Friday, February 20, 2009

We Have Lift Off!

I'm happy to announce that, as of tonight, The Virtual Sink has been officially re-launched. A lot of work has been going on over the past ten days, culminating in the purchase of the domain name and the web hosting service from GoDaddy.com tonight. It may not have been my best move with regards to the other options in hosting and domain purchasing I had. The price was certainly reasonable, but I felt as if I was dealing with the registrant equivalent of a used car salesman. The emphasis on up-selling is huge. I would think that, if I had not known exactly what I was hoping to buy, I would have easily fallen prey to these shysters and would have ended up with tons of services I did not need, such as domain verification, extra domain names and excessive opt-out e-mail advertisement.

After the fact, I had thought that I should have documented the entire process so that you could all see for yourself the heinous process a registrant needs to go through in order to accomplish the task of setting up a website through GoDaddy. Thankfully, this is the Internet, where you can always rest assured that someone has already done the work for you. It's a little bit out of date, but the folks over at forevergeek.com have done a great job showing you exactly what you'll have to deal with if you decide to purchase through GoDaddy.com.

http://www.forevergeek.com/2006/07/godaddy_sucks/

That being said, once everything was finally set up, things ran smoothly. The administrative interface is a bit bloated and hard to navigate, but a help guide is provided and it actually HELPS. From registration to file upload, it took about two hours to get the site going. That's not too bad. And I'm happy with the result.

Long Live The Virtual Sink!

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