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No, I use whatever subdomain option I have available with tools such as Vercel or GitHub pages.

The thing is I live in a developing country and the dolar exchange is high these times. I only buy domains for long live stuff.

 

I bought enough domains for projects which ultimately went nowhere that I became very reluctant to do this... Just out of principle. If you buy 10 domains and do nothing with them it's maybe not a huge expense depending on your economic situation, but I just decided I need more skin in the game first.

(Companies should probably not follow this principle, and just buy the domains if they're at non-premium prices)

 

I hear ya.

I think I only had one other domain that I purchased, did nothing with, and ultimately let go. I've yet to buy a premium domain, so I'd bet i'd "lost" 12-15 bucks a year for a few years.

What I also didn't think of is additional web hosting for multiple domains.

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Every. Single. Year.

Over the years I have reduced the amount of domains I get on an impulse because I know I will end up doing nothing with them. I still have a bunch of domains though and sometimes I feel I've cornered myself, but then I just forget about it.

So far, for my personal use (not counting other side projects), I have my website domain (first name + last name + .com), my last name domain for my email address (lucky enough it was available!) and a couple of short versions of my initials with .co and .dev. I use the .co as a short redirect to my website and whenever I need some trash email address, and the .dev for all my experiments.

 

I hadn't thought about getting domains for just my last name or a shortened version of my name πŸ‘€

 

It depends. I only have 1 semi-active side project right now and it does have a domain. But I could see myself using subdomains too from services like Netlify depending on what I'm doing.

I do know some people who are hoarding domains they bought for different protect ideas though. I definitely can't afford to do that.
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Mostly side projects, some domains a bought, like about 2 out of 6-ish, never got to be used. Some i dont actually buy so much as they were free (Github Education vouchers).

At the moment I have like 3 active domains on my side projects, one of them is in beta so hopefully it will become something serious eventually.

 

Sure if I ever I have an idea I buy a domain. I dont see why not because domains are cheap. I probably don't really follow through with all of my ideas but I think securing the domain is always a good step before I really think about making it. Maybe its just the thought of actually having the domain that makes me feel like it will work out I guess.

 

I got a personal .dev that I am working on using for my online resumΓ©/portfolio. While I have limited knowledge about web hosts, I managed to make a subdomain for my wedding website, so I'd think that I could do that as much as I want to? Could I begin to tell you how? No.....someday, I'll understand - maybe after I find out if my web host is a good one or not πŸ˜… sigh

 

I purchased a domain for one project and debating purchasing one or two for other projects. I'm debating because the extra expense of having another domain, splitting traffic and what if I end up not keeping up with these projects long term?

Currently, most live under the domain for my personal website with a directory for that project specifically.

 

Shop Talk Show just did an episode about this: shoptalkshow.com/421/

I think the upshot is that domain prices add up, especially as they are recurring, and that we should bring subdomains into fashion which you can add to one domain for free.

I do have domains for my three main side projects, so I'm a bit hypocritical, but all of those projects are for a non-developer audience. I feel like a subdomain on my personal name wouldn't go as well in that case.

 

I'll check out this episode!

 

If there's a possibility that I might want to go public with the project in the future and the domain name is very good and also available right now, I would. I would grab the domain and a bunch of social media accounts as well to reserve them. Social media is cheap (free), domains can be relatively low cost depending on the domain and registrar.

But if I'm flexible on the domain name, like I don't mind adding an extra word like "app" or removing a couple vowels here or there in the project name, then I probably wouldn't bother as much.

 

I'm looking at a .app domain too since the .com is too expensive.

 

Yes. I decided to move out of gmail (that I used for personal/not business mails) so I bought myself an appropriate dn (traduction-libre.org) which I use only for mail at the moment but I'm planning to have something simple there when I have some time. I would not hesitate to buy one if the need arose, as I've done in the past, even though they did not end up being used.

 

I usually do. But recently I've decided to go with subdomains instead as it's starting to be expensive.

Somethings it's worth to get the domain instead if you expect high traffic and want to spread the word better as I did recently with tablericons.com

So it depends.

 

I only buy domain when I begin to do something on a project.

First, because beginning is the hardest. Second, because I know, when I begin a project, if I will like it enough to bring something online.

 

I own 80 domains and only use 4. The other 76 or so read like a list of projects I plan to build.

 

I never purchased a domain until recently... and then one day I went shopping spree and bought more that I could use. I imagined lots of projects at that time.

Later I tried to list them ... but I didn't sell any:

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I only purchase domain names for side projects that I intend on maintaining over the long-term; otherwise I use subdomains and URL shorteners. And I also have domain names for my site (redirects and the sort).

 

URL shorteners are a good point. πŸ€”

 

Usually yes.
My preferred tld is dirt-cheap, so I don't see any reason not to. It just looks more professional IMO, even if it's only for a fun little side-project.
Though I am a fan of subdomains and extending certificates with LetsEncrypt is very easy, so I'll make use of as many subdomains as I can technically have before I buy a new domain.

 

Only for projects I know I'll want to maintain for a while!

 

Projects? No. I bought a few vanity-domains for myself and family a few decades ago (to have personalized, persistent email addresses). If I need something for a project, I simply toss that project under one of those domains.

 

One domain for the consulting company, but free hosting of both the primary site and most linked apps via Netlify.

 

I have one domain and use nginx redirection to setup subdomain on them. For my personal use, this is more than enough.

 

I just use neocities.org to host my static web pages.

 
 

I haven't yet unless I know I'm going to use them for sure! Otherwise it's just spending money where I don't need to.

 

I've only got one so far. For my blog. But considering another.

 

I did it once for a project where I got a funny URL that made sense. The rest of my projects I just host under my personal domain, or even github.io

 

Yes! For every meaningful side projects.