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Harry Trott
July 17, 2017


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Business owners who are new to the website game are frequently advised to keep their domain registration separate from the hosting provider. But does this really matter? What are the pros and cons of having your domain name and hosting at the same place? We will look into the answers to those questions below.

One primary reason why businesses keep their domain name and hosting separate is to ensure that one company does not have too much control over your website. For instance, a billing dispute with your hosting provider could potentially see your website blocked until the payment is made. If you have your domain name signed up on a different provider, then it is easy to upload a backed up version of your website on a new host and simply point your domain to this new location.

Admittedly, this is an extremely rare scenario and this alone should not deter you from keeping your domain and hosting with the same provider. There are a number of other reasons why you must keep the two services together.

Cheaper

Having your domain and hosting together can work out cheaper. Many webhosting providers offer free domain registration to their customers. If you are someone who owns dozens of websites, then the cost savings from keeping the two together can run into several hundreds of dollars each year.

Easy Management

If you are not comfortable with technology, then keeping the two services in one place makes it easy to manage. Typically, pointing a domain to a hosting server is a two step process. First, you log into your domain name registry and point your URL to the nameservers provided by your webhost. Once this is done, you are also required to log into your webhost and add this domain to your Cpanel. If you are signed up with one provider for both these services, your hosting comes ready with these configurations. Also, your customer support team could help you do this free of charge.

 

This is not all. As your website business grows, you could be upgrading from a shared hosting server to a VPS or even a dedicated server. This might change your server IP address. Even in these scenarios, you could get help from your customer support to point to the new URL. In effect, keeping your domain and hosting in one place offers you hands-free management (of course, this is assuming you go with a managed hosting provider).

 

All this is not to say that the concerns expressed earlier in this article are not legitimate. However, there are easy workarounds when you deal with a rogue registrar. Domain registration is overseen by the ICANN and the organization has definite rules that apply to accredited registrars. In the event your registrar refuses to transfer your domain to a new registrar until you have paid your hosting fee, you have two ways to resolve the issue - you may either talk to your new registrar to raise a complaint with ICANN. Or, you may directly reach out to them using this link. Domain name registrars are bound by strict regulations and as long as there are legitimate concerns, may not refuse to transfer you to a new registrar.

 

But having said that, it is true that a registrar may make life difficult for you. The ideal solution to this is not to keep your domain and hosting separate. Instead, it is to pick a service provider who is reputable and trustworthy. This matters a lot more than any other factor.

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