Should I keep domain names separate from hosting?

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Been reading a lot lately that it's recommended to keep the actual domain name registering separate from the actual hosting service.

For example, should I first register a domain name at Namecheap and then point it to my hosting service over at Bluehost?

I think that Bluehost has a rather decent domain registering service though. Just curious as to why one should keep domain registers and hosting separate versus having them together.

Hope that wasn't too messy!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
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  • Profile picture of the author dndoseller
    It does not matter. If you do both from the same company, the domains and hosting are always separate anyway. You can always change where your domain points to, even if it was automatically set up to point to hosting at the same company to begin with. You just change the DNS settings for the domain to point to a different IP.

    Its really just preference and if you find some kind of special deal for the domains or hosting. I have everything with GoDaddy just because its simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinLee720
    It dosent matter.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      It doesn't matter - as long as your host company doesn't have a problem. If it does you have a big problem.

      This was just discussed - in depth - just a couple weeks ago. Doesn't seem any point in going over the details/facts yet again.

      Anyone who has experienced what CAN happen - will keep domains/hosting separate. Those who haven't experienced it think it doesn't matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    I learned this the hard way many years ago. Even though my hosting and domains were separate, I learned how important complete separation is.

    My webhost just up and went out of business. Wasn't answering support requests or anything. Once I saw what was happening, I went to GoDaddy to change my name servers to a new host.

    However, for some reason (I forget now) GD had to email me some kind of verification thing. But my email was attached to the domain and the webhost which I couldn't log into anymore nor could I get any email.

    So there was no way for me to get the verification email, no way to change the contact email in GD without answering the verification email, no way to work on my sites, no way to move my sites - I was stuck.

    What if my webhost was also my domain registrar? It would have taken a lot longer to get things figured out with a lot more downtime.

    From this I learned to never have the contact email associated with the domain - in other words use an external email such as Gmail. I also learned to not put all your eggs in one basket.

    But that's just me.

    Mark
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