Who Owns the Domain Name to your website?Do you have a website? Chances are you probably do. Do you own the domain name? Some of you are probably saying "of course" a few of you might be saying... "uh no its not under my name". Is it under your business name? Chances are its not. Well, you might want to get thinking on this because your clients, for the most part, know you by your domain name. Most clients, especially those that are repeats and like to recommend your services to others, are often giving out this very important, key piece of your company information. So whats the problem with not owning the domain name under your name, or the company name? Well, that's a good question. You should know that as long as you continue to renew the purchase of your domain name it cannot be assigned to anyone else, thanks to the WHOIS database. This database works with sites like GoDaddy and other domain name sellers to make sure there is a broad database tracking and logging these purchases so they cannot be duplicated. So in that sense your safe. But, now its the more complex part. Who technically owns the domain names through the company you purchased it from? Is it your web developer? Is it an employee who addresses the issues of the website? Does it have the company assigned as the owner? These are important things to consider especially if you're not sure who owns the name. You might be thinking so what... Well, what happens if one day you wake up and see your web developer didn't make the adjustments to the site that you had requested and you decide to not work with him any longer. Good decision, but what if he owns the domain name? Now you have to wonder "does he get to walk away with that?" Can he, in a sense, force me to pay him money for it? Well, this is grey territory that the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and the Uniform Dispute Resolution Procedure address. But are you really going to wait to have them take a look at the situation and have all the costs and uncertainties of how things will go continue to pile up, by the time things are figured out? Why not just take a look, right now, at who owns your domain name, and if its not you, your company or a very trusted officer of the company, then make that change. Protect your domain name, it might not be as tangibly valuable as the products you sell or the services you provide, but its certainly a key piece of your business.
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