This is an important question, and one not asked OR thought about often.
You might THINK you own your website, but before you even think about hitting that X button in the upper right hand corner, read on a bit more.
You see, ownership is something that requires you to be able to do whatever it is you want with your website. For instance, here at Webmaster On Site if we decided we wanted to switch web host providers right now, we could do it.
Because we have 100% ownership of the website. No one can tell us that we can’t move it elsewhere.
Heck, we could even host it ourselves if we wanted to!
Now ask yourself a few questions about your website:
- Can you transfer it to another web host?
- Can you fully customize your layout or are you stuck with a standard template.
- Are you paying a company monthly for access to the website? If so, What happens if you stop paying?
These are just a few questions that you should have answers to. Being able to essentially “pick” your website up and take it elsewhere generally means you have full control and ownership of it.
Now if you are using some sort of website building service online, you might want to double check the fine print on the terms and conditions. A LOT of the time these services will retain full control of your website. Even if you’ve built and customized the heck out of it, you’ll never be able to move it off that particular service.
So if they have poor customer service, take too long to make changes, or you just want to work with someone new, you’ll pretty much be stuck with rebuilding a clone of your website elsewhere. Which completely sucks because it’s a time consuming process. On the other hand, if you owned your website, you could have been on a new web host in a few hours or less.
More downtime means less customers being served, which means lower sales, money, etc….You get where I’m going here.
So before you even get to building your website, think about where you want to host it. Take some time and do your research. Because just like a house, a good website needs a good foundation.
Until next time,
Owner and Lead Web Developer at Webmaster On Site.