There are a ton of options when it comes to domain registrars, resellers, and brokers. Trying to decide which one to use can be overwhelming, and it may seem natural to use your web host to keep everything in one place. However, registering domain with your host can be a horrible idea, for reasons I’ll outline below
Domains and Hosting – A Few Basics
Owning a website involves two separate pieces, your domain and your host. It’s important to understand these elements for the most effective management of your site(s).
The domain is the address people use to get to your site. For example, Quantum Tech Consultants domain is qt-consultants.com. You can register a domain with any number of registrars.
Website hosting is the service that actually stores your website’s files. Basically, you put your website’s files on your host’s servers, then tell your domain to point to those files when someone puts in your URL
The Domain Registration Dilemma
When you set up hosting for a website, you can also register your domain through your host. For a lot of people, keeping all your website stuff in the same place sounds like a good idea. You only have to keep up with one set of login information, and you know that your host’s technical support staff will make sure everything is configured correctly.
However, you also have the option to register your domain elsewhere and simply point it to your host. This is what we strongly recommend for a number of reasons.
Keep your domain in one place. If you ever get mad at your web host and decide to move your site, you’ll also probably want to transfer your domain if it’s registered with the old host. Domain transfers can be annoying, time-consuming, and confusing. But if you’ve registered the domain elsewhere, you don’t have to do anything except update your DNS settings to point to the new host – a five minute process.
Register all your domains together. You might be thinking, But I only have one website! That may be true, but many people own multiple domains and if you need to change hosting or have a new server, it’s much easier if all your domains are together.
By registering your domains separately from your hosting, you’re ensuring a much easier transition if you ever want to take your money elsewhere.