Frank Camuglia

April 1, 2021

Who Controls Your Domain Name?


You have your business up and running, and you just hired your web designer. You need a Domain Name, but how do you get one? Your Web designer tells you not to worry, they will get it for you. But is this a good idea?

It is very easy to purchase a Domain Name. Choose your registrar (GoDaddy, Google Domains, or many others), create your free account, search for the domain you want and purchase. That's all there is to it. Good registrars even give you tips on how to choose a good domain name.

So What Is Wrong With Having Your Designer Get It For You?

In most cases, the web designer will purchase the domain name and keep it in their own account. Basically this means they now own your domain name, one of your most important business assets!

What if your designer disappears or closes down without letting you know? If you are relying on them to keep your domain renewing and they don't, you could lose your domain name forever! Also, if your designer has  your domain name in their account, now you have no access to it.

Your Domain Name Is A Business Asset

You should think of your domain name as your storefront or business space online. This is where your customers will go to find you. It's where your business lives online, not your website. Without your domain name, your website does not exist. 

Your Domain Name is the space you own on the internet and you should be in control of that space.

Your Web Designer Already Has My Domain Name, What Should I Do?

If you are already in the position where you do not have control of your domain name, you should be able to easily get it from your designer.

Here are the following steps to take to get your Domain Name into your own account and get control of it.

  1. Create an account with a Registrar (GoDaddy, Google Domains, etc....) This is FREE to do.
  2. Contact your designer or whoever has control of your domain name.
  3. Explain to them that you want your domain name transferred into your account.
  4. You will give them your registrar information and they will initiate the transfer for you. If you are transferring within the same registrar, there is usually no fee (ex. GoDaddy to GoDaddy). If the transfer is between two different Registrars, then there may be a small fee. GoDaddy charges $7.00.
  5. The transfer will keep all the domain settings the same so your website will still be up and any email accounts connected will remain working.
  6. It can take a day to 2 weeks for the transfer to complete.

And that's all! You now have your Domain Name in your account and you are in total control of it.

How Do I Explain Why I Want My Domain Name To My Designer? Won't They Think I Am Leaving Them?

Simply no. Any good designer or developer will agree that you should have control of your domain name even if they run and have and control your website. You simply explain it to them as this is a Business Asset, and you need to be in control of your assets.

You wouldn't give your designer the keys to your store would you? Your Domain name is the key to your online store!

In Conclusion

In the end, it is better for you to keep and control your Domain Name. Your designer can host and control your website to keep things running smoothly, but the domain name is the key here, and you should have control of your keys.

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Frank Camuglia
SMR Website Design

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