Learn from my mistake. When you want to create a WordPress blog or website, you want to definitely separate your domain registration from your web host. This will give you a full control of your domain, because your domain is very important factor for your online’s existence. Especially if your domain contains your name or brand.
This said, say, one day, you want to have a break in online world, delete your website or blog, you will still be able to keep (paying) your domain only without paying your web host – which is unnecessary at this point.
The other benefit of having your domain registered separately from your web host is, you can host your website to any web hosts you trust without long process and headache.
Full Control of Your Domain – Switching Web Host
In my experience, when you are new to blogging or website world, it is very important to know that there is a BIG possibility you want to change or switch your current host to the new one for many reasons.
Your website may grow fast, need more resources, etc. This is also my personal experience, so I want to help you skipping this mistake.
These are most process that you need if you want to switch host.
If you registered your domain with your host
1. You will need more time (and or more money) to make your web host release your domain to your new web host or domain registrar.
2. You need to contact their team support to help you on this.
3. Unlock the domain privacy if you have one.
4. Transferring your domain before moving host.
5. Register your domain to a registrar or to your new webhost.
6. Signing up to your new host.
7. Pointing your domain to the new webhost.
At this process, it is possible that you will loose the domain ownership when the time is not enough for transferring process.
If you register your domain separately
1. Signing up to your new webhost.
2. Pointing your domain to your new host.
I hope you see the difference of the steps above, and see how simple the steps are if you register your domain separately from you host.
So Show Me How I do This?
1. Register your domain to your preferred domain registrar. You can do research about it. But I use NameCheap.com for a long time, and happy with them.
Watch this video or read this blog post
2. Sign up to any web hosts you like, and when you sign up, you have to choose “you have your own domain” option. In this demo, I used HostGator.
I may want to update those videos in the future, but those videos will still work today. If you have any questions, do not be hesitated to leave a comment below this post.
That’s it. If you follow step by step in the video, you will be able to set up a blog or a website with your own domain that is registered separately from your web host – which will give you benefit if you plan to have your website or brand for a long term.