If you’re planning to purchase your domain name and hosting account for a website or blog, it’s always a good idea to keep these two separate.
Most web hosting companies and domain registrars operate both as domain name registrars and web hosting companies and to maximize their sales out of every new customer that comes on board, they do suggest that you get both your domain name and web hosting account with them for “easy integration” but and that’s a big but… it’s a bad idea!
As a website publisher or blogger, you’re technically putting all your hopes and aspirations with a company that you barely know, heck you don’t even know that people running that business!
In essence, what I’m saying here is NOT to put all your eggs (well, two of your eggs) in one basket.
And here are a few reasons why…
If you’re serious about growing your business with your handpicked domain name, your web hosting and your blog or website – you don’t want to risks losing all your files when all of a sudden the company you’re working with suddenly decides to shut off your account with them.
It’s far difficult to access your files (especially if you’re not backing up your articles on your pc or cloud storage like Dropbox) if the company either shuts down operations or shuts you down as a customer.
So what do I mean by shut off or shut you down?
For some reason, there are some good people who have experienced losing their whole website when all of a sudden, their domain and hosting provider decided to terminate their accounts and if these two eggs are in one basket, your years and years of hard work can go thrash not to mention the traffic and profits that could come with it (well, provided that you’re blog or site is turning in profits which I suppose it would if you’ve done it for years).
So, still thinking of buying your domain name and web hosting in one company?
I’m not saying that you can’t but from security standpoint, it’s best if you get these two important parts of your business from two different providers.
I personally purchase all my domain names from Namecheap. Well, I do have, maybe three domains registered with 1and1 but I’m switching them over to Namecheap as well because I feel that they’re easier to work with.
For Web hosting companies, I’ve started with Sitesell now SoloBuildit! years ago which is an all in one website building and marketing tool that also has a profound knowledge base for those who are new to online publishing.
Sitesell easily falls off the crack as you’ll be technically having your domain name and web hosting with one company.
So, why do I even mention them?
Well, just saying that this is where I got my start and the things that you could learn? Priceless!
You’ll have everything you need to start and grow a successful niche website or blog.
From keyword research, to on page search optimization, link building, etc.. it’s basically an all in one online business building platform with its own proprietary content management system which back then was taken over by WordPress but they do work with WordPress nowadays.
But if you want to go the traditional way where you point your domain name into your web hosting account.
Now, you might be asking why I seemed to be “host-hopping”… well, technically I wasn’t. When I sold my first niche website which was built with then SiteBuildit!
I thought that I was ready to take the Sitesell training wheels off and decided to sign up with Bluehost as my web hosting provider and Namecheap as my domain registrar for my then online marketing and lead generation business.
Unfortunately, Bluehost experience some technically issue that time that has put my websites off the internet for a couple of days…. and these were the lead generation websites I created for my clients.
That pissed me off, so I looked for better a better alternative and that time found Site5 as a worthy candidate.
If you have your domain name provider separate from your hosting provider, switching companies is a walk in the park!
After two good years of being a loyal customer for Site5, they’ve made some changes on their cpanel dashboard that left me clueless as to how things work around, let alone access the cpanel itself.
Then one of my websites (yes, you can host multiple websites in one hosting account) got hit with a bug that led me to lose my google search rankings for my websites as Google technically delisted my sites because of the bug.
I tried searching for help with Site5’s customer support but it was to no avail. They did recommend a third party solution which I thought was costly at the time.
This event made me migrate my whole account to Siteground which offers free website malware scans the first year and they assisted me in flushing the malware bug out of my affected website.
I’ve been with Siteground now, probably for a good three years but I was surprised to have received my 2nd year invoice as it was more expensive than when I started with them.
That’s because the SG Site Scanner (SG stands for SiteGround) is no longer free. It does come with a costs of course but it does provide you with extra protection from malware(s).
I receive a weekly report from their malware scanner which makes sure that my websites are clean from infections whatsoever.
Should I switch my hosting provider, I would probably go back to Bluehost because they improved their performance over the years.
They both offer great WordPress hosting service.
Well, hope you found this article valuable in helping you decide as to whether or not get your domain name and hosting with one company or get them separately.
Again, if you’re getting them from one company, might as well get an online business suite because you’re technically getting more for almost the same price since you’re working with one company anyway.
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