are definitely the top two choices in my opinion. I've no personal experience with 1and1
, but I haven't heard anything bad about them. And they've been backed by some random trusted sources, so I like to think that counts as a positive as well.
The service you choose doesn't directly affect your website much - If I go to your site, I wouldn't be able to tell you if the domain was hosted by GoDaddy
or anything else - So choose whichever one is better for you.
But it may not be a bad idea to start with a free site hosting thing - Domains aren't expensive anymore, but it's still money you could be potentially wasting if the site doesn't take off. Sites like uCoz
(which used to be, and maybe still is, a very popular choice) are decent.
Even getting a basic following on social networks (Facebook
, even Tumblr
) would be a good start. Establish a decent presence online before investing too much time, money, and effort into a full-on website of your own.
I know a couple people (photographers in particular) that started out with Blogspot
for awhile, and then eventually switched to their own site. And some just stick strictly to social media sites (Tumblr
being the major host, and Facebook
/Etc. for basic information and links).
If there are plans to start an online store, though, you'll need your own site. I think uCoz
offers the ability to open a store, but you have to pay to get that feature. There may be other site-hosting things like uCoz
that do that as well. But you obviously can't open an online store using Twitter
But for actual domain names, like I said, I'd stick with GoDaddy
. Do a bit of research, see which one you like more. Both are great, and have few flaws.
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