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Did you work with a website developer or marketing agency to build your website?
Do you have a business partner?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you may not be the owner of your business' website.
That comes as a shock to many entrepreneurs, who usually make this discovery in times of a crisis.
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Today, we are going to be empowered. And after this webinar, you're gonna know exactly who owns every single element on your website. You're gonna know how to hire a website freelancer that you can trust and how to structure the project so that the work gets done on time and on budget. And you're also gonna know how to do basic website tasks yourself, which is really, really important. There are just certain things that you need to be able to do on your own website.
All right, so let's talk about the elements of your website and how you can find out who owns them. These are the four different elements of your website. You have a domain name, like amazon.com, socialmedia.com, cabinsofbirchhollow.com, thevalleyhive.com. Your domain name is basically the URL that is your address on the internet. Now, that is separate from your website, and most people don't understand that. It's separate. Your website hosting is where your website lives. Again, that's separate from your domain name. And most people buy their website hosting and domain names through GoDaddy. I have some other recommendations, but GoDaddy is a perfectly fine company. All of my domain names are there, and I have hosting for my minor websites there. I don't have it for my major website. But for most people, it's fine.
You also have the content on your website, which could be the design itself. It could be the images, the text. Anything that you have on your website, your store catalog, your reservation system, whatever that is, that's the content on your website. Who owns that? And then you have your website software, plugins, and tools. Who owns those? If your software developer own the license, do you own it? It's a fair question. So we're gonna look at all these.
So first, who owns your website domain and hosting? Well, a lot of times what I have found is that if you hire a website developer, they will often put things in their own name, just because it's easier. I don't think that most of them are trying to mislead you. It's just easier to have things in their name and go to their email, because they can complete your project faster. However, a lot of times they won't change it over to be in your name, or sometimes they just wanna own it. So here's how you can find this out. There's two tools that I'm gonna give you access to, and they're both free. The first one is icann.org. Now, I'm gonna put this in the chat window.
Oh, and [Marge 00:03:10] says, "I also have suggestions for website hosting. I recently left GoDaddy, who was always trying to sell me something." Yes, they will, Marge. They're big on the upsell. I'm actually a big fan of GoDaddy, though. They have 24/7 telephone support, and that's something that I recommend that everybody has access to.
Okay, ICANN is the international organization that regulates domain names, and so you can go here and enter in your domain name and it will tell you who owns it. So I'm gonna put in my domain name and click, "look up." And then I have to confirm that I'm not a robot. Okay. So it's gonna show you a lot of stuff, here. Basically you wanna look at all this registration, admin, and tech contact. The registrant is really the most important thing, because that is who your website is registered too, that domain name. You see my name and address here.The other thing that you wanna look at is registrar. That is where your domain is registered. And here you can see it's registered with GoDaddy. That's important. You want to know who owns it and where is it. Because that way, if you can see somebody else owns it, you need to make some changes. They either need to put it in your name, or you need to change your domain name.