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    SitePoint Evangelist Pixelateur's Avatar
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    Benefits of using a domain name service?

    Hi there,

    Do you guys normally register your domain names at your hosting provider or do you keep them seperate?

    I got this hosting deal (4 domain names plus hosting for a year) but now I realised that I may need more domain names but don't want to upgrade to the next tariff. I wonder what might be the benefit of registering a domain name at namecheap.com for example. Will I be able to forward visitors to my actual hosting company (where my website is stored). Will this affect the URL in any way?

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    Generally it's a good idea to keep your domains registered with a specialist company, like namecheap for example, so that you retain fulland complete control over them. You can then point the domains, whenever you want, to any hosting provider. Some hosts can get difficult about changing domain settings for you or allowing you to transfer domains out elsewhere, especially if it means they're losing business.

    If you do register at namecheap, or similar, you'll have nameserver options where you'll simply enter in the nameservers of your hosting provider. This will point your domain to your hosting company. This does not affect the URL in any way and is in fact, standard practice.
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    SitePoint Evangelist Pixelateur's Avatar
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    OK, thanks. What exactly is a nameserver? Never heard of that before...
    I don't quite understand how to point my URL to my account at my hosting provider. How will my hosting provider know which page to display...?

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    A nameserver is a server that stores a directory of addresses like google.com with their corresponding IP address like 64.233.167.99 which would be the address on the internet of the server actually hosting the website.

    Your webhost will have its own nameservers. You can apply these nameservers to your domain through your domain registration agent. So, when people type your domain in their browser, the nameserver will be queried ("hey, where's this website at?!") and the visitor will then be directed to the server that your website is actually hosted on. So, provided you've uploaded your files to the host, people will see your website
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    Quote Originally Posted by PixelLover
    Hi there,

    Do you guys normally register your domain names at your hosting provider or do you keep them seperate?

    I got this hosting deal (4 domain names plus hosting for a year) but now I realised that I may need more domain names but don't want to upgrade to the next tariff. I wonder what might be the benefit of registering a domain name at namecheap.com for example. Will I be able to forward visitors to my actual hosting company (where my website is stored). Will this affect the URL in any way?
    I think it is always better to register your domain from the same company as it will faster and easier to manage domain. But you must get full rights of your domain, it should not be locked, it should come with control panel, it should not come with terms to buy additional services, you should be able to transfer it any time and prices must be freezed otherwise you may be asked higher renewal price next time.

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    I do it from seperate but i dont usually web host. Nameservers are very easy to find especially with host gator. most look like NS1.00.000.000 or NS2.00.000.000 i have also seen NMS1.00.000.000. BUt they usually tell upfront what they are.
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    I keep mine separate. This works out well in case a host has a problem, sells out, closes up business, etc. Namecheap.com!


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