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Top 5 Things to Avoid When Having a Website Built

Top 5 Things to Avoid When Having a Website Built

In today’s market it is imperative you have a website. After having my 4th site built and I still don’t love my 1st and 2nd, I’d like to share my top 5 things I’ve learned to help you to save time, headaches and a whole lot of stress.

1. Ignore Your Gut – No one thinks they will ignore that little voice in the back of their head but when the pressure is on and you feel out of your element, you need a lot more than a whisper to guide you through the world wind of decisions you will have to make. I’m not saying that website building has to be chaos, but if you are anything like me you will have more than one thing going on while you build your site and days can get quite busy and hectic. I wouldn’t advise trying to answer your developer’s questions in the middle of a family outing, or between back to back client calls. You may be used to making snap decisions for your clients, but websites are a whole different story and you might find that some quiet reflection is in order to not end up with a so-so site at the end.

2. Make Hasty Decisions – Because we are not experts at web development we hire experts. That is the good part of your decision making process. But because we are not experts, we often feel like we can trust whatever the expert says; after all, they are experts right? The truth is that no one can know your mind or business as well as you do and no matter how busy, tired or stressed out you may be, you will regret making hasty decisions about your site every time, trust me on this. Strategy counts here and if you send your developer off course the end result can be miles from where you started.

3. Blindly Hire a Referral – Your busy, you don’t have time to research and besides, so and so insists that his contact is the best in the world right. Wrong! Just because someone does a fabulous job for someone else does not mean that they will work the same for you. So while a developer may be great for your friend, after you get done talking to them you might feel that they are not the best for you. Listen to your gut and take it slow. If you aren’t head over heels about the new contact, don’t use them.

4. Leaving Loose Ends – A website should be planned out with a timeline from day one. This allows you to easily monitor progress and detect potential hiccups before they become overwhelming problems. Get with the developer and write out reasonable expectations for work delivered on key dates and monitor the progress closely. Have them send you a link at the very beginning so that you can see the progress of your site throughout instead of waiting until completion to do your first check. The creation of websites is fluid so making small adjustments as you go will save you big messes when you come to the end of the process.

5. Let the Design Company Be Responsible for All Backups – Backups are extremely important when building a website and a lost or corrupted backup file can cost you days or weeks of work. Yes, most companies back up your site as they work but they can get lazy and trust their technology just like you. So, do yourself a favor and download an FTP client and learn how to back up your site folder to a disk. You will want to do this anyway once the site is built so there is nothing wrong with doing it as you go. If the company is building on their own server, there is not much you can do however but politely ask if they have backed it up in a nightly email to remind them how important it is to you.

So these are just a few things to avoid when having a website built, do you have any you would like to add? If so, please share in the comments below.

Patty Farmer, “The Networking CEO” is a multi-award winning and highly sought after marketing professional, public speaker, radio show host and author. As the CEO of Patty Farmer & Associates, Inc. she has been the Recipient of 2011’s International Women’s Day Business Service Award as well as 2010’s “Best Business Connector in Dallas” award and a 2010 and 2011 “America’s Most Influential Business Connector” nominee. Patty has created a network of over 100,000+ connections while teaching thousands of business owners how to effectively network and market to grow their businesses using a non-competitive and dynamic collaboration strategy.

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  1. John J. Nosal
    1964 days ago

    Great info Patty! These are great points even for me a web designer and is what I strive to avoid with all of my clients. Keep up the great blogging.


  2. Gina Carr
    1884 days ago

    Great article, Patty. You are so spot on about needing time to make decisions, checking out the developer, and making backups. WordPress makes the backup process simple as you can use a plugin to back up regularly – very important.


  3. Don Cooper
    1884 days ago

    I’ve made all five of these mistakes over the years. Valuable advice!
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  4. Mary Kelly, PhD
    1884 days ago

    Patty, It takes months and lots of feedback, market testing, and SEO analysis to get a website right. Then it is time to re-do it…..You are exactly correct. Great article!


  5. Sandi Coryell
    1884 days ago

    I wish I had read this before I started my website! Getting my website up and running has been one of the biggest challenges at starting a business for many of the reasons you say. The biggest challenge for me was to realize that just because my web designer knew how to design a website, she didn’t necessarily know what elements I needed to include for my business. Great advice!


  6. Shirley Taylor
    1883 days ago

    Such great advice, Patty. I especially love number 2. Making hasty decisions and just going with what the expert says will most likely cost you more time and money. Having and sticking to a strategy for your website is the only way you will be happy with the final product.

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