Private domain registration
I've found several through Google but can anyone recommend (from own experience) a private .com domain registration company - ie where you pay for a domain but your private details don't show up in whois?
Fear not/sadly, this is not a pornographic website enterprise but a domain has come up that I want to use for my music. With a little boy to think about now and a lot of women out there who would see my photo and use whois to find out where I live in order to molest me, I'd rather not have my details available.
Usually when you register a domain name, you get an option to enable "Whoisguard" which protects your information from public access. As far as I know, most hosing and registration companies do this....or is that not what you mean? I would have thought surely this would be sufficient for your needs though?
Originally Posted by musicbox
If I have that wrong, and not all hosting companies do it, just register/transfer the domain to somebody like namecheap who offer whoisguard, then point the DNS servers to your hosting provider.
Well I've always used Easyspace for my domain registrations without any issues and they do offer private domain registration for an extra £5.
Whois Privacy, protect your whois details with Easyspace
Thank you both, that is all I'm looking for yup. I've had a .net domain for years but at the time of ordering (it was through 1&1 but I'd rather not go with them) I didn't see a privacy thing but I guess it must be the case that in today's day and age they must all offer it, doh!
I'm with you on the 1 & 1 thing and would advise anyone else to steer clear. Apart from poor service, they basically run a scam where they claim that you owe them money for domain names that you have cancelled (they claim that you never cancelled and are still under contract). Then when you refuse to pay they send out a threatening letter from a debt collection agency called Arvato Finance (which was set up by 1 & 1).
Originally Posted by musicbox
I obtained the names and addresses of the directors through companies house, then wrote to both Avarato and 1 & 1, and enclosed copies of the communication I had sent to the consumer media, BBC watchdog, trading standards (making reference to the case ID number I had opened), and you wouldn't believe how fast a letter arrived explaining that the matter had been closed. I hounded them every day on the phone for a week afterwards (it's just something I like to do), and funnily enough none of the Directors were ever available to speak to me.
Aha, that's why I received that letter all those years back and it took a fight to get them to waddle off (trying to be polite).
I currently forward my current 'act name' domain to a myspace page, have the emails through them and then have my personal name.co.uk with them too but I really need to find one place to have them with a more respectable company so when I set up with a new company I'll look to do it then or shortly thereafter once I've read what to do.
Ha ha I wouldn't say we're alone on receiving a letter from 1 & 1, it's pretty common if you google it.
OK then, yes, one place to register all your domains is a good idea. I use namecheap but I suppose any of the other recommendations would be fine. The advantage of using namecheap or something similair is that you can register all of your domains in one place, and like I say, you can still host with whoever you want just by pointing to the DNS servers to your hosts (instructions on how to do this are easily found).
The other advantage is if you ever need to transfer one of your sites to someone else, it is easy to transfer the domain name registration to them - especially if they have a namecheap account also (or set one up).
I'd have to check this to be sure, but from memory I'm sure that whoisprivacy all comes as part of the package.
I couldn't remember why exactly I disliked 1and1, it was quite a few years ago now when I had a run in with them (2003), but I just looked at the details now and there were a few problems with them (one of which was that they actually charged me for a domain after I'd actually moved the domain over to another provider! Sounds quite similar to what you guys were talking about, thou slightly different).
Anyway, I would recommend Godaddy.com for .com domains and 123-reg.co.uk for UK domains. I've always really liked these two and would definitely use them again. Not quite sure about the privacy costs though, you might have to pay extra for that perhaps. Then again though it might have changed and be included now since I last had to deal with it.
Also I don't know if it's still the case, but it always used to be that if you wanted the cheapest deal then it was best to use 123-reg for UK domains and GoDaddy for .com domains. But that also might have changed now.
If you need help sorting out the DNS let me know, I used to run my own DNS server so know a bit (too much!) about it - as a generally though you can't go far wrong if you use a decent domain name provider and just use their default DNS services to point to your web server.
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Originally Posted by Landprofits
I am not an expert on this, but I was in a similar position to you when I registered a .co.uk not too long ago. I think WhoIs is a blessing and a curse. Sure, it's nice to know a physical address relating to the website as form of extra security but, at the same time, if I run a business from home (which I aim to do), I don't want just anyone who knows the URL of my website also being able to find where I live! I don't know if you want a commercial site or not, but I did some digging and and I was told by Nominet that you only have to give over your address details to WhoIs if you're website is commercial and not personal. Right now, the site is not actively commerical so I registered it with a block on WhoIs but I have to call Nominet and remove the block if/when it goes commercial.
Aside from that, I believe a valid workaround for a commerical website is to buy a PO Box and use it's details as the contact address. IIRC, this is perfectly legal.
"Pay no attention to what the critics say. No statue has ever been erected to a critic."
Yup, it would be commercial to the extent that you could buy things but the buying is via iTunes and so on so to that extent in this particular instance it wouldn't be a put off for users regarding security or anything (like not knowing who is behind the site and whether it's legit).