Recently a business customer of ours which uses our hosted Exchange service emailed us, casually letting us know they were implementing a new web site with a web developer. It all sounded fine, until I did a little digging and discovered that they had handed over their domain registration to this new developer. The new web site developer now had complete control of their domain name and where it points to. Here’s what this means, in layperson’s terms:
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Here’s a well-written article which explains a bit more and offers some helpful suggestions.
If you are unsure who owns your domain name, you can check here for the registration info by typing in your domain name in the search box on the upper right and clicking the green button. For example, if I wanted to look at the info for our domain, I would type in “nygeekgirls.com” (without the quotes). When I do this, I see that I am the owner of and contact for nygeekgirls.com.
There is absolutely no need for your web site developer to register your domain name, even if the developer will be hosting your site. Your domain name is one of your most important business assets. Make sure you are in control of it.