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Why It’s Important To Let Your Web Person Handle Your Hosting And Maintenance

I’ve been doing web design, web development, and digital marketing for more than 10 years. Of the years I’ve done a number of different methods to host my clients’ sites.

In the beginning I would have them pick up cheap hosting and they would manage that relationship. As time went on, the cheap hosting acted (what a surprise) like cheap hosting. I found myself dealing with the hosting issues for my clients and not getting compensated for that time.

I was always wary of handling the hosting relationship directly, because of potential complications resulting with parting ways with certain clients.

Not being one of those web people who hold clients’ sites hostage, I needed to find a way to do it right.

When a fellow developer friend of mine recommended Flywheel (affiliate link) to me it was perfect. I could handle the relationship, get compensated for my time, and if I had to part ways with a client I could easily sign over their account to them.

It’s important that someone who is familiar with the hosting environment deal with hosting. It saves money and time.

It’s a win win.

Do you handle your clients’ hosting for them? How do you deal with all the potential issues that can result from doing it?

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Digital Marketers & Web Designers. Don’t hold Your Clients Hostage!

If I got paid $1 every time I had to untangle an existing site’s hosting account, WordPress account and plugin/theme issues, I’d be a very rich man.

In the digital marketing, especially in the web design, their are two many professionals holding clients hostage and making it really difficult for them to separate and go on their own or with another company.

Now I understand no one wants to lose a client, but not providing the client with at least the basics is really scummy.

Here’s what everyone should make sure they know before parting ways from an agency of any size.

  1. Where is the site hosted?
  2. How do you access the hosting?
  3. Who owns the relationship with the hosting company?
  4. What is your FTP (File Transfer Protocol) information?
  5. What is the administer username and password for your site?

Those are the bare minimum that any company should get from their agency, even if they aren’t parting ways.

Sorry for the rant, but I see people lose control of their own sites all the time. It’s best to protect yourself.

What do you think? Post your thoughts below.

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The Cult of the Complex

I agree with the wise Jeffrey Zeldman to a point.

But I think there is a time and place for Divs as there is a time and place for Tables.

Also frameworks tend to make the development of Websites/pages easier. Though sometimes doing a site from scratch without them is best.

What do you think?

Source: The Cult of the Complex · An A List Apart Article

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Digital Identity in 2018

I’ve been thinking a lot about online identity, especially  this month.

I have a habit of segmenting my identity across multiple platforms and domains. Part of me likes the categorization of this method, but I am realizing that it’s not necessarily the best method of connecting with my audience. Having one site where most if not all your “stuff” resides seems so much more appealing now. It’s easier to update and stay on top of the digital nuances.

Having multiple properties can stretch your bandwidth thin and make it so that instead of having one quality place for people to go, there are a bunch of places with less quality content. That’s not good.

The Need For A Hub For Everyone

Facebook would love to be the hub for all the things you do online, but that’s just “borrowed” or “rented” space. The user is the product and is at the whim of Facebook’s ever-changing “squirrel-like” interests.

So where does this leave us? I think the more spread out across the Web we get, the more we will need to have a central point to curate all of our stuff online in one place.

Spaces like About.me are trying to be that place, but I feel that a personal site is better suited for this.

Sites like WordPress.com, Wix.com, SquareSpace.com are all great starts. For the more adventurous there is the self-hosted version of WordPress, that allows for more options and freedom with the code and more robust tools to get found online.

What Should Someone Put In Their Hub?

If we’re going to have centralized hubs for our content, what do we put there?

Here are some ideas:

  • A blog
  • A resume
  • A gallery of photographs
  • Some social media profile links
  • A portfolio of work samples
  • Resource links

And that’s just the start. The possibilities are endless. Even though every platform online is vying for a piece of your digital pie, it may be time to consolidate our multiple online identities and offer our audience a one-stop place to keep up with us.