Should your domains and website hosting be altogether in one account? I get this question a lot from clients who want to use services like Siteground or Godaddy for everything website-related.
In short, NO. You might want less accounts to manage, but it’s better to separate these things into different accounts.
It’s always easier to switch to a new website host when you run into problems with site speed or find better pricing, when you don’t have to also move your domain.
It can also be better for security if you have these items separate! You don’t often login to your domain or host provider anyway, it’s usually a developer who will do that for you, if something is wrong.
Whenever people are just getting started with their website, the number one question I get from people is, is it okay? If I just buy my hosting and domain all in one place? Like That makes sense. So I have less accounts to manage. And actually, it’s not if you’re new here, my name is Jess, I love for you to subscribe, I post videos for business owners like you to help you save time and look it online.
And today, I want to break down why you should not have your domain and your website hosting in the same place. So I know it can be tempting to see that Oh, Squarespace can handle both my domain and my website, or siteground can handle my domain and my hosting, and maybe also my email. I know it can be tempting to just have all these things in one place, less things to manage less accounts to manage.
But I really don’t recommend it. And frankly, neither do other web designers. So there are a few reasons we don’t recommend this. First, it’s easier to switch host. So if you are WordPress user, you will have a host for your website like siteground, flywheel Bluehost, something like that, that hosts can often change, you may get tired of their service, you may find that your site speed is suffering, whatever you may want to move to a whole new host that has better service, better pricing, whatever.
Well, it’s easier for you to switch host. If your domain is over here, if you’ve registered your domain on name, cheap Google hover or something like that, it’s a lot easier to just be like, well, I’m just going to switch to new host domains over here, I’ll just reconfigure to the new host, rather than having to move both your host and domain to a new provider.
Another thing you have to think about with these all in one solutions is what if you get hacked, I’ve mentioned this in other videos, like when I talk about why I don’t like kajabi and any other all in one solution is what happens if you get hacked, what happens if the server goes down whatever. I’ve seen stories of people who had their website host hacked, their domain was in that same account.
And the hackers actually moved the domain to their own account to a totally different service, and just took over the domain. I don’t want that to happen to you. Now, obviously, that could happen even if your domain was in a different service. But if your domain and your hosts are on the same account, they can take over both of these things, or delete or whatever both of these things, instead of just your host. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to lose my domain, I can rebuild a website.
But I like my domain. And lastly, to counter the argument about like, Oh, I want less accounts, I have less logins to manage. To be honest, the average user is not really going to log into their domain and their host that often. If anything, it’s the web designer or developer that you’ve hired that would go into those accounts. But after you launch your website, it’s unlikely you would go into these accounts very often.
Personally, I don’t remember the last time I logged into my domain management for anything, I only go into my host every few months maybe. And that’s only if something is you know, happening, something’s wonky on my site, and I need to contact support. Other than that, I don’t log into those accounts, I log into my website to the back end of WordPress, which is separate than your host to be clear. So it doesn’t really matter that much to have two accounts to manage two logins to keep track of so put those logins in a safe place.
Know that your website is a little more secure, easier to manage having your hosting and your domain separate. And if you’re watching this and you’re like well, crap, I have my hosting and my domains together, you can easily transfer your domain to a new provider.
So if your domain is registered with siteground, or Bluehost, or whatever, and you want to move it somewhere else separate from your hosting, very easy to do that if you just Google like transfer domain away from GoDaddy, transfer domain from GoDaddy to hover whatever, you will see some step by step instructions. Very, very simple to do. If you have other questions about websites, hosting domains, any of that technical stuff, let me know down in the comments below. If you enjoyed this video, be sure and give it a thumbs up and I will see y’all next time.