In this post, I'm going to explain whether you should buy your domain name hosting from your hosting provider or from other websites like Google domains or GoDaddy?
Get A Domain Name
Now that you've decided to start a blog or website, the first step obviously is to get yourself a domain name. A question that a lot of people ask when they're first getting started with their blog or website is, “Should I buy my domain name through my hosting provider like SiteGround or Bluehost or should I buy my domain name from a third-party provider like Google domains or GoDaddy and then sync it with my blog hosting provider?” We're going to answer those questions right now.
Reasons To Buy Your Domain From Google Domains
Let's take SiteGround for example, which is my preferred hosting provider. In the beginning when you're getting started by choosing a plan, you will notice here that one of the first couple questions that come up is, “Do you have a domain name? Do you need to register a domain?” At this stage, I could register my domain for $15.95 a year or I can click “I already have a domain.”
My preferred method of buying domain names to start a blog or website is to buy a domain name through Google domains. (I have another post that will show you exactly step-by-step how to do that) There are a couple of reasons why I suggest this method. First of all, Google domains are going to be cheaper than SiteGround. You will notice that Google domains usually will cost only $12 per year versus SiteGround is $15.95 per year.
Keep Everything More Organized Under The Same Account
A major bonus is when you buy your domain through Google domains, you can use that same Google account for Google Analytics, Google search console, email, and for all sorts of tools that you will be using with your blog or website. It makes it so easy to keep those all under the same account.
Freedom To Change Your Hosting Provider
Another reason is that you might end up outgrowing or switching your hosting provider. I know of a lot of people who have started with a particular hosting provider but then ended up switching to something better like SiteGround. Or, their traffic increased and they needed a bigger, better hosting provider.
If you purchase your domain name through your hosting provider, when you transfer to a new host, you're going to also have to transfer your domain name. Transferring a domain name is not something that I recommend doing as it can be a little complicated. However, if you own your domain name through Google domains and you needed to switch your hosting provider, well, it's just a simple change of the DNS server settings.
Now, don't worry, I know that sounds very technical if you're new to blogging but it's really, really easy. It's as simple as changing a couple of lines of texts in Google domains and then your domain is ready to go to another hosting provider.
Truthfully, you won't actually go wrong if you have decided to register your domain name through your hosting provider. You could do it on SiteGround or any hosting provider you chose. Then, you simply register your domain name and buy it. This will help you if you don't want to deal with the hassle of going through Google domains. However, I personally use Google domains and it's what I strongly recommend.
Once you are ready to start your blog or website, I highly recommend that you check out these full instructions to walk you through the step-by-step process. It will help you in buying a domain name with Google domains, getting started with your WordPress website through SiteGround, to get you up and running with your first blog post.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me or just drop them in the comments below. I'm happy to help you build your online business to create a life of freedom.