Being in this business for 10 years you come across a lot of weird situations concerning website ownership. No matter who or what company you receive services from make sure you have full website ownership. Below you will find information that lets you know if you own your website or leasing your website.
What is website ownership?
There is always a “tell tell” situation that uncovers details of your website ownership. Usually when you own your website outright, you have full access to those website files. The developer should send you a copy of all the files and if you have a CMS (content management system) you should receive a copy of your database. Here’s a list of items that you should receive.
- Website Content
- Web design files
- Source Code
- Content Management Database (only applies if you have CMS)
If your website is built on a do it yourself platform you pay small fee per month for your website. Please bet your bottom dollar your website is being leased. You do not own your website and are leasing or renting your website at this point. When you are leasing/renting your website it stunts the growth of your business. Most times you are limited with these types of websites and is hard for true growth.
These websites limit search engine optimization results. With very little access inner workings of the websites, it’s hard to do On-Page SEO.
Let’s say you’re ready to grow your business and want to be on your own hosting platform. Without access to your Cpanel you can’t transfer your already built website. So all your efforts is now in vein because you can’t take your website with you.
At the end of the day try avoid website builder platforms. It makes it harder for you at the end of the day to properly put your website in the best position for growth. If you can’t afford a developer just yet, buy a template and build your website on your own hosting for $8.99 a month. Own your website and all the content that’s on it.
One thing we definitely push at Ralph Walker Designs to our clients is website ownership and how important it is. You don’t lease a website from us, you own your website and all the rights that come with it.