January 9, 2010
WordPress Websites are now available from Applied Media.
Our new website packages include a variety of WordPress options
to accomodate any of your needs, from simple websites to fully-featured e-commerce solutions.
WordPress is the web's most
popular and easy to use website management system. The huge library of WordPress add-on modules mean that the possibilities
are truly limitless when it comes to growing your website along with your business.
June 15, 2009
We wrote the book on web development for professionals and small to medium business. Literally.
Mastering Your Domain - 20 Questions to ask your Web Developer was written by our president and founder, emphasizing that we are about much more than just taking your money.
The book contains all the insider secrets of effective websites spelled out in plain English and with nothing held back.
Enjoy our exclusive pre-release excerpts available only on our website.
How will I get rid of you?
Mastering Your Domain - 20 Questions to Ask Your Web DeveloperExcerpts from the book by Jason J. Stevens
Chapter 20 - How will I get rid of you?If you skipped straight to this chapter, I don't blame you. I would have liked for this to be the first chapter because this is so often the question people wish they had the answer to. It does make perfect sense as a first chapter, but it summarizes a lot of the previous chapters in a way that assumes you already know a great deal about managing your web project. I urge you to read the rest of the book first, even is this question is tops on your list!
There are times in any business relationship when it becomes necessary to go your separate ways. Web Development is no different and chances are high that at some point in the life of your website you will decide it is time to make a change for a variety of reasons.
Perhaps your current web developer has become unresponsive and maintenance jobs are taking much longer than they did in the past. Maybe you are planning a major expansion of the features provided by your website and your current developer is either unwilling or incapable of providing the level of effort and expertise the project requires. Problems with the hosting service are a common cause of relationship-ending circumstances, although they are easy to mitigate and it is unfortunate they still persist. (See the chapter: Where will my site be hosted?)
Whatever the cause, moving your website to a new web developer does not have to be an unpleasant experience. The new web developer you are moving to, assuming they are on the ball (and if they aren't, why are you going with them?), will make the process almost invisible for you. A big part of ensuring your transfer will go smoothly, with a minimum of bad-feelings is to have the exit strategy well understood at the start of the relationship.
Tip: Make moving your domain easier by preparing for it from the very beginning.
In an ideal world, every web developer would include as part of their standard agreement, a clearly mark sheet entitled "How to move your domain to another provider" which contained all of the information you needed for the transfer in one place, with some clear instructions on what to do exactly.
Alas, this is rarely the case. However, there are usually only a few pieces of information you really need. At the very least, your developer should have sent you some kind of package containing important information, such as account credentials and important URLs. It may not be obvious what parts of this information are critical for your transfer to go smoothly, but you very likely have it. When you receive that package, often by email, it will likely contain some kind of message like "Important: Save for your records!" Pay attention! Save a couple of separate copies outside of your email client, and better yet, print off a hard-copy and keep it safe.
End of excerpt.
Mastering Your Domain20 Questions to Ask Your
Web Developer - by Jason J. Stevens
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