Why You Should Separate Your Domains from Your Webhosting

Stefan Imhoff

Many domain owners in Germany still do not know that they do not have to buy their domains together with the storage space. I explain why inclusive domains are a sham and what are the benefits of separating domain and webspace.

Usually one buys a web hosting package from any provider, which then usually includes inclusive domains.

For many smaller domain owners this may at first glance look like a bargain, but appearances are usually deceptive. Because with these dirt cheap offers are minimum contract terms of 1-2 years connected. Especially on the Internet, the offers change but almost weekly.

In most cases, domains that you can buy beyond its inclusive domains are too expensive. Prices range from low € 0.99 to € 4.00 per month.

The Costs in Webhosting

It is just the domains that actually make no or only a minimal cost factor in hosting.

It is precisely these domains that make little or no cost in hosting. The real cost of hosting is disk space, memory and bandwidth used. Thus, all limitations and package features are completely fictitious and limited only for better advertising.

The real cost of hosting is disk space, memory and bandwidth used.

Whether I use one, two or a hundred databases, is technically speaking, no difference, and it also doesn’t matter whether I am offered this or that programming language.

But this is much more profitable for the webhosters: If the customer wants something more because the demands are growing, he usually has to switch to the next higher package. There are web hosts who actually charge 4.99 € / month for a second database (100MB).

Switching to a New Webhoster

However, it is particularly painful to notice that hosting domains at the webhost is not such a good idea if you want to change.

You get usually confronted with an unsuspecting flood of technical terms, faxes and forms, from time to time, hosters reject the so-called ChProv first, so that another must be started.

The hoster 1&1 has prepared a wonderful top performance of the chicane for its customers: One must cancel his domains in the customer center and prepare for the ChProv. Then you get a phone number, which you have to call. The telephone counselor on the other hand is probably encouraged to dissuade the termination when possible. Then he manually unlocks the necessary forms, which must be signed and faxed to the hoster. And that, even though you had to identify yourself before by private questions doubtlessly.

Host Domains Externally

Host your domains externally. There are web hosts offering this service (google for Domainhosting or DomainRobot).

  • This costs in most cases no basic fee.
  • You can buy as many domains for friends, relatives or customers as you like.
  • Manage your Handles yourself and are thus Admin-C, Tech-C and Zone-C.
  • The price is dirt cheap: A .de domain is available from about 0.30 € / month.
  • You never have to send any faxes again: ChProv, new orders, terminations of domains - all in one click in the browser.

The best thing, however, is that the move of a domain by simply changing the DNS server is completed within a few minutes.

But beware: You need your own IP address, or the host must internally give the possibility to forward external requests to the right webhosting package.

Meanwhile, hosters such as 1&1 allow externally hosted domains, too.

This is easier to move away, but with tying contracts over two years this is irrelevant.

Look at Offers Abroad

There are many good hosters in other countries whose support and service are often ahead the competition by light years.

Monthly contracts, abundant traffic and storage space, state-of-the-art technology and brand new programming languages. Outside of Germany webhosting is taken very loose, you are usually friendly with customers and let them move, if they have found better deals. And just now profits as a German from the good US dollar, AU dollar to Euro rate.

Germany’s webhosts will also learn it, but it’s well known that everything takes a bit longer here.

There is a good Screencast on CSS-Tricks on how to deal with external domains, DNS Servers and similar things.