Make sure you have a record of your ‘domain manager’ account… Why? Because of this too common scenario:

Your web design company registers on your behalf, years ago, when all was unquestionably rosie and trusty. Something you haven’t realised though is they have sets they own email address in the primary contact details. Not good practice, but it happens. A lot. They should only be technical contact… not the owner of the house.

So now, maybe because you’ve received a renewal notice from the web company and realised that you’re paying twice the price of a normal domain registration… maybe you want to transfer to another provider…

Whatever the reason, to do this unfortunately, you’re going to need to click on an approval link at some point… that will be sent via email. That’s just the process, no work around it. So if that email address isn’t yours, now you have it: someone else’s index finger is in control. And this is the start of bad break up stickiness.

If they’re still in business…
and they answer the phone…
and you ready for the guilt trip… here is the conversation that generally ensue:

‘What? What do you mean you need your apartment’s key?
– Well, because it’s my key…
– Yeah but but why do you need it?
– Well since it’s my key I think I should have it…
– Why would you say that…? Don’t you have a spare?
– Well no actually, you took the only one and I can’t get in…
– But if I give it to you then I can’t go to your house! Why would you do that to me? Is there someone else?
– well actually there is…
– What, what did I do wrong?…’ etc etc etc.

RRRRRhaa…

Just don’t give your key away! Make sure
1) you have a record of your ‘Domain manager’ login and password
or (ideally ‘and’)
2) Your domain contact information has YOUR email address.