Over the past few years as a Web Designer I have come across a lot of less than savory deals when it comes to Domain Name Registrations so I thought I would post this warning for those of you who are looking at purchasing a domain name.
A lot of companies out there advertise these “too good to refuse” package deals with all of the bells and whistles you can dream of. Unsuspecting people looking to get started with their online business often get sucked into these deals and learn the hard way, that they’re not always what they are cracked up to be. You need to look at the fine print in detail before signing away your first born child and left leg. These deals might appear fantastic and bundling a domain name, website, hosting, free or cheap fees. These companies would manage your domain for you, look after your site. But what happens down the track when you want to update or upgrade your site or change your direction, you might find you cannot edit or move your domain from that original company? You have no control whatsoever. They may have even left your name off the contract altogether making YOUR domain theirs!.
It has been a pet hate of mine since starting PinkINK. I just cannot understand why a company would hold YOUR domain name to ransom with no reason other than greed. However, some dodgy registrars do! It’s incredibly frustrating to have a website all shiny and ready to go but no domain name address(URL) to send customers to.
It can take days and even weeks of constant emails and phone calls to get some companies to agree to change the domain details in order to allow you full control to move or even access your domain name, holding your domain name to ransom. You could even be hit with a fee!
Your domain name is extremely important and should be treated as such. After all it is your web address much like your home address.
Here are some suggestions to ensure you don’t get caught up in the madness of domain name mismanagement.
- Use an auDA Accredited Registrar (for Australian Domains)
- Make sure you register the domain name yourself NOT a 3rd party.
- Ensure that you’re named as the Owner (Registrar).
- Ensure your domain name is not locked to the registrar.
- Always add your own contact details/email address when registering your domain name.
- Make sure the domain name is unlocked in case you need to transfer the domain name.
- Keep your login details, password etc handy.
Happy business planning!