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[Jun. 26th, 2003|03:20 pm]
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So here's my final resolution to running my own mailserver. I'm going to go with dedicated hosting, and finally buy muricated.net. It was nice having a whirring, 140lb monster with a nice RAID array sneaking it's connection through an innocuous cablemodem, but the convenience of local terminal does not outweigh the inconvenience of changing my DNS every week. The current plan is 1-year prepaid hosting by PHPWebHosting, and DNS by NetSol. I'm waiting on an answer from PHPWH if they allow procmail reconfiguration, which would allow me to run DNSBL (and kill spam dead). I'd run SquirrelMail for the web client, and it looks like that's totally within PHPWH's TOS. There'd probably be a little root index.html just to say "hi, this domain isn't public, bye", a Gallery, and a small file archive (mostly MP3s). I thought about running a ShoutCast server, but getting approval for it looks grim. Anyone see any potential problems with this plan, or want to suggest an alternative to any of it?

Also, this.

[User Picture]From: peculiaire
2003-06-26 03:58 pm (UTC)
Are you sure you want to go with NetSol? They have been nothing but trouble to me, and I've seen so many places who are easier to deal with (like domaingeeks.com or domainmonger or any of those...).
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2003-06-26 08:43 pm (UTC)
I don't want to sound ignorant, but other than the billing, customer service, and speed of establishing a TLD, is there any other services the registrars provide? The actual DNS queries are made to the root-servers run by ICANN, so once the TLD is established, I'm not getting anything I paid for, as far as I know. I'm not going to get faster resolution from big-name registrars, that's all dependant on the host's DNS servers and/or how fast their DNS can talk to root-servers.net. In other words, the only thing I'm paying more for is the fact that netsol owns a.root-servers.net, right?
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[User Picture]From: peculiaire
2003-06-27 10:01 am (UTC)
Pretty much. I don't like their marketing tactics - they're a combination of spamming and slamming (getting tricked into using their service if you aren't technically savvy enough to realize the email you got saying "your domain will expire! click here to renew!" isn't from your own registrar). And they are a pain to deal with customer service wise - you are supposed to do everything on their web form, which would be great IF IT WORKED PROPERLY.

What I look for in a registrar is ease of use and good customer service. I would prefer not to talk to people, and I would prefer that if I do, they are polite people who can fix my problems. This happens rarely with NetSol. I also like a straightforward billing plan, which also happens rarely with NetSol. You're just paying more for the fact that they've been around the longest.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2003-06-28 05:29 pm (UTC)
Guh. Typical VeriSign, I should've guessed. All right, domaingeeks.com it is. What about getting a host that would allow me to run my own MTA and modify it's config? I still haven't recieved a reply to my question over at PHPWH, which is disconcerting. I'm planning a SquirrelMail/QMail/SpamAssassin/SBL/Courier-IMAP/VMailMGR setup, which will require a hoster that allows a lot of sysadmin freedom. Know of anyone who might oblige?
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