As a follow up to our last post about website access and being billed for very minor edits to your website, I’m going to let you in on another secret that designers use to scrape a little extra coin out of their clients: hosting or domain fees.
It sounds trivial, and it really is, but it’s another way that you can spot if you’re being fleeced by a local web firm (COUGH – most here in town do this – COUGH).
Godaddy hosting (or virtually any other web host) is approximately $4-$9/mo. That’s it. Let me guess – you’re paying $25/mo to your designer for “hosting” your site. Here’s the secret – they’re not hosting anything. They have simply set you up for hosting with Godaddy (or equivalent) and are making profit on you each month. Also, your domain costs approximately $10/YEAR to renew. I’m going to again bet that you are paying $7/mo for your “domain registration”.
Ugh – face palm.
While this is unethical (and prevalent)…it’s also dangerous for you, business owner. What happens with Judy (your designer) marries Pablo from El Salvador and splits the country? Oh, you just lost your hosting, which means you just lost your site. You don’t even want to know how insane it is to move a site from one hosting to another (if you can even get access) and when the domain bill doesn’t get paid, you just lost your domain.
Stuff like this just makes us sad. I know we all have to make a buck, but many design firms prey on your lack of education and just find that…crappy. At SMV Texas, we will help you set up hosting. That you will have 100% access. Then we’ll build you a killer site, and give you 100% access. Then we’ll show you how to make many changes yourself so that you don’t have to pay us for something simple.
Call us – we truly want to be your new “web guys”. 🙂