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Do I have to host my website with my registrar? How do I set things up?

4:25 pm on Jan 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yestered I registered a domain name with <one registrar> but want to host my website with another hosting company <not my domain registrar>.

My question is is it possible?

What to do next?

Is registrar transfer necessary?

What issues i need to look at?

Thank You

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4:34 pm on Jan 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi USAandUK. Welcome to WebmasterWorld.

To answer your question yes, you don't have to host a domain name with the domain registrar.

All you need to do to host a domain/website is to set the authoritative domain name servers for the domain to point them to your website hosting company's DNS.

You use the domain registrar's domain update templates - where you confirm DNS 1 and DNS 2 - to point to your domain to your hosting company's domain name servers. The hosting company will provide you with that info about DNS.

Your remaining questions are best answered by your hosting company. That have a financial interest in getting you set up so I'm certain they'll be more than helpful.

7:06 am on Jan 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Most registrars offer a fairly complete DNS service. So, it's also possible to use your registrar's DNS.

You will need to add an "A" record for your base domain name and for www. (This is assuming you want people to be able to access your site using both example.com and www.example.com. The "A" record should have the IP address supplied by your hosting company.

There are some fancier DNS features that some registrars may not provide, but any of them that do provide DNS service should allow you to add "A" records.

You can also use third-party DNS, which is my own perference. There are a number of companies that will provide you with free DNS service for a limited number of domains. They are hoping that you will like their service enough that you will use their paid service when/if you grow to need multiple domain names. These are generally pretty reasonable cost.

I would definately NOT transfer your registration to a registrar associated with your web hosting company. If you get into some sort of dispute with them, they could hold your domain name "hostage".

As webwork suggested, your hosting company can probably give you the best advice for your particular situation. I would advise, though, that if they suggest that you transfer your registration to them, to run the other way and not look back.

9:19 pm on Jan 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thank You for both for detailed info