Can I Switch Web Design Companies After My Site Is Up and Running?

Can I Switch Web Design Companies After My Site Is Up and Running?

Having a website designed for your business can be one of the greatest moments for your company. It’s so exciting to launch your shiny new website.

Because web design is a highly technical skill, and most people lack the capability or desire to learn it, so they rely on others to create their website.

But what happens if you decide that you’d like to transfer control of your website over to someone else and start looking at new web design companies? Can you do it?

The Spectrums of Switching Web Design Companies

If someone else has built and maintained your website for you, this gives them a sizable amount of control over your website. However, it doesn’t give them total control.

It is possible to switch web design companies over move to another individual or company, but certain factors determine how difficult or easy this will be. A lot of this is determined by your own level of comfort and control regarding your own website.

Essentially, the less interest you have in your website and its workings, and the more control you’ve handed over to the design company, the more difficult regaining control and switching will be.

In most cases, switching web design companies can be easy and relatively painless. Simply inform the current company that you’re moving over to another service, and all relevant control and information will be handed over.

But sometimes, things become a bit more difficult. The individual you hired may be working remotely and suddenly “vanishes” no longer maintaining communication. Or a fee/service dispute may arise that creates a disagreement and hostility between you and the other company. In these instances, things become far less straightforward, though it’s still possible to regain control.

Always Maintain Ownership of Your Website

When it comes to your own website, ignorance is not bliss. The less knowledge you have of how your own website works the more power you’ve given to the person or company that currently maintains it. For example, making changes to the website will normally require a user account with the usual log-in name and password. If you don’t have one, and relied entirely on the company to make all changes, you’re effectively locked out.

Another important factor is the domain name, that is to say, the actual name of your website that acts as its Internet address. If you own the domain name, then even if you don’t have actual control of the website, you are still legally considered the owner. However, if you trusted the other party to handle all that, and they acquired the domain name under their own name or the company name, then you don’t even have legal possession of your own website.

Even at this stage, it may still be possible to regain control of your website, but you will need to take extra steps in the real world, such as getting the help of an attorney. If you have no knowledge of how to access your website and are not even legally the owner, then it might require a court of law looking at financial agreements to finally settle the dispute.

This is why if you’re interested in having your own website, you should also maintain an interest in controlling it. Trusting your website entirely to someone else can lead to trouble in the future.