If you read our latest WordPress Cornerstone Series post on how to set up a web hosting account, you will recall that I mentioned that you should never set up your hosting with the same company that you registered your domain with. I heard some “why not?” questions…here are 3 reasons not to:
The ‘all your eggs in one basket thing’ This might be a product of mild paranoia, but why give up any more control over your website than you absolutely have to? If a single company controls both your domain and your hosting, it is all to easy to flip a single switch and shut you down. This could be the result of a DMCA takedown notice, or a Terms of Service violation, or any number of things.
Your hosting company could go ‘poof’! Unfortunately, this happens every once in a while. Fortunately, as you’ve seen, getting set up with a new web hosting company isn’t a real big deal. If you have current backups, you could be back up and running within just a few hours.
Your domain registrar could go ‘poof’! Companies that handle domain registrations go through a pretty thorough vetting process before they’re granted the privilege. They have to demonstrate financial stability and consistency, among other things. But only diamonds are forever. The good news is that because of the redundancy built into the internet, even if your registrar folds, your site probably won’t go down. The bad news is that you may have to jump through some hoops to regain control of your domain name. But what if the registrar imploded and you had your site hosted with the same company? You’d be pretty much out of luck until the mess was sorted out, which could take weeks or months.
When you’re building your first site, it can be tempting to take the easy path and get your domain and hosting from the same company. But easiest isn’t always the best, right?