Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Registrar, WEB host, URL forwarding, Email Forwarding

You can have a personal web name
If you buy your own domain like (mysite.com), you’ll generally be able to choose any email addresses that end with your domain name me@mysite.com, you@mysite.com, and so on. A personal URL (Domain Name) is less than $9 a year.

One advantage is that you can keep the same email address(es) forever (as long as you pay the bill, that is). If you change registrar or hosting provider, your mailboxes move with you; you’ll never need to ask people to “please put my new email into your address book” — and run the risk of losing touch when they forget, or when they reply to an old message with your former address. This is a must have for anyone with a business, it just isn't professional to use BobsBusiness@aol.com for business email. Want to set up e-mail addresses for your family, …? You surely can. Bob@mysite.com, Joan@mysite.com, Betty@mysite.com,…

Registering a URL (web address) is easy and costs just $9 a year. Again the most basic use of your personal URL is to have a custom e-mail address. Something like Bob@MyFamilyName.com and Nancy@MyFamilyName.com… You can use the same URL MyFamilyName.com to display a personal or business web site or blog.

I prefer and recommend using one company as registrar of your URL and a separate provider as the host of your web site. That way it is simple to change web hosts if things go wrong or a better deal comes along.

Registrars
A domain name registrar is an organization or commercial entity that manages the reservation of Internet domain names.

Register a Domain Name (URL) with NameSilo.com my favorite. Get a Domain Name With Privacy Protection, Free Mail Forwards and lots more – Create free email forwards and automatically redirect your email to existing email accounts. NameSilo.com currently has the best prices especially considering they provide Privacy Protection as part of the registration.  
Click for domain search page.   –   Click here for pricing page.  

Using e-mail forwarding
The registrar has a free features to permit email forwarding and domain forwarding. Using e-mail forwarder you can have Bob@yourname.com email forward to any email account of your choice. I really like the features of Gmail so I have an account glenn.musser@gmail.com as my catching account for most of my email addresses. Some addressed forwarded to glenn.musser@gmail.com are glenn@musser.us – glenn@SeniorTechGroup.com – glenn@grovesCG.com plus 5 or 6 more. This is the one and only account I need to check to read and reply all of my email messages.

  • Note: Using Gmail’s “Send mail as:” feature mail sent from glenn.musser@gmail.com account can appear to the recipient as though the message came from any of my custom email addresses like glenn@musser.us – glenn@SeniorTechGroup.com – glenn@grovesCG.com or any of the others. This feature has been discontinued by Google here is a workaround. Gmail's Send Mail As Option Changes.
  • Workaround for using Gmail Alias with Forwarded Email – Oct 8, 2014 – It seems Gmail will no longer allows the easy "Treat As Alias" setup. But you can still send email using Gmail's SMTP servers, it's just a manual setup now! 

WEB Host
My current WEB host is A2 Hosting they are web hosts not a blog site. They have many plan depending how much space and bandwidth you might need. They have hosting plans starting at about $95 a year SeniorTechGroup.com is running on a $120 a year plan, it provides for multiple domains hosting on one plan. A2 Hosting is a very solid hosting company, don’t know of any outages in the past year. I use a free web site watching service InternetSeer.com they e-mail me whenever my site is not responding.

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