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Originally Posted by HostLeet View Post
To be completely honest, I think your best option is to pay the guy and ask him for your website files or access to the server itself. The same goes for your domain name. This way you can:

A). Transfer the domain name and website files to another provider of your own choosing where you have total control over both.

B). Manage both yourself using the guy’s current provider, without him interfering.

Either way, you kind of screwed yourself by hiring someone to take care of everything for you (including registering your domain name and hosting), and then letting him go without taking the proper steps to ensure your website would continue to be live. You said it yourself…

Kind of giving into blackmail it sounds like.. I think you need to read your contracts and explore your options.

EDIT: If what he is doing is outside of the contract AND you don’t actually owe him any money then a nice cease and desist letter might change his attitude real quick. At that point it would be advisable to try and get ownership of your domain and files.

I have deals with customers where they don’t own their actual site however, I develop the site and, in a way, they lease it from me.

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