How to set your nameservers: Pointing your domain name (Part 4)

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Pointing your domain name to your web site host is a crucial step in the process of building your web site. Once you complete this step, it usually takes a anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, you will be able to access the files you upload to your web site host through your domain by going to a browser and typing in your domain name in the url.

Domain names only have to be pointed once unless you change your web site host, which is the reason I would recommend keeping your web site hosting separate from domain name registration. It gives you the freedom of pointing your domain to any host. Some less reputable hosts will charge you a fee or make it difficult for you to transfer your domain if you cancel business with them. It’s just a safety precaution to keep hosting and domain names separate. In most cases the cost is cheaper when you do it this way.

I have used Godaddy, Namecheap and a few other registrars for my domain names. The level of service you receive from Godaddy is quite good. Even with that being the case, I have chosen to systematically start the process to move all my domains to namecheap as they offer the lowest prices for domains I’ve been able to find.

Additionally, with each domain purchased, you get the first year free privacy guard. I believe the following year is under $3. The same privacy protection, (at the time of this writing) at Godaddy, is close to $10! Nonetheless, whereever you register your domain, you should look at the long term costs associated with it.