Despite my computer background, I am a newbie when it comes to DNS and web hosting. I’m the type of person who likes to create robust, flexible systems that are relatively inexpensive and easy to understand. This is my first web project, and I’m looking for opinions based on the research I’ve done so far.
I’m setting up my first website for a book I’m writing. Construction is underway, and soon I will need to register domain names. Here are my thoughts so far:
- Purchasing domains through Domain.com – Unlike Netlify, I can pay in advance for up to 5 years.
- Registering multiple domains to catch ‘type-in traffic’ – I plan to use .org for my site given its non-profit nature, but want to register .com just in case people accidentally type that instead.
- Using Cloudflare DNS – Here is the big question. Cloudflare sounds appealing because of its reported simplicity and flexibility. It also offers DDoS attack mitigation on its free accounts, and I’m not sure how that compares with Netlify. Lastly, it also sounds slightly easier to set up a 301 redirect for the multiple domains in Cloudflare, but I may be wrong. As for IPv6 support, there should be no problems with either DNS hosting option.
So first of all, the obvious question: Am I going overboard by favoring Cloudflare over Netlify? Which is more robust, easier to set up, and most flexible?
Second, if I do go with Cloudflare, I found this recently posted guide that seems very helpful. Without actually setting things up and testing it out, I’d like to know if this will work.
And just to give some additional background, I have read each of the following:
And this from 2016:
Thanks in advance for any input.