Sunday 2 June 2013

Buy a custom domain without hosting from any host and get 5 email ids free with Namecheap.com

If you are hosting your site on blogger platform and want to move to a custom domain without buying hosting, you can do so with any host provider.  Google itself provides one for $10.00 a year.  However the main problem with not having a host is that you can't have professional looking email id like yourname@yoursite.com or admin@yoursite.com. And you can use these email ids within your gmail id. Because most host only give you domain registrations without any email forwarding.

However there is a way out.  Namecheap is a good hosting and domain registration provider and it also lets you use its servers to host emails from any custom domain.  There is a limitation of 5 emails for the free users.

Buy a custom domain without hosting from  any host and get 5 email ids free with Namecheap.com

Why I am writing this article? Because I was floored by the very good customer service Namecheap has.  I have purchased a custom domain from Bluehost while I continue to host my blog from blogger.  Contacting Bluehost is very difficult as their customer service runs only from 8.00 pm IST onwards.  Further contacting their service was a big headache because for over 15 minutes I got to hear only the music at the cost of ISD rates.  Overall when my call was done, I got no solution and was left poorer by Rs.120.00.

I got to know about Namecheap services from a blogger friend of mine.  But due to lack of knowledge in the technicalities of CNAME, DNS etc, I got stuck.  My site was down for more 5 hours due to improper settings.  Ultimately I started a chat with the Namecheap representative by the name of Ted.V.  And believe me, he guided me through the process for 2 whole hours without any sweat.  I could only thank my stars and him for helping me out.

Remember, I was a free customer using their services for free.  But at the end of it I was so impressed with their service, I will move my domain as well as hosting to them.  They give domain registration at $9.87 in which you also get subdomains.

A tutorial on adding email as I have said above on Namecheap servers is given here.  Do make use of its brilliant free service.

Vijay Prabhu

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