This is an extension to my primer, “How-to: Domain name registration and blog hosting” written previously.
There are two ways to register a domain name:
- Buy it from a company that is not your host, or
- Buy it from the same company hosting your blog.
The gist of buying a domain name and how it relates to your blog:
- Determine if it’s available.
- Buy it.
- Enter the neccesary name servers provided by your chosen hosting company to “point” your domain name to your blog.
Now if you buy the domain name from your blog host, then presumably step 3 above would be done for you. Hence the process is easier and less technical. And some companies give you the domain name for free, or cheaper than normal if you sign up for hosting with them. However there may be possible drawbacks to this.
What happens if the hosting company is not as good as you thought it would be? And you want to shift to another company? Some companies are better than others but some may make it difficult for you to move to another company because they are “holding” onto your domain name.
And that is why I bought my domain name separately from my hosting. You have the flexibility to move if you want to because you have absolute control over where you want that domain name to point to.
In a nutshell, to register a domain name is not the same as getting hosting space for your blog although the two processes are sometimes combined by hosting companies. Make sure you do some research about the hosting company that you might want to sign up with first.