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domain issue.

1:09 pm on Apr 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If I won a domain but it is hosted on somebody elses account can I claim it back even if that person does not want to release it to me?

How do I stand guys?

1:50 pm on Apr 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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When you say "win" a domain, do you mean win a domain dispute, win it through a drop names auction, or something else?

If the domain is yours, the person should not have a choice in releasing it to you.

Could you provide more information?

1:53 pm on Apr 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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sorry mate I mean that I "OWN" the domain but it is currently hosted under somebody elses hosting account.

Simply ringing the hosting company should that sort it?

1:59 pm on Apr 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If you own the domain then can't you log into your domain registrar's system and change the DNS?
9:26 pm on Apr 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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call or contact your registrar, not the hosting company. they've got nothing to do with this. This is a really easy problem to solve, if you are the owner, and the registrar knows you are the owner. You just change the DNS settings on the domain so they point somewhere else. For example, to a different hosting company of your choice.
By the way, this doesn't transfer the website itself (it's stored at the hosting company).
If you believe you own that as well, then you'll need to go to the site and save it to your hard drive or something. There are ways.
9:33 pm on Apr 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jtara is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member

Technically, domain registration and hosting are completely seperate.

Practically, domain registration companies often also provide hosting services, and hosting companies resell domain registration services, so things can get complicated.

This is why this advice is often repeated here:

- Do not get hosting and registration from the same company!

- Make sure that YOU hold the keys (password, registrant name, etc.) to your registrations!

- It's really not a great idea to have hosting in somebody else's name, either.

I assume you hired somebody to handle the technical details of running your web site and/or generating/formatting content, and they made things "convenient" for you, by opening hosting and/or domain registration accounts in their own name.

More like convenient for them when you want to discontinue their services, and they now have you over a barrel.

You probably need to make sure you understand the legal ownership of your content as well. Do you actually own your content, and will you be able to legally take control of it? That's unclear, given your description.

How do you intend to prove that you are the owner of either the domain or the content? Do you have written contracts? Do they clearly state that you are the owner?

Better to have made sure that it was your name on the accounts and that you had access to the logins and passwords...

Would you buy a car, and let the salesman put the title in his own name? Or buy a house and let the real-estate agent, or a remodeling contractor put the title in their name?

Amazingly, people do the equivalent on the Internet every day.

9:39 pm on Apr 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the replys. They was pushed on to a friend and now circumstances have changed. I have to wait untill monday morning now. Ouch!

Just to make things clearer. The domain was regsitered with the same hosting company!