Buying A Domain Name

Who says we have to buy our hosting from the same company that we use to purchase our new domain name? Not us!

In fact it makes sound sense to keep them separate, especially if you think you may want to sell your site(s) in the future.

Eggs in one basketSomebody told me recently that in today’s financial climate it makes sense to have your credit card issued to you by a bank that is NOT the bank you use for your day to day financial business. The reasoning being that if it’s issued by YOUR bank and they want to call in the debt they can just access your account and simply help themselves to your cash!

I don’t know how much truth there is in that bank-wise but as regards hosting and domains you are more secure keeping the two separate in my opinion.

It’s only when I started selling sites at auction and privately that this became clear to me and I try and do it all the time now for new domains. If my hosting company goes belly up I haven’t lost my domain name ( and naturally I’ve backed up my site so I can transfer it to another host – more on that in later tutorials) if my domain name company give me grief I can transfer it to another registrar.

Don’t get scared now! That’s never happened to me or to anyone I know but I believe in hedging my bets when it comes to my business!

So this audio talks about that and introduces aspects that I haven’t mentioned in the How To Video Tutorial below. The audio also goes over some of the stuff we covered in our ‘What’s In A Domain Name‘ tutorial.

PS: Click on the ‘enlarge’ icon in the video control bar, below, for ‘full screen’ version

Relevant links for this tutorial:

Glossary/Explanation of Techy Terms used in this tutorial:

  • Domain Name: If your website is found at then your Domain is if your www address is that is another domain and there is not, necessarily, any connection between the two as they have different suffixes. Similarly and and etc. are ALL separate domains the hyphens make that so!
  • Domain Suffix/Extension: i.e. .com,, .net and dozens of others, all countries have multiple country specific suffixes/extensions too.
  • Hosting/Hosting Company: Your web site or blog has to sit somewhere i.e. on a big specialised computer where it can be accessed when somebody types a www. address into a Browser address bar. Hosting companies rent you space on their big specialised computers (known as Servers).
  • Upsell: When a company tries to get you to add more stuff to your order
  • PayPal: The most popular payment portal on the web. You don’t need to have a PayPal account to use PayPal to process a credit card payment
  • WhoIs: Kind of like a Yellow Pages where you can type in a domain name and see the details ( name address etc.) of who owns it, unless they’ve chosen to hide that in which case it will show the details of the domain name registrar only.
  • DNS: Stands for Domain Name Server Settings. These tell your domain name registrar where to send anyone who types your address into a browser or clicks on it in Search Engine results. In other words DNS links your domain name to where your site is hosted. If you change your hosting company you simply change your DNS settings to point to the new host.
  • Browser: e.g. Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Opera. A Browser lets you search the web by typing addresses into the big white box (navigation bar) – everything else on offer is just bells and whistles, a browser is your portal to web content. All computers come with browsers built in. If you have Windows installed on your PC it will be Internet Explorer, on an Apple Mac it will be Safari. Later we’ll show you how you have a choice when it comes to Browsers – some are better than others

Got a question about any of the info above? Let us know in the Comments section below….

About the Author

Clive McGonigal is a full time Web Developer, Marketer, WordPress Evangelist and all round Decent Chap. He lives between London and France ( on a tiny rowing boat with an internet connection) and spends his offline time wining, dining and conversing with his dogs. He loves WordPress ( themes, plugins and tweaks) and blogs about them whenever he can.

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  1. Clive says:

    Just added a new post about this, using a VERY cool and free online bit of kit:

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