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Clarification needed on website ownership.
On the FAQs page it states
“Keep in mind most web builders out there don’t even give you ownership of your site after you have built it. As long as you stay with one of our Official Hosts for one year, you own your site.”
Further down the FAQs page,
“Yes, sites you make using BoldGrid and WordPress are your sites.”
So when I pay money to create an account with BoldGrid do I own the domain name? And do I own it now or one year from now?
Thank you for asking your question to clarify the FAQ statements regarding ownership of the website. There shouldn’t be a cost associated with BoldGrid, it’s simply a plugin that you can download and install to your WordPress site. Now, paying for Hosting and paying for the domain registration are different. Hosting subscriptions typically provide service to broadcast your website online. However, domain registration reserves the right to use the domain itself as the registered owner (for the period of time you selected when purchasing the domain). BoldGrid is not a domain registrar. The files and data that are used to build the website you host, on the domain of your choice, will belong to you. The domain name itself would be owned by
It’s important to note that BoldGrid is not a domain registrar. This means that BoldGrid is not able to register ownership of a domain on your behalf. The domain name itself would be owned by whoever pays the registration of it. However, the files and data that are used to build the BoldGrid website you host, on the domain you register, will belong to you.
The FAQ is mainly concerning the fact that some website builders will not allow you access to the database(s) and site files (to move to another host, for example). Therefore, you do not have “ownership” of those files/data. However, since WordPress/BoldGrid can easily be installed on most host’s servers, you can take the site files and data with you, if you change hosts. Be sure to review the terms of service with the host you choose, as that should clarify if you will own the domain or if you will just be able to host the domain, along with the term length. Either way, your BoldGrid website is yours to take with you wherever you can install WordPress/BoldGrid.
I hope this helps!
Sure thing Will! Glad I could be of assistance.
If you’re looking around for a host, I would recommend InMotion Hosting. Although they are not a direct registrar, you can purchase your hosting and domain registration through them. This helps to ensure your renewals are processed in a unified manner, which can help avoid a lapse in or expiration of services. You can even elect to have BoldGrid automatically installed upon provisioning of your hosting account. Most importantly, their Support is #1 as well!
Good luck with your site!