When Should You Use Hover.com?

I recommend Hover.com to most of my clients, but it’s not for everyone.

Basics

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.

Hover Features

Tons of Domain Extensions

Hover organizes domain extensions by category. There are dozens of categories and hundreds of total extensions. As you can see, they prices differ for domain extenstions.

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). 

Not Complicated

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.

Great Support

When you’re using Hover and you have a question, you can count on getting an answer. Often within a few minutes. 

Email Baked-in

Simple pricing. The Small Mailbox is going to be enough for most people. If you need more (most people won't), you can upgrade at any time.

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.

 

Situations:

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.


 
Technical information about Domain Names and URLs by Sai Suman on Quora

Domain Name System

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a hierarchical distributed naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network. It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participating entities. Most prominently, it translates easily memorized domain names to the numerical IP addresses needed for the purpose of locating computer services and devices worldwide

Uniform Resource Locator (URL)

A Uniform resource locator, abbreviated URL, also known as web address, is a specific character string that constitutes a reference to a resource.