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Three Things to keep your website from being held hostage

Make sure you have control of your website, in the event of a crisis such as a server down, a disappearing developer or a transition to a new development team

EP03–In this podcast episode we discuss what you need to do to make sure you have control of your website, in the event of a crisis such as a server down, a disappearing developer or a transition to a new development team.
It’s far too common for a company to spend thousands of dollars on a website, but give control to an outside vendor. Everything may seem just fine for awhile but when it comes down to changing or moving their site the company is left hanging and unable to move forward. Here are 3 things you can do to keep your public website from being held hostage. They are:

  1. Own your domain
  2. Own your code
  3. Own your data

1) Own your domain!
a. Domain Name System – DNS is the friendly naming system for giving addresses to web servers. It hides the IP address and replaces it with a memorable and easy to spell name
b. Don’t let another vendor or individual outside of your organization own your domain.
c. Please, please, please, register your company domain in your name. If you’re not sure who owns your domain, you can easily look it up at https://who.is/whois/
d. Either way, make certain that your domain contact information is up-to-date and that you have the login credentials for the Registrar (such as GoDaddy). That way you’ll be certain to get notification whenever your domain is about to expire…and avoid the last-minute hustle to reclaim a domain that belongs to you.

2) Own your code
Don’t assume you own your code. Make sure you have an updated copy of it–All of it!
-What if your developer closes down?
-What if you find someone better you want to use?
-What if your hosting servers crash and you need to move your site?

3) Own your data
Same as code—don’t assume you own it—make certain
Think of the “What ifs”:
-What if your database goes down—where is it? Who is in control of YOUR data?
-What if your database is hacked—can you restore it?
-What if your developer closes—can you continue business or will you be held back?

Make sure you can export your data—at anytime.
-You may change developers, move servers or just need to analyze your data.
-Don’t let someone else hold your data hostage!

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