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So I am starting a new local support group in my area (autism related). Giot the building, got the dates, we're all set to get going.

 

What I do need is an e-mail address which will be separate from my usual one, and ideally I'd want one that says: *name* @ *support group name*. com/co/whatever... and not *support group name* @ gmail/hotmail/AOL, etc...

 

All the ones I have found so far have a fee attached to them and as this is purely voluntary (even managed to get the room for free!), I'd rather not have to pay for it, obviously.

 

Any help out here? I don't expect it to be high volume, you know, reminders of next meeting, that kind of thing, and numbers unlikely to ever exceed 100 (and that's a REALLY big margin!)

 

Thanks in advance. :-)

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this might help Bookie and looks like it lets you have a website etc

 

Beginner's guide to set up a free domain and Custom-email-id@domain

 

also asked a mate if he can do something for you as he has contacts

 

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If you go for a free one there is aways the risk of losing it if the free service stops. If you buy a .co.uk domain you own the domain so can never lose it (assuming you renew it). Heartinternet costs about 6 quid for 2 years.

 

If you want a site then investing that small amount in a domain makes it look much more professional. And you could always put a few ads on it so it pays for itself.

 

Once you have the domain and point it at whatever webhost you use setting up the emails is very easy.


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Bookie still waiting for the web guy my end etc, to reply


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A webdomain really needs to be purchased and ideally by the person responsible for the domain....

 

Some webmaster will register a domain on your behalf and then charge you for hosting it, all will go well until such time as a fall out and then if you don't dance to the tune of the host they can hold you to ransom over the domain name and in some cases that can be quite a hit to take as in lose your domain name etc.

 

The best domain registrar for a .com is godaddy.com Domain Names, Web Hosting and SSL Certificates - Go Daddy which according to their current front page is £6.24 for the year but perhaps more importantly they are usually much cheaper than most when it comes to renewal.

 

If you want privacy on the .com so that it does not show any of your details godaddy offerr a further service via their other site domainsbyproxy.com (but can be purchased via godaddy at the same time as the domain) which when searched via say whoisdomain or similar will show nothing about you whatsoever. That service running alongside the .com registration is a further £6 per year (approx)

 

For a .co.uk domain godaddy again will do it for you at around the same price and again their renewal is cheaper but they cannot give privacy on it as it's a .co.uk domain. Nominet control the .co.uk domain and they'll allow you an optout where your address is concerned but not your name, as a private individual your name will be shown if somebody chooses to look up the domain details.

 

Namesco - Web domain, Register domain names, Hosting, Dedicated server solutions ? Namesco (used to be simplynames.co.uk, then simply.co.uk now the above but they're good for a UK domain but their

renewal isn't the cheapest.

 

Cheap hosting with a proper cpanel can be sourced for as little as £2.50 a month and that includes a server with fantastico attached which has plenty of add-ons to help enhance the website and also allows you to add a chat forum similar to smf or phpbb Byte are good and if you look around their website there is also free hosting. Free Hosting, Paid Hosting, Reseller Services & VPS Servers : Byet Internet

 

It's ok owning a website but if it's to get busy you'll need support and sometimes the cheaper hosts do not come through with the goods, a sort of you get what you pay for.

 

Golden rule with a domain is always register your own domain, do not let others do it for you.

 

Next years domains look exciting for those that can afford it (cporporate) as soon they'll be able to dispense with the .com and .co.uk and simply have something such as http://ebay or http://google tld's will be a thing of the past to brand names.


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Thanks Deb, in the end, I registered with 123-reg, and it only cost me £7 for 2 years!

 

I don't really need the website as such, I really wanted the specific name so I could use for e-mail address, which I have now done through Gmail, and it's all working AOK!!! :-D

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Goodluck with the support group, with you involved I'm sure it will do well and be serviced well.


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That's very kind of you to say so, Deb, thank you. :-)

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Yes. Good luck Bookster. I have always wanted my own website, but have no idea as to how to design it and so on.


 

 

If all else fails, kick them where it hurts and SOD'EM;)

 

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If you do a search for Joomla on Google, there are templates and stuff to design your own, Sod'em.

 

I haven't actually looked at the website site of things, but the way I forwarded the e-mail addy on Google, they had a link to building websites too with GoogleAps, I'll let you know how that goes when I have had a chance to have a look.

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Yes. Good luck Bookster. I have always wanted my own website' date=' but have no idea as to how to design it and so on.[/quote']

 

 

Try a free template, use an appropriate editor and try to learn a little css /html / flash and away you go.

 

Cpanel with fantastico attached has some nifty tools (inclusive of joomla) to help you get started and some hosts even have page builders attached to the hosting package.

 

Some free template sites that you can download and play about with can be found here

 

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CoffeeCup is an excellent starter editor for html

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and if you want to check your work and see how it's doing online re search engines and compatibilty then there is no place like google's web optimzer to help you.

https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=websiteoptimizer&continue=http://www.google.com/analytics/siteopt/%3Fhl%3Den&hl=en

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About free domains

If you google "free domain names" you'll find some including .ly and .co.cc

 

Domains like weebly.com, webs.com, moonfruit.com, blogger.com, and wordpress.com are of course free but hard to take with you if you change your free provider, or it closes or starts charging.

 

The shorter domains may have a charge for .co.cc so you may need to fiddle about a bit before finding a good one.

With a bit of skill and patience these can be added to one of the free and easy web building services like Moonfruit, which is good for a quick good-looking start on a leaflet-like site, or Wordpress which is designed for blogs but can be tweaked into a bigger and more expandable site apparently.

In Moonfruit, the method to connect to a domain that doesn't end "moonfruit.com" is hidden-away on a user dashboard, but it can be done.

Free hosts that allow a range of free open source software packages with a one-click install exist in the USA. You still have to spend time learning how to use the software though - there isn't a click for that!

 

About paid-for domains

Org.uk and co.uk are cheaper than .com

UKcheapest tend to live up to their name - good luck with 123.reg!

Edited by Mortlake64
re-read thread and realised I should have done this to start with!

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