Wait. What?

Why, you may ask, would you create more work by using two different sources? It’s so straightforward to purchase a domain directly through the host! What gives?

First, it’s important to understand the relationship between the domain and the host.

What’s the Difference Between a Domain and Host?

  • The domain – your website’s name and address. ie. ballyhoodesign.co
  • The host – the service that houses and stores all of your website’s content.

Owning a blog or website incorporates both these two separate pieces. The website is set up by storing your website’s files on your host’s server and using your domain name to direct people to look in the right place.

You might not think that you’ll ever want to change hosts, but by taking precautions right from the beginning you’ll protect yourself from possible headaches later. Think of it as a prenuptial agreement. Everything is happy and roses at the beginning, but you just never know what may happen.

It may seem like a make-work project, but it starts to make perfect sense when you step back and think about it:

  • Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, you’ll want to change hosts and you never want to have to give up your domain.

By purchasing your domain elsewhere, you’ve protected your url and your entire website. Your hosting provider can’t hold you hostage for your domain name if you decide you want to change hosts.

Our advice? Do yourself a favour and cover your assets straight from the beginning with this easy precaution.

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About the Author

Reesa is an art school taught / self taught / eyeballs taught designer based in Toronto, Canada, and is the Owner and Principal of Ballyhoo Design. If you like this post, then you may also enjoy more marketing tips and trends via the Ballyhoo newsletter.

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