Think You Control Your Domain Name? Think Again!

Written by Butch Pujol

© 2001 Butch Pujol

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Let me ask you some questions that may sound "obvious" but can have downright scary answers. Did you buy your domain name from a service? Do you know who is in control of your domain name? Have you done a "Whois" search to find out? The answer may very well shock you!

Buying a domain name is a very easy thing to do. But if you buy a domain name without any knowledge of "ownership" vs. "control", you could very well be headed down a bumpy road.

Unfortunately, most Web site owners are unaware that "ownership" does not equate to "control." Just because you paid for your domain name does not mean you have access or authority to make changes, transfers or other necessary functions. But if not you -repparttar 108309 owner - who does?

There are 4 components to a domain name:

1.Registrant: you -repparttar 108310 person who registeredrepparttar 108311 domain name 2.Billing Contact: could be anyone 3.Technical Contact: could be anyone 4.Administrative Contact: could be anyone

The registrant is you. You might assume that items two, three and four are also you. A natural assumption. Guess what… most ofrepparttar 108312 time they are not! THIS is where you get into trouble.

Who's In Control?

So whose names are listed inrepparttar 108313 "control" spots? Nine times out of ten, it is a person withinrepparttar 108314 organization you purchased your domain name from. Any inquiries about billing, technical issues and administrative questions are sent to this arbitrary person. The domain name registration company has FULL control over your URL. What does this mean?

Even though you arerepparttar 108315 owner, and you make a request for changes,repparttar 108316 confirmation request will go torepparttar 108317 administrator for verification. This person hasrepparttar 108318 full authority to approve or reject changes to your domain name.

The Dangers

Keep one thing in mind, domain registrars can, and do, go out of business. They get bought and sold just like other organizations. They are not legally required to notify you of any changes within their firm. This fact alone can cause unlimited problems with renewals, changes, sales or transfers. But that's not all.

Let's say you put in a domain transfer request. A time sensitive confirmation will be sent fromrepparttar 108319 registrar of your domain name torepparttar 108320 administrative contact. This confirmation must be answered within a certain timeframe. Now, ifrepparttar 108321 administrative contact is someone atrepparttar 108322 business you purchased your domain name from we could have a serious problem. That person might be on vacation, sick, fired, or even under orders not to respond. In any case, your transfer will be denied. Think it doesn't happen. I'm horrified to tell you it does - every single day.

Renew Your Domain Name!

Written by Dennis Eppestine

The old adage, "You learn something new every day" is certainly true, isn't it?

How many articles have I read on renewing your domain name?

*On being so careful to get it done?

*On watching out for unscrupulous people who wait to pounce on domain names that people forget to renew?

*On keeping your site up and running?

50? 100? I'm sure it's been at LEAST that many.

But what did I do? I let my domain name run out! Last week you may have noticed you didn't receive a newsletter. That's because I couldn't send you one!

My site was down for two days. How many visitors did I lose? How many sales didn't get made? I'll never know.

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