My homeowners association has a very ugly, 15+ year-old design, website that's hosted with a major hosting company. I've found a host that offers free site creation and hosting for HOAs, along with a deluxe plan that includes custom domain names. The free sites do not include custom domain names. I'm trying to figure out whether and/or how my HOA could create a far better looking free site while retaining is current name.
The free hosting company says that it's possible to create a free site but the HOA is on its own for the domain name. I don't know precisely how this could be done - where are the gotchas? [I once moved a website into Dreamhost, but that was 5 years ago and I really can't recall all that had to happen. Scenarios presented elsewhere on the web don't appear to cover this kind of situation.] What does it take to move the site while retaining the DNS?