Register Your Domain Name Without Hosting (Don’t Make THIS Mistake!)

Web hosting companies offer to register your domain name as a convenience, but they also do it as an add-on, as a way for them to make more money.

Show Notes

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And it makes sense that these two services are bundled together. Call it the, "would you like fries with that?" marketing tactic. Many web hosting companies are also domain registrars, and can register your domain name for you on your behalf. They advertise this as an add-on service.

This makes setting up your website dead easy. Everything’s going to happen simultaneously, and all the technical stuff will be handled for you. And as I mentioned earlier on, there’s definitely a convenience factor as well.

Both your domain name, and your web hosting will all be handled under a single account, so everything’s in one spot. This makes things less complicated for you to manage. And should anything ever come up, your web hosting company’s support staff will have access to all your data and settings.

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Buuuut...(and you knew there was gonna be a "but!") while all of this might sound great, know that registering your business’s domain name with your web hosting company isn't recommended.

See, here’s how it works: We have two completely separate services, domain name registration and web hosting, right? You can purchase both services together (which is often what web hosting companies want you to do) or you can purchase them separately.

For instance, you can register your domain name with NameCheap, and set up your web hosting with Web Hosting Hub, and both will work together. Whether you purchase a domain and web hosting from the same company or separate companies, the process is the same:

Your domain points to your business’s web space, and you pay a (usually annual) fee for both services. All web hosting companies support domain names registered with other domain name registrars. This is all handled via something called your domain’s nameservers.

This goes beyond this short video, but I'll leave you some links in the Show Notes below where you can learn more about this stuff if you like. But you might be thinking that since a particular web hosting company is offering a free domain when you sign up, why not go for it?

Well, here's one big reason: While a web hosting company might offer a free domain, it’s usually only for the first year. After that, you’ll have to pay an inflated annual fee -- an annual fee that's often higher than if you’d gone with a dedicated domain name registrar.

There's a whole host of other reasons why it's important to keep your key web services, including your website's domain name and your web hosting, all with separate vendors.

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Geoff Blake, Ten Ton Online

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