Most of the hosting services want you to buy domain and host your site there. As I was working on my blog site, I’ve learned how I could change DNS record to point to my free tier host on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. I wanted to do it because iPage.com was too slow for me.
Then, I thought what if I could use a service that allows me to just buy domains and manage my own DNS records without any hosting and host my site on OCI’s free tier?
When I was watching Scott Hanselman‘s YouTube video, I noticed something. He was using DNSimple for his DNS management. So this is a site where you can buy domains and manage DNS records and SSL certs.
So I pay $6 every month for the service and I pay $16 every year for my domain. $6×12+$16=$88 My blog site is hosted at OCI’s free tier host, so it does not cost anything. So I can have my own blog with my domain name for $88 per year. I think it’s quite reasonable.
Of course, this method requires pretty good knowledge of How IP address works, DNS, Web Server, Database and SSL but if you are an engineer or planning to be one, I’d highly recommend it.