Why the Domain Name has Annual Fee?

Recently, We received a high volume of queries about their renewal of the domain. Although, We already explain and it’s written on the website and their invoices. I am sure you always ask when something will be off your wallet.

Why do you need a Domain Name?

On the Internet, your domain name is your unique identity. Any individual, business or organization planning to have an Internet presence should invest in a domain name. Having your own domain name, website and email addresses will give you and your business a more professional look. Another reason for a business to register a domain name is to protect copyrights and trademarks, build credibility, increase brand awareness, and search engine positioning.

With ROC.PH‘s MSME subscription plans, as a domain name is one of the most crucial tools to build your reputation, The domain name is part of the add-on services.

Why Should You Buy Your Domain Name Separate From Your Plan?

Owning a website or online store involves two separate pieces, your domain and your host. It’s important to understand these elements for the most effective management of your site(s).

The domain is the address people use to get to your site. For example, ABCD’s domain is abcd.com. You can register a domain with us – basically, you pay an annual fee to use that particular web address. If you stop paying, someone else can use the domain instead.

Website hosting is the service that actually stores your website’s files and part of your MSME Subscription plan. Cloud-hosted websites rent server space from us that agrees to store your files.

Basically, we put your website’s files on our servers, then the domain to point to those files when we put in your URL. It’s kind of like putting a SIM card in a cell phone – the SIM card tells that phone, “Hey, you work with this particular phone number now.” Just like you can switch out a phone’s SIM card and make the phone work with a different phone number, your domain is always advisable to purchase it as an addon or separately. This is also same as you renew your business name in Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

What are the other benefits of buying the domain separately from my plan?

You can also easily lose your domain name if your web hosting service and domain name expire on the same date. For example, suppose you have your domain name registered with your web hosting provider and forget to renew your MSME subscription.

Many aftermarket domain name companies wait for these types of opportunities to grab forgotten domains. This situation is even more critical when you lack a trademark for the domain name. Having a domain as an add-on to secure your domain name can circumvent these issues from happening in the first place.

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