Who owns your domain name?
Of course, you think you do. But that may not be the case.
Your domain name is your street address on the internet. Like the deed to your land and home, it should be registered in your name. Many times clients allow previous website designers to register their domain names for them only to find out the domain was registered in the name of the website designer.
• Some less reputable designers will change the registration to your domain name to their name once they have the username and password to
• They will argue that it’s so you don’t forget to renew your domain
name and lose it.
• What’s the deal?? You can own and operate your own business but you aren’t capable of renewing one of the most important marketing tools you use. NO!!! Domain registration companies will send a renewal notice sometimes as far out as 90 days prior to the date of renewal. This gives you ample time to renew your domain or get assistance from someone who knows how to do it.
Typically, website designers who register your domain name in their name do it for one reason. They want to be sure you call them for future website business. Imagine how awkward it will be to ask your previous website designer for the username and password to your domain name.
The first question they ask you will be why? Always keep the username and password to your domain name to yourself. There are plenty of reputable computer experts who will help you register your domain name in your name. (You should also have the username and password to your website account.)
To see if you own your domain, go http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp, enter your domain name in the box (without the www.) and hit the search button. If your name, address, phone number and email address are not displayed as the Registrant, then you are not the owner!!
If you are unsure about who owns your domain, email me at
. I will conduct the search free of charge.
For more information on this topic, check out these resources: http://www.sozofirm.com/seo/when-your-web-design-company-steals-your-domain/
For the nightmare scenario, http://www.webmasterworld.com/domain_names/3435220.htm .