When Should You Use Hover.com?
I recommend Hover.com to most of my clients, but it’s not for everyone.
Your domain, web address, URL is where people can find your website. This is the “www.distilled.studio” that brought you here. (More detailed information on domains and URLs can be found at the bottom)
You’ve got to buy that somehow and Hover is a domain name seller that makes it super simple for anyone.
Tons of Domain Extensions
They’ve got all the extensions you could want. From .com to .org or .design to .community you’ll be able to find something perfect. Note that they cast different amounts and they all recur annually (prices range from $10 to $hundreds).
They have excellent support and the process is very straight-forward. For most situations you don’t need more than Hover has to offer and you’ll be glad you don't have more to think about.
When you’re using Hover and you have a question, you can count on getting an answer. Often within a few minutes.
You can set up an email account with your domain name in seconds. For non-technical people this is incredible. For more technical people this is still a relief. Mapping an email account isn’t a fun process so the fact that Hover provides this at a low cost is a great feature.
A: Starting a website on Squarespace
Whether you’re starting with Squarespace or another hosted solution (Weebly, Tumblr, Blogger, …), you’ll want to own your domain name. Squarespace does offer a free domain name, but it’s worth it to actually own the name for management purposes.
B: Starting a website on Wordpress or self-hosted integrations
If you’re doing this you’re probably a developer or someone who bought into “Wordpress is free” (a matter for another time). But in this case you might want to buy your domain name in the same place you’ll buy your hosting, just to make things simple. If you run your DNS through a host, then the simplicity of Hover may be unnecessary for you, but I still find it refreshing.
C: Blogging or starting a personal website
I recommend buying a personal domain name, regardless of your situation, because someday you may want to use it. If you don’t buy it, someone else will. Hover is a simple way to do this.