Updated: Aug 28, 2019
Do you have access to your Domain name or website login? This is a question I always ask potential clients when they approach me about updating their website or redesigning it.
Sadly to say most of them don’t. I often hear countless stories of people either losing their domain name, losing access to their domain, or being held hostage by web designers who refuse to give up the login information when they decide they no longer want to work with them. Or, they simply just allow the domain name to expire without informing their clients about renewal.
First of all, I never allow a domain name or website to be setup and registered in my name. It is the clients property, and should always be registered with the client’s information. With that being said, as a client, you are just as responsible as the individual you’ve hired to setup or manage your website. You have take the responsibility of assuring you are involve with the setup process, making sure everything is registered in your name. Don’t make the mistake of trusting someone else to mange and control your login information. You should always maintain control of your login as well as setup recovery methods so that you are able to recover your account if necessary. You can assign your web designer as an admin, and give him the same monitoring privileges, but dont give them access to your financial information.
It’s essential you protect your domain name and keep your account information updated. The registrar will always notify you 60 to 90 days before it’s time for your domain name to expire, but if you let your domain expire, then you should know that the chances of getting it back is very unlikely.
Now, I would like to ask you this question once more, Do you have access to your Domain name or website login? Many times I see people looking for ways to avoid the monthly payments, so they allow their website to be setup setup by a friend, or someone they’re associated with who has their own personal hosting server. This is not a good route by any means, but it’s ok as long as you control access to your domain name. You can always build another website, but if you lose your domain name, the chances of getting it back is very slim. So do your due diligence and work with your webmaster, and not just sit on the sidelines and do nothing. Don’t just use technology . . . STEP UP YOUR KNOWLEDGE WITH TRAINING! #TECHNOTES