119This applies to anyone who has a website or email address with their business name in it (like Root-InfoTech.com). If you don’t have a website and your email address ends with gmail.com, aol.com, att.net, etc. then skip this.

Most businesses leave the details of their internet domain name(s) to an IT person, often someone who is a contractor. Why? Because it’s technical and hard to understand. But do you want to take a chance of losing your domain name because someone else forgets to renew it? I’m going to explain how you can keep an eye on your domain information, even if someone else administers it for you.

First, a quick explanation. A domain name is an internet name you use for your website, email, blog and other online services. Examples of domain names are microsoft.com, google.com, root-infotech.com, and your-business-name.com. You should own your own domain name, so that even if you change your internet provider from AT&T or Verizon, or Time Warner to someone else, your domain name, website name and email addresses all stay the same.

To get a wealth of information about your domain name, open up a browser and go to:

http://who.is

Type your domain name such as root-infotech.com into the large search box and press enter. Key pieces of information to make note of are:

  1. Registrar name – this is the company that your domain name was reserved through. Examples are GoDaddy.com, 1and1.com and networksolutions.com.
  2. Expires on – this is the date that your reserved domain name expires. Don’t let it lapse.
  3. A little farther down the page are “registrant name” and “registrant organization”. If you don’t see your name and company there, then it could be that your IT person put it in his or her name. If so, get it changed. If something ever happens to sour your relationship, you don’t want to have your internet name held hostage.