After clients and I agreed on our contract, I would go through the preliminary process with them to get the project started. Although I have been doing this with each of my client, it only occurred to me last week, as I as doing the same thing with a new client, that I should put together a list of tasks my clients must complete in order for me to do my part. From now on, I just refer them to this post.
Do you have a domain name?
If not, you need to register your domain name. I use GoDaddy for all my domains. Even though I have heard not-so-good stories about GoDaddy, I haven’t have any problem with it. If you don’t trust GoDaddy, use Network Solutions or Hover. I heard good things about them.
Do you have a hosting provider?
If not, you need to sign up for a hosting plan. I highly recommend Lunarpages. I haven been with the company for over ten years and very happy with its service. For most of my clients, the Lunix basic hosting is sufficient. At the time of this writing, the plan is starting at $4.95 a month. The only extra add-on you need is “Premium Restore Service.” The extra cost of $1.50 a month is definitely worthwhile just in case something goes wrong with your site and needed a quick restoration. If you need other plans or services, we can discuss first before making the purchase.
Do you want to track your web site?
Tracking your site is optional, but I highly recommend it. Google Analytics allows you to see how many people visited your site. Where they are coming from and so much more. If you already have a Gmail account, signing up with GA is very easy.
I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned above; therefore, I am not responsible for their services. The recommendations are based my own experience. You should feel free to sign up with any company you feel comfortable with. Regardless of which company you go with, I will work with them on your behalf to make sure your web site functioning as I have proposed in our contract. If you have any question or concern, do not hesitate to contact me.