Keeping Control of Your Website
Keeping Control of Your Website

I can’t even imagine, as a business owner, to spend money on a developing your business page only to lose control of your website.  You can’t login, you can’t update information, and you don’t own the domain YIKES!

Obviously, hiring a reputable company is the first step.  A company like, let’s say, HUNGRY MEDIA! (of course you knew I would say that).  No seriously, when you are in the process of working with a web developer, you should have access to your own website.  I’m going to give you some questions to ask as you are going through your process.

Will you be able to access your website?

The answer to this should always be YES!  Being the owner of the website, you should have access to the control panel so you can access your website database.  You should receive a URL, username and password.  Having the FTP server name, address, username and password.  This will get you straight to the website files.  Having a list of other software that was used when they built your website as well as any licenses and fees that are required , which SHOULD mean that you are the person that is purchasing this.  That way, your name is on each aspect of the website and your developer can not steal it or block you out.

So, how do you know if YOU actually own the website?

This should be negotiated before you ever sign the contact with your developer and should clearly be stated in the contract.  You will want to specify that you own the design, content and most of the time, code as well.

Can you buy your own domain name?

Another crucial key is for YOU to buy your own domain name!  It’s a very simple concept… you buy it, you own it.  The developer buys it, THEY own it!  You see the pattern here?  Even though you are paying a developer to build your site, there is still work for you to do if you want to have control of it.

And lastly, will your website be backed up?

Please for the love of all things good in this world, back up your website! If you don’t know how, PLEASE ask your developer to please back up for you and make sure you have access to the back ups (although if you have access to your website, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to do this yourself). 

Protecting yourself with the above steps can help you easily avoid your losing your website, content and all the hard work you have put into  a crucial part of your business. Choosing a web design company that works for you shouldn’t be hard or scary.  Just ask the questions that we recommend!

Have a horror story to share about losing control of your website?  Dealing with a similar problem now? Tell us about it.  info@hungrymedia.com

app development
app development

Have you ever thought about a brilliant idea for an app but didn’t know how to take it to fruition?   The idea of where to start, how to start and who to even talk when starting the process of app design can be daunting.  But BEFORE you talk to anyone, please do yourself  a solid and get a non disclosure.  There are dozens of free ones online (just Google “Free Non-Disclosures”). There would be nothing more defeating than having someone steal your idea out from under you and there isn’t a darn thing you can do about it.

So, let’s get back to the burning question “Now What?”  We have come up with a list of steps that we feel you need to take to get this app launched.

Step 1: Idea Generating

Get yourself a white board and start writing!  Start writing out whatever comes to mind. It could be a list of features, your end goal, your mission statement…just start writing!  It will come to you the more information you have in front of you.  Outlining how the app works.  Really put yourself in your Users shoes and walk through the process.

Step 2: Know Your Audience

Identify your Audience or the User you think can not live without your app.  You need to think about a specific profession, gender, region, age group, income level or industry. Really try to narrow it down.  Create a focus group of this group.  There are plenty of companies out there that will host the focus group for you.  You will want to hire a moderator to host this focus group for you so you don’t sway their decision one way or the other.  Don’t get defeated if the feedback is not as positive as you would have hoped for. Take the good, the bad and the ugly and make your app better!  Who knows, maybe someone will have feedback that sparks a whole new spin on your app. Another smart thing to do is identify your competition.  Go to the App Store and read the reviews and make sure what you are doing is better than your competitor. 

Step 3: Money, Money, Money

Have a clear answer to “How are you going to make money?”  Go back to your whiteboard and look at any and all avenues of how you will make money.  Maybe it’s from a monthly fee system, or add on cost XX number of dollars. Whatever it is, you need to have it clearly set up.  You don’t need technical skills for this, you just need to be the user. 

Step 4: Find a Developer that is Right for You

Interview Developers and ultimately hire Hungry Media!  Each company likes to use what works for them, but our system makes it very easy.  Our approach is simple.  Discovery, Design, Development and Deployment method. 

We will first meet with you to discuss your concepts, must-haves, expectations, etc. in order to identify specs that effectively outline your ideal product. We will discuss design preferences, existing branding elements, and functionality requirements, while also identifying additional specs for Phase 2 development.

The Design step is where our experience pays off!  From detailed documentation and architecture we will design a beautiful, functional interface, and present your brand as a trustworthy authority in its space. Immediately after initial planning is in place and approved by your team, the build begins. Regular meetings will be held to measure progress and manage expectations. Status reports will also be sent weekly to ensure written documentation of project status.


And finally, Hungry Media will provide rigorous testing, detailed QA, and a formulaic launch process to make sure we are putting your best foot forward. Additionally, we stay on through launch to support the work we create. 

If you have an idea for a new app, get a non disclosure ready and give us a shout. We can always be reached at info@hungrymedia.com