What are the upside and downside of purchasing a domain through a web host included in their plan for free? Or should I purchase the domain separate from the web host?
2:13 am on Apr 18, 2014 (gmt 0)
keep them separate.
this allows you to change webhosts without asking their permission.
2:29 am on Apr 18, 2014 (gmt 0)
If your host/registrar won't let you transfer a domain name to a different registrar-- or, conversely, change hosting while keeping the original registrar-- you've got the wrong host/registrar. The "one name included free" is just a sales point for hosting plans in a certain price range. It shouldn't be a restriction.
If in doubt, find out beforehand.
7:13 am on May 29, 2014 (gmt 0)
A domain should be purchased from a reliable domain registrar. You can try what domain extension you need and if it available or not. Most of Top Level Domains are already purchased or running. So you can try your domain name for .com, .org, .biz, or other domain extension. Read terms and conditions prior to purchase a domain. Also ask for its hosting. Hosting of the domain is also a crucial factor to run a website smoothly without any problem.
6:37 am on Jun 13, 2014 (gmt 0)
the most important thing is to find a reliable domain registrar
6:38 am on Jun 13, 2014 (gmt 0)
like Hostgator or Godaddy
3:55 pm on Jun 13, 2014 (gmt 0)
There are far superior registrars to the above two.