Are You Being Scammed By Your Web Design Company?

Spider web design have a lot of control over their clients. I refer to this as “False Power”. The sad reality is that most of their clients don’t even know they are stuck in this potentially painful predicament. This power is usually exercised when a client of a company finds a better deal on hosting for their web site and they simply want to switch their hosting provider, or when the “client” wants to upgrade their web site for a better rate than their current provider is offering.

Here’s what usually happens to so called “traitor clients”:

– Current company sends their client a hefty bill for switching – The company cancels their client’s account – They may point the to another place – They sometimes take down the entire website until further notice

You get the point! Too much power is given to the company. I truly believe that it is your right to shop for better prices and it is your right to own your even if you didn’t have a hand in registering your .

As the owner of the website, you put your trust into your company to represent your business appropriately and honestly, only to find out down the road that honesty isn’t in their vocabulary.

I truly believe there should be a law against that can be summarized as such: For any registered by the company on behalf of their client, the may not be disputed or need to be disputed, the is automatically owned by the client and is automatically bound by their contract.

With every new venture, there is always going to be loopholes. From the aforementioned example, what if there is no contract? If you are reading this and are in the process of searching for a company, please ENSURE that you have a contract drafted, outlining everything you are entitled to and that you have sole rights to your .

See what most business owners fail to realize is that their is as important as registering Phillip's Web Design Logotheir business name itself. I will repeat that… Your is “hot real estate”, would you want someone else owning your property?

The same applies for your . Don’t get caught with your pants down while asking, why don’t I own my . It is as important as owning your own company name. There are people out there searching for suckers to take their – don’t be the one who gets caught!

How to avoid this “Power Stricken” disaster:

The best solution is to go out and register your BEFORE you hire a company. This ultimately gives you the power over your . At any given time, you can go back and log into your “ registrant” in order to switch your web site to any you choose.

When searching for an “all around” package for your project, make sure that your hosting is suitable for your needs. 95% of all projects don’t need a large hosting package that costs between $150-$500 a year. The most you should pay for your hosting in this case is around $100.00 a year, no more.

You only need a large hosting package if:

– Your web site is 1000+ pages in size – You’re going to buy traffic in the 1000’s every month – You need over 25 email accounts setup

Ask questions when shopping for a company! Here are a few questions you should be asking right away before you sign any contract…

– Do you provide a contract for all your projects? – If you register my , will it state in my contract that I own the dMoonshine Web Design Base 091omain name under all circumstances? – If I am late making payments, is it your company policy to cancel the account? – Why are your hosting services so high in price? Why wouldn’t I go somewhere else for $100 a year? – Does it state within your contract that I cannot switch to a different later on? – Going forward, am I going to be able to hire any web developer for my website updates, if I am able to negotiate better prices?

This is another important note:

Make sure your company gives you the “FTP (File Transfer Protocol)” access to your website. The FTP allows you to hire another company to go in and update your website at any time. Without the FTP information, no one can update your website besides the original company or that you hired.

In Conclusion:

Be weary of that don’t provide contracts for all of their projects. Be careful with your ; make sure that in the end, you own all rights to your , not someone else.

I hope this article helps you out!

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