I certainly hope everyone had a fabulous Valentine's day. I was busy but the flowers still came. Lucky me. Ok. chocolate too. Should be avoiding those but oh sooooooo good.
It is nice to be appreciated and loved. In return I made everyone Filet Mignon and Lobster tails with an appetizer of jumbo shrimp cocktail. Yummmmmy!
Surrounded by the people I love and loving the surroundings.
I know this is strange but all this leads me to some conversations I have had with some new clients of mine this week. I keep getting a recurring theme. I need a website made because the person I hired has not completed it and I have to run after them or they are simply gone. Without information to access what you have paid for your website is gone, or worse in shambles. Not the impression you were trying to make to potential and existing clients. So you have to spend the money again and start from scratch. Wow, bummer. Money, time and reputation all at risk because you did not have control of this very important piece of real estate. Your online business. No love there!
I really want to make this clear, it is important to have access to what is essentially your online storefront. It may not be with malice that a person has to go away or is somehow unable to fulfill the ongoing maintenance of your site but either way without the passwords and access, you're website is lost to you.
So 3 things to remember when your looking to get a website done:
1. Get your own domain name registered and provide the passwords to the person or company who will be working on it. You can always change those passwords after the job is done. GoDaddy, is a very well known provider and easy to use.
2. Get your own hosting account. Hostgator or bluehost, are my recommended hosting services. Again, you can provide your webmaster the passwords and change them when their services are no longer required. You always have control. You paid for it and you should have control of your business.
3. Wordpress is a free and easy website creator that you can easily add your own pictures, events and comments without having to rely on others. No coding needed.
There are some terrific free website providers out there if you are not in a financial position to spend any money (as you see, I am using Weebly, but really none of these things are expensive.) There are many more, but once you start making money, I highly recommend to upgrade weebly or move to Wordpress.org. No need for knowing code and you get total control of your site. I just want to say why control of your site is important. Your domain name is like your Street address and your hosting is what makes people see you online. Your website is your actual store or business online. No one else should have control of these things.
Just a little love from