Originally Posted by Mambug
Hear this from a hosting provider:
Never, and I mean NEVER purchase or get a domain through a web hosting provider.
I disagree- the main thing you have to do, is contact your host once your account is setup, and get the registar information. You can then change the infromation needed, such as DNS if you switch providers. For instance, I had a domain at SimplHost- which provided me with many problems, few features, etc. I purchased a package from Host Gator, with a new domain, and transferred my domain from my old host to my new host by switching the DNS servers without a problem at all. You don't loose your domain name if you've paid for it, and you have the registar info. I now own 4 domain names, hosting them all from the same host, puchased by different companies, SimpleHost, Yahoo, and two from Host Gator.