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Our guest blogger today is a chick, and a very talented one at that. Oh, I’m not insulting her. She’s Paige Eissinger one of 2 Smart Chix who love to share their views from the coop!
Do You Own Your Web Site?
Of course you own your web site. You pay for it, don’t you? Don’t be so sure. You may be just a tenant!
Personally, I advise anyone who wants their own domain name to register it themselves with a reputable registrar like GoDaddy before he or she even creates a site. That ensures you that yes, you DO own your domain and have complete control over what web host you use. If, however, you prefer to hand that task over to a webmaster who will be designing your web site and providing your hosting, just make sure you ask a few simple questions up front:
- Who will be listed as the domain registrant? You may choose to let your webmaster be the administrative and/or technical contact, but make sure your name is listed as the registrant.
- How can I access my domain registration? Hopefully, your designer will be happy to share the login information with you. If the answer to that question is, “You can’t. I have to do it for you,” then you may want to look for another designer.
- How can I access my web site? Again, your webmaster should be happy to provide you with login information for your web hosting control panel. You need to decide up front with your designer which features your web hosting account offers and which features you can actually access via your control panel. It’s also a good idea to keep a local copy of your website on your own computer.
- Who will pay for the domain registration and web hosting? How will the billing be handled? Make sure both you and your webmaster completely understand who will assume financial responsibility for keeping those accounts current.
Asking these simple questions protects both your interests and those of your webmaster. In the event something happens to your webmaster, your web site will not be held hostage because you don’t know who to contact or how to access your domain and web hosting accounts. Your webmaster will feel confident in having you as a client if you show your willingness to assume your financial obligations on the front end.
Now, do you own your web site? You bet you do!
About the author
Paige Eissinger has owned and operated 2 Smart Chix LLC since 1999. She offers start up web site, blogging, and podcasting services for small business owners who need outside assistance to get started with a new web site or blog, or to maintain their current web sites. In 2004, she started Views from the Coop, an anti-geek technology podcast for non-tekkies. She currently co-hosts VFTC as an internet radio show on Blog Talk Radio with WordPress expert, Kim Beasley. Paige has personally experienced the frustration of small business owners with “hostage” web sites and helped them regain ownership and access.