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    Separating registrars and web hosts

    I recently found a similar thread on these forums while googling about the subject but it was old so I made a new thread. What I really need is some advice on what I should do. Is separating the registrar and host really a good idea. And who are the best 2 sites for doing so?

    Btw, on the subject of ownership of the domain. Does HostMonster let you retain ownership? (They're run by the same people as BlueHost)

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    Generally having a different registrar and host is better, simply because hosts seem to charge more for domain registrations.

    There will be good and bad stories about every host so in the end it is up to you to decide what is best.

    I always use Godaddy for my domain names and have never had a problem. The experience of others will be different, however.

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    Enom is also very good to manage your domains.

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    Yes always separate your web hosting and your domain. All too often you read about a host that doesn't want to release a domain.

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    Does HostMonster let you retain ownership?
    I don't recall reading about domain ownership issues with them. However, should the company be sold, things could change fast. Nothing in life is forever. You're not 100% protected even when buying directly from an ICANN accredited registrar (read the Registerfly horror story), but you can try to maximize your chances. Personally, I use namecheap.com.
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    No host should ever try to take the client's domain/s in order to keep them "loyal". I think that the companies should include in their TOS a paragraph regarding the ownership of the domains.
    If you know this is arranged, keeping the domain and the host with same company in most cases would be fine. Otherwise, the separate management is a must
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    Resellerclub (DirectI) is a better registrar.
    We prefer same registrar and same host

    Good luck.

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    We use godaddy, and we would never, ever get in the potential bind of having your host also be your registrar. It is all about checks and balances.

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    IMO it is better to separate domain registration and hosting. Enom is a reputed registrar to register domains.

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    Thanks for all of the replies everyone. I finally did some research on HostMonster and they don't try to own their costumer's sites (thank goodness). Just to be safe though I think I'm going to register 1 or 2 domains with GoDaddy and do my hosting with HostMonster. However I do have another question though. Besides being cheap, what else does GoDaddy offer?

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    Separate and we recommend name.com
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    i also can recommend name. com probably cheapest domains, also dotster. com if you apply coupon codes u can save some good $.
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    I think that you should separate web sites according their importance. If they are important and you are ready to add extra fees on it so go ahead
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    Separate ABSOLUTELY!!!

    Don't worry about the free domain that you're getting with the account, in the long run it's not worth it.

    I've been using cheap-domainregistration for a while now and haven't had any problems. I don't think they're the cheapest but they're certainly reliable.
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    Yes, sign up with the domain companies that specialize in domain registrations, like godaddy or namecheap. Get hosting from the companies that specialize in hosting. I have used namecheap for years for domains without any issues.
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