Your domain name is your property, that sounds right doesn’t it? Well in some cases you could not be further from the truth and your domain name who is being ‘looked after’ by a trusted person. We have had experience (and in the middle of a dispute right now, hence the Blog) where relationships go bad or a web designer has actually died. This can cause you a massive headache to get your domain back.
Check to see who is the legal owner of your domain now!
Firstly, if it’s your domain name why do you have to renew it every couple of years? Ok I might be labouring the point but if you have a domain name that you have secured which is the same as your company name or brand. It is safe right…? RIGHT?
Not necessarily, domain names are registered with a company like 123-reg, Godaddy, Namesco to mention a few. They do not create the domain names they register them with a central organisation that manage the TLD (top level domain, ie .uk, .com, .net).
Here is a list of a few popular domain names and who manages them
|.com, .net||VeriSign Global Registry Services|
|.wales, .cymru||Welsh Assembly|
These companies keep a registry of the domain and the registered owner. This is referred to as whois lookup. Here is the raw data for a whois lookup for a well-known search engine
RAW WHOIS DATA
Domain Name: google.com Registry Domain ID: 2138514_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Updated Date: 2017-09-07T08:50:36-0700 Creation Date: 1997-09-15T00:00:00-0700 Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2020-09-13T21:00:00-0700 Registrar: MarkMonitor, Inc. Registrar IANA ID: 292 Registrant Name: DNS Admin Registrant Organization: Google Inc. Registrant Street: 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Registrant City: Mountain View Registrant State/Province: CA Registrant Postal Code: 94043 Registrant Country: US Registrant Phone: +1.6502530000 Registrant Phone Ext: Registrant Fax: +1.6502530001 Registrant Fax Ext: Registrant Email: @google.com Registry Admin ID: Admin Name: DNS Admin Admin Organization: Google Inc. Admin Street: 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Admin City: Mountain View Admin State/Province: CA Admin Postal Code: 94043 Admin Country: US Admin Phone: +1.6502530000 Admin Phone Ext: Admin Fax: +1.6502530001 Admin Fax Ext: Admin Email: @google.com Registry Tech ID: Tech Name: DNS Admin Tech Organization: Google Inc. Tech Street: 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Tech City: Mountain View Tech State/Province: CA Tech Postal Code: 94043 Tech Country: US Tech Phone: +1.6502530000 Tech Phone Ext: Tech Fax: +1.6502530001 Tech Fax Ext: Tech Email: @google.com Name Server: ns3.google.com Name Server: ns4.google.com Name Server: ns1.google.com Name Server: ns2.google.com
This provides the owner information for the domain as far as the registrars are concerned. If your information is not on this registry as far as the registry is concerned… you do not own the domain!
Make Hay When The Sun Shines
In all cases we have successfully reunited the domain with its rightful owner. My advice to EVERYONE is to ensure that your details are on at least one of the contact elements (Admin, Technical or billing). Preferably all three. If you are having problems give us a call and we can give you some advice.