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    Free Domain with Hosting - Could be some trouble in future?

    A lot of hosting companies are offering free domains with their packages. My question is, if at some point I want to quit using the hosting service, what would happen to my domain name? Do they offer any domain transfer service and if they do, I would have to pay some extra bucks for that?

    What would you suggest, either to go with hosting + domain or buy domain from somewhere else?

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    I buy domain from the same place I host it. It think it is the most hassle free way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F-GD View Post
    A lot of hosting companies are offering free domains with their packages. My question is, if at some point I want to quit using the hosting service, what would happen to my domain name? Do they offer any domain transfer service and if they do, I would have to pay some extra bucks for that?

    What would you suggest, either to go with hosting + domain or buy domain from somewhere else?
    There shouldn't be a lot of risks if it's a good company, but beware still I prefer buying my domains on Godaddy/Dynadot as they mostly have cheaper prices too, and it's easier to change a lot of things (pushing domain, changing nameservers etc..)

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    I would say go for a registrar to buy a domain. Don't just rely on hosting companies because you never know when they quit . Well... if they don't quit, still if you want to transfer it somewhere else, you will have to pay the price for it.

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    Yes there are lot of mouth watering Offers from various web hosting companies
    one such offer is provided by netfirms ,where they are offering you Unlimited diskspace+bandwidth + 2 free domains names just for 20$/year (Promotional offers valid for the first year only ) but it has many disadvantages too .the hosting does not seem to work as good compared to other providers .

    It all depends on your need

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    I think it does not really matter whether or not your domain is with your hosting provider. You can always transfer it to some other good registrar if you are planning to quit that hosting service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr B View Post
    I think it does not really matter whether or not your domain is with your hosting provider. You can always transfer it to some other good registrar if you are planning to quit that hosting service.
    True. And if your hosting provider is good. Then you will stick with it the rest of your life.

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    What you most want to do with your domains is protect them. If a hosting company is offering free domains with their hosting package, I would seriously check out every bit of fine print I could before even considering it.

    Some hosting services such as Byethost, which is a fine hosting service, will declare in the fine print that they, and not you, own the domain. Though that is not the standard, as in most cases you do own the domain, you want to be not only aware of it but absolutely certain of it.

    I only have one provider with which I have hosting and domains registered, and that is Netfirms. I used their registrar services, then came across a special for a hosting package I was considering anyway; it seemed like a favorable way to test drive the package, and even if I don't keep the hosting for a second year, they are still a registrar and I will keep my domains with them.

    I have made the mistake of putting all of my eggs in one basket, so to speak, and paid dearly for that.

    If I do have hosting and domains with the same company, it would have to be in the case, as with Netfirms, that I am using them as a registrar first, and hosting is a secondary consideration.

    If you are using GoDaddy, Namecheap, or Netfirms, for instance, as a registrar, and decide you want to try their hosting, that is one thing as they would still be your registrar whether you kept the hosting or not.

    If you are using MyBrandNewHosting and accept a domain offer from them, should they turn out to suck you will need to move your domains to another registrar should you decide to dump them, and pay additional transfer fees, usually. In the end, that cost you extra work at a minimum.

    I've had hosting with various firms (Netfirms is still relatively new for me, so I cannot comment on it yet) and the only one I would in any way recommend at present is HostGator; keep in mind that is for shared hosting.

    I've yet to find that one hosting company that is so good that I would stick with them for the rest of my life, nor do I offer webmaster advice which was obviously read off of a bathroom stall.

    If you don't care about your domains, that's one thing, but most webmasters I know do care, and they are an investment. Like money, a bank is an ideal place to keep it (or a vault), but not some stranger saying that they'll hold your money for you.

    If you want to keep your domains relatively secure (there is no such thing as absolute) put them with a registrar.

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    A lot of people who bought domains and hosting with 1&1 discovered that when they canceled their hosting accounts, 1&1 canceled their domains also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    A lot of people who bought domains and hosting with 1&1 discovered that when they canceled their hosting accounts, 1&1 canceled their domains also.
    I've not had any direct experience with 1&1. I've heard a few webmasters complain about such with them; canceling domains or having an excessive transfer fee if they want to move it to a different registrar. I cannot comment on it myself as I have not had an account with them; primarily due to the stories I've heard.

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