When starting a business, one of the first things that comes to mind is a website. Considering most start-ups do not have a lot of working capital, most business owners go with the DIY approach or hire someone on the cheap. While it is honorable to learn new skills, conquering the web world take a tremendous amount of time and effort. And as a business owner, the time and effort supply is low to begin with.
A few months ago, we had the privilege of providing a website redesign for A-1 Machine Shop in Tulsa. All was going well until it came time to take the new website live. Then, we found out that their current hosting provider could not host a WordPress site, which is very odd considering 74.6 million sites run on WordPress. On top of that, the domain was registered through another company, which then passed it on to a reseller, who was almost impossible to get ahold of.
After months of trying to contact them through their online support system, I finally managed to get the domain reseller to answer the phone and the experience was…well, interesting, to say the least. Now we will be able to transfer their domain to the new hosting account, which supports WordPress, so everything is managed under the same account.
Mistake #1: Not Knowing Where Your Website Is Hosted
Maybe you hired someone to build your website and never even thought to ask about hosting. Or, you set it up on your own and have since forgotten. Whatever the case may be, you need to gain control of your hosting and domain name registration. Without this control, your website and domain could disappear with the web guy you hired. Once this happens, it is almost impossible to get it back.
Mistake #2: Not Keeping Contact Information Up-to-Date
There is contact information tied to every domain. Keeping this information up-to-date will make things much easier should you need to transfer the domain to a different registrar in the future. Plus, this is the information that lets the registrar know that you are the owner of the domain.
Mistake #3: Not Hosting Website & Registering Domain in the Same Place
We have seen it time and time again: website owners know where their website is hosted but do not realize that their domain is registered somewhere else. Then, the domain expires and they have no idea who to contact. This turns into a huge problem considering an expired domain means a down website and no email. Keeping your hosting and domain in the same place makes the whole process much easier to manage.
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If your web hosting is a mess, contact us so we can help you get it right. We will get everything in order so you are no longer hindered by a bad hosting company or having everything spread over multiple accounts.
Just getting started?
If you are just getting started, we recommend hosting your website and registering your domain with Bluehost. Their hosting services are affordable, easy to manage, and great customer service is available should you run into any problems.