Does it make sense to register a domain?

Started by sina1, Mar 15, 2023, 03:14 AM

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If you choose to host your website on your server, your domain will also be stored there.

However, if someone else attempts to register the same domain name, will the company inform them that it is already taken? Or can they still proceed with registering the domain?


Registering the same domain name multiple times is not possible, but you have the option to register something similar. Let's delve into the reasons why having a domain name is important.

If you have already registered your name on the hosting service (for free), there is no need to worry.

However, it is possible for anyone to register a similar name on a different domain.

The key distinction here is that you can register the exact same name on another domain (if it is available), but you will need to make minimal changes to the name you have already registered.

Why is this problematic? Similar names can be used to compete with or impersonate your website. While legal measures can be taken by registering a trademark and verifying the authenticity of the domain name, this leads us to the question of why it is better to register your own domain rather than use a free one with a subdomain.

Firstly, having your own domain provides you with more tools to legally prove if someone is using your name to harm you. This can be challenging with free domains.

Secondly, a free domain is usually tightly linked to the hosting service. In most cases, you cannot transfer it to another hosting provider. Moreover, the rights to the domain are typically limited to the current contract for the hosting service, rather than being separate. By registering and purchasing your own domain separately, you become the copyright holder of the name, which allows you to transfer it between hosting providers if needed.

Thirdly, the user's perception of you or your company plays a significant role. Second-level domain names contribute to establishing trust, as this has been the historical norm. Therefore, if you are involved in commercial activities or building a personal brand (such as a blogger), obtaining a domain name is highly recommended for image and future prospects.

If you are working on a personal project where this factor is not crucial, consider the importance of the previous two points. Perhaps a separate domain is not essential for your specific needs.


Regardless of the scenario, registering a domain name is essential for your website. Otherwise, it will not be accessible on the Internet.

To put it simply, the domain name serves as an identifier for the IP address of your server.

Once you register a domain name, you gain control over which IP address (server) it will be linked to. This linkage is managed by DNS servers. You become the rightful owner of the domain name through an agreement with the domain name registrar, preventing anyone else from using it.

Typically, hosting service providers also offer domain name registration services, taking care of all the necessary administrative tasks.

If you have your own physical server (located in a room and connected to the network via a wire), then it is crucial to delve deeper into this topic beyond the information provided here.

The only exception where registration is not required is if your site is accessible through a local network, where each computer is configured to open a specific IP address corresponding to the desired domain name.

These mappings are specified in the hosts file.

However, it is important to understand that in the global context of the Internet, manually configuring instructions for each user in a file is not feasible. This is why registering a domain name on the Internet becomes indispensable.


In my view, registering a domain name is crucial, but I have also observed that positive SEO outcomes can be achieved on free blog platforms.

I believe incorporating both approaches can provide an opportunity to enhance visitor numbers.