Are you thinking about designing your first website? If so, you may have done some research into web hosting plans. One common offer on most web hosts is that when you open an account you are eligible for one year of domain registration at no cost.
On top of that, web hosts allow you to register more domain names through your single account.
So, is this a wise move? Opinions vary. Some people think it is, while others say you should think twice. In this article, we examine these two options.
The Issue: Use a Domain Registrar or a Web Host?
Before we dig into both sides of this issue, let us briefly compare buying a domain name and a buying a web hosting service.
Of course, you can buy a domain name and purchase a web host through the same place. But the greater point is you are not required to. Both are a separate piece of data for your website.
If you are buying a web hosting service, you are renting some server space for storing your web files. When you buy a domain name you are simply buying the address people use so they can go to and use your website.
But you have the option to go to another domain registrar and it can direct your web address to where your web files are hosted.
So, this permits you to purchase your domain registration at one place and your web hosting at another place and they can be made to work together.
You can purchase web design and SEO services from either your SEO company or you can buy SEO service from them and buy web design from some other company. Buying a web hosting service or a domain name operates in a similar fashion.
Now that we’ve defined and compared how to buy domain names and web hosts in different ways, let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of buying both your domain name and web host from the same company.
Advantages of Using Your Web Host to Register Your Domain
You can get one free year of domain registration with the service offered by your web host, right? Well, here’s why it’s a good idea to do so.
Set-Up Is Simple
The fact is that it’s a lot simpler to use the same business to register your domain and host your website. This is why a lot of web hosts offer domain registration.
For example, you don’t need to change nameservers, which can be problematic if you’re not very technically inclined. If you don’t really know much about “nameservers,” it will indeed be much simpler to do your domain registration through your web hosting service so you don’t have to go through all kinds of online help screens until your discover the one that will help you.
It’s Very Easy
Since it is simple, it’s very easy to do, but so is placing the total amount of your website’s files in one place. By completing your domain registration with your web host, you only need one account, one username and one password to keep track of and manage your website’s backend.
If you have several websites, you can put all your data on a single web host, which makes the managing of it that much easier. Then, you don’t have the hassle of trying to recall the different companies that host your domains.
I’ll confess that I made an error a few years ago. Once I found my domain registrar, I couldn’t get into my account because I forgot my login credentials as well as the details for getting back my login details.
It was an odd predicament. From that experience, I discovered that it’s much easier to have all of my domains managed by a single web host.
Technical Support Is Readily Available
When you register your domain with your web host, it comes with technical support. So, if you need support, it’s usually easier to get.
Looking at it another way, complications can arise when you use two companies. Let’s say you are attempting to solve a problem concerning how to connect the two. What can happen is that you can experience the hassle of a lot of communication between the two companies because one company solves one problem but not another kind of problem.
By using a website to access all the parts of your website, you have all your data and information in one location so when a problem arises, the web host can be in a better position to help you.
The Disadvantages of Using Your Web Host for Domain Registration
Honestly, it never occurred to me that there would be disadvantages of maintaining all your website files and data in one location. After all, it’s simple and effortless. But a little while ago I read some discussions that indicated that this may not be the best approach. This is why:
Greater Difficulties When Transferring a Domain
What if you sign up with a web host and soon discover you are not thrilled about their service. Yet, you really like your domain name and intend to keep it.
If you want to leave your web host, you will have to spend some time transferring it to another one if you registered your domain through your original host.
But if you had originally registered your domain somewhere else, you only have to redirect it to a different server via your DNS settings.
Which Option is Best for You?
This is a difficult question to answer. I prefer to place all my website information in one location because it’s simpler. But you have to look at the advantages and disadvantages yourself.
I’m interested in what you think so leave me your thoughts in the comment area. Should you register your domain through a web host or somewhere else?