If domain names were understood and managed like real estate titles, most small businesses would realize that their web services provider committed fraud selling their own domain to them. This, because in the majority of cases the ownership title was made in the name of the provider, NOT of the business. It’s as if your civil-law notary put the deed of your house to his name.
For small and medium businesses, domain name issues are generally left to their website developer. Things remain that way until the company clashes with the provider, for whatever reason, and tries to hand over control of the site to another provider. And then comes the surprise: on paper and in the eyes of the law, their web address is owned by the original developer or service provider. To get the domain back, they must then either call their attorney or give in to blackmail.
In the... domain since 1997, I can assure you that the above scenario is the principal problem I’ve seen. In some cases, careers can be at stake, if not the company’s survival.
On your behalf, I can take care of all your domain name management issues, making sure that your legal rights are respected. And, if you were to need to change web providers, the change would not be affected by domain name issues, because the latter would remain carefully looked after and protected – by yours truly.
Ask your website developer to give you a copy of your domain name’s ownership title. Assuming he complies, check the «Registrant» field.
That’s why my customers choose to entrust me with the management of their domains.