I bought my domain and have had web hosting since about 2007. It seemed like a necessity back then, just before the explosion of social media and before I had really fully embraced photo sharing sites. It seemed more ‘professional’ to be able to point to my own custom domain.
It’s now 2018, almost 2019, and I find that, other than my own vanity email address, my webhosting rarely gets used. The only exception is when I upload pics to a custom gallery to deliver them to a client. I also have a couple of blogs that I use with my webhosting. With social media, dropbox, etc… it seems like I’m able to accomplish what I need to without my own hosting.
Even though my domain/hosting is currently <$100 USD a year, I’m wondering if I can put that money to better use elsewhere. Flickr Pro, for example (I’m quite active there). I guess I’m not asking for your advice; I’m just wondering if other photographers are, or have been, in the same situation: Continuing to spend money on your domain/hosting after it might not seem worth it to do so. Have you dropped yours? Used it in a different way? Just put it on hold? I’m curious to know what your experiences are.