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Registrar and Host are different companies. Obviously A, MX, CNAME, TXT, SRV should be changed. However, should I move Domain Name Servers to the Host or keep them with the Registrar?


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You could really go with either. If you like the registrar's DNS management tools, then you can continue to use them. If you feel the hosting company's offerings are better or that their DNS service is more reliable, you can switch to them.

One thing to consider is that if you ever switch hosting companies, having your DNS managed by your registrar might make things easier. If you're quite happy with your hosting then this is not as big an issue.

Compare things like online tools, reliability and uptime, APIs for scripting and making automated updates, stuff like that. If you ever decide to run your own nameserver, you might want to see if either company offers slave DNS service, too.

There's not really a "right" answer, so you just want to compare the options which are important to you.

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I agree with this approach. I normally recommend to keep DNS separate from the hosting company for the very reason that if the hosting company changes you then have a LOT more to deal with transitioning the site to a new host. There is also the potential for downtime in this situation. One drawback to hosting your DNS with the registrar would be if your web host integrates the control panel with DNS, you will then need to make manual changes to the DNS records at the registrar. In either case, make sure your name servers are reliable. – Rob May 15 '11 at 20:00
On the opposite side of the coin: If you are using a shared or managed hosting company using their DNS makes it easier for them to move your site to other servers if required. This can avoid or reduce site downtime during moves and such. – mfarver May 15 '11 at 20:06

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