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Best place(s) to get domain, email and site

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Best place(s) to get domain, email and site

What is the best place (s) to buy a domain name and email. Also what is the best website builder?
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Jan 25, 2015
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Toronto, ON
namecheap is a good place for non-promotional prices.

There are many registrars that offer $0.50 - $2.00 first year domain name registrations (godaddy, rebel, network solutions) -- key is transferring to namecheap or similar registrars before the renewal date.

Are you looking for .ca, .com or what type of domain?

Web Hosting, Crocweb & BoomHost are 2 Canadian host I've personally used and have nothing but positive reviews about them.
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Oct 26, 2015
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I absolutely love OVH. It's from Europe so you need to pay them in euros but it's cheap. (Their Canadian offer is not for small business yet) It's 1.99 euros a month + VAT (domain is free) so I don't think you can find cheaper than that. They are the number 1 hosting in Europe. With VAT, you will pay less than 30 euros a year so it's about $45 CAD.

I have been using them since 99 and they are excellent. I would also advise you to use Wordpress for your website (they support and install Wordpress for free, at least create the database and install it on your server. You then need to pick a theme etc.)
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LoonieDeals wrote:
Nov 24th, 2017 11:04 am
namecheap is a good place for non-promotional prices.

There are many registrars that offer $0.50 - $2.00 first year domain name registrations (godaddy, rebel, network solutions) -- key is transferring to namecheap or similar registrars before the renewal date.

Are you looking for .ca, .com or what type of domain?

Web Hosting, Crocweb & BoomHost are 2 Canadian host I've personally used and have nothing but positive reviews about them.
Badiha wrote:
Nov 24th, 2017 1:47 pm
I absolutely love OVH. It's from Europe so you need to pay them in euros but it's cheap. (Their Canadian offer is not for small business yet) It's 1.99 euros a month + VAT (domain is free) so I don't think you can find cheaper than that. They are the number 1 hosting in Europe. With VAT, you will pay less than 30 euros a year so it's about $45 CAD.

I have been using them since 99 and they are excellent. I would also advise you to use Wordpress for your website (they support and install Wordpress for free, at least create the database and install it on your server. You then need to pick a theme etc.)

thanks for the suggestions, I will check them out.

It for a cookie business... not sure which one is better .ca or .com ... I would like to eventually to able to do online orders and ship across Canada.
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Oct 26, 2015
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I would always suggest both to make sure a competitor won’t get your domain name. If they do, it means that you may end up losing a lot of trafic. I would probably also go with .net
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It so confusing to know which one is the best for domain name, email and website hosting.
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If you are looking to build a site from ground up, then look at a hosted website builder SAAS instead of finding hosting.

Services like squarespace, wix, etc...

If your business is small, then it doesn't matter if it's .com or .ca. Although .ca will be a little homey if you are running a boutique style store.
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If you want a company that you can grow with as your business grows, I would recommend this one: https://whc.ca/en

This is the company that I work with and they are very stable. Take a look at their site. There are several options and price packages available to you. I shifted over to this company when the demand on my server increased. I was attempting to create a table in my database with over one million records, and my former provider couldn't handle it. This company seems to offer many different levels of service based on the size of your business.
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sexyj wrote:
Nov 25th, 2017 10:01 am
If you are looking to build a site from ground up, then look at a hosted website builder SAAS instead of finding hosting.

Services like squarespace, wix, etc...

If your business is small, then it doesn't matter if it's .com or .ca. Although .ca will be a little homey if you are running a boutique style store.
I saw some of squarespace based sites ... look innovative or more interesting looking comparing Wordpress

I’m actually leaning toward .ca
bewiseman wrote:
Nov 25th, 2017 1:22 pm
If you want a company that you can grow with as your business grows, I would recommend this one: https://whc.ca/en

This is the company that I work with and they are very stable. Take a look at their site. There are several options and price packages available to you. I shifted over to this company when the demand on my server increased. I was attempting to create a table in my database with over one million records, and my former provider couldn't handle it. This company seems to offer many different levels of service based on the size of your business.
I saw reviews for whc that it good but their support services aren’t that great if something happen

I don’t think I need a lot of size, I assumed ... it basically a informational site of about us, list of cookie flavours, few other non cookies items, a few gift options, where to buy from and contact us


I checked out squareplace, it doesn't allow .ca domains ... so thats out

I checked wix, I bought a year plan and then I found out it doesn't accept .pdf files for image to upload my name and logo
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Domain Name Registration
Go with 10dollar.ca for .ca domain names. Their pricing doesn't chanage (no suprise increases after the promo period).

Web & E-Mail Hosting
Go with crocweb.com or boomhost.com (both Canadian companies with Canadian data centres -- sites will load faster for Canadian visitors).
Canadian IPs will also do better with SEOs.

Wordpress
Both hosting companies use CPanel with 1-click installation of Wordpress.

Competition
It would be wise to register .ca, .com, .co and .net versions of the domain name to ensure a competitor doesn't steal your traffic. (This would be approx $70/yr for all 4 domains - but in the grand scheme of things it would be worth it.)

Social Media
Make sure you have a Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube page and try to post content on there as frequently as possible trying to keep your visitors/followers engaged (sharing your website link) to increase your SEO.
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I get all my .ca domains with www.canspace.ca - I've found them to consistently have the best prices (ie 10.99 with canspace vs 11.55 with 10dollar.ca).

For hosting it depends on what you want (ie just a basic site, VPS, etc). 5-10 years ago it was generally cheaper to go with a bigger US host as they usually had better prices even with currency conversion factored in. These days I find I get better prices overall with CAD hosts, plus I don't have to pay bills in USD. I've had great experiences with both canspace and crocweb. OVH is great for VPS and servers.

For building your site I would avoid squarespace, wix, etc. The issue is these services trap you with them and it's difficult to leave or grow. Go with an open-source platform like Wordpress - tons of free scripts and resources out there for it, and it is supported by virtually all hosts.
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Most people don't have the time to deal with maintaining websites.

Free doesn't mean anything if it's not easy for the average people to customize and build a site. Wordpress is far from easy and average joe friendly.
gei wrote:
Nov 28th, 2017 6:05 am
For building your site I would avoid squarespace, wix, etc. The issue is these services trap you with them and it's difficult to leave or grow. Go with an open-source platform like Wordpress - tons of free scripts and resources out there for it, and it is supported by virtually all hosts.
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So namecheap, 10dollar, whc, canspace were mentioned for .ca domain in this trhread. Are they all reliable providers?
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gei wrote:
Nov 28th, 2017 6:05 am
I get all my .ca domains with www.canspace.ca - I've found them to consistently have the best prices (ie 10.99 with canspace vs 11.55 with 10dollar.ca).

For hosting it depends on what you want (ie just a basic site, VPS, etc). 5-10 years ago it was generally cheaper to go with a bigger US host as they usually had better prices even with currency conversion factored in. These days I find I get better prices overall with CAD hosts, plus I don't have to pay bills in USD. I've had great experiences with both canspace and crocweb. OVH is great for VPS and servers.

For building your site I would avoid squarespace, wix, etc. The issue is these services trap you with them and it's difficult to leave or grow. Go with an open-source platform like Wordpress - tons of free scripts and resources out there for it, and it is supported by virtually all hosts.
I agree with regard to using Wordpress vs the canned site builders like wix, shopify etc. They are short term gain for long term pain.
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May 24, 2018
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I use GoDaddy for domain and hosting. Works perfectly for me. As for website design and development, I would like to recommend you to check out the service from https://niklex.net/services/design-solution.html I think you will find them really helpful and interesting to you, and they will build some great website for your needs. Good luck with it, guys ;)
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