Recently we developed a website for a local company, and then realized that their website hosting and domain had been purchased through an individual, who was a re-seller for another company. As we ran into issues (their web hosting company was not a good platform for their new WordPress site) we talked with our clients about switching their hosting/domain to a better fit. It was during this process that we realized the individual they had been working with was listed as the main registrant on their domain name. Does this sound messy yet? It is!
The bottom line is – YOU, the OWNER of YOUR COMPANY should be the one who owns your intellectual property, including the domain name. You need to be listed as the owner, and if you trust (and pay) someone else to set up your accounts for you, you need to ask for proof that you are listed as the sole account owner/registrant.
The consequences of not having your name listed as the account owner/registrant means that if you become dissatisfied with the service you’re being provided with, there are all kinds of barriers that can be put up to prevent you from switching your $$$ and your account over to another service. This won’t be fun for you to deal with, and certainly not fun for your web developer to deal with.
Our best advice if you’re not comfortable completing the domain name buying process on your own is to have a professional web developer walk you through it, make sure you use your own credit card, email address, and put in your business name as the registrant on the account.