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Who Is the Actual Owner of Your Domain? – Domain Who is .

Who Is the Actual Owner of Your Domain? – Domain Who is .


Who Is the Actual Owner of Your Domain?

Article by Smart eDesigners

Over our experience, we found that, in many corporate/ industries the Domain name would have been registered by some of the employers at – sometime might be long long ago. At the time of registering one of the employees registers the domain name, under his name and his email address would have been used as admin
email for the domain.

So what we have noticed that even the employee quits/ leaves the company, the
ownership of the domain name remains with the corporate house itself. It’s quite
nature that employees shift jobs and may leave the company. When they do so, if
they didn’t transfer the admin rights of the domain name, then the company may
lose the domain.

In the second case, the domain registration service provider might be the
owner or he may not allow you to manage your domain (i.e. updating MX Records, A
records, NS records etc..,), completely at your wish, or if they charge you for
such kind of updates, then for sure your domain is not owned by you.

Every domain registrar should be provided with a domain control panel, where
he can manage the domain’s record and everything as he wish. If your domain
registration service provider didn’t provide a control panel or if you’re not
able to update the records by yourself, you can ask your rights, if you didn’t
get so, you can move/ transfer the domain to other service providers who provide
the control panel and rights to manage your domain like Smart eDesigners.
All too often businesses discover, after investing significant time and money
in using the web address, that their web designer actually owns it, not them.
Make sure you’re the “Registrant” of the domain name.

Every domain name has a Registrant, Administrative, Technical, and Billing
contact listed for it. The Registrant is the legal owner of the domain, so you
want to be sure that you (or your company) are the Registrant. Also make sure
that the mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address listed for it are
yours too.

Use “WHOIS” – to check if you’re the Registrant or just contact
Smart eDesigners Team and find out how about our professional service.

All domain registration companies, such as GoDaddy, Network Solutions, and
Dotster to name a few, are required to make a “WHOIS” page available to the
public, so that anybody can look up the details about a domain. Among these
details are the contacts for the domain.

Go to any of these registration companies’ websites and look for the WHOIS
link – it’s often at the very top or bottom of the web page.

Why wouldn’t you be listed as the Registrant?

Most business owners are shocked to learn that they don’t legally own their
own domain names. After all, they paid to have the website created in the first
place, plus pay ongoing fees for web hosting and domain registration. How can
they not be the owner if they’re footing all the bills?

What commonly happens is that when your web design company created your
website, they registered the domain for you. While registering the domain
however, they listed themselves, not you, as the Registrant (i.e. owner).
Why would they do that? Giving them the benefit of the doubt, I suppose it’s
possible that they just don’t know better. A more cynical view, however, would
be that they do it to keep you “hostage” to using their services forever (or at
least make it difficult for you to switch).

User name and password

There’s one more element to be worried about. When a domain name is registered,
most registration companies will assign you a user name and password. You use
these to log into your account at the registration company in order to make
changes to your domain. So, even if you’re listed as the Registrant and
Administrative contact, if somebody knows your user name and password (like a
disgruntled or ex-employee), they can still wreak havoc with your domain.

What do you do if you’re not the Registrant?

If you’re not listed as the Registrant, but are on good terms with the person or
company that is, just ask them to make you the Registrant. It’s an easy process
if they know what they’re doing.

However, if your relationship with the Registrant has become adversarial, all
hope is not lost. The organization that oversees domain names, ICANN
organization has developed a “Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy” for
such cases.

Under this policy, a company that owns a domain name that’s completely
unrelated to its core business may have a hard time holding onto it. So, if you
need to reclaim ownership of your domain name, investigate this dispute
resolution policy. Of course, it might also be a good idea to consult with an
attorney who specializes in Internet law.

Why do business owners not check to make sure the registration shows their
business as the owner?

Mainly because of they don’t know how. If you registered your own domain, then
you know you’re okay. Just make sure,

Your domain information is up to dateCorrect email address used for the accountHow the registrar will let you know that it’s time to renew your domain.

If someone else registered your domain for you, then check with InterNIC to
make sure that your business is listed as the owner. If it’s not, then work at
it until you see the registration changed to reflect your ownership, not the web
design company as the owner of your name.

There is just one more little detail… if your domain was set up with a private
domain registration; there is no way that you can view the details of the
registration without the password into that private registration account. Make
sure you have it, because even the registrars themselves can’t help you if you
lose that information and your email address is no longer valid in that account.
It is absolutely essential that you keep this information safe.

Smart eDesigners Experience about Domain Registration

It has happened many times… someone calls and tells us; the person who
designed their website and who has always done their web maintenance has
disappeared. Their domain is now up for renewal, they don’t know how to do it,
and they also want to switch hosting. So we take a look at the information for
the domain, and find that the registrant for the domain is their web person, not
them. So now they can’t get into the domain registration without herculean
effort. What can be done?

Solving this dilemma can be a really tough one, since the registrant information
determines who actually owns the domain. The most important part of that
information is the company name, since we all know that companies can be bought
and sold and the owners and administrative people may change, but chances are
good that if the company is viable, that company name is going to remain the
same.

All too often, those “cheap” amateur web designers register the domain in their
name and company name, even though you paid for it and it’s your website. You
originally decided on using the guy/ gal down the street who does web design in
his/her spare time because they won’t charge you as much as the pros. You let
him/her register the domain for you and put together your website (and it’s
usually not very well done, either, not meeting standards… but thatâEUR(TM)s a whole
other bag of worms). And he or she now owns your domain.
About the Author

Smart eDesigners is a global Web Solutions company and an offshore Web / Internet services provider. Our services vary from Application Development, Website Design, Redesign Website, Graphic Design, Web Development, E-commerce Solutions, Online Marketing, SEO Services, Social Media Marketing & Advertising, Domain Registration, Web Hosting, Business Email Services and other Web related solutions and services. We help companies to move them to the doorstep of their customers.

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