? Registering domains somewhere other than on host ?

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Hi,

I'm a little confused about the concept of buying a domain on one site and hosting it on another. Plus, I've heard that you can buy really cheap domain names. A few questions:

1) Where is a reliable place to buy / register a new domain name? I've looked at GoDaddy, but it looks like they want me to host it there, too. Somewhere I read of other places to buy them even cheaper. Does someone have those other sites? One search brought up cheap domain names and namecheap. Are either of these trustworthy?

2) How do I get my new domain from there to my own host? I know this sounds really dumb, but I'm just not sure if this is right. My understanding is that once it's registered, I simply contact my own host to set it up? So when I buy the domain elsewhere, would they not automatically set me up with a host account? I see some popular sites offer bundles... buy domains there and get hosting for free or at a low price. So this sounds like I don't have a choice.

I know that once your domain is registered on one host, you have to go through an elaborate process to transfer it to the host of your choice, so I don't want to get into that when I have already decided where it will be hosted.

Thanks for your help.

Sylvia
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  • Profile picture of the author stev
    Originally Posted by sylviad View Post

    1) I've looked at GoDaddy, but it looks like they want me to host it there, too.
    You don't have to host at Godaddy. Just skip all the add-on services they suggest whilst checking out until you get the order form.

    Originally Posted by sylviad View Post

    2) How do I get my new domain from there to my own host?
    Once you have chosen a webhost you normally will get their nameserver information. If not ask for it. This information you need to enter into your domain profile at your domain registrar. This will "connect" your domain name with your webhost.

    Originally Posted by sylviad View Post

    I know that once your domain is registered on one host, you have to go through an elaborate process to transfer it to the host of your choice, so I don't want to get into that when I have already decided where it will be hosted.
    Keep webhosting and domain registration separate. This way you simply have to change the name server information into your domain profile at the domain registrar website if you decide to switch webhosts.
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  • Profile picture of the author radhika
    Godaddy is cheap.

    You don't have to buy hosting with godaddy if you don't want. Godaddy puts a big list of their other proucts for you to add. That's all ..

    MY ADVICE: Don't register a domain and hosting from same one (either it is a registrar or host). Because if you want to transfer to other place, host gives you lot of trouble.

    1. Register a domain with godaddy.
    2. Buy hosting with any other host.
    3. Ask your host about name servers. They will give them to you. (Usually they send these details when you sign up)
    4. Update nameservers of the site in your godaddy panel to your host's.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I never register a domain where I host an account.

    I buy domains at 1and1.com because then I can view them all at once - and because they are $6 or $7 a year and offer auto renew and private registration.

    To connect the domain to your hosting for the site, all you need to do is to change the DNS (where you registered) to point to the hosted site. The hosting company gives you the dns to use - it looks something like

    ns1.websiteserver.com

    Once you have entered that info (it's two lines similar to above) - it takes anywhere from a few hours to a day (sometimes even two in rare cases) for the domain to "propagate" by spreading throughout the web.

    The reason for not putting both on the same account is that if a host server crashes and burns you may not be able to access your domain. I've personally seen it happen and it's not pretty. In one case, the sites were down for weeks. You can of course transfer that domain from the host to another - in theory at least. It counts on your host being reachable, not charging you a high fee for a transfer, etc.

    However, with your domain located elsewhere, you can get a new host, reload your site, repoint the DNS to the new hosting acct and be up and running again quickly.

    It doesn't happen often - but why take the chance when it's so easy to keep registered domains in one place and host in another.

    When you get hosting if you look carefully you will have an option of getting a domain at the hosting company or using your own domain you've purchased elsewhere.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    Keeping domains and hosting separate has been covered really
    well already in this thread, and I agree. For domain registration
    I use and recommend namecheap.com. They are one of the
    lower priced and they have had a rock solid reputation for as
    long as I've been reading forums. (That would be for hundreds
    of internet years.)

    I spent a lot of time at webhostingtalk.com to check out hosting
    and they really are the best place for hosting questions. A lot of
    their members are hosts and most of the bigger companies like
    hostgator have someone there that will usually join in a thread if
    a problem is brought up about their company, and try to help out.

    If you get your hosting narrowed down to 2 choices, you can do
    a search there for threads that mention both of them, and often
    get comparisons. Personally I use and recommend (straight link)
    DirectAdmin from HostPC Internet Services
    - Your Premium Best Quality DirectAdmin Host

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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Thanks, everyone. I appreciate your input.

      I went with 1and1.com that Kay suggested and now I'm a bit more confused.

      Does it really take 24 hours to actually get your domain name? I thought it was instant, as soon as you pay your domain registration fee. But after I paid, they said my "registration is in process..." and that I should receive an email in 24 hours with my login info.

      Maybe I'm just one of those - "want it now and can't wait" people. I was in the middle of something and wanted to get it done today, but I guess now I'll just have to wait.

      Thanks for the suggestions Lloyd. I'm going to continue on with the host service I've had for the past year as they seem to be ok - It's only $100/year, plus I can add domains. I think it gives me unlimited domains, but they all go under my main domain. Which is not a problem I don't think, because I can use the straight URL, without the sub-domain, in my URLs.

      This whole sub-domain idea is new to me. Before I got this new hosting service, I bought one year for one domain and paid $14/month for it. If I wanted more domains, I thought it meant another host account for an additional $14. One of my current hosts only allows 2 domains for that price, so I was glad to find the other for $100 unlimited.

      So I guess at this point I sit and wait. Or did I do something wrong?
      I don't want them setting up any services that I don't think I ordered.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    Of course you would want to wait until you have used up most
    of that $100, or at least I would, and it is not actually even a
    suggestion, just a bit of information. I just checked the hostpc
    site for their current prices and all their plans offer unlimited
    domains (not just sub domains) at $27, 49 or 99 a year.

    Prices in hosting have been coming down steadily for some time
    now and I was a bit surprised to find someone I work with has
    been paying $120 a year for a local interest, low traffic site that
    probably could have been hosted on a free hosting plan. So, I
    was happy to pass on a bit more info about that to him.
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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Thanks, Lloyd.

      To be perfectly honest, I dread the thought of moving my sites yet again so I'll probably just stick with my more expensive Canadian host in London. That's the $14/month deal for 2 sites, and they also provide my DSL connection.

      My other sites are on the $100/year host -on the US side. When you start adding the Currency conversion, the price actually is higher.

      I received the login link email - It's not as easy as I thought registering a domain with an outside service. Maybe I'm just not understanding the CPanel they gave me, but it looks like I have email service with that. I hope I'm not going to have to transfer the new domain.

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