Should Hosting and Domain Registration be through separate services?

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Should Hosting and Domain Registration be through separate services?

I hear a lot of people saying that you should host domains through one service but hold all your domain name registrations at another service. Seems like it would be easier management to keep everything in one place. Does anyone have an opinion on this, and/or which of the major companies to go with?
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  • Profile picture of the author LotteryMaster
    do it together I say so you don't need to update nameservers and whatnot
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  • Profile picture of the author trevord92
    I prefer to keep them separate.

    It's slightly more hassle but not much and means that you can change one aspect - say moving a host if they go downhill - without moving everything else as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hermes Urbanus
      I always keep mine separate. Many years ago, I acquired a "Free Domain For Life" when I purchased a hosting plan. When I was ready to move on to a better service with more of the options I needed, I discovered that my popular domain (which was worth just a little bit by that point) was not going with me. Turns out that "Life" translates to "as long as you use our service."

      Ever since then, I've made it a point to keep the two separate. It's not really much hassle to set up your domain once and then check on it once or twice throughout the year. I use GoDaddy for my domains - by far not the cheapest, but I'll cough up the extra few bucks for the headaches I save with them (too many bad experiences with some other cheaper registrars over 10+ years.) With that said, I WOULD NEVER USE HOSTING FROM GoDaddy. (When it comes to their hosting, they should be sued for pain and suffering!)
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  • Profile picture of the author DNChamp
    Different. For me my sites are hosted at Hostgator but would never rely on them to be my domain registrar. That is with Godaddy (even though I could do hosting with them as well but hostgator is the king for that). it is just a preference but myself I choose to do it seperate
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    • Profile picture of the author Charles E. White
      I have always kept them separate. hat way if places like GoDadddy decided to shut you down then you can at least get your domain to another server.

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  • Profile picture of the author veekay31
    If you're satisfied with godaddy and or namecheap hosting then you can have both hosting and domain registration from the same providers (godaddy and or namecheap).

    Although these provides have robust and resilient infrastructure for hosting, its always better to go to a company that specializes in hosting like hostgator etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    I had an experience many years ago where my host went out of business out of the blue. My domains were registered elsewhere but the email address I used with the domain registrar was with the host -- Now that they were dead I had no way to get access to my email so I couldn't change my domain DNS and such to my new hosting company without a lot of hassle, wasted time, phone calls, etc.

    So I learned the hard way to keep it all separate and especially to get emails from my webhost and domain registrar through a trusted third party provider such as Gmail or

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  • Profile picture of the author yakim1
    I always get my domain names through because godaddy really does a good job of reminding you when a domain is about to expire. I have only recently set my domains to auto renew. GoDaddy also has good support if you run into a problem.

    I do not use Godaddy hosting because their server configuation realy stinks. GoDaddy does not use cpanel. I always cringe when I have to install my software on GoDaddy servers for clients and opt to let my programmer do it.

    All my hosting is on dedicated servers and they have cpanel. I create advanced software that need easy access to the database and ftp.

    cPanel just makes things easier to do and for beginners it makes it easy to learn. My first hosting company did not have cPanel and when I finally changed to a hosting company that had cpanel it was a learning experience but was easy to learn.

    So, when looking for hosting, choose a hosting company that uses cPanel.

    I hope this has been helpful,
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Humphreys
    There's no right or wrong answer here, just do what's best for you. These days I keep mine separate due to certain requirements.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000

    When I started out online I had my domain and hosting with the same company. After a while, I decided I could get a better hosting deal elsewhere, but they didn't do registrations. The hosting company wouldn't let me move. They said I had to keep the hosting with them for the duration of the domain registration. I had no option but to renew at an exorbitant price.

    About a year later the so-called hosting company went out of business. It turned out to be some geeky kid with a reseller account which he couldn't afford to renew. Long story short, after an angry exchange of letters (the e-mails were all bouncing back) he agreed to release the domain registration and I transferred it to Heart Internet.

    Lesson learned. I've always kept the domain and registration separate after that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Jericho
    As others have stated, Usually they are better at hosting or for Domains. I personally use Namecheap for all my domains and Hostgator for hosting. Its up to your personally choice though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
    In spite of the protestations of companies who offer both, there is simply no good reason to put all of your eggs in one basket.

    Learn from the mistakes of others, or don't. It is up to you.

    I spread my risk around. It really is not hard to manage these services separately.

    My domains are managed at two separate reputable registrars. My hosting is a dedicated, managed box at a stable, reputable company. My nightly backups go offsite automatically.

    No one company going under will take me down with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cryptonomicon
    Keep them separate. Your domain name is your ip and you don't want any risk of silly buggers being played.

    Also watch out for the promise of a free domain name - that will be free for the first year only in 99% of cases and will give you a double shock when your $5 plan renews at the normal rate of $10 to $15 plus the $10 to $15 for your domain name - and if there was a free SSL cert that could add another $30..... and maybe $5 per month for the dedicated ip.

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  • Profile picture of the author micksss
    I do them separately. Most of my domains are registered with Namecheap. But you could take advantage of a free domain name for a year offer with a web host if you wanted to, just transfer the domain to a domain registrar before the 1st year is up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicole Sakoman
    I think that best combination is HostGator + GoDaddy... That way you get great service and 1 free domain (from gator)... It is a bit of a hassle, but it is worth I believe!

    Hope it helps...

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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    I keep them in one place. I have been using Yahoo products since 2006 and never had an issue. They are very reliable.
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    Hosts are almost never registrars.
    So buying a domain makes them the middleman. That's not good at all.
    Hostgator, for example, has lost countless domains.
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    • Profile picture of the author igorGriffiths
      I have always kept them separate and for good reason.

      The registrar is your legal link to the ownership rights of your domains, the hosting company is just a server farm delivering whatever you have in your hosting account which Internet users are directed to by the registrar shared nameservers.

      Thus is you have any legal issues over domain rights for me it makes sense to do it in a legal system that you have easy access to legal representation and a reasonable understanding of the fundamentals.

      Plus if your hosting plays up or your registrar plays up its far easier to switch one of the dependant elements at a time rather than your entire Internet presence
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamie Lin
    Yes you should. In case something bad happening with your hosting (you'll get plenty especially if you're getting started) you'll be safer to move the host. Just move the nameserver and you're done.
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  • Profile picture of the author figuringmoneyout
    I prefer to keep them separate personally. It's not much work to update nameservers. Since I've changed hosts before it was a lot easier to have them in separate places.
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