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Best domain for student developer?

Ashutosh Dash
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Hey, I have been using Netlify as hosting service for my portfolio and other projects. (BTW, check out my portfolio here.)
But I don't like when netlify.app is added after my websites.
Can you suggest me some really good and affordable hosting services?
Also, I'm looking for a domain. Which domain would you suggest which looks professional and doesn't cost much?

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Nitin Reddy

The .dev top-level domain is quite popular among developers.
The .me is great for portfolio websites.

You could also get a .com domain name similar to "ai-programmer.com" - it's one of the oldest TLDs so most of the good domain names are either used by someone else or are parked by domain squatters.

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Ayan Banerjee

You can get free domains through GitHub students developer pack. education.github.com/pack

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Ande

whoa i didn't know that is a thing

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Ayan Banerjee

Haha! Although TLDs are limited to .me (thru namecheap), .rocks, .ninja, .studio, .live (thru name.com) and .tech (thru .tech domains).

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tq-bit

If you're going for static sites, you might as well use github pages.

pages.github.com/

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csgeek

Second that. I'm cross posting on my personal blog what I post here. I can have my own custom domain without any issues.

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Ande

yea if not constrained by the limitations, the github.io extension looks awesome

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Tín Phạm • Edited

Firebase, domain is: .web.app
Or freenom, domain is .cf, .tk, .ml,... (free first-year, after that, is $18)
Or if you have an account GitHub Student Developer, that has many promotions for the domain, visit it: education.github.com/pack
Very easy to register Github Student Developer if you have an email education

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Talon Vanderbeken

I would suggest OVH for hosting. They have great prices for VPSs. I have a .dev domain which I would definitely recommend because:

  • It’s required that you have an SSL certificate (so you can usually get them for free.)
  • It looks really professional.
  • Really cool group ID.

Porkbun is probably your best-bet for the domain. I’m buying my .dev off of them for CAD $11/year. Also, they do provide the free SSL certificates for .dev.

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Martin Eboh

Tuttutor.com is for sale (only $5000 - negotiable). Contact me (martineboh@gmail.com). You can build cool MOOC or online learning apps like Udemy.com with it. I actually abandoned the project halfway.

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Akash Kava

I think spending on high value domain is the past, today many top level domain exists and apart from that, google search has made Domain names obsolete as most of us use words to search on google to get to website. Or we search fir an app on app stores, both of them are not linked with domain in anyway.

Also a wrongly named domain has no value for that price.

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Ashutosh Dash Author

@akash totally agree with you man

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Ashutosh Dash Author

At that price, I would opt for another domain name, a mac book pro, hire some interns and start my own business. :D

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Martin Eboh

Ok, negotiable and totally agree with you...I will give it away for $2000. I also have Clajj.com for a giveaway $2000...

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Harris Geo 👨🏻‍💻

There are many TLD you can buy for very cheap. .io, .xyz, .wtf, .dev, .me all sound perfect for personal projects. Once you buy the one that you like you can configure netlify to point to it instead of netlify.app docs.netlify.com/domains-https/cus...

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David Snyder

NameCheap is good because the first year is 1 dollar for most domains. Avoid GoDaddy like the plague. That is for purchasing a domain, for hosting your site Vercel makes it really easy to add a domain to your site.

.xyz is the cheapest across the board but can be kind of ugly. .dev and .me are great for portfolios, and you can't go wrong with the good old .com but those are generally more expensive.

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William Henderson • Edited

If you're looking for something professional and free, I like Google's Firebase hosting which gives you the domain [project name].web.app. I'm not sure what the limits are but I think they're pretty generous

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Bobby Iliev

Hey there!

I could suggest DigitalOcean and their new App platform. You can host up to 3 static websites for free as well.

You can take a look at this quick demo here on how to do that:

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt

Firebase hosting - .web.app

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Ali Hassan

Your website looks amazing but it's not responsive on mobile view

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Ande

ye he is still making it, neither the desktop version is complete

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Ashutosh Dash Author

yeah, I made the website while I was in the initial phase of learning HTML, CSS and Bootstrap. If you feel like improving the site, feel free to submit a PR

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Manav Misra

It's really personal preference, but I suggest having a look at '.tech' domains. get.tech/

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Ande

eh xyz looks ugly. He should go for one of those 2/3/5 dollar domains if cheap, or .io or .dev works fine.

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Raihan Nismara

github pages, 000webhost, vercel, firebase hosting

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Akash Kava

How much is Netlify’s own custom domain name mapping cost? I think it is anyway free for open source apps. Because I used them in past to map https redirects.