Should You Register Your Domain Separately?

The work you put into your website only matters if readers can find it. A good domain name is key to this. Domain names are the URL through which your website is accessed—for example, domain names are purchased from authorized registrars and are available relatively cheaply. If the domain you want isn’t already in use, you can register it with any major registrar, no problem.

Which registrar should you use, though? Despite the fact that they appear to offer the same services, many of them charge significantly different prices and offer you varying degrees of customer support and assistance.

The most convenient option is to use a company that provides both web space hosting and domain registration services. There are quite a few of these. Some of them even provide domain registration for free with a paid hosting package. One example is JustHost. With such a service, the work of configuring your hosting account to use your domain name is already done for you. As soon as you sign up, everything is in order. This is much easier for less technical users than trying to configure your name servers manually. It’s a simple way to save yourself a lot of time and trouble.

There are circumstances under which you’ll want to deal with the hassle of registering your domain separately. If you find an excellent web space package which doesn’t include domain registration, it could justify doing things the hard way. If that’s the case, you’ll need to set up the name servers for your domain. How you do this will depend on the interfaces provided by your host and registrar. They should provide fairly decent instructions.

Nevertheless, absent a special case that requires you to obtain your hosting and domain name separately, there’s really no reason not to do them together. Configuring name servers is much more technical work than most people are comfortable with. Depending on your technical knowledge, it’ll involve a fair bit of time and effort on your part. You can’t even see results immediately; it could take days for the name servers to update and point to your web space, which is a problem if you don’t do it exactly right.

In the end, if you have no reason to get them separately, or if you’re not confident in your ability to handle the more technical aspects of the process, you’ll find that getting your web space and domain as a package from one company is a better idea.