A friend of mine is working with an organisation doing AIDS outreach in underprivileged communities in Africa.
They're having a terrible experience with their current hosting company, I think half of the problem is the poor support of the hosting company, and the other half is that they aren't really able to focus on this aspect of the project as much as is necessary to make the site successful.
I need to find them a solution that will let them focus on publishing articles instead of playing in frontpage with HTML and trying to upload with FTP.
I think their site is simple enough to get away with moving to a blog. That way the theme / skin can be nicely designed once, and they never have to worry about that again.
Then I thought their mail might be better off in a google apps account that way it's under the same umbrella as the blog (site) and it's easy to use and easy to access anywhere.
The only problem comes when we get to DNS hosting. I'm not sure what's a good, reliable, easy to set up (for google) DNS provider that's going to be around for a long time and be hassle free.
Please tell me if you think it's a good idea, or if there are better, easy-to-use, low cost providers that will suit the needs.
They're really worried about losing mail in a transition or as a result of malice or neglect on the part of the current host in the event that they try switch hosts. From the whois it looks like the domain name is registered to the hosting provider instead of to the project itself. (aidsministry.com)
I've never been involved in a domain transfer of ownership, I'm not sure what all is involved, I've only ever registered new ones for people.
Any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I'm trying to help them out because I know they feel a bit out of their depth, I've done a lot of registrations and I host my own sites and I've had experience with mail - I currently use google apps for my own mail because I love the gmail web interface and spam filtering, so that whole side of it I'm comfortable with, I use Dynect for my DNS stuff, but that's way out of their price range, I need a simpler, cheaper DNS host for them.
I want them to go away from this knowing they have full control of all their web services and resources, and knowing that they're reliable, easy to use and that they're not over-paying for internet servies in a place where the money could really literally be used in changing people's lives for the better.