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How to Get Domain Name Back from Web Designer

Web Designer Owns My Domain Name

Is your web designer holding your domain name hostage or refusing to give you back your domain name?

Even though nobody actually "owns" a domain name (it's rented from a domain name registrar like GoDaddy), the domain being used for your website should always be in your name and not someone else's. Unscrupulous website designers may hold your domain name hostage to try to prevent you from hiring another web designer.

Holding Your Domain Name Hostage

The domain name registrant (the person who legally has control of your domain name, which should be YOU) can do anything they want with it, so if you allow someone else to register your domain name for you, they can sell it without your knowledge or consent, fail to renew it, or hold it "hostage".

Sometimes unscrupulous website designers will hold your domain name hostage if you decide you want to go with a different web designer. Or if you're unhappy with their services and refuse to continue paying, they may justify holding your domain name hostage as a way to get you to pay what they think you owe.

Your web designer, however, may hold onto your domain name for less nefarious reasons...

Did Your Web Designer Put Your Domain Name In Their Name?

You as the company owner should always be the registrant, administrative and technical contact of your domain name, not your web designer or marketing company. A website can be published without the web designer taking control of your domain name, although some web designers will say you have to transfer the domain name to them, which is not true. That's like going to an auto mechanic to get work done on your car, and the mechanic says you need to transfer your vehicle's title to him first!

Legitimate reasons why a web designer might hold onto your domain name:

Reasons that are not necessarily unethical, but are a hassle nonetheless:

Unethical reasons:

How to Get Domain Name Back from Web Designer

If you are able to get in touch with your web designer, simply request that they transfer the domain name to you. If you can't get in touch with your web designer, or they won't get back to you, or they've stolen your domain name, there are other things you can do.

How to Protect Your Domain Name

The best way to ensure that you are the registrant for your domain name is if you purchase the domain name yourself. If you're not sure how to do this, your web designer can make the purchase for you, as long as he or she purchases it under your name, with your credit card and contact information, and then provides you with the receipt, as well as the username and password into your domain name account. This requires a certain level of trust, since you don't want to provide your credit card number to just anyone. So make sure you do lots of research before hiring a web designer.

After your web designer purchases the domain name and provides you with the domain name username and password, log in to the domain name account to be sure the login credentials are correct. Then check the domain contact information in your account to make sure that your email address is the one showing in the registrant, administrative, and technical contact areas.

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