• http://www.domainersgazette.com Domainer’s Gazette

    Hey Matt,

    interesting article.. wondered if you might expand on one point..

    You mentioned the Admin Contact has the ability to change the Registrant information… would the Admin contact be able to do this over the phone with the domain registrar, or would he need username & password access to the actual domain account?

    thanks man..

  • http://www.thehotiron.com/ Mike Maddaloni

    Unfortunately there are unscrupulous people on all sides of the fence. A domain name owner should also have a contract with whomever is registering and/or managing the domain name, as contact information can be changed rather easily.


  • http://www.cavanmoon.com Cavan Moon

    Nice article, couldn’t have been better timed for me since I was about to email a client on properly registering all their domains. I sent them a link to this article instead. The one thing I’d add is the importance of registering your domains for a long time once they’ve been developed and setting them to renew automatically. And keeping a master list of all your domains and their relevant information is always a good idea.

  • http://www.emarketingperformance.com st0n3y

    Good article Matt. We’ve seen this many times before and are always careful to make sure the companies we work for maintain ownership of any domains we set up for them. It’s sad that this kind of thing happens.

  • http://www.smallbusinesssem.com/ Matt McGee

    Thanks for the kind comments, folks.

    DG – it’s been a while since I’ve been involved in registering and managing domains for clients, but as I recall, the Admin contact can use the phone to manage the domain. They have to prove who they are, but I’m not sure how that proof had to be offered.

  • http://www.reaper-x.com Reaper-X

    Hello Matt,

    Nice article, but i have a question. What if the domain owner (me for example) use domain privacy to protect his identity ? Since domain privacy doesn’t list your name on the whois record

  • http://www.seolid.com/ seolid.com

    We always insist that new clients who are embracing the internet world register their domain names themself. We insist on that since we have had similar clients coming to us with the same kind of problem. We use a simple analogy: you buy a home and you are the legal owner. A domain name is an asset and should get the same kind of protection as movable and non movable assets.

  • Matt McGee

    That’s a good policy, seolid.com. You can’t go wrong that way.

    Reaper — the privacy thing doesn’t change the domain record, it just hides it from prying eyes. At the registrar, as long as you’re listed as the Registrant, that’s what counts.