Do You Own Your Website?

Sometimes when a business contracts with a web development company to create a web page the domain is registered in the name of the web developer not the name of the business. This can be a very big deal if the web developer goes out of business or if the business owner wants to change from one vendor to another. There is an online tool called whois you can use to check to see who owns a domain name. You can access whois from Go Daddy or any domain registry site. Just type in the domain and whois will tell you who owns it.

Also be sure and check the web development agreement. It is not unusual for the developer to claim ownership or copyright to all your web content.

Sadly I have heard from a number of dentists who report trouble from the vendor when they try and change providers. In some cases they even needed to get a lawyer involved and are still having problems.

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