHP, Perl, etc.) BlueHost and 1and1 were good for me.

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