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Who Owns Your Web Site?

August 9th, 2018

We all know just how important it is to have a web site for your business. In today’s world, you pretty much have to have a site – it’s often the first place customers look for information about your business and the products and/or services you provide. But once your web site is live on the web, do you know who owns it?

The answer to this really depends on the web developer that you select to build your web site. Believe it or not, some web firms actually retain ownership of your web site files, and sometimes they even retain ownership of your domain name! We have had clients come to us for help with updating or upgrading their web sites, only to find out that they don’t own their own web sites.

You might think that it doesn’t really matter, especially if you don’t need access to your site files very often. The problem with this comes in if you decide, for whatever reason, that you want to move your site to a different hosting company, or if you want another web developer to update or work on the site. If you don’t own the site, you will not have access to any of the files, and you won’t be able to move it or have another web team work on the site. The same is true for your domain name; if you didn’t register the name yourself, you may not actually own it, even though you paid for it!

So before hiring a web developer or firm, be sure to ask who will own the end-product, as well as the domain name. If you already have an existing web site, ask your web developer for a copy of your web site on a CD. (Note to Five Sparrows clients – of course you own your web site and domain name!) The same is true for other materials that you pay to have created – whether it’s a newsletter, logo, flyer, coupon, etc., you should be given an electronic copy (like a .pdf file) of the final product.

After all, if you paid for it – shouldn’t you own it?

Website Development on Your Own Terms

August 8th, 2018

The early days of web development saw a relatively small handful of ‘experts’ and had them seeking to find ways to make a website do what their client wanted them to do. There was very little standardized methods to make website development an easy process and each site may have been designed with customized programming that may have been totally incompatible with any other site.

When the number of programmers raised from a few hundred to more than 30,000 it became much clearer that there needed to be some cohesive way to simplify things. This process led to new partnerships and development applications that have become the standards of the day.

As new developments are unveiled they are field tested by programmers and implemented once it is clear that the methodology is workable.

In many cases these new development programs can be refined and repackaged into a form based method that allows non-tech customers to develop a website that is as functional as any other site and at a fraction of the cost.

Certainly this was not possible in 1995, but through the trial and error of more than ten years the best features have risen to the top and the have proven very useful to both programmers as well as online business.

With so many programs available to developers today it is becoming much easier to upgrade features and enhance website productivity.

Many programmers are very interested in making site developments self-directed by their customers. The reason is simply the sheer numbers of new sites that are being developed. If at least a portion of the site can be managed by the customer there are two benefits, 1) less need for one on one development for the programmer and, 2) more direct control by the website owner.

When the business owner has the capability of managing the functions of the website the faster the clarity of vision can be realized. This is largely viewed as one of the predominate features of self-directed programming on website developments.

The cost effective nature of self-directed site development has caused many to wonder why they didn’t look into this solution before. Many new start-up ecommerce sites have discovered this method to be the quickest way to provide their potential customers with the full benefit of their services.

The future of web development has a lot to do with the expectations of website owners and the demands of the consuming public. It is a safe assumption that as new technologies are required there will be programmers who can assist in its development and then work to refine the function so that ecommerce can implement the technology in a self-directed user-friendly format.

Learn Web Design Through E-Books

August 7th, 2018

Among the general variety of topics those who are interested can find readily available web design and web developing e-books. Today, when digital communication is as important, if not more, as real time person to person contact websites of all sorts began to appear in increasing numbers. Now any company that wishes to represent itself on a global market makes it their business to create a website. People who want to make themselves known to others come up with personal websites to introduce them either to fellow web cruisers or potential employers. E-books on how to build such websites, which software to use and how to make your webpage more organized and attractive to the viewers are easy to find on World Wide Web.

Knowing how to build and design websites comes in handy to both those who wish to only create one for fun and those who seek to pursue web development as a career path. In recent years web development gained major advantage as top of the list companies seek to employ knowledgeable people and resources to get that knowledge are at your fingertips.

Free materials can be found to help motivated self starters to get first hand experiences with the latest technologies available in web development. There is no longer a need to spend hours in a book store or at a library when an e-book can be downloaded within minutes right onto your own personal desktop or PDA. Guidebooks on software such HTML and Java can be obtain at various websites, both for free and for a fee. Dedicated websites were created to provide latest tips and hints on how to master the skill you seek.