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Topic # 161757 19-Jan-2015 07:22
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Hello, helpful people! I did search this topic first but didn't find what I wanted.

I'm going to register a .com domain name and would like suggestions for whom to do it with. I was looking at Godaddy?

By next year I would like to have an e-commerce site using the name and would like to grab the name now.

I would also like advice as to hosting with a commerce site build function. I'd like a site to look something like this existing one at: with PayPal and credit card functions. I see some sites take a percentage of sales and some don't.

I have used weebly in the past for a non commercial, free site and builder and am playing with their shop builder at present. On weebly you can play around and upgrade to paid later.

I would be grateful for any suggestions for who to register with and later to host with.

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  Reply # 1217269 19-Jan-2015 07:38
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Possibly not your cup of tea but have you looked at squarespace? They have some cool templates and can do online stores etc also. I find it hard to imagine you could beat the pricing too, the cheapest is USD$8 per month I think. USD$16 per month for a professional bundle. I believe if you register for a year they throw in a .com registration too.


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  Reply # 1217325 19-Jan-2015 09:32
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This is one of those which fits in the category of "there are many ways to skin the cat"...

As far as a .com or .nz domain name registration is concerned there are many options and will cost you around 20NZD per year per domain. Go with someone you can talk to, unless you are a techie and can handle all the DNS stuff yourself. Most of the cheap ones can easily register your domain and give you access sto a control panel to setup your domain and you are on your own after that.

Then comes the ecommerce solution, which you can do it in these ways:
1. Complete DIY
2. Let someone else do it for you, you focus on your work.

Complete DIY costs less (obviously), but takes longer, as you will stumble. If you are no rush, have a technical mindset and can Google, go for it. The other option costs money, depending upon your needs, it could range from approx 500 to unlimited, depending on who you go with and and what your needs are.

From a technology point of view, there are plenty:
1. Self hosted type - Wordpress WooCommerce, Magento etc.
2. Managed Hosted type - Shopify, Weebly etc.

Do your research, I understand it can be overwhelming. Good luck with your venture!

P.S.: Shameless plug - I do web and ecommerce for (very) small and emerging businesses, message me and surely can help you further and answer your questions without any obligations. It is not my full time work, but something I do in spare time.


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  Reply # 1217347 19-Jan-2015 09:58
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I find that with GoDaddy, the first year is very cheap (just to lure you in), then the next few years start getting expensive, depending on what term contract you go with. They also bombard you with ads from every step of the way to your "My Accounts" page..

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  Reply # 1217354 19-Jan-2015 10:04
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I'll DIY within limits. I want to concentrate on my work, hence the online builder option.

If I grab the domain with Godaddy for now can stick a freebie placeholder web site up someplace free like weebly with some basic contact info. until I add the commerce side a bit further down the track?



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  Reply # 1217364 19-Jan-2015 10:20
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The GoDaddy website is one of the worst on the internet, designed to confuse and upsell. I use for my domain registration - cheap but also reputable. I use other registrars for nz addresses.

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  Reply # 1218601 20-Jan-2015 21:02
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Thanks, guys for the good suggestions! I'm following up a couple.

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