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 fewer 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.
Should domains and website hosting be together?
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, fewer things to manage, fewer 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 hosts. So if you are a 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 hosts. 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 fewer accounts, I have fewer 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 from 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 to have 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.
The best WordPress hosts:
I’ll start by saying, GoDaddy and BlueHost are popular website hosting providers — but they also get a LOT of complaints. I’m hearing weekly (if not daily) complaints about lack of customer service or a website going down on these two hosts.
For these reasons, I do not recommend them to people. There ARE lots of people who use either GoDaddy or BlueHost, and have nothing but great things to say about them. So, you could take a chance and use them. But, the ones listed in this post, I’ve never heard complaints about.
Features to pay attention to
The website hosting providers I love share many of the same features:
- 10GB (or so) of storage
- Server-level caching (a.k.a. — site speed is super fast)
- Malware monitoring
- Auto-back-ups, usually daily
- Free migrations from your previous host
The best place to buy domains:
The good news is that where you buy your website domains is not as big of a deal as getting a WordPress host. Domains are fairly straightforward, and for the most part, are usually the same price regardless of the provider.
The one detail that I always tell business owners to pay attention to when buying a domain is the WHOIS Privacy for your domain. This protects your personal information like your email, address, phone number, etc. Otherwise, anyone can look up your domain info and get your contact info (which really just opens you up to a lot more spam mail).
My favorite places to buy domains are:
- Google Domains