It is important that your small business website is actually yours. Sounds an obvious statement doesn’t it? But think about it.
Over the last few weeks I have had a few enquiries from small business owners just like you, to help with their websites. Then we hit a problem…
First, these business owners do not know where their site is hosted let alone the user names and passwords. Not a huge issue, we can find out. But then for one person, actual domain (the address www.yourbusiness.co.uk) was registered “on their behalf” too.
And then the “webmaster” has disappeared off the face of the earth…
Now, it’s easy enough to find out where a website is hosted online and often who the registered owner of the domain is. But what do you do if you are not the registered owner of your website address?
I’m sorry to say, your website domain is not yours. You have lost control of it.
Many web developers offer to purchase and register a domain on your behalf. It sounds very helpful and less stressful to do things that way. If you are unlucky, you get the sharks who actually register it in THEIR name…
This is one area I do recommend you do yourself. Even if your web developer needs to talk you through the process on Skype or sit in the office next to you while you do it. I have no problem doing that and I am sure others in my line of business won’t either.
Your website is your piece of online real estate and should become an integral part of your business. Don’t be caught out, make sure your domain is registered in your name.
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