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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sexy Link: Yahoo! BIG DISCOUNTS

This may seem really out of place here, and I'm sorry if you're disappointed with this post, but if you have a need to find a host for your domain, PLEASE read on!

I manage several web sites and prefer to have my own domain for each, as opposed to utilizing the free subdomains that so many companies (including offer. Because my background is in marketing, I'm very in tune with brand identity and feel strongly that using a subdomain (i.e., versus your own domain (i.e. distracts from any marketing messages trying to be conveyed. In order to use my own domain names, I need a host, and here come the challenges - down time, customer service, bandwidth, storage, interfaces, FTP, extras ... so many aspects to compare. My method of comparing involved trying different hosts and then ...

Remember when your elementary school-aged child came home with this riddle: Why do you always find something in the last place you look? Because you quit looking once you find it! Duh!

Well, I quit looking when I found Yahoo! Now that I've used them for a couple of years, I can recommend them free and clear of any baggage. Their interfaces are intuitive, down time is nonexistent, response time is excellent, and prices are always competitive. These are, perhaps, the four most important comparables in my book.

Unfortunately, some of my sites are still tied into agreements with other providers, but when those agreements expire, I'm transferring those domains to Yahoo! I'll say, however, that the competition is fierce in this arena, and I'm still willing to try something highly recommended by trusted associates. If I find something I think is better, I'll be sure to pass it on.

In the meantime, if you're looking for a reliable host, head on over to Yahoo! Their current discount means you pay just $5 a month for your site, for the first 12 months (only $10 after that). That includes a FREE domain name, UNLIMITED data transfer and disk storage, and up to 1,000 email addresses.

Fondly yours,

P.S. Their $5 a month sale ends October 8, 2009, so if you're looking to get a site up, do it now!