I do have one more question. First of all, thanks to everyone who posted explaining the various dynamics of registration versus hosting, and the strategy for migration to DreamHost.
This last question has to do with wording on the page at the URL dreamhost. c o m/ signup . (This all came about because I actually have three functional domains at GoDaddy. At first I was thinking about migrating one, but might consider more migration.)
Please note that I will draw your attention to the words “first” and “free” on this page.
The URL I just gave is billed as a hosting signup page. You want to sign up for hosting – you go to this page.
The first question (blue text) is “Which hosting plan would you like?” – so we are still talking hosting here. Now before I continue, I understand that if you buy that first-ever hosting plan, then registration of domain for that is fee-waived.
Then below that, we have more blue text, this time “Configure your first hosted domain now…”
To further add stress, we have small black bold text saying “For my first hosted domain…”
OK, so here we are, using these radio buttons now to sign up for a hosting plan for my first hosted domain.
Notice, then, that each radio button below has a description which includes the word “free” and even “I want to host…” and later on that line “You can still register a free domain later.”
OK, if this whole section is described (in three places) as setting up your first hosted domain, and if that first hosted domain always comes with a free reg (now or later), then why add the confusion of " a free domain " in there? Is not the domain we are talking about right now, in this section, THE free domain?
Since this is THE first hosted domain sign-up area, wouldn’t it be better to say “you can still register THIS domain later.”
(The indefinite article “a” in “a free domain” also leads one to wonder where are the other free domains are coming from…)
I wonder if anyone follows me on that…