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Registrar permissions & Editing a website after purchasing the domain.

I have a domain in mind that is available for purchase, but I'd like to know more about being a webmaster before committing the purchase.

  1. Does the registrar have permission to alter the website in any way after the purchase is made? Do they have permission to disable a website? If not them, does anyone other than the owner have permission to alter or disable the website?

  2. How is the website updated after a domain is purchased? Whether the HTML/CSS files are updated in a text editor (Notepad++, ST2), or if the website is edited in a web design program (Dreamweaver, Expression Web, Photoshop), what is the process of transferring the changes made locally to a website on the internet.

Any good information on the role of a webmaster would be much appreciated.

1 Answer

Hi Christopher Sea,

I guess you want to host your website at a regular web hosting service (which is also the easiest way). You have to read the terms of service from the web hosting service you choose. But in general a web hosting service is able and allowed to disable a website under certain conditions. One example could be that they don't receive any payment, and thus cancel the service which also disables your website.

Most of the time, the web hosting service grants you permissions to a certain root folder. Often they are called www or html. You'd have to upload your local files into this folder. Your main index file had to be in the root folder, because this file would get called whenever a request would be made to your domain.

You'd have to upload your local files to the remote server in order to update your website. You could do this for example with FTP. One free and open source tool to upload your files via FTP is the FileZilla project.

If you have any further questions, just let me know.

Thank you.