I've decided to go ahead and register a domain name or two. I'll probably park them for the short term, with the ultimate goal to create a photo album/blog/sales site. I actually got half way through the registration process at GoDaddy before hitting the privacy section. It's $12 to register each domain, then another $12 to keep that registration information private on the WHOIS database. That got me to doing a bit of research, where I found that some less than savory services handle the privacy in a way that they technically own the domain and are just subletting it to you.
So anybody out there that's done this a lot, any suggestions for decent registration services? I'd like to register one to two .com domains. I'd like a few email addresses. I'd like to avoid having my personal information plastered all over WHOIS, or if not possible I'd like to be able to use throw away personal information like a Yahoo! account (GoDaddy specifically discourages this). Finally some basic gratis hosting would be nice, but I'm not sure that's realistic. If not, I'll of course be returning to the gurus here for a recommendation as to cheap hosting
Thanks in advance.