Now that you’ve decided on your domain name and your niche. Here’s another tip. If you decide to move your site from a free hosting platform, such as Blogger and WordPress, keep your domain hosting site separate from that of your web host. Until you decide on a web host you can simply set up your name servers to point to that of your blog on the platform of your choosing.
Like I’ve mentioned before I’ve purchased all of my domains through Domainmonster.com and I’m glad I have. Domainmonster gives me this very option of keeping my host site, FatCow, separate. Keeping the two hosts separate gives me more control of if or when I decide to move my site to a new hosting platform. And yes you want total control. The transfer of your domain name will be much easier if you do so. Some domain hosts may prevent you from taking your domain name with you when you move your site. They have complete control and “owns” your domain name. You do not! This very fact can be devastating to a webmaster that created the name, created their site, invested their time in creating a brand around it, and great content only to find out they do not own it. I’ve seen this happen a few times and, believe me, as a webmaster, myself, it can be devastating!
Although your sites hosting company cannot prevent you from moving your site and its content, the name will not go with you. It’s a tactic used by many hosting companies as an incentive to keep the webmaster with them. You’ll then have to think of a new and creative name similar to that of the original without driving away traffic. You’ll also have to spend some time getting the word out that the site’s name has changed. This process is painstaking if you’ve got a large following. The leg work you’ve put in in making your site successful will have to be reattempted. It may not take long if your readers are loyal and stay up to date with the sites changes but someone who doesn’t visit as frequently may find difficulty in finding where your site has gone. The process is a frustrating one.
Although rated as the best blogging platform, WordPress implements some of these same practices. So does Doddlekit, GoDaddy and a long list of other hosting companies. It is very likely Domainmonster may also follow these same practices but I was fortunate enough to learn very early on to keep the two separate. I’ve avoided the headache many publishers have faced because of it. Know that although many of these sites offer domain and web hosting when you sign up, you do not have to comply and purchase products.
Make sure to do a bit of research to find out which hosting companies suits your needs and will be flexible if or when you decide to change hosts. Again, keep your domain and web host separate. You’ll be happy you did later.