Setting up your personal domain name
I have been using the domain marcpalud.com for many years now. The main purpose is to further propagate my personal branding, but it also provides me with a lifelong e-mail address that I own and control, regardless of the service provider I’m with or the company I am representing.
The best value for register your personal domain name and having access to many tools for no extra cost is at https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/standard/new3?hl=en
I know of many parents who are registering their kid’s domain names as gifts.
My recommended protocol is that you register your firstlastname.com and your main e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, but do what you will be most comfortable with.
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