Jeff's company missed the domain renewal date and then lost the domain. It keeps getting bought up automatically by holding companies. Rich says that cybersquatting is a real thing, and sadly, there's not much that can be done if the domain expires. The only thing one can do is keep an eye on it and hope they forget.
Benny wants to create a website and wants to know if he should register a domain with GoDaddy. Leo says NO. He hates GoDaddy and their questionable business practices. And there are plenty of other domain registrars out there. Leo recommends HOVER.
What about web hosts? Leo says that Blogger is free, as is Wix. Leo also recommends Squarespace.
Neil bought a Helm email server on Leo's advice. He also bought a domain through Hover to use with it. This is a home email service, and the idea is that you put your email on a server that runs in your own house instead of trusting a service like Google to handle it. Neil is wondering how to back the device up. Leo says one of the things he gets for $99 per year is that Helm backs it up over the internet. What's cool is that the contents of the email on the local server is encrypted with a key that only Neil has access to. Helm even provides a secure USB key to decrypt the backups.
Kevin has a domain name and he can't get his registrar to respond to him. Leo says he'll need to contact ICANN. They are the governing body, and there he can submit a dispute demanding that he get his domain back. According to the WHOIS, the company he'll need to contact is Tucows. They are probably the new owners of that registrar.
Lee wants to know how to register his domain and DNS so he knows he owns it. Leo says that ICANN is a non-governmental organization that handles the DNS "phone book." They maintain 13 main DNS name servers, and his domain name needs to be on one of those servers. He'll have to go to a registrar that's been approved by ICANN. GoDaddy is one such registrar, but Leo isn't a fan of it. He prefers Hover. If he wants to change registrars, he can do that. But he'll have to jump through a hoop or two to do it.
Gerald is setting up a website in WordPress and wants to know if he should set it up with a domain name or link to it. Leo says it's a good idea to have his own domain that he can control. From there, he can forward it to his website on WordPress and let them host it, or he can host it himself on his own server. It's not really practical to "roll your own" hosting. Gerald should let WordPress handle the hosting and just have the domain name forward to the website. That won't cost him anything.
Neil wants to be able to merge all his email accounts to one domain that he owns himself. That way he can control his email account without relying on a third party. Leo says that's a good idea. And he can do that without having to run an email server. He can use Gmail to go out and get all his email and aggregate it into a central point. He can also attach the domain name to it, while able to route all his mail into different folders to keep them all organized.
Elliot just bought a domain name for a website he's going to build, and he wants to know how to route his Gmail account through his domain name. Leo says that Gmail offers mail forwarding, and he can just go to Hover and request the email redirection. Then he'll just go into his Gmail settings and look under "Delegation" to make sure it says his domain name in the reply fields.
Gregor wants a custom email address. Does he need a website for that? Leo says no. He'll just need the domain name. Then he can forward all the mail that comes to his custom domain to any email provider he wants. Leo advises going to Hover.com and signing up for his domain name there. He can enter what he'd like and it'll make suggestions of available domain names.
Chris wants to get a domain name for a specific country. Leo says that the international organization called ICANN approves registries and country codes for all domains. Leo suggests Google searching for the domain registry for his country code. Any registrar will work if they support registering the country code he wants.
AmericaRegistry.com is a good place to start. But he may run afoul of laws pertaining to that country. Brazil, for instance, requires a Brazilian tax ID to buy a domain with their country code.