I recently spoke to a local business about their website. The domain name is a word in pretty wide use, and part of the branding of the business. I'd guess it's worth between £2,000 and £3,000 on the open market and many times that to the business itself.
As usual I used whois.domaintools.com to check the registration and server details for the site, to discover that it was registered in the name of the original web developer.
All too often, many web designers and developers seem to register their customers' domain names to themselves.
This is potentially a recipe for disaster. If you fall out with your web designer, lose contact with them or decide to take your business elsewhere, you could find yourself without your prized domain name. If you put your business up for sale, you could find that the domain cannot be counted among its assets.
So, go to whois.domaintools.com and enter the domain name of your website. Check the registrant name. If it's not you or your business, get in touch with us and we'll try to help you take control of this important asset.
I am happy to say that the business in question has heeded our advice and had the registration details amended. They now own their domain name.