Web domain hosting companies can register your domain in many cases or you can keep your domain at a registrar that is separate from the hosting service. If you keep your domain at a service other than your hosting account, it will give you a little more flexibility down the road and has no impact on the performance or access to your internet hosting account.
Some web domain hosting accounts allow you to host multiple domains. If you have more than one website, this can be a very cost-friendly way to host your WordPress blog or other sites.
The relationship between your domain name and your web hosting account is that the domain name is like is like a phone number, that when used reaches the party on the other side of the phone. The party is like the hosting account where all the data is held. Wherever you keep your domain registered, it can be pointed to any hosting account.
Many web domain hosting companies offer services to get the domain name and the hosting account in a combo package. These can be a shared plan, reseller or VPS account. You may find a need to upgrade or change hosting services in the future, If this is the case, then it may be better to keep your domain at a service like GoDaddy, and just point it to your hosting account like HostMonster.
One nice thing is that if you have an idea for a website and the domain name is available, you can reserve the domain name with the registrar (i.e. GoDaddy) without having to have the expense of hosting.
When you do register the domain, either at a web domain hosting company or registrar, you can also get privacy protection. Privacy protection will use a proxy service to conceal your name and contact information form John Q Public. It does not conceal the info from other registrars or law enforcement. It’ just a nice feature if you want some anonymity.
What About Multiple Domains?
A multiple domain web hosting account can be a Shared account or it may be a Reseller account. The Reseller hosting account will be one where you have separate control panels for each domain. It also lets you partition off some of your service (bandwidth and storage), and sell it (re-sell it) to other individuals.
Maybe you have a group of people that all need web domain hosting. You take the lead and set up the parent reseller account and sublet out parts to each paying member in the group. Say it costs you $25 per month for the hosting and you have twenty members that each get service for just $3 per month. That’s an easy $35 profit per month.
Everyone wins. You get the profit and each member gets premium web hosting for less that they would pay on their own. Just setup a PayPal account to handle the billing. Plus you can control the bandwidth and services allowed in each reseller hosting account.
The other option might be that it’s all in the family and you will not charge each member for the individual web domain hosting. For this it might be best to get a Shared hosting account that allows for multiple Add-On domains. No need for charging others and you can help them set up their WordPress hosting sites that they can access direct.
The cost for the shared account might be $8 – $10 per month instead of the $25 – $30 for the Reseller account. Either way it’s an economical way to host your website. Many people use the reseller account just for their own web domain hosting. Meaning they have 5 -20 sites and keep them organized with the reseller account.