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They are the legal owners of the domain, but how can I get the domain back so I can actually use it?
Thanks in advance!
If they are then the who-is should also tell you who the agent is and this may put you on the right track of finding out who is hosting the site. I take it that the site is actually working at the moment. You may even be able to get a hint from the name servers or the name of the server that the machine is hosted on.
Of course, just because the domain was registered in 99 or 2000, if it's expired and been registered by someone else that makes life much more difficult (if not impossible).
I have tried a whois lookup and the company is infact the legal owner of the domain, and it is not due to expire until March 2007!
The administrative contact listed has been contacted, who was the old web designer. He insists that several years ago when he didn't bother completing the job he passed on the domain details to the company. But the company have no record of the details.
It gets more confusing the further I look into it!
I was thinking of transferring the domain name, but I don't think this is possible unless I can access the original domain?
Once this has been done you should be able to force a name server change to point to a new host and publish the site on the new host.
Registry Lock means that it takes an extra step to move to a new registry/agent ( I think).
Some times the regitrant as well as admin will get the login details.
If the registrant dosent get the details then as nice as you can be ask the old admin to please check his email for the details ..he will get them ...the login details are NOT revert to the regitrar
Thanks for that.
This might be a stupid question but where would I login? The old administrator doesn't even know what company the domain is registered!
1.do a whois www. whois .sc
2.click domain explorer
3.type in domin name
a page will pop up with all the information ...where it's registred at when it expires etc..
Thank you for visiting the InterNIC website!
InterNIC is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It is licensed to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which operates this web site.
With those papers the registrar should be able to change the admin contact on the domain.
You might be able to get away with less proof if the registrar is slack :-)
He'd need to fax over some ID and the company documents showing he is the legal representative of the company.
I agree with SlyOldDog and Rodney on this. That is how its done.
If the Admin contact is being "unhelpful" and without the facts who knows what sort of gripe he has with the company owning the URL - they may owe him money, or whatever. Then do as suggested, contact the Registrar concerned with proof that they are the owner.
It will take longer than if the Adin contact were helpful, but will be much quicker than messing round with the Admin contact if they are being unhelpful
Do a whois , retrive your domains.
Get the Records of the Domains, for example if the domain is .com , get the equivalent .net , .org and other new ones if registered to your name
Get a free account with a domain registrar where you can manage all your domains with a control
Once the domains are in your control manage with controls using the automated tools like managing dns , managing expiry with auto renewals etc.
I'm confused, by registrar do you mean the company the domain is registered with?
Yup. It's like this:
1. Use any WHOIS service to lookup the domain name's registration record. It'll tell you who's listed as the registrant, admin contact, their respective contact details, etc.
2. The line "Registrar" will tell you where the domain name is registered with. In reality, only companies called "registrars" are allowed to register and manage domain names.
3. Once you find out who the sponsoring registrar is, contact them and ask how to gain access to the domain name. Follow their instructions to the letter, but be sure to ask even the dumbest questions to ensure you understand them completely.
I will suggest you to find out the registrar( by doing whois) and then google for the contact details of the registrar. You explain them the full case and they will come up with the best possible way to help you.
Thats how I managed to get a domain back from a Registrar. Also tell the registrar that you want to renew the domain( don't say transfer). lol... you need to show him that you will give them business.
Hope This helps,
If the domain is registered in somone else's account and transfer request emails go to them (you can see who has control via whois) and you have no legal agreement stating that's it's your company's domain... well' it's not your company's domain anymore.
The bottom line is in the absence of a legal agreement, ownership is bascially determined by access.
The company that owns the domain is still able to create new e-mail addresses/mailboxes for new employees, so surely they would have domain information as well?
This would only be true if the current dns servers registered at the registrar is not changed and it is pointing your mx record to the address specified.
If it isn't, they can add hundreds of email addresses and none of it will reach them.
You should first try and take back control of the domain soonest possible otherwise you won't be able to do anything if your present hosting want to increase their fee ten times or when it expires, no one can renew it.