Today’s topic is Website Design Fraud. I receive a lot of emails and questions everyday surrounding the fraud in the web industry such as – people held hostage by companies overseas, domain and hosting frauds and various other black hat search engine optimization frauds. Let’s see how we can avoid such situations by making the right decision!
Key Components – Domain, Hosting, Website Design
First, it is important to understand the various components that are required to get started online. #1 is the domain name that is ofcourse the business name such as mycompanyname.com , or .net or .org etc. #2 is the hosting ie. your webspace or server, #3 is the website development.
WEB FRAUD – How it happens?
When any web company tells you that they are willing to buy the DOMAIN and HOSTING on their account on behalf of you… chances are, that you might get into troubles later on. The reason is that, anybody buying your Domain name and Web Hosting on behalf of you under their own account becomes the legal owner of that domain name, hosting and ultimately the website that will be further built on that server.
We hear about these kind of frauds almost everyday, where the fraudulent company/individual promised to take care of everything and once the project was complete and the customer’s online business was well established and flourishing – the fraudulent web company/individual web designer came back blackmailing the customer to buy their own website from them for a big sum of money.
Other FRAUD – Password & Security
The other fraud that we hear about is customers held hostage for their WordPress or other CMS login information including email passwords, restrictions to certain level of administrative authority over Google Analytics, Webmaster tool and CMS.
How to AVOID such situations?
Prevention is better than cure! Whenever getting a website designed by an individual or a company, make sure that you always buy your own domain name, hosting, and emails under your account with your credit card providing limited authority to the website designer. This way you protect your domain, hosting and emails right away as they are owned by you from the very first day. Then, choose the right website design company or designer who can understand exactly what your online goals are. Based on their expertise, experience, credentials, resume and online portfolio, cross check with their references and then proceed with your project.
Website design is like everything else, like when buying a used car… you want to make sure that everything works fine and you get the paperwork etc. done right. So, choose the right people and get started online. My best wishes are with you. If you want to talk with regards to your project with our internet marketing consultant, please feel free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org