I am stunned at how many web developers are willing to register clients’ domain names AND KEEP THEM!
The first rule when you start working with a technical or specialzed field, make sure you know what you are paying for and what you own afterwords.
It makes me sick to see web developers take advantage of those not in the know. We all have to make a living, but I refuse to hold client’s domain names hostage. Or require an over-the-top fee for renewals.
What do you do about it?
If anybody suggest they will buy a domain name for you, make sure that is what they are doing.Once the name is registered the developers should either ask you to set-up your own account at the domain registar and push the name to you. Or set-up the account for you and buy the name with you there or on the phone.
Reason: You will own your domain name, the thing that all your emails that end with @yourwebsite.com controls.
Never give up control on your domain name! It’s your business, you should own your assests.
Oregon Publishing requires that all clients take ownership of their domains if one or more were purchased on behalf of a client.
That’s just policy and business.