Chances are that if you have a Website, you initially hired someone to get it set up/ launched. This means that the umbrella term of 'your Website' incorporates three main elements, namely your domain (better known as your Web address, or your URL); your hosting (the server space you rent from a hosting company) and, of course, the actual Website, which contains all of your uploaded images, HTML files, and so on.

Under ideal circumstances, you should have three separate providers for these elements - the hosting company, the domain name registrar and the Web designer. In this way, if something goes wrong with one of the providers, you still have access to/ control over the other two. If, for example, problems with your host arise, you can still access your content and domain, meaning you can change hosts comparatively easy.

If, like many other Website owners, you have all three elements under one provider, this may cause all sorts of issues if something goes wrong, and at worst, you could find yourself having to start a whole new site as a result. It is therefore necessary under all circumstances to ensure that you have full administrative access to/ control over every one of these elements. This means you need to:

Know the domain registrar's company name
Have user name/ password access to your domain
Be listed as the domain's legal owner
Know where your site is hosted
Have FTP (File Transfer Protocol) user name/ password access to your site on the server

Anything less means you do not really own your site - and could lose access to it if issues arise.

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