Typically, many individuals prefer to engage a web professional to handle domain registration, hosting, and site design. However, we strongly advise against this approach. Instead, we recommend taking charge and registering your domain and arranging hosting on your own. By doing so, you retain full control over your website. The only aspect where you might need assistance is in the actual site design.
To ensure that you remain in control, I suggest conducting an inventory of your accounts. Verify whether you have all the necessary access to manage your website effectively. If you find any discrepancies, it’s crucial to address them promptly with your web professional while there’s still time.
Here’s what you can do to establish ownership and maintain control:
1. Include ownership clauses in your contract with the agency or web professional.
2. Request administrative logins to all relevant elements, including the domain registrar, hosting provider, CMS (Content Management System), Google Analytics, and any other tools or platforms involved in managing your website. This way, you have full access to these accounts and can make changes as needed.
Taking these steps will empower you to manage your website effectively and prevent any potential issues with updates or outdated content in the future.