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Over the past 6 months we have seen a rise in the number of calls received requesting our knowledge and expertise in moving existing websites to our hosting and support packages.

With this in mind we have created a few pointers to consider when purchasing either a website, hosting package or both.

1) Who owns the domain (the web address)?

We frequently see businesses held to ransom for domain name renewals. Ensure that the domain name you are paying for will be registered to you or preferably your business. If you ever decide to move away from your current provider you will need to have access to change this. You can find out who owns your domain by doing a whois lookup.

2) Who owns the website source code?

It is important to know who owns the code that has been created to make your website. You should also have full visibility of any licenses that are required to keep your website running.

3) Where is the website hosted?

Cheap hosting often means it has limitations. This could vary from the storage, the bandwidth to the actual physical location of the website server. If you find that your website is slow to load or has frequent downtime then start asking questions about the service and support that you have. Better still, ask before you buy.

To put our customers’ minds at ease, Somerset Web Services allocates its customers as the domain owners, all customers own the source code to their websites and our servers are in the UK.

These are just a subset of questions you should consider before agreeing to purchase a website. If you would like to talk to us about transferring your website to us or taking advantage of our support packages, please get in touch.

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