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How to avoid this "Power Stricken" disaster: The best solution is to go out and register your domain name BEFORE you hire a web design company. This ultimately gives you power over your domain name. At any given time, you can go back and log into your "domain name registrant" in order to switch your web site to any hosting company you choose.
When searching for an "all around" package for your web design project, make sure that your hosting is suitable for your needs. 95% of all web design projects don't need a large hosting package that costs between $150-$500 a year. The most you should pay for your hosting in this case is around $100.00 a year, no more.
You only need a large hosting package if:
- Your web site is 1000+ pages in size - You’re going to buy traffic in 1000's every month - You need over 25 email accounts setup
Ask questions when shopping for a web design company! Here are a few questions you should be asking right away before you sign any contract...
- Do you provide a contract for all your projects? - If you register my domain name, will it state in my contract that I own domain name under all circumstances? - If I am late making payments, is it your company policy to cancel account? - Why are your hosting services so high in price? Why wouldn't I go somewhere else for $100 a year? - Does it state within your contract that I cannot switch to a different hosting company later on? - Going forward, am I going to be able to hire any web developer for my website updates, if I am able to negotiate better prices?
This is another important note: Make sure your web design company gives you "FTP (File Transfer Protocol)" access to your website. The FTP allows you to hire another web design company to go in and update your website at any time. Without FTP information, no one can update your website besides original web development company or hosting company that you hired.
In Conclusion: Be weary of web design companies that don't provide contracts for all of their projects. Be careful with your domain name; make sure that in end, you own all rights to your domain name, not someone else.
I hope this article helps you out!
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