Domain Management

Domain Management

This is the most essential part of any website and needs to be carefully monitored and managed on at least an annual basis. In many respects your domain record is the deed to your building lot, the property on which you build your Internet house. You should review it for proper ownership, contacts and appropriate DNS configuration. 

Registrant

The “registrant” is not just the secretary or webmaster who setup the domain. The registrant should be treated as the “owner” of the domain, with all the legal implications that entails, regardless of whether the domain sounds like your company name or not. The registrant IS the owner. 

Administrative Contact

The “administrative contact” is your legal agent, or the person who controls your domain. This may be someone technical, but it should rather be someone with major decision-making power on your website. While all aspects of the admin’s contact information are important, the email is most essential. Domain registrars will do all their business by email confirmation before any other method. Fax confirmations are secondary. 

Name Servers & DNS

The name servers and DNS settings are extremely sensitive and very technical. In my experience, most professionals setting this part of the domain record are only guessing at what it does. This is the overall “start of authority” and can be used to manipulate your web presence in many ways, such as distributed hosting, and dedicated mail services. It’s important to note that a DNS settings may also be set down the line at the host servers to achieve various results.