Almost every business owner needs a business website. As a business owner you have to deal with several problems while running your business and normally you prefer not to be involved in technical details or difficulties of a website design project.
This guideline provides recommendations for business owners to keep their business website safe and secure.
1- Register business website domain under your name:
Domain registration is a simple procedure. You need to create an account in a registrar website, complete your profile, pay the service fee and register domains you need giving your own first and last name.
This way you will be the domain owner and you will be able have it under your control. If you ask a contractor or a third party to register your business domains under their names, in case of losing contact with that person, you will lose control of domains for renewal and other required services.
This can cause you a long term headache, especially if you are dependent on your website service to manage your clients or generate required leads.
2- Register for hosting service under your name:
Hosting service is the second important resource of your business website. Like the domain registration, you have to do register it under your name. That includes your email address, credit card information and contact information to have full control and access to resources and support.
3- Never pass user name and password to someone else:
Most of modern user control panels in domain registrar and hosting control panels, allow you to define a second user and give a limited access to that person. This is a good practice and we advise you to use this facility rather than sharing your master user name and password with your website design contractor.
4- Do not switch to multiple service providers for the similar service
With the growth of your business you might have multiple domains, hosting packages, websites and email addresses each used for a separated purpose. To keep everything simple and traceable for service payments, support contact points, domain renewals, etc.
It is recommended that all domains are managed by a single control panel. Also, make sure all hosting services are controlled by a single package via one company.
5- Save contractors contact information, project and service date
It is essential to save contact information of your website designer contractor. Also, make sure you have the record of the project accomplished and have saved the date and duration which the website designer contractor was working on your websites.
This will save lots of time and energy in case of an emergency website maintenance or if a problem occurred.
As a business owner you have to be the owner of your digital assets to make sure you are always in control. Registering domains and hosting services under your name and providing your own contact information allows you to manage them in at renewals or in case of an emergency.
Saving the contact information of your website designer company and project information your contractor is also helpful when you need immediate support or modification on one or all of your business websites.