Updated: Feb 19
After having a Wordpress site for years and it being hosted on Bluehost, I had to bail after being hacked too many times and poor customer service from Bluehost. I got a site with GoodGallery and no longer needed hosting, but I still had to pay for a domain name and figure out email hosting. Most companies that offer domain names and emails, also do hosting, if you need it.
But there are SOOO many out there. I had to make a spreadsheet just to handle all the information and I figured I can't be the only one with this problem!
A Look at Different Domain Companies
One of the big issues was that I needed email for 3 different domains I own. If you have a hosting plan (whether you use the website hosting portion of the package or not) that has unlimited websites, that usually isn't a problem and is often included. But if you're doing a basic plan or not doing hosting, you start hitting limits on what you are allowed to do.
So I ended up with my website being hosted by Goodgallery and I pulled all my domains over to NameSilo as they were the most affordable for renewals. Many companies like to pull you in with cheap domains but up the prices for each following year.
For emails, I went with Zoho. They do have a free plan, but you only get 5GB per user and you can only check your email on their website or in their phone app with that plan. I use Outlook on my computer and prefer to have my email transferred into there. So I went with their paid plan.
This information is good as of Sept. 2019, plans may change!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christy Whitehead is a writer and photographer in Jacksonville, Florida.
Her studio photographs newborns, cake smashes, families and corporate headshots.