Web Hosting For Your Domain
If you have located a domain you like and it is available you can register that domain by itself by using a domain registrar such as Godaddy, Netfirms, etc. Or you may register that domain in concert with signing up with a web hosting company.
Many webhosts offer a free domain registration or even free lifetime domain registrations when you purchase a web hosting plan. This can save you the registration costs which are typically anywhere from $6.95 and up, depending on the registrar or web host.
While the free registration is nice, I prefer to register the domain on Godaddy and then signup with the webhost. Why would I do that? Do I like to waste money? No, it's more personal preference of being able to 'house' all my domains under one roof. It makes it easier for me to change DNS settings, renew domains, and change registrant information. Usually the domain is also registered in the web hosts name, but should release it to you after your hosting account expires. Plus, I just feel better keeping the web host and the domain separate.
Any of the hosts on the web hosting page are hosts that I have had personal experience with. I no longer have hosting we each company but have experience with them. I feel comfortable recommending any of them to you for your hosting. Notice that a few have some generous coupons. Don't be afraid of the coupons. These hosts are not trying to buy customers. Lunarpages for example has been around since the 90's.
Also, any of those companies offer base level hosting packages that will have enough capacity for most any site. If your site develops traffic such that it becomes a burdenon the server you can always switch to a different plan. However, the majority of sites on the internet run on shared hosting plans that those hosts offer.
Let me know about your experiences with any domain registrar or web host. If a lot of people are having problems with a company I want to know. I don't want to recommend any host that is no longer providing good hosting. Good luck.
The Instant Domain Tool has been upgraded to a dedicated server that should make the tool work faster and handle the demand. Unfortunately, the response times are ultimately limited by how fast the whois servers respond to the site.