Are You Being Scammed By Your Web Design Company? By: Martin Lemieux
This is a growing concern amongst many business owners. Does your web design company own you? This may be possible if you've allowed them to host your web site for you and also register your domain name for your company.
Web design companies have a lot of control over their clients. I refer to this as "False Power". The sad reality is that most of their clients don't even know they are stuck in this potentially painful predicament. This power is usually exercised when a client of a web design company finds a better deal on hosting for their web site and they simply want to switch their hosting provider, or when "client" wants to upgrade their web site for a better rate than their current web development provider is offering.
Here's what usually happens to so called "traitor clients":
- Current web design company sends their client a hefty bill for switching - The web design company cancels their client’s account - They may point domain name to another place - They sometimes take down entire website until further notice
You get point! Too much power is given to web design company. I truly believe that it is your right to shop for better prices and it is your right to own your domain name even if you didn't have a hand in registering your domain name.
As owner of website, you put your trust into your web design company to represent your business appropriately and honestly, only to find out down road that honesty isn't in their vocabulary.
I truly believe there should be a law against web design companies that can be summarized as such: For any domain name registered by web design company on behalf of their client, domain name may not be disputed or need to be disputed, domain name is automatically owned by client and is automatically bound by their web development contract.
With every new venture, there is always going to be loopholes. From aforementioned example, what if there is no contract? If you are reading this and are in process of searching for a web design company, please ENSURE that you have a contract drafted, outlining everything you are entitled to and that you have sole rights to your domain name.
See what most business owners fail to realize is that their domain name is as important as registering their business name itself. I will repeat that... Your domain name is "hot real estate", would you want someone else owning your property?
The same applies for your domain name. Don't get caught with your pants down while asking, why don't I own my domain name. It is as important as owning your own company name. There are people out there searching for suckers to take their domain name - don't be one who gets caught!