Domain, Web, and Email Hosting, Explained

There’s a fair bit of misunderstanding about how domain, Web, and email hosting work and the differences between them. Here, we try to clear that up for you.

When you buy a domain name, you’ll often get Web and email hosting attached to it. Domain registrars offer service packages, and you may not be aware that you can move your domain to another registrar—and even set up a website and email elsewhere. In fact, in many cases, choosing separate providers for each service may benefit you more and cost you less. So, let’s look at how you can manage all three like a boss.

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Domain Name Hosting

When you register a domain name, two things happen. First, the registrar checks if your domain name is available and reserves the right for you to use it. Second, the domain gets listed in the “Internet address book,” known as the Domain Name System (DNS). The registrar creates a DNS listing that points to a common page indicating that the domain is “parked” but that a website doesn’t yet exist for it.

You don’t have to get attached to the registrar you’ve chosen to register your domain. It’s easy to change it at any time by transferring the domain ownership to another company. See our recommendations below.


Tip! If you don't own a domain name, you can get a free one as a part of your TaxDome subscription. For more info, go here.

Web Hosting

Generally speaking, to make your website exist, you should select a Web-host provider and set up your site with them. Selecting a Web-host company should be the result of finding the best match for the requirements of your site.

If you use TaxDome, you don’t have to pay your registrar or any other company for website-hosting services. WYSIWYG website builder is already included in your TaxDome subscription and we host your site made with our builder for free. See our recommendations for how to set up your website below.

Email Hosting

Email hosting is similar to Web hosting in the sense that you don’t necessarily have to host it with either your registrar or Web-host provider. This is another case of selecting the host that makes the most sense for your particular situation. Again, you’ll need to change the DNS on your domain-name registrar for your email. See our email host recommendations below.

How Can I Switch Registrars and Set Up My Website and Email?

If you want to unbundle the ownership of the domain name and Web hosting/mail hosting, we suggest taking these steps:

1. Switch Domain Registrars. We recommend Set up a free account with them, then transfer the domain ownership to them. The cost is $10 per year for a .com domain.

2. Set Up Your Website. Unlimited Web hosting is included with your TaxDome subscription, so take advantage of it. Read how to Build your site with our visual tools. Once the site is ready, read our instructions on how to set up a custom website URL by changing the DNS on your domain name registrar.

3. Set Up Your Email. Our recommendation is to set up email hosting with Namecheap, which is $12 per year for the first mailbox and $5 per mailbox per year after. Some of our clients prefer using Gmail for Business, which is also a great choice but more expensive ($60 per year).

How much is this going to cost me?

The total cost should be roughly $20 to $30 per year ($10 for the domain name, $12 for email).

And again, TaxDome website hosting is free. Moreover, if you don't own a domain name, you can get your free one with your TaxDome subscription.


Note: Ensure that you saved your DNS settings (e.g. made a screenshot) before switching the registrar.

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