002: Why Not The Same Domain Registrar As Web Host

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Hi! It's David Lee here.

Today I'd like to talk to you about why you shouldn't register domains with your web host or, in fact, the pros and cons of doing it both ways.

Now, what am I talking about? Do you understand what I'm talking about, a registrar when it comes to the Internet, or a hosting company? Maybe somebody just takes care of it for you and you don't know the difference. And that's part of the problem for many people. They just don't know what's going on, and the ramifications of decisions that are being made. I'll give you my own interpretation of what I'm talking about.

What we have here on the left side is domain registrar, and I've shown it with a post office as is being a metaphor. A domain registrar is where you go to register the name of your website address. It is the equivalent of having a letter with an address written on it. Somebody's name and somebody's physical address where that envelope has to go to.

So, you go and register your website name and it is pointing to a location are out in the virtual world that is the physical location of where your website resides. Now, you could have, for example, you could go to a company called NameCheap where you register your domain. And your host server could be, for example, Godaddy so that they are separated. Two different companies, one pointing to the other but the effect is, the net effect is people when they typing your URL, they come to the host where the application resides.

The alternative is that you, for example, you use Godaddy as your registrar and have them as your host. And might think that's convenient, that's wonderful, and the net effect is still the same. That letter goes from the post office to the physical location, and that physical location is a website, a vacant piece of virtual land that you can put anything you like in terms of the website on.

So let's go through advantages and disadvantages.

In the article, he's talking about, again, what is a registrar and what is a domain and the dilemma that we have. Well the dilemma is that if you've got a go and deal with the company and you have a dispute, you may dispute an account, or, as he mentioned here... that's what he's saying, if you get mad with the web host, you decide to move. Or, if all your websites, not just one, but you have many, many websites, like here, he says, "I've got 45 websites that I use and I want to go and transfer everything and it gets very complicated."

And also, if your host server gets hacked, "Last year my dad's website got hacked. Not only did the hackers destroy his site, but they also transferred his domain away from his web host and took it over. It took ages for him to prove ownership and to get everything back." When your domains are separate, even if someone gets access to your files your domains are safe, assuming you a use different password.

These different scenarios where you may think, "Oh my God! I've gone and taken the registrar and the hosting company together. Yes, if you just have one website it may be inconvenient, and the register and the host are the same company. The provider can oversee the technical matters between what's going on if there's any problems. Yes, there's convenience, but the problem is when it gets bigger and more convoluted. When you've got lots of sites and never thought about that, that you can run into problems because you haven't separated the tasks.

So that's one of the...these are some of the reasons why you separate the two together.

Now, another thing that you will not know if you're just a layperson going and getting this done, or somebody does it for you. When you separate the tasks from the host server to the registrar, guess who's the person now in the middle having to talk technical between both sides when problems come up, when they're not talking to each other? When the left hand is not talking to the right, and the fingers are not talking to each other. Guess who's stuck in the middle talking technical, geek language between the host server and the registrar? It's you.

And that's what happens and that's why, as entrepreneurs, if you're an entrepreneur you look at things and ask, "Why are they so? Why are things the way they are, and it isn't always the best solution?" So when I'm developing my businesses and my services I look at things like that all the time. What are the benefits? What are the disadvantages, and how can I find a way to take away all the pain and aggravation that most people would otherwise encounter when it's not necessary?

So this is one tip to be aware of the two challenges you going to have if you have the hosting company and the registrar together, and if you have them separated. Think about that when it comes to setting up your web presence on the Internet.

This is David Lee. Thank you.