I Bought a Domain

Mar 19, 2022 · 3 mins

For the first time since I started the web development journey at college, I have bought a personal domain for myself (vinh.dev). And I can tell you that it is so much different from what I had known before.

Domains and hosting were not something new to me before. Since the first time I got my hands on the internet 14 years ago, I have tried so many things. At the time, WordPress.com was the easiest way to have a free website with a subdomain and of course, I had a WordPress.com site. And after that, I started learning domains, hosting, and other things. I registered some free domains from various providers, and of course, these domains were less well-known and surely not suitable for SEOs. The same thing went with the hosting, I only registered for a few free hosts just to try things out like WordPress or vBulletin.

After a while, I got more serious about writing blogs and spreading them out, but I still hadn’t had the budget to invest in a domain since I was still in college. To be able to reach more people, I decided to write blogs on Medium.com, and sometimes even on my personal "github.io" page because I found out these domains had better chances to get more traffic.

Now, things have changed. Domains are now more affordable and come with a wide range of names. So, I decided to do it. After a quick check, I found Google is offering a more reasonable price tag for their fresh-out-of-beta Domains service, so I went with it. The checkout steps are quite fast and easy. And finally, vinh.dev is here.

Now that I have a domain, I can start setting up a mailbox with that domain, something I haven’t done before. Google offers this with a price tag each month, but I don’t like it. I prefer Outlook.com, but since I don’t have a Microsoft 365 subscription, I can’t use Outlook.com custom domain feature. Fortunately, I currently have iCloud+ so I can set it up with Apple’s iCloud custom domain feature.

Now back to the blog, I can start pointing it to my GitHub Pages. But that soon will make me realize something, another change I have to make…

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