Are You The Administrative Contact For Your Domain

July 19, 2010 - Filed under: Information

It’s happened again. I’m helping another business owner who isn’t the registered owner of their own name. This time, like the others, should end well, but after much hassle. I have heard of horror stories where the rightful domain name owner has had to find another name and move on.

I can’t tell you how many times this has happened. A customer wants to hire me and move their site only to find that the person they hired to *do everything* for their website has registered the domain name(s) in their own name, not their customers.

If you haven’t registered your website name yet, take a minute and do it yourself. Go to GoDaddy.com, Register.com or any of a thousand other reputable registrars and buy your domain name. They will probably try to sell you upgrades and other stuff, but all your really need to do is register your domain name in your name. GoDaddy charges less than $11.00 a year for this.

If you already have a website name see who is listed as the administrative contact.
There are many sites that will tell you this, like http://cqcounter.com/whois/
If you are not listed as the administrative contact, write to who is there and let them know you want it changed.

Once you are the administrative contact you are in charge. Any time you or someone else tries to move or change ownership of your site you will get a request for approval. It’s just as important to make sure the contact information for you is always current so you get those requests.

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