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Topic # 56539 15-Jan-2010 22:07 Send private message

Gidday all,

The company I work for has recently decided it wants to use it's name as a domain name for email (currently uses an xtra address - small firm, needs to add another address for client location). I have registered the domain and am now looking for somewhere to host it. The email I intend on hosting with Google Apps Standard Edition (the simpler the setup the better for my employer and their staff).

What I am now looking for is somewhere to host the domain as cheaply as possible where I can edit the DNS records and put up a holding page (the company does not need a website per say, a simple page listing contact details is all that is required). Normally most domain registrars offer DNS hosting with advanced record editing as well as a free holding page, the registrar I used does not offer either (I didn't do my homework properly).

My question for you guys is: can anyone recommend a reliable cheap host (only need 10mb/1 gig if that, NZ based best) that is payable yearly OR can anyone recommend a NZ domain registrar that I can transfer the domain to that will offer: Hosted DNS with advanced record editing (MX/Cname etc) as well as offer a customizable holding page?

Normally I would host it on my own server but I would rather set it up so that my employer can renew the domain and manage the email but not have to worry about anything else (I may move on at some stage).


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  Reply # 290437 15-Jan-2010 22:16 Send private message

You don't need to change registrar (not just yet if they change the NS for you), or you can move the domain to iServe Domains, and in their control panel change the NS records to point to your DNS provider.

I suggest you use www.dyndns.org as DNS provider - update the registrar NS records to point to the www.dyndns.org nameservers and it will just work.

As for hosting a holding page, if you don't need a full domain hosting, can't you use Google pages to host it?







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  Reply # 290438 15-Jan-2010 22:21 Send private message

Cheers Freitasm,

Thats the sort of solution I was hoping for. I will look into using dyndns.org and Google Sites (which would be great for my computer-illiterate employer to maintain).

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  Reply # 290439 15-Jan-2010 22:22 Send private message

Just so you know Geekzone is registered with iServe and our nameserve is hosted with Dyndns.




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  Reply # 290480 16-Jan-2010 10:01 Send private message

Remember, Google Sites is actually one of the features of Google Apps. That's probably why Mauricio suggested it.

It's beyond basic so they should find it easy.

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  Reply # 290534 16-Jan-2010 14:43 Send private message

Cool I will be using www.dyndns.org as DNS provider. I bought my domain from domain4less but they suggested my ISP (Orcon) to resolve the nameserver. I forward the domain4less email to my ISP and it turns out it was domain4less responsibility to provide the nameserver since I purchase my domain from them. That took several days to resolve...going back and forth with emails. But during Xmas period, the domain didn't work when it had work reliably for several days. So I can't wait to transfer my domain to dyndns. Originally I was going to transfer it to my ISP but after they hacked me off with their poor customer support and unreliable broadband, I opted out from it.

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  Reply # 290538 16-Jan-2010 15:30 Send private message

I have several domains registered with Domains4Less.co.nz and I use their advanced DNS editing regularly. 

Mostly I'm just using the DNS editing to point the domain at an e-mail server but I do have website hosing on a couple of domains as well.  I don't know if they offer a free holding page, possibly not.

I find their advanced DNS editing pretty easy.



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  Reply # 290544 16-Jan-2010 16:11 Send private message

It was my first time using DNS editing so domain4less helped me to set it up and target my IP address as I was hosting my site in my linux box. Originally they told me that I had to enter my ISP nameserver so I forward their email to my ISP as I wasn't really sure of the nameserver address. Instead my ISP told me that domain4less was to provide the nameserver. Eventually domain4less set the DNS for me after a couple of days but the only problem it was not working during the Xmas period. I have not touch the settings since Domain4less edited it. I would rather stick with a company which provide a reliable service.

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  Reply # 291047 19-Jan-2010 07:58 Send private message

Most ISPs do actually offer a domain registration service as well, and just charge the cost to your monthly bill. I know Orcon and Telecom do at a minimum. Prices are not usually the "bottom of the barrel" ones - probably cost you about $30 a year. But they provide excellent service (yes, even Telecom - once you get past the Wall of Hold Music and Confusing Touch Tone Menus) and are generally very reliable. Orcon has the advantage of allowing you to register and renew monthly @ $3/month rather than $32/year as well.

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