How to Choose the Right Web Hosting Company

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You have made up your mind that you are going to buy a domain name (or a few) and take out web hosting from a website hosting provider.

First some considerations about the domain name (s)

The domain name does not really have anything to do with web hosting and can be registered independently from the hosting package. There is an advantage if you have a domain name and hosting separately.

For example, if you select a hosting company that fails to provide good service, all you need to do is find good web hosting companies and change the domain name.

If you have a domain name and hosting with the same company and the company ceases trading,, the last thing they can think about is hosting or domain name. By having them separate, you lower the risk.

Disadvantages of registering a domain name with your hosting company

Many website hosting companies offer to register a domain name on your behalf. You think that your domain name is with a hosting company, when, in fact, they register it through some third party registrar for you. You then receive an invoice in 2 years time from a company you never heard of, ignore it, and in the worst case lose your domain name.

Furthermore, in many cases, you will not get access to the domain name details nor will you be given the domain name control panel. Why do you need a domain name control panel? You should be able to update the contact information for your domain name (s). 

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