I was wondering if anyone has any tips about a good place to buy a domain name for an author website. The prices and services available across different providers vary quite a lot and I'm finding the research a bit of a time sink. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd really appreciate it.
It may just be a matter of me having to learn, but it feels a bit like looking up at Mount Doom at the moment - gulp!
I use GoDaddy too if I want to just buy a domain. If you also want a simple platform to design your website, then something like Wix or Square Space might be better for you because they have a lot more templates to work with and easier design tools than GoDaddy
Wix works for me - BUT do you need a website yet? If you've got a book coming out then go for it - if not then perhaps it's a little premature?
I set up my website after the agent I had said I needed to have one, then I didn't get a publishing deal and now the agent is a distant memory and I've had nothing to put on my website. I paid the £86 annual fee once then cancelled the whole thing as that's £86 for something nobody (not even me) looks at!!
If you do go for it, I've found Wix to be very good, I started on Wordpress and couldn't make head nor tail of how it worked even after buying a book. Wix is far more intuitive. I bought my domaine name through Wordpress but then transferred it over. You can set up a website on Wix for free with a domain name they give you. The effect is less professional but it gives you a chance to practice the software at zero cost and you can go premium at any time. When I left Wordpress I checked out other sites like Squarespace but it was my impression that Wix was easier.
Thanks so much for your advice, everyone! In the end, I've gone with a Wordpress.org package from Bluehost. I got the domain, hosting, emails, etc. The decision to go for WP.org was inspired by the SoW webinar by Bad Redhead Media*. I'm getting on alright with it so far. Bluehost offers some great support resources.
@Danny - The advice in some of the books I've read seems to be that it's handy to have a website, even early on. Perhaps it's not a necessity, but I fancied taking a look at how to do it. I'm finding it quite a fun thing to whittle away at when I'm not writing or at work. Perhaps it depends on how you're planning to use it.**
*I recommend the Bad Redhead Media Marketing Challenge book. It makes a lot of unknown and initially vaguely terrifying concepts clear and easier to approach!
**Also recommend Jericho's resources about websites and mailing lists.