As a business owner you have plenty of responsibilities: taxes, payroll, sales, marketing… the list goes on. So, when someone from your marketing agency is working on website for you they may register a domain name for your company. Should you let them do it? What are the issues that may arise if they do? Can you register the domain yourself?
Let’s take a look at each of these questions:
- Should you let your marketing agency register your domain name? It depends. If they are registering it on your behalf and will list you in the registration as a contact you probably should let them do it. A better idea is that they register it for you and then transfer it to you immediately.
- What are the issues that may arise if your marketing agency registers your domain name? We’ve seen a variety of issues arise. Sometimes the agency has some kind of wacky agreement that you have to buy the domain name from them at some hyper-inflated price. Sometimes the agency won’t release the domain ever. And other times the agency will transfer/release the domain name to you.
- Can you register the domain yourself? Absolutely, there are lots of options. Our favorite is Namecheap
The important thing is that you get real clear information about the domain name and what happens if you part ways with your agency. There are very few reasons why an agency should hold your domain name hostage.