Our clients hire us to design and develop their business websites because they do not have the time or expertise to do this properly on their own. So why are we asking you to purchase your own domain name and choose a hosting company? You’re paying us to get the job done. Shouldn’t we be taking care of that for you? The answer is an unequivocal no. We do this for our clients’ protection.
Your domain name is as an important part of your branding as your logo and company name. Many web design companies offer hosting plans that give their clients “free” domain names. You don’t need to worry about a thing. It’s one stop shopping. What you may not realize is that your monthly payment is allowing you use a domain name registered to them. It is imperative that you legally own your domain name. If not, if for any reason you and your web developer have a parting of the ways, your domain name can be retained or sold by the legal owner and that person isn’t you.
This also applies to your Hosting service. A good developer will be happy to recommend a reputable hosting company that will fit the need of your business. This account should be in your name as well with you having control of all username and passwords. This protects your web from your developer suddenly going out of business and you not having access to your website files or worst-case scenario is that your website could be taken down by your developer at any time.
Take the time to purchase your own domain name and set up an account with the hosting company of your choice. You have paid for your business website and at the end of the day, you should own it.