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  •  Very helpful, thanks (1+ / 0-)
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    CSI Bentonville

    So I can install Wordpress as soon as I can find a monkey?  ;7)  I know that this is what FDL uses and it seems pretty nice.

    One thing I've learned about myself is that I'm not going to be able to hide my identity; my past is too much a part of who I am and what I have to say.  And my identity would not be that hard to figure out from what I've posted on DKos anyway, which is permanent, so I might as well just suck it up and life with being tracked.

    That's good to know about gandi.net -- other ones do that?  How can they possibly do that, unless they've expired or you didn't pay?  Amazing.

    My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

    by Major Danby on Sat Feb 24, 2007 at 06:27:29 PM PST

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    •  There is a lot of sleazy business (2+ / 0-)
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      Major Danby, CSI Bentonville

      done by domain resellers.  The thing is, if you've used the domain that means there's a demand for it.  If you sign a contract with the wrong kind of reseller, they "own" the domain name.  And then they choose to not notify you when it's up for renewal, and try to sell it back to you for tall dollars.

      A lot of people I know have learned this the hard way over the years.

      Gandi is a nonprofit european organization and you (to the extent that you can) really "own" the domain you purchase from them.  I'm not sure of the legalities but they are a good reseller.

      •  My my my (1+ / 0-)
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        So one can't transfer a domain name to a new vendor?  That's pretty nasty, if so, especially as GoDaddy has my personal name for a URL.  Has that ever been challenged for personal names?  Do they ever go back into public domain?

        My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

        by Major Danby on Sat Feb 24, 2007 at 07:05:23 PM PST

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        •  Since personal names aren't unique (2+ / 0-)
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          Major Danby, CSI Bentonville

          unless you're Barack Obama, it's hard to argue that you should be the only one that can buy/use a particular personal domain name.  I registered my full name a long time ago and I take care to keep it up to date.

          You can transfer between resellers.  I don't think people have too much trouble with GoDaddy, though.  The best thing you can do is stay on top of your registration.

          •  I currently own my namesake URL (0+ / 0-)

            and it doesn't come up for renewal until January.  I just want to make sure I can move it, so long as I do find another reseller I like.

            My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

            by Major Danby on Sat Feb 24, 2007 at 07:34:56 PM PST

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    •  Also, re: wordpress (3+ / 0-)
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      Major Danby, CSI Bentonville, mikk0

      It seriously takes me about two minutes to install and configure every time I upgrade.  But I have to admit to having a background in scientific computing and being comfortable in a UNIX environment.

      If one of your bloggers is a techie they should be able to do it easily.

      If you have no techie and want to have someone else maintain it for you there are companies that specialize in blog hosting.  Wordpress.com lets you start a blog for free and then if it takes off you can switch to "VIP Hosting" which supports high-traffic blogs.

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