So You’re Not Listed as the Registrant for Your Website. Now What?

dont-own-your-website-now-whatSo, you’ve discovered you’re not the true owner of your website.  You pay your webmaster for the registration as well as the hosting, and you paid for the design of the site.  Taking all that into account, how can you not be the owner???

When you retained a company or individual to build your site, the first thing they would have done was to register a domain name on your behalf. When they did that, apparently they listed themselves as the Registrant (or owner).

Let’s give your designer the benefit of the doubt and presume this is not because they want to bully you into staying with them as your provider.  Let’s say it’s a matter of convenience or because they simply don’t know any better.  How do you remedy the situation?

Well, if you’re on good terms with your designer, you could simply ask them to list you as the Registrant.  If the relationship has become less than amicable, however, you will need to initiate a dispute through a Dispute Resolution Provider like the National Arbitration Forum.   If their determination is not in your favor, you can escalate your dispute through the dispute resolution center of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (

When all else fails, you may need to find an attorney who specializes in Internet law. I certainly hope it doesn’t come to that for you and you’re able to reach a resolution before it escalates to that!

Who Owns Your Website?

Who Owns Your Website?

Some of you may be thinking, “Well, that’s a silly question…I do!”  And that would be logically sound…but not necessarily true.  Many entrepreneurs and small business owners assume when they hire a web designer that, since the page is being designed for their company, they also own the website.  If someone else designed your website on your behalf, I recommend you visit the WHOIS Lookup to ensure ownership of your website lies with you or your company/organization.  Here’s how:

  • Go to
  • In the Domain Name field, enter the url of your website (example:
  • Type the two displayed words in the Captcha box and then click the Search button.
  • WhoIs will bring you to a search results page

Depending on your domain registration provider, you will want your name or your organization/company name to appear at the very least as the Registrant/Organisation listing.  Your web designer may appear as the Admin and/or Tech contact(s), and that’s not a problem, but allowing them to appear as the Registrant is like letting your mechanic hold the title to your car.  Also, make sure you and your designer agree who will own the “intellectual property” of your website when it’s complete.  This article covers that subject in detail.

Next post, learn what to do if you discover you are not listed as the Registrant of your own website.

How to Overcome Failure and Take Back Success | Melissa Galt

This really resonated with me, especially the Pursuit of Happyness clip.  Just the kick in the pants I needed this morning, when everything seems to be going wrong!

How Bad Do You Want It?

Do you want success so bad you can taste it?  How about this:



Yeah, I get that.  With nearly every waking breath, I am thinking of ways I want/need to help my clients (and potential clients), ultimately becoming successful through their successes.

I think part of why I love what I do SO much is that I get a sense of having helped someone to become MORE…just a little bit more than they were yesterday… a little MORE of who and/or what they want to be.  At the same time, I get the privilege of helping them to become LESS… a little less burdened, a little less distracted from what they really love about what THEY do.  That is the success I crave and that keeps me doing what I do!

No One Succeeds Instantly

mickey-rooney-successMickey Rooney said, “You always pass failure on the way to success”.  This is an excellent thought to focus on at those times you might feel like beating yourself up over some misstep or some business decision that brought less than stellar results.  No successful person or company got that way without some mistakes along the way.  Even companies that have achieved great success have gone on to very public failures.  Can you say New Coke?

So, give yourself a break, take a breath, and give it another try, keeping in mind what you tried that didn’t work so you don’t make the same misstep again.

Here are some more inspirational quotes to help keep you going when the going gets tough in your small business:

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

~ Arianna Huffington

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

~ Michael Jordan

My best successes came on the heels of failures.

~ Barbara Corcoran

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

~ Dale Carnegie

I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.

~ Oprah Winfrey

Failures are infinitely more instructive than successes.

~ George Clooney

Sometimes in life you don’t always feel like a winner, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a winner.

~Lady Gaga

Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.

~ Mike Ditka

I’m not saying I’m great at failing, but if you’re…into the learning process, you accept that you’re going to suck at things.

~ Madonna