What is a Domain Name?
Your domain name is the unique address or identifier for your website. For example, if your website is www.bugsbunnybuggies.com, then your domain name is "bugsbunnybuggies.com". You can purchase a domain name through a variety of websites and hosting sites. Before you do that, make sure you understand how to own your domain name.
Access Your Domain Name
If you have already purchased your domain name through a domain registrar or web host like Google Domains or GoDaddy, you can get access to it by logging into that site.
What is the Difference Between a Domain Name Website Host?
A website host or hosting service leases you space on a server to store all the information on your website. The server is where your website's files and database are located and accessed by your visitors and search engine bots. Popular hosting companies include GoDaddy, BlueHost, HostGator, iPage, and many more. Dealr.cloud is also a website host.
Who Owns My Domain Name?
There are a number of ways you can establish a domain name for your website. Not all of them are created equal. Depending on how you set up your domain name, you may or may not own your domain name! Most dealerships establish their website and domain name in one of two ways below.
If you purchased your domain name through a domain registrar or web host like Google Domains or GoDaddy, you probably own your domain and can get access to it by logging into that site.
If you contracted a third party company to build your website and set up your domain, it's possible that the contractor purchased your domain themselves and therefore own your domain. Many contractors and service providers do this to encourage you to continue to use their services. You can find out by contacting your contractor or service provider and asking them who owns your domain name and how you can access it.
How Do I Get My Domain Name Back
If you find out that your contractor or service provider owns your domain, you basically have two options.
Ask the service provider to transfer the domain to you.
** They may or may not agree to transfer your domain to you. If they do agree to transfer your domain name, they will often charge a fee.
If your contractor or service provider will not give you your domain name back, your only other option is to purchase a new domain name and move your website. For example, if your service provider owns "bugsbunnybuggies.com" and won't relinquish it, you might consider bugsbunnybuggies.net, bbbuggies.com, or bunnybuggies.com.
Why is this important?
Owning your domain gives you control over your website, and is important for dealr.cloud to host your website. Your website is how people find you in this increasingly digital age. If you are not visible on the internet, your business will suffer for it. At dealr.cloud, we believe in enabling each dealer to be as successful as possible. For this reason we will never own your domain name for you! We want you to own what is yours.