Who owns your website?

I was talking to a potential client today about helping her to create a website. She already has a website that a website designer has created but if turns out she may not own that site.

What does this mean? Who is the registered name of the domain? Who is the name listed on the hosting?

Why does this matter?
Some might try and tell you if does not matter. But is there a difference in owning a house or renting it?

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As long as things go well and the designer does what you like all is well, but the minute things go wrong you could have nothing but problems. Just because someone dazzles with techno babble does NOT mean they know what they are talking about. In fact that is usually a large red warning flag that they have to mystify in order to get clients rather their have the client understand what they are doing.

Before signing or the line find out who owns the site, both the Intellectual Property and whose name is or the domain and hosting. Also -find out about payment terms. Can you break the contract or are you obligated to pay for a set number of months or years.

One person I talked with has been told they have to pay monthly until 2013. This is a tad unreasonable and if anyone finds themselves in that situation please check your contract and contact a solicitor.

Have you found yourself in a similar situation?  Tell us.

Written by Katherine Davison

Katherine Davison

Katherine has been a corporate training consultant for over 10 years and had her own business since 2001.

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