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Do Web Developers Avoid Scrutiny?

September 8th, 2018

Due to the nature of my business I speak to many people in various industries and something is becoming more and more clear as time goes by – website and web application developers are reluctant to have the security of their work scrutinised.

I understand their dilemma – if they have their solutions security tested it will add to their costs and increase the price of their product. Or it may affect client beliefs that the products they deliver are already secure.

Then there is the hosting company who provide the hardware and infrastructure which allows websites to be accessed – some of the security issues may lie there, so why would the site developer worry about security?

Indeed, I had a conversation recently with a website development company who didn’t want their product security tested because to do so may imply that they aren’t building things properly in the first place. They went on to point out that if the client discovers a security issue in the application later, they can charge them again for fixing it!

The other problem is one of accountability. In the recent attacks against Sony, Sega and others it is the company or organisation attacked that gets the bad press and the flak, not the company they got in to develop the website or application.

This means the website developers get off virtually scot-free with the probable loss of just that piece of work or client. On the other hand, the client may end up having to deal with potentially crippling clean-up costs, compensation claims and reputational damage.

So how do we change this? What should companies and organisations do to ensure the work done for them is of a high enough standard?

Well here are a number of suggestions:

1. Ask your website developer about the security measures they build in to your solution. If they’re vague or evasive find another supplier. Have whatever response you get evaluated by an expert.

2. Ask them up-front if they have the site independently security tested or whether they are happy for you to do so once the solution is complete but before you pay for it.

3. Ask them to guarantee the site’s security, or at least provide fixes for free should security vulnerabilities be identified later. Make sure this is in the contract.

4. If they do security test the solution, find out if it is truly independent and whether the site will receive any accreditation in the form a security seal or other certificate.

At the end of the day, if you employ a website developer to create your website it’s still your data, reputation and profit that’s at risk if your site’s security isn’t up to scratch. Is that a risk you’re willing to take?

Web Development – Step by Step Guide to Designing Your Own Website

September 7th, 2018

Designing and developing your own website can be very time consuming. That is why careful planning and organization are a must. Using the same basic principles, every small business owner can design his or her own website. With a little patience and some general knowledge, you can be up on the web in no time.

Step-by-step guide to website development

1. Gather information: the most important part of designing your website is the information you wish to convey to your audience. You need to understand the purpose of your site. Is it to sell a product, inform your audience, or offer a service?

You also need to set goals. Think about what you want to accomplish with your website. Common goals are either to generate more sales or share valuable information.

Knowing your target audience is key to building traffic. Imagine the ideal person you want to visitor your website. If you run a business that trains dogs, your target audience would be pet owners. Consider every demographic when you think about whom you are trying to reach.

Content is king when it comes to search engines. Your content must be highly informative, relevant, and fresh. Adding new content often will keep the web spiders actively searching your site. This boosts your rankings and allows clients to more readily find you.

2. Plan your site: using the information you gathered to put together your website. Your landing page should offer information about your products and services as well as contact information.

Make sure to include a site map that inner links all pages. You don’t want a visitor to wind up at a dead end. They will leave your site frustrated and probably won’t come back.

Plan your site from your customer’s perspective. What will they be searching for? What type of information do they need? Proper navigation will help your visitors find their information quickly and leaved pleased.

3. Design your website: when designing your site, you must consider your target audience. You want a layout and theme that appeals to the people you is trying to reach. Many programs, like Adobe Dreamweaver, offer an extensive variety of WYSIWYG themes. This type of software is easy to use and requires little knowledge of HTML code.

You may wish to recruit a web designer to help you set up your site. He or she will work with you to ensure your site have the look and feel you want. Your web designer will also link your site properly and add in necessary content to draw in your audience.

4. Test your site: once you develop your site, it’s time to test it by going live on the web. Your site does not need to be complete in order to go live. Just make sure none of your links are broken. If you have a page under construction, let your visitor know it’s being worked on. Make sure your under construction pages have links back to your landing page.

My Web Developer Disappeared With My Site, What Do I Do?

September 6th, 2018

Here are six things you can do to help recover your website files:

1. Email the developer

You may have already done this before but it wouldn’t hurt to email the developer a few more times. Try emailing them from different emails but don’t ask them about your files just yet. Tell them that you are interested in getting a new website developed. If they respond, then you may proceed to ask them about getting your site files. This can be sticky because they may or may not respond. But, trying doesn’t hurt.

2. Call the developer

Whenever you work with any developer, whether offshore or locally, you NEED to get a working phone number from them in case of an emergency. Call that phone number several times. Call them from different phone numbers in case you feel that they are not answering your calls because they recognize your number. If they respond, DO NOT be rude or get angry at them. Even though you are angry, don’t let it show. Your goal is to get your files back.

3. Contact your hosting company

Give your hosting company a call to see if the files are on your server. If they are, good for you. You can download the files and store them on your hard drive so that when you find a trusted developer, you can give it to them. If the files are not on your server, then more than likely, your developer was working on it from another server, or they removed it from your server.

4. Freelance website

If you hired them on a freelancing website like elance or odesk, then you have a better chance of getting your website back. Contact the freelancing website and let them know what happened. Most of them will do whatever they can to help you. Unfortunately, it’s not always guaranteed that you will get your website back as the developer can take your files and your money, delete their account, create a new one under a different name. This is sad, but it is done one too many times.

5. Pray and keep hope alive

After you’ve done all you can to get in touch with them, at this point, you are at their mercy. Just pray and hope that you hear back from them. If all else fails, then you are left with only one thing to do… hire someone else.

6. Hire someone else

After all attempts fail, you have no choice but to start over. This is not an easy thing to do because you’ve already invested so much time and money in your other project. But as tough as it is, it’s the last and necessary resort.

The Bottom Line

It’s very unfortunate for those who’s lost hundreds or even thousands of dollars like this. That’s why it’s very vital that you take the time to research your developers, especially offshore ones before hiring them.