There comes a time in every relationship where it’s time for some
Sometimes uncomfortable things have to be said in order to preserve the relationship. And that’s what I’m about to do. For you. And your blog/website design that you’re thinking about getting professionally done. Which you should be doing while most of your competitors are still thinking about it instead of actually doing it. This gives you the advantage of being the only “shop” of your kind on the proverbial corner instead one in an endless line of look-alikes at a strip mall. You decide.
But while you’re weighing the pros and cons of different web designers I want to give you this incredibly valuable bit of advice that can save you heartbreak and huge financial loss.
Ask If They Write to a Proprietary Platform
I know this probably sounds Geek, er, Greek, but trust me, you NEED to know whether this is the case because it could cost you at least double the money and time you planned on spending to get your site up and running. No kidding.
Here’s a true story (with names changed to protect the innocent – and the guilty) to show how it works:
Abbie represents a number of Insurance agencies and wants a comprehensive web site that will have wonderful stuff behind the scenes. It’s involved. It’s very, very expensive, according to the fancy advertising agency in NYC that proposed over $120,000 to create the site within 3 – 6 months. Fancy firm gets bored with project and decides it’s too much work for the money. Stops working on it altogether and strings Abbie along with empty promises. After a year and a half of wrangling, Abbie decides to take the code they’ve written already to another designer and to at least get that much out of their staggering investment.
Here’s where it gets really ugly:
Fancy NYC firm refuses to give her one bit of code because it’s “written to a proprietary platform” – theirs. So she decides to hire a lawyer and finds out her best advice is to walk away from the financial and time investment entirely and to start fresh. With not so much as an apology and so much potential business squandered from not having a great site that met their needs.
Now that breaks my heart and gets me MAD
So please, if you’re interested in getting a website of any kind, give me a call. I don’t play games and I deliver great sites with 30 days of unlimited questions/training so that you can actually use and enjoy them without being intimidated. I make 5 free tweaks or changes after the site’s launched, and I hand it all over to you when we’re done. It all belongs to you. So that in 5 years when you’ve reinvented your business and you’re ready for a redesign, we can pick up where we left off and do something gorgeous – again.
Have you heard any stories about people getting stung by proprietary code? It’s the little dirty secret some of the larger agencies would like keep quiet. So they can force unhappy clients to stay with them. Under normal circumstances, do you think it’s fair to buy a website design and not get the code to it when you’re done?