I’m currently writing a long article on domain hosting – everything you need to know about starting a website and choosing a hosting company. Follow me on twitter and I’ll let you know when it’s published (probably sometime in late 2013).
In the mean time here are answers to the 2 most common questions I get.
What is the best place to buy a new domain name?
I like using GoDaddy to buy new websites (but not to host them). But you should never go directly to GoDaddy – or any other company – to buy your domain name. If you do you’ll be paying too much.
If you go directly to GoDaddy, search for your domain name, and click buy you’ll pay somewhere between $12.99 and $14.99.
Instead, go to Google.com, search for “Cheap Domains” or “Buy a Domain”. At the top of the search results page you’ll see a text ad that says something like, “$0.99 Domain Names – Limited Time – Compare Us – GoDaddy.com”. Click it.
This will take you to GoDaddy through a special link and you should be able to buy your domain for $1.99 or $2.99. It’s always changing and never seems to be the $0.99 they advertise but it’s still a lot cheaper than paying $15.
What is the best website hosting company?
This is a tough one. There are a lot of hosting companies – lots of lousy ones, but many good ones too.
My two favorites are:
They both have great customer service and are easy to use and setup.
Hope that helps. Good luck.