I've received a lot of positive feedback regarding my new website as well as a lot of interest in who is hosting it. For those of you whom are interested, I am using Squarespace. Squarespace offers a very unique opportunity for inexpensive hosting as well as a true 'what you see is what you get' (WYSIWYG) web-creation toolset.
Remember the days of Geocities? Back in the day I thought that site was pretty cool because it offered a WYSIWYG approach to building a website for those of us without HTML or CSS experience. Years later and one college level web design class later, I still prefer WYSIWYG. I hate fussing with code, stamping out browser compatibility bugs, creating CSS templates... I mean this is 2011 after all. Squarespace gets a fellow up and running with a completely customizable template. For those who are technically inclined, the HTML and CSS of the site are 100% accessible and customizable. As far as WYSIWYG, Squarespace is truely drag and drop. They use some kind of Java scripting to bring powerful tools to those, like me, who are lazy when it comes to design and layout. I love the fact that I can go in and tweak a lot of the HTML and CSS and have those changes rendered for me in real time as my readers would see it, as if the changes were live. It also offers a powerful importation utility to bring in blogs, photos, links and archives from almost all of the major blog hosts. I imported my Korea and Philippines blogs from Blogger and I spent about five minutes setting them up.
Squarespace offers a 14 day free trial without a credit card. I also have a 10% off code if you do decide to go with Squarespace.
As for my domain, I purchased sstanhill.com through godaddy.com for $8 using a coupon code I found through a simple google search. Attaching the domain to squarespace took about 3 minutes. Squarespace offers an excellent visual step-by-step for this process.