As will all new endeavors, I find myself spending hours reading reviews and researching pricing. This assignment is no different. I’ve just finished my research on hosting and domain registry services.
I’m searching specifically for a one-stop shop where I can register the domain and set up a hosted site. Here are the top four based on price and customer reviews:
$3.95/month hosting — $142.20 for a three-year contract
$5.95/month hosting — $71.40 for a one-year contract
Free domain with hosting
$3.71/month hosting during 25% discount — $44.52/year
Total: $54.11 first year
Edit—I tried to register on this site and it was down, not a good sign
$4.99/month hosting — $59.88/year
Free domain with one-year contract, otherwise $9.99/year
Total: $59.88 first year
$4.99/month — $59.88/year (one year contract)
$10.99 domain registration
Total: $70.87 first year
Kathy shot me a link to acornhost.com, a hosting site with a reduced rate for students and non-profits. The caveats are: not many customer reviews, though the few I found were all very positive, and you must already have a domain.
$4.95/month — No domain registry services
Total: $59.40 first year
During my research I happened across this site which is very convenient for quick searches and reviews. I don’t rely on a single site for reviews, but this site just had so many services listed it’s a good place to start.
I hope this is of some help to the rest of the group.