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    Question web hosting domain name same provider?

    I would like to know why it is better to have domain name with different company instead of with my current hosting.
    I am with 1and1 they have cheap domain deals and private registration is free but I am hearing it's better not to put all my eggs on the same basket analogy.

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    Some people suggest that if you ever decide to leave your host they may hold your domain name to ransom. You need to check that when the hosting company register the domain name, that they register it to you and not to themselves. Otherwise you will never be able to move the domain anywhere else.

    The truth is, every company will have a horror story attached to them from somebody. The best advice is to shop around, ask for recommendations and always check the small print.

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    {what he ^ said}

    Moreover:

    1. A good registrar is not in the hosting business just like a good host is not in the registrar business.

    2. If you change host, WHY would you leave the registration with the host you don't like?

    Too many horror stories but I'll let you search for those.

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    I also would prefer to have domain registration separate from hosting. As corbyboy said if the domain has been registered under your name there won't be any problem. And also most of the reputed companies won't hold your domain while you stop hosting with them and you want to move.

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    Actually threre is no difference. But that is not recommended to have domain name and web hosting account from the same company

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    Question

    do you recommend Namecheap.com to register my domain there?

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    I use it and can't say I had any reasons to complain.
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    Some hosts provide you with a free domain name which you should take into account, what I generally do is register my primary domain name with the host and all of my secondary domains are held by a separate domain registrar.

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    Certified Ethical Hacker silver trophybronze trophy dklynn's Avatar
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    What Alex is suggesting COULD cause you to lose your "primary" domain name. Besides, that domain name registration cost is built into the hosting cost so there's no real advantage to doing that.

    KEEP ALL DOMAINS SEPARATE FROM THE HOSTING ACCOUNT!

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    dklynn, well to be completely honest, the whole keeping it separate thing could have its own issues... what's to say your domain registrar might do the same thing and steal your domains away from you making you unable to change providers, I have met 14 people who have had this issue, and 11 of them were from Godaddy and Network Solutions.

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    Which ever registrar you choose, try to get one where you can edit the details of name servers, ip's etc from your end.
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    There are two benefits to keeping the domains separate from the hosting.

    1. You reduce the chances of losing control of your domain. If you have them with the same provider as your hosting then they may lock your domain for breaching their hosting rules. If you have it with a separate registrar then you might lose the hosting for breaching the rules but at least you'd still have the domain to redirect to new hosting. It doesn't help any with losing the domain due to breaching the domain rules though (except that then you at least wouldn't lose the hosting as well).

    2. If your domain is with a company whose primary business is domain registration then you get a proper control panel for administering the domain. That is something you are unlikely to get if the company's main business is web hosting. A domain registrar who also does web hosting will have a very rerstrictive control panel for the hosting while a web host that does domain registration will have little or no control panel for domain setup.
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