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Do I Have to Pay My Domain Registrar to Host My Site?

FastMail

Episode 1821

David from La Mirada, CA

David has a domain for his business, and he wants to change web hosts.  Leo says while he used GoDaddy to register a domain, he doesn't have to pay them to host the site. He can use a new hosting company and then just change the domain forwarding record. WordPress has a good service. So he can cancel the service with GoDaddy and use another company without losing his domain name. He can also use a different company for email. Leo likes FastMail for that.

How Much Should I Pay for a Domain Name?

Google Domains

Episode 1797

Steve from Beaumont, CA

Steve wants to register his grandkids' names as a domain. But how expensive is it really? GoDaddy charges a lot. Leo says that there are various registrars out there, and the price isn't fixed. So if GoDaddy is too expensive (and they'll also try and upsell you with hosting and other features), then go to another registrar. Leo recommends Google Domains. They're probably the most affordable out there. About $10 a year. It shouldn't be more than that. Another good registrar is Hover.

I bought a domain name. Now what?

Typing

Episode 1523

Cara from San Diego, CA

Cara is a budding writer who wants to set up her own website and blog. She has a domain name and set up her website through GoDaddy. Now what? Rich says that doing a WordPress.com blog is probably the best long term. They'll do it all, and all she needs to do is go into the settings and forward her domain name to the blog.

Another option is to do a self hosted WordPress blog for more control. But it would require a lot more work. So Cara should start small with WordPress and just upscale her blog plan when she needs to.