Are you in the market for a new website?
Aside from costs and time logistics, there are some important questions you need to ask that most people don’t think about.
1. Do you own the website content?
If you’re paying for the website and the content, do you own it? Meaning, if you wish to cease doing business with the company that designed your website, will they transfer your website files to you to host elsewhere?
2. Do you own your domain?
While so many DIY website builder programs promise low rates and easy to use platforms, what many don’t tell you is that you don’t own your domain. We won’t name names, but let’s just say there have been instances where we went to move a client’s domain and discovered they did not own it. One time the company tried to charge our client $1,200 for the domain they had been using for the past few years. While we had the rate negotiated down (to the average cost of $99 from this particular company), it made for a frustrating experience for our client.
3. How much does it cost to transfer your domain to another host?
Everybody has different rates and should you need to move your domain elsewhere in the future, it’s important to know the cost you will incur for doing so. Granted, if you stay with a company long enough, these prices may be subject to change. All you need to do right now is ensure that if you need to move your website, it’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg to do so simply because the company doesn’t want you to take your business elsewhere.
Whether or not you choose to build your website with us, we hope you find these questions useful as you get quotes.
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