Having a separate domain registrar is mandatory!
I used to think that having a separate domain registrar wasn’t a big deal and it seemed to be unnecessary. It appears I was wrong about that and I wanted to share what I’ve learned.
I was directed to a great resource at Web Hosting Talk, which gave me the insight I needed to change my mind about the merits of having domains registered separately from your web host. After reading about many of the issues that can occur when your domain and hosting plan are the same, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a very, very bad idea to do that.
I have to admit that I was lured into the ease of just securing my domain when I set up the hosting plan. It was a completely painless process and very fast. Also, my host has been awesome in every respect, thus far. But, we haven’t had anything to fight about, yet, so I don’t really know how awesome they would be if we had a dispute.
I was giving up a huge amount of safety for the sake of making my life easy. Unfortunately, my vulnerability isn’t going to show up until I have a dispute with my host. That’s just bad risk management.
If you have your domain registered through your host and you have a dispute, they will just shut your website down completely and there is nothing you can do about it until the dispute is resolved. If, however, you have your domain registered through a separate registrar and your account is shut down by your host, you can get a new hosting account and redirect your domain to that account. This takes much less time than working through dispute with your host that may or may not ever get resolved. Don’t let your host take you hostage!
Take some time and search through the articles on Web Hosting Talk. Web Hosting Talk isn’t the only place you can find good information, but it is a great place to start. You will find excellent information on who the best, and worst, hosts and domain registrars are. There are many thorough discussions on transferring domains and tons of other stuff, some specifically related to e-commerce solutions.
Here are a few links to pages that may be useful to you, especially if you are a little new to registrars and hosting plans:
- The dos and don’ts of domain registration
- How to choose a domain name registrar
- Domain name registrar
- ICANN Accredited Registrars
Regarding the cost of a “. com” domain name registration, you should probably not have to pay more than $10.00 US for a registration without WHOIS privacy. It could cost more if the WHOIS privacy feature is important to you. Also, other varieties of domains may be more or less expensive (i.e. .net, .biz, .tv, etc.).
Below is my short list of recommendations. As with most of the links on this page I’ve used affiliate links where I’m comfortable recommending providers. If you in the market for one of these services, I would greatly appreciate you using my affiliate links as it helps me keep the lights on. Also, if you have a significant reason to disagree with my recommendations, let me know. I’m not above changing my recommendations as things can change with service providers over time.