Most advanced hosting providers also offer domain name registration. And the practice of giving a domain for free is very common when paying for services on hosting a site for a long time. But the recommendations of experts have remained unchanged for decades: “throw away the thought of convenience and keep the domain and hosting for the site in different companies.”
Why? There are ten reasons for the practice of separating a domain and site for it.
ARGUMENT 1. ORGANIZATION OF WORK WITH SITES AND DOMAINS
The development of a web project is often associated with testing the capabilities of different hosters and even different sites of a single hoster. Installing a new script that enhances the site may require a quick change of placement. It is much easier and faster to carry out such work when a domain is registered with a registrar.
In addition, if you need to work with multiple domains and sites at the same time, then you can manage them into different tabs and quickly switch between them. The nuances of working with sessions in the control panel remain outside the workflow and do not interfere.
ARGUMENT 2. PRICE
The offer to buy hosting for a long time and get a domain for free looks tempting. But in the future may require a change of hoster. Return of unused funds may be delayed, or even completely impossible under the terms of the action. And then the content of the domain and the new site for the site will become more expensive than expected at the start of the project.
In addition, the content of the domain separately opens up the prospects for testing ideas on free sites that have sufficient resources to run. And if the idea “flies up”, then transferring it to a new, more resource-intensive place will not be associated with unplanned expenses.
ARGUMENT 3. TRUST TO THE HOSTER
It is very important when choosing a hosting provider and a domain name registrar to conduct as thorough a study as possible. You should study the reviews of the company from various sources and literally get an idea of the reputation and position in the market.
Often, new hosting companies at the start offer very attractive conditions for recruiting customer base. But using their services carries an increased risk in the next year or two to lose your project irretrievably.
Of course, one must also accept exceptions to the rules. The new hosting can become a significant player in the market of services, and a company with a history at one moment will evaporate into non-existence.
Separate content of the domain and site will significantly reduce losses in such unpleasant cases, and will help to quickly restore the position of the site.
ARGUMENT 4. RELIABLE SUPPORT
The activities of official domain name registrars are regulated by a special ICANN organization. In case of any problems with the company, you can always contact ICANN directly and simply establish that you own the domain. Which means actually restoring the work of your project. After that, you can begin to address the issues of a problem company.
ARGUMENT 5. CONTROL
It is very important to clearly understand who owns the domain. Especially in the case of domain registration and hosting purchase from one company.
Even in the case of using the services of a reliable company, if there are disagreements on any issues during the development of your project, a situation may arise when the hoster blocks the operation of your website until the dispute is resolved. And the convenience of placing the site and registering a domain in one place will become a trap.
Separate domain registration gives a higher level of control over the project.
ARGUMENT 6. GREATER CHOICE OF ZONES FOR REGISTRATION
A company that specializes in domain name registration offers a wider choice of zones (TLDs) for registering a domain name. In hosters, as a rule, the list of zones is limited to the most popular.
For a popular project, it may be necessary to register in the extended list of zones in order to protect it from competitors.
ARGUMENT 7. SECURITY
Placing a domain and site under one account greatly simplifies the process of using your resource for its insidious purposes.
Of course, the separate content does not give a hundred percent guarantee against hacking and infection, But the procedure for restoring the project’s performance will be significantly simpler, and the probability of losing everything in one moment is lower.
ARGUMENT 8. REDUCTION OF THE HUMAN FACTOR
There is no perfect insurance against human error. Separation of domain registration and site placement increases the level of warnings twice. That is, a message about the completion of the paid period of ownership or registration will be sent to you twice as often. And they will be harder to miss. But unpaid domain registration faces significant losses, especially in the case of accumulated trademark, which coincides with the domain name.
ARGUMENT 9. STABILITY
In case of separation of the domain registration sites and hosting purchases, various troubles that may arise during the operation of the site lead to insignificant downtime.
It is enough just to quickly switch the domain to a new location for the project restored from the backup. Clients will stay with you, and you can deal with the situation that has arisen outside the working site and without unnerving downtime.
ARGUMENT 10. CLEAR DEFINITION OF OWNER
We have already mentioned the situation when a hoster offers a domain when paying for a long period of site hosting. In this case, it may turn out that the client will be the owner of the domain, but only until the end of the paid period. Attempts to transfer a domain for service to another company will lead to long trials without a guaranteed result. In addition, for such registrations unscrupulous hosters can specifically delay the process, forcing the client to leave their projects with them.
The separation of domain registration and hosting services puts an unambiguous point in such matters. And the transfer of the project to a new site is carried out with much less losses.