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Domain registration at the hosting provider?

by dlinf / September 1, 2008 5:08 AM PDT

Hello,
I have seen several threads that it is better to avoid registering the domain and hosting the web site at the same place, but I do not really understand how critical it is. I am about to choose HostMonster as my hosting provider, and they offer free domain registration. Is it OK also to register domain with them, or it is better to register separately with someone like GoDaddy and then park the domain at HostMonster?
Thanks for replying!

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Here is how I look at it:
by Sovereign Forum moderator / September 1, 2008 8:32 AM PDT

If the hosting provider has a reasonable offer for registering the domain and hosting combined, I don't really see a problem with doing that. I would just make sure that if the hosting wasn't what you expected, that you are able to transfer your domain out without fees, etc.

The reason I register my domains separately, is because I have a lot of them and I like to have one account to just overview them all where I can flip back and forth between different hosting providers without having to go through the hassle of transferring domains.

~Sovereign

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It depends ...
by metrofax / September 1, 2008 11:45 AM PDT

I've seen quite a few cases where everything gets setup in one account with the host as the admin, billing and technical contact and then if you try to move it becomes a nightmare.

Domains are cheap. Just to avoid any issues down the road if you need to switch hosting providers you'd be better off to just register the domain yourself and then host it with the provider of choice. Then, if you need to change hosts, it's as simple as finding a new one, uploading the site and switching DNS - not chasing down a host who isn't happy you're moving and trying to get the info from them.

I'm sure there are some good hosts out there who don't make it difficult but do you know that's the case with this one? Happy

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Buy Domain from Hosting Company?
by WebCreator / September 3, 2008 4:42 PM PDT
In reply to: It depends ...

I think metrofax has nailed it here. Think ahead and imagine that you are unhappy with your web hosting provider. Perhaps their support isn't up to snuff, answers are slow in coming, billing isn't right, etc.

So now you've had enough and decide that you want to move your website to a new provider.

Are you comfortable at this point relying on the webhost that you are leaving providing good service ni the transition? Once you notify them that you are leaving, how motivated will they be to help you move to a competitor?

So if you have your domain name registered independently - and have proper backups of all your websites files - then moving should be much easier.

One further note: if you begin to accumulate a large number of domains, it is way easier to manage that list of domains at one singular provider / account.

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Hostmonster
by jburdon14 / September 4, 2008 4:50 AM PDT

It is fine to register your domain with HostMonster.. In fact this website http://www.alreadyhosting.com/reviews/hostmonsterreview.php states that hostmonster gives you a free domain name for life, as long as you continue to host with them..

I have never had a problem when I registered a domain name with the web hosting.. Good luck with everything though.

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Never had a problem (by notebookcity)
by Sovereign Forum moderator / September 19, 2008 3:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Hostmonster

I host about 15 sites with my host and had 90% of the domains registered through the host. Never had a problem with them. Agree that you should make sure the company is reputable first though.

HTH

Adrian

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Never had problem
by shruthee / July 22, 2010 5:13 AM PDT

Hi
If the hosting provider has a reasonable offer for registering the domain and hosting combined, I don't really see a problem with doing that. I would just make sure that if the hosting wasn't what you expected, that you are able to transfer your domain out without fees, etc.
you can try both in here www.XnYnZ.com

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not a good idea
by medavidjohn / July 25, 2010 10:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Never had problem

some hosting companies can hold your domain hostage with hidden TOS

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