Why I Recommend Getting Your Own Domain Separate From Your Hosting
When you are setting up your site, it is very tempting to set up a bundle package where you get both your domain and hosting all in one place. In theory, this does seem to make logical sense, especially when you can save money. If you’re paying for hosting, and they are offering a free domain name why pay for one? I’m going to tell you.
Having everything in one place is kind of like having all of your finances (checking, savings, car loans, mortgage, ect) all at one bank. If something goes bad, you’re in BIG trouble.
I recently had a client who had signed up with a host a year ago and used the free domain they offered. Over the year, my client wasn’t really happy with the service. After waiting out the year time period they decided to switch hosting. The domain name was “locked up” for thirty days after the cancellation. My client waited out the thirty days and then… found the domain had been purchased before they were able to purchase it. It could be purchased again for the price of $ $3,595.00. Yes, you read that correctly. Oh, but the renwal fee would only be $10.95.
Robbery. That’s what you call it. My client winded up having to change her domain and branding information because of this. It’s a huge hassel. This is the biggest reason I always suggest that you register your domain name and host seperatly. Had it been set up that way, it wouldn’t have mattered who the original host was if the site needed to be moved it wouldn’t have been a big deal.
If one is down, they are both down. Whereas if there is a problem with just the hosting, you can have a back up host that will keep your site up and running.
It’s less likely that they’d both be hacked. Someone would have to hack both your domain provider and hosting provider to bring your site down. Having it seperate offers an extra layer of security.
If you decide to change host, its much- much easier to move your site over.
Convienence is nice, but when you are determining whether or not to take that free domain, make sure you pay attention to the long term effects. It could cost you big in the long run.
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