Never Ever Let Anyone Register Your Website’s Domain Name on Your Behalf!
As a business owner, when you want to set up a new website and you do not know much about web design and domains or hosting, it can be quite tempting to let someone else handle your domain name registration for you. You are likely to leave this task to a trusted employee or your website designer. Unfortunately, this is a wrong move that could end up costing you a lot down the line.
Now imagine that your employee leaves your company on an unhappy note. Or let’s say that the relationship between you and your website designer gets frosty and you decide to find another designer. That could be the start of your troubles. In Cambodia or anywhere else.
A disgruntled employee can easily decide not to hand over the domain name credentials to your company. Or your website designer might choose to frustrate you by taking control of your domain name. They might even fail to renew the domain name and let it expire. It will leave you in an awkward position to say the least.
That is why it is vital that as a website owner, you should register your domain names by your own, using your own email, address and passwords. Please do not delegate this task to someone else, as they might list it in their own name and refuse to hand it over to you later on.
Furthermore, a change of domain’s name ownership is not a simple task as just changing an email address. The previous owner has first to “unlock” the domain at his registrar and then wait for about one week before the process is completed. In addition, there are some rules such as the registration has to be older than two months and not being less than 30 days close to its expiration.
Since you pay most of your bills on your own, there is no reason why you should not be able to register your domain name. It is a straightforward process that can be done online within a few minutes. It is quite easy to register a website for a business on your own.
Some agencies will try to lure you by offering cheap bundles: website design, domain registration and hosting all together: never ever accept such offers!
What is a domain name?
A domain name is the unique address of your website, like mydomain.com.
A domain name is like your property’s or land title: only yourself or trusted partners should have their name on it. Especially if your domain name is your company’s brand or name!
The domain’s name is actually what stands before the dot (mydomain). After the dot is the domain’s extension (com). In the early days there used to be only a limited amount of extensions (.dom, .org, .net, .edu, etc) in addition to national ones (.com.kh, .co.th, .co.uk, etc) but this has been significantly extended some time ago by adding hundreds of new extensions that are either related to specific sectors (.travel, .store, .tv, etc) or regions/cities (.asia, .osaka, .taipei, etc).
Domain name registrations are handled by companies called “registrars” who are licensed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a department of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in order to manage the commercial sales of domain name registrations.
Prices are always annual but vary a lot among registrars and also depend of the extension. The standard .com registration is usually around $10/year while other more sought after extensions might cost over 10 times that amount.
Key essential things to have in mind when registering your domain name are:
- Register the domain name in your own’s or company’s name
- Ensure to provide a current and valid contact address
- Buy privacy rights (often included for free). It will prevent other people from knowing who owns your domain name.
Once you register your domain name, please do not freely share your account information with anyone, not even your website designer. It is best practice to let the designer guide you through whatever process you want to do to your domain name than to allow the designer to have access to your account.
By registering your domain name in your company’s name or your name, it significantly reduces the chances of someone holding you hostage and taking control of your domain. In the same way, please buy your website hosting with a different company (never register your domains name and buy web hosting at same company!) by your own and just give temporary access to your web designer for setting up your website. When done, don’t forget to change your passwords!
We always ask our clients to register their domain names by themselves and buy the best available hosting according to their needs and budget by providing them with guidance and recommendations, but we never proceed with those purchases by ourselves on their behalf.
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