Is your web developer holding your website hostage?

Part 6: Backups

You have probably heard this before: business owners (and sometimes even non-profit organizations) have lost control of their websites because they trusted too much on their developers and did not ask the right questions.

Hiring a web developer (or an agency) is a big decision, and you better be sure that before you allow someone to manage or develop your website, they are open, honest and care about your business and it’s image.

This series of articles is intended to show you some steps you can take in order to prevent this type of misfortune from happening to your business.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS

We will start with a list of few things you must consider in order to prevent being held hostage when your website is online.

6. Backups

Backups are always a concern you must have. Is your website being backed continuously up? How does your backup process works (you do not need to get too technical for that)? Where is the backup stored? Is it physically stored or stored in some cloud?

You must ask yourself and the developers all these questions, to make sure that you have a backup plan. Even if you are hosting your website in the best hosting company in the world, things might happen to them, and they might lose all your data. Usually, hosting companies are not accountable for any data loss on your website, even if it is their fault. In any case, to avoid that risk, be aware of what is your backup process, and where it is stored.

This is the sixth article of the “Is your web developer holding your website hostage?” series. We will continue to the final part on August 7, where we will be summarizing this whole series into a single article.

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