All websites are defined by unique numbers called IP addresses (ex: 127.84.56.1). However, it would be quite difficult to find and/or remember websites using numbers. Domain names are hostnames that provide more recognizable names (ex: MySite.com) to stand in for numeric IP addresses. By allowing the use of unique alphabetical addresses instead of numeric ones, domain names let Internet users to more easily find and communicate with web sites and other server-based services.
A domain name is created with the help of a registration company called a “registrar”. (There are several well-known registrars – Network Solutions, Enom, goDaddy, etc.) A registrar takes care of the domain name for the customer and provides a control panel to allow the various settings or contact details to be edited. However, the registrar does not have to provide website hosting for their domain names. Because web hosting with a specific domain name requires only minor settings changes (DNS Server), any website hosting company can setup a website with any domain name, provided the domain name owner changes those settings.
Many times a web hosting company will setup an account and pay little or no attention to the domain name. This means that the website owner has to be concerned about renewing a domain name as well as a hosting account. OurChurch.com is different. When purchasing a hosting package from OCC, the domain name is included. In fact, as long as a paid hosting account is open with OCC, all domain name renewals are taken care of – one account, one bill – no worries.
If OCC is looking after the domain name, it will make it easier for our members and prevent oversights that lead to sites going down). We recommend new members transfer their domain names to our registrar. For a small, one-time fee, OurChurch.com works together with the member to transfer the domain name. While transferring your domain name is not required, we highly recommend it simply to make your life easier. So, you do not have to keep track of two separate renewals (website and domain name) from two separate companies. This also allows OCC to offer support for the domain names and their settings.
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