Ways a WordPress Site is Like a House: Just Because You Have the Keys Doesn’t Mean You Have the Title

When you buy a home, you likely have several people helping you. People such as a realtor, a mortgage officer, a house inspector, an insurance agent, perhaps even a builder. But it would never occur to you to just throw up your hands and say “you do it for me” and let them make all the decisions and sign all the papers with their names on it. You shouldn’t do that with your website either.

A website, and especially a domain name, is a legal piece of property that is governed by the same laws that control other property. If it’s not in your name, you don’t own it. Or at the very least, it will be difficult and perhaps expensive to prove you do.

Whether you build your website yourself or have someone build it for you, make sure your web domain is in your name. How can you tell? Go to http://www.whois.net/ and look to see the name listed as “Registrant Name.” Is it you? If not, you need to contact the registrar listed and begin to sort it out. (And if you’re building websites for other people, you should never put yourself as the registrant even if you do it for your client!)

straightTALK: Make sure your website’s domain is in your name.