I finally have my own domain name, iterativecode.com! My blog at wordpress.com will no longer be updated.
At first I tried to register iterativeco.de, but they didn’t let me because I don’t live in Germany (.de). Oh well.
After some research, I decided to go with Namecheap as my registrar. They’ve reasonable prices and the UI isn’t horrible. I just tried their online live support—immediate response, and problem solved in 15 minutes! I’m happy so far.
I spent hours last night trying to get the domain name to point to my home server (i.e., my laptop). Only after the live support session did I find out that I had to enter my IP for both the www and @ fields in the host records. Additionally, changing host records is not an immediate process. The domain name will actually go down for a few minutes with each change.
Until I get a dedicated server set up at home (sometime this summer), I will host my website on the same server used by the robotics team.