Would it be safer and more secure if you register a domain from a registrar in your own country? For instance, i'm in Canada. Let's say i register a domain from a Canadian based registrar, which becomes very popular (and valuable) later on. And let's say the registrar loses or steals my domain. Wouldn't it be easier for me to take legal action against them in Canada (since we're both there), as opposed to a US based company?
And let's say the registrar loses or steals my domain. Wouldn't it be easier for me to take legal action against them in Canada (since we're both there), as opposed to a US based company?
On those 2 aspects alone, it makes sense to register your domain name with one
based in Canada.
However, be aware that most registrars have taken excellent care in making their
disclaimers, limits of liabilities, etc. That won't stop you from taking legal action if
you have valid grounds to do so, but their legal fine prints can still protect them
and even give them due cause to sue you.
I agree with bronzedirt, though: you have little to nothing to worry about if you
choose a good registrar. What you should be prepared for, though, is to pay extra
if you want extra support.
With many registrars charging about $6-10 per year for .com, they have little to no
incentive to help you should complex and potential legal issues occur. They'll do
what they can to protect your domain name, but you should do your part as well.
If you register with a registrar in your own country then you are dealing with them under the laws of your own country, which can often make things easier.
Being UK-based I would certainly never use anything other than a UK-based company to register .uk domains. I am currently using a US-based company for GTLD domains (for largely historical reasons) but would use a UK company if I was starting again.
i dont think so ... this realy doesnt matters ... it more depends on features and controls they are providing with domain
It doesn't matter if all goes well and there are no problems or disputes. If there is any kind of problem or dispute (say, a registrar terminating your domain for some alleged "violation") it's much easier to go to court (or refer matters to consumer protection bodies) in your own country than in some place the other side of the world.
Thinking that all that matters are the features on a control panel is pretty naive IMVHO.
Ok, what about web hosting, does it matter what country i get it from? Or is that less risky? Would it be easy for me to switch my site to another host if i get shut down?
If you have control of your domain then switching hosts is no problem. Always make sure that...:
- Your details (and not someone else's) are in the registrant field of the registration
- Your details (and not someone else's) are in the admin contact field of the registration
- You don't register your domain through your web hosting company
- You don't arrange hosting through your registration company
As for "own country vs another country": Anything that involves any kind of contractual relationship (whether it's web hosting or ordering goods) is always best done in your own country because you don't have to worry about trying to get your money back from someone the other side of the world. Cross-border transactions always carry some extra degree of risk. I have ordered goods and services from abroad in the full knowledge of that extra risk, and so far I have not had any problems... but I am always very conscious of that extra risk, and I prefer to use suppliers in the UK if I can.
Technically: Is not important because you go with the registry for any kind of dispute.
Morally: Important, because you should support the businesses in your own company.
Have you ever tried to get a GTLD registry to resolve a dispute with a registrar??? Or are you simply saying what you're saying because you think that's how things work?
When you register a GTLD domain your contract is with the registrar, under the jurisdiction of the country in which the registrar is based or incorporated. If disputes (especially disputes of a financial nature) cannot be resolved direct the only recourse you have is through the courts of the country under whose jurisdiction you entered into the contract - i.e., the courts of the country in which the registrar is based. If you are in the UK and your registrar is in India then your contract with your registrar is made under Indian law, not UK law nor the law of the country where the registry is based.
The problem lies with the Verisign managed tld's and Verisign policies allowing registrars to start and confirm a domain name registrar transfer procedure without a need for confirmation from the registrant.
So as a registrar, we can start a domain name transfer process for any domain name
if it is not locked,
and confirm the registrar transfer on behalf of the client without a need to access the admin email address or his password.
Once a registrar with bad intentions got the domain name transferred under the registrars account with Verisign, he can change the ownership by his own tools given by Versign (change the registrant).
Please note that there are around 500 ICANN registrars and only a couple of them notorious with this kind of activities. Being aware of these registrars and the way they attract domain name registrants to their system is also necessary.
In order to protect that to happen to your domain name, make sure you registrar-lock the domain name with your registrar.
You are the legal owner of the domain name for the time the domain is registered as long as you have your name in the registrant field of the domain name.
Make sure your name is there under your name and your domain name is kept locked and you should not even worry about losing your domain name.
After that stage of losing the registrant ownership, that would be very costly and almost impossible to get your domain name back if your registrar does not agree or help.
So, tie your monkey tight and don't worry that he runs away overnight.