How is Domain Ownership Determined?

How is Domain Ownership Determined?

For the most part, domain ownership is pretty straightforward. However, there are some situations where ownership can get a little bit murky.

We’re gonna talk about how domain ownership is determined and why it matters.

Domains have four contacts for registration. The registrant or owner, the administrative contact, the technical contact and the billing contact. Now, for the average GoDaddy customer they’re the same person but they can all be different people too.

The only legally recognized owner of a domain name is the person or entity cited as the registrant or owner of the domain name. Not the person who paid for it nor the person who owns the account in which the domain is sitting. Only (and I cannot stress this enough) the person cited on record as the registrant or owner.

To help you understand why this distinction is so important let’s walk through a couple of examples.

Let’s say you ask an employee to register a domain name on behalf of your company. Well, then let’s say this employee wins the lottery and ups and moves to Fiji. Is your domain name now in an account that no one can access? And what if this ex-employee used their email account to set it up and that no longer exists? No one’s going to be alerted to domain renewals (well, unless your email or your website stopped working.)

Even worse, if your employee used their contact information during the registration process and didn’t list your organization anywhere in the account payment or registration details, there’s little to no proof that your organization has any legal rights to this domain.

If you do ask an employee or anyone to register a domain name on your behalf, ensure your business name and contact information are on the account in which the domain name is purchased and more importantly, ensure you or your business are cited as the registrant/owner of the domain name.

Another scenario in which domain ownership is important is when you go to hire someone to build your website. Same situation as an employee — so, let’s say you have a webdev that all of a sudden decides to become a professional gamer and then drops off the face of the planet. Seriously, people can bail on you without any notice.

To safeguard yourself, register your domain name in your own personal account. This way, you have access to it and you know the registrant/owner information is you. Web developers don’t need access to your account to connect your domain name to a website, so there’s really no need for them to purchase it on your behalf.

Curious who’s listed as the contacts in your domain? Just go to the domain settings page and then the contact info section has everything.

If you’re trying to find the contact information for a domain you don’t own, just do a WHOIS lookup (but if the owner has private registration, this information won’t be visible.)

Remember, domains are digital assets. They’re the foundation of your online presence (and they have monetary value), so take the time and make sure that your contact information is current and accurate.

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1 Comment

  1. Ender on February 26, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    very helpful