I have wanted to have a website for a while and there are a few things I want from mine.
I want my own email address. That’s not quite the full story as I would like the freedom to have as many email address as I like (and address for subdomains) and be able to do what I like with them (Such as use the Google apps thingy (which I just realised cost money), my own MS Exchange, or something simple while I remember I don't actually have that much cash).
I want to be able to do what I like with it. I don't know if this is comes as standard with domains but I would like to be able to what want I liked with subdomains such as have stickler.com has a homepage (linking to a webhost) with minecraft.stickler.com for a minecraft server (linking to a home computer -well my router). As well has any other crazy stuff I come up with.
Also I would prefer to stay slightly anonymous and not reveal my address in the WHOIS log. (not too bothered though)
The actual website is kinda secondary to what I want from the domain but once I can figure out how to direct a domain to an IP address I could probably figure it out. Any tips would still be helpful.
Since all a domain is a few bytes on DNS databases and I am assuming that email is handled by the computer after the "@"; I should be able to get this for about £10 a year. But going by http://blog.xkcd.com/2011/12/31/godaddy/ I get the impression that some of these things aren’t as simple as they should be.
I’m not an expert on how the internet works (as those that are have not doubt picked up), but I am quite good at most things geeky so I should be able learn quickly.To summarise my ramblings:
How can I set up a cheap domain, that I can control and that I can freely add independent sub-domains, etc to (at no extra cost).
Bonus Question: What sort of hosting should I start out with?
-Stickler Yay for being on the internet at twenty to four AM!