Do You Think You Own Your Website? – Think Again

February 27, 2010 by  Filed under: other 

There are a couple of things to think of when you purchase a website from a web design company. You may think that you have control of your website, but sometimes that is not always the case.

1. Who owns the domain name?

A domain name, in simple terms, acts as an identifier for numerically addressed Internet locations, or an IP address. In order to gain control of a domain name, one must register the domain name or have it transferred into their name. Website design companies often register your domain name of choice on your behalf. The domain name that you asked your website developer to register for you may not actually be in your name.

It may be in your best interest to register your own domain name, and provide the web development company with your username and password so that they can update the DNS settings to point your domain name to your account on their server. Once that is complete and your new website is up and running and you can access it on the World Wide Web, you will want to change your password so that only your company knows what it is. Just Google the search phrase “register my domain name” and you should find a few good companies where you can register your own domain name.

2. If you change where your website is hosted, do you have access to your website?

Web design companies often host the website on their server, or their hosting reseller account. It is common practice to charge a monthly fee for this service, and support of your email and server uptime should be included in this fee, provided that any support issues are server related.

Should you find that the hosting service is lacking, such as email issues, slow website loading times, or the server being down more than 1% of the time, you may wish to research a new hosting provider. When the unfortunate time comes to switch providers, you will want to ensure that the website design firm will provide you with all of the website files and database and structure.

Ask your web developer about their policies regarding switching hosting providers at any time. Make sure you ask them if they will copy all the files to you, including any the website may have. You may be able to get the account’s Cpanel copy, which, depending on a server’s setup, may make the transfer go more smoothly. It is best to enquire. You have invested hard earned revenue for your company’s website. Make sure that this investment does not go down the drain.

Wayne Peters is the CEO of The Creation Studio: – a website design company.

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