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Websites

ADVICE FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
WHEN CONSIDERING A WEBSITE

 

Getting to a website – with a web designer

A. BEFORE YOU CONTACT THE WEB DESIGNER DO THE FOLLOWING:
  1. TRADENAME: Check www.USPTO.gov – for trade name availability and LOGOs – if still available – you should trademark your name and your logo
  2. DOMAIN NAME: Check domain name availability – www.networksolutions.com OR www.digitalspace.net. Make sure that you register for the domain name and not your designer – so that you own it. This could be done prior to contacting a web designer.
  3. PREPARATION before meeting web designer: sketch out what ideas you have and make a list of goals so that the designer can better work for you – have key words (metatags) that you want used in your website to help identify it. The more specific you are the better (saves time and money). Have other websites that you would like to be linked considered.
B. WHEN ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT WITH A WEB DESIGNER

Contract considerations:

  1. DATES: Make sure that there is a start and completion date.
  2. PRICE: Agree on a specific price with your web designer – a fixed amount (price can be based on number of pages in a website)- and only give 1/3 up front, 1/3 when the design is complete and 1/3 when it is up and running for a week with no problems – if possible.
  3. OWNERSHIP: Make sure the contract says that you own the work product and graphics of your website and have your designer state that there is no intellectual property infringement in regards to the graphics of your website and that the designer agrees not to duplicate your web design or key elements elsewhere. You should also have contract provisions that address confidentiality and non-competition by the web designer. All materials given to the designer should be returned at a time certain.
  4. HOST: Discuss with your designer who would be the best host for your website – make sure the host is known for little down time – consider the capacity that your website will need to operate and the hosting cost. Make sure that you register with the hosting company and that the contract is in your name not your web designers.
  5. MAINTENANCE: Try to get free maintenance for 90 days and a reasonable contract thereafter – get all information you need to enter your site and make changes yourself.
  6. Warranty, non-compete

For further information: write Victoria Brown at vb@brownllc.com and put Kiss FM on the subject line.