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I personally use GoDaddy for all my domain purchases. They have great prices and offer lots of discounts to their customers!
Do your research. You want a price point you can afford and the support you need if there are any issues.
Bluehost I have used in the past and I found them to be comparable to HostGator.
GoDaddy hosting I use for my son’s website or if I am trying out a new concept.
All my templates I use have come from Theme Forest from Envato Market. I have used some free templates and when I get serious I prefer to purchase a template. This blog template is from SoloPine it is called Rosemary. When I look for a template, I want it to have all the features I will need. I also want to make sure the font and colors are to my liking. I know they can be changed, but that takes time and I would rather spend my time elsewhere.