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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Who Owns Your Web Site Content?

We have taken over the design of many websites. We don't solicit projects from companies who are happy with the sites and its current designers. Our projects have come from those whose sites are out-dated and their current designers are either unable or unwilling to update them. When we take control of a site, we need the current content.

So, who owns it, the company or the designers? For all of our clients, they own everything. We may write the content, take the photos and create the graphics. But 100% of that belongs to them. We even have an archive of 40,000 photos that we have taken across the USA and if we use these photos on their site, we give them the use of the photo.

Now, what about over design companies? Well, while we suppose that the majority of designers give their clients all rights, we have certainly had our share of problems in obtaining content from existing sites. All we need to obtain the content is the Username and Password to the hosted site. Then in minutes we can download the content and begin our update. Without it, we have had to a) wait for the content to be sent to us. We have lost time and sometimes not all content was sent. b) "Scrape the content" from the site, but you can't obtain databases and other protected content. c) Had our new design held hostage, waiting for the previous designer to "point to the new site (DNS)".

We suggest to all companies with web sites: Obtain the Username and Password for your hosted site. At start up and annually we send this information to our clients. Get yours and keep it safe; you never know when you might need it.

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