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Small Business Advice

If you are a small business owner, I have a few very important tips about your website. These are absolutely critical to protect your company from potential disaster. Trust me on this, I ran a small web design and hosting company for 6 years and I have seen first hand what can happen.

1. Register your domain name yourself. Do not allow your web designer or hosting company to do this. I have seen domain names lost forever because the registration fees weren't paid and the business owner didn't know about it until it was too late. If you don't have control of your domain name, get it now. I recommend http://www.Mark-5.com

2. Don't host your site with your web designer. You should be in control of your website. Take a little time and learn about how the process works. Contact a huge web hosting company. The larger companies usually have better support and infrastructure.

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3. Keep a backup copy of your website. Ask your web designer to provide you with all of the files (on CD) used to create your site. Then ask for an updated version every 3 to 6 months. If you have control of your web hosting (see Tip #2) you should log into your site and download a backup copy of the site at least monthly, but more often if you make frequent changes to your site.

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