Should I Register My Domain Name With My Hosting Company?

When I talk to people about domain registration and hosting solutions I quite often get asked whether it makes sense to have both at the same provider. In case you are wondering the same, this article is for you.

Generally, it is a good idea to register your domain name with your hosting company. This way administration is way more easily. For example, DNS records can often be automatically set by the provider. However, there are situations when they shouldn't be at the same provider.

But first, we will look at why it is a good idea to do so.

Why registering your domain with your hosting provider usually is a good idea

As I mentioned earlier, having both the domain name and hosting in one place makes life much easier. Especially when it comes to DNS management. For those unfamiliar with the term - DNS (Domain Name System) is like a phone book for the Internet. It converts human-readable domain names into IP addresses that computers use to connect to each other. You can learn the basics about DNS here - beginner friendly.

DNS is an important part of the Internet and must work properly for your website to be accessible. If you don't know how DNS works, I recommend that you do your domain registration and hosting with the same company. That way you can be sure that the DNS records are set up correctly. If you're looking for a new provider for your domain or web hosting, you should check out my provider - it's based in Switzerland (hashtag data security), but it's cheap.

If you get both your domain and your web hosting (and maybe even your mail service) from one provider, you're in a wonderful position and management is a breeze. And why? Your bills only come from one party, not multiple. Especially if you run a business, this is definitely a time saver, but even as an individual it makes accounting easier.

It also makes everything easier if you have problems. If your provider manages not only the web hosting, but also the domain and other services like mailing, newsletters and so on, the provider can oversee the whole situation, which makes troubleshooting much easier. Plus, you don't have to play middleman and coordinate information between the vendors involved. Believe me when I say that you shouldn't underestimate this convenience. I see every day how complex things can get when customers have to spread their services across multiple providers.

Another reason for using the same provider is the convenience of having everything in one place. Usually you can find a good hosting deal that includes a free domain name or at least a significant discount.

So, when shouldn't you register your domain with your hosting company?

There are three main situations in which it is not a good idea.

The first is if you already have a domain name and are happy with the registrar you are using.In this case, it is usually not worth transferring your domain name to another registrar just to get a discount on hosting.

The second situation is if you plan to use multiple hosting providers. For example, you could use one provider for your website and another for third-party email services like Google Apps. This way you'll have to set up custom DNS records, and that can be easier if your domain name isn't registered with your hosting company. Besides, it's not worth transferring your domain name every time you change hosting providers.

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The third situation is if you plan to change hosting providers frequently.It is probably also a good idea not to register your domain name with your hosting company. The reason for this is that the domain registration transfer may take some time and there may be downtime during the process.

What to look for when searching for a provider for both domain and web hosting?

First of all, make sure that they offer the services that you need and that they have good reviews. Also, take a look at the price and see if it is in your budget. And last but not least, check if they have good customer support in case you need help.

A nice bonus if they are currently offering a discount or a free domain name. But I honestly wouldn't make this a priority at all. The difference is usually rather small.

So, should you register your domain name with your hosting company? In most cases, the answer is yes. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. If you are planning to switch hosting companies frequently or use a third-party email service, you might want to consider registering your domain name with a separate provider.

Do you want to learn more about domains and hosting? Check out my other articles:

Author's Note: This article is meant to provide general information.

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