Pat Velte, my Web guru from Whitewing Design, and I have been horrified at the soaking some artists are getting from their Web hosting “services.” (I put services in quotes because it often sounds like lousy service to me!)
Make sure you are not being overcharged.
Pat says you should expect to pay:
No more than $10/year for domain name registration, no more than $100/year for “all purpose” web hosting. I don’t charge clients for setting up domain and hosting accounts but they should expect to pay a small fee for having a web developer handle this for them.
That’s SMALL fee. It should take them less than 5 minutes to get a domain set up for you, so beware if they’re charging you for a half-hour or longer.
Late addition: My Web hosts, AAces, will throw in your domain (for free!) when you host with them. Now THAT’s service!