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19 November 2006
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19 November 2006
Who Owns Your Web Site? by Lauren Hobson
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19 November 2006

Who Owns Your Web Site? by Lauren Hobson

Maybe you just didn't realise - But now you know, it's always better to check.
Take a look at this.

We all know just how important it is to have a web site for your business. In today's world, you pretty much have to have a site - it's often the first place customers look for information about your business and the products and/or services you provide. But once your web site is live on the web, do you know who owns it?

The answer to this really depends on the web developer that you select to build your web site. Believe it or not, some web firms actually retain ownership of your web site files, and sometimes they even retain ownership of your domain name! We have had clients come to us for help with updating or upgrading their web sites, only to find out that they don't own their own web sites.

You might think that it doesn't really matter, especially if you don't need access to your site files very often. The problem with this comes in if you decide, for whatever reason, that you want to move your site to a different hosting company, or if you want another web developer to update or work on the site. If you don't own the site, you will not have access to any of the files, and you won't be able to move it or have another web team work on the site. The same is true for your domain name; if you didn't register the name yourself, you may not actually own it, even though you paid for it!

So before hiring a web developer or firm, be sure to ask who will own the end-product, as well as the domain name. If you already have an existing web site, ask your web developer for a copy of your web site on a CD. (Note to Five Sparrows clients - of course you own your web site and domain name!) The same is true for other materials that you pay to have created - whether it's a newsletter, logo, flyer, coupon, etc., you should be given an electronic copy (like a .pdf file) of the final product.

After all, if you paid for it - shouldn't you own it?

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