|Question: Can I choose where I have my site hosted?
The short answer is yes.
"Web hosting" is separate from "web design" and every web site must have web hosting. We even suggest keeping your domain registration separate from your hosting for better control.
Some hosting companies offer web design. Some web designers offer hosting services. When you go with either of these options, the hosting and the designing services may be married and if at any time during the life of your web site you need to change your designer you may need to find new hosting.
If you want to change your host, you must also find a new designer.
Some designers do not marry themselves to a particular host but rather, they will set up hosting for your company's site, independent of themselves. Therefore, if at any time in the future, you desire to move your site to another host you do not have to change designers.
Likewise, if you choose to use a different designer, you will not be forced to move your website to another host. You should be aware of how this host/designer relationship works so you can make the most educated decision when choosing a designer.
DFW Web Design offers hosting as a convenience and we also work independently with several 3rd party hosting companies that we would be glad to suggest.