When you’re getting ready to sign off on a new software project, chances are you aren’t thinking about what happens when its lifecycle eventually comes to an end. This is understandable, but all too often it turns out to be a frustrating and expensive oversight – especially for small businesses.

With web design projects specifically, it’s important to consider this when selecting a design company to work with. For instance, many large providers build websites on their own proprietary systems. This type of in-house platform means that, once your site is live, it’s almost impossible to move on if you find a better solution for maintenance, support or hosting.

In the worst case scenario, you could even find yourself stuck in a contract with poor customer service because the only alternative is paying to have an entirely new website developed. For many small businesses, this simply isn’t an option financially.

When choosing a provider to work with, remember to ask the question “Can I leave and take my website with me?

At Westcountry Media, we build our websites on widely used, open source platforms such as WordPress. This means that if, for any reason, one of our clients decides to move to a different design or hosting company, the transition would be completely seamless. In fact, almost any web designer in the world would be able to work on the existing site.

Additionally, WordPress is used so widely that if you did choose to move to another company for your web-hosting, chances are there’ll be no downtime or, even worse, data loss. So not only would you be saving the cost of a whole new website, you’d also avoid the loss of business that could arise from these technical issues. Additionally, your customers will be able to continue using the same website that they’re familiar with, and you won’t need to spoil your brand by finding a new URL.

Why would we want to make it easier for our clients to move to a different company? We’re confident enough in our hosting and customer service that we don’t need to tie in our customers with restrictive contracts, or create conditions which make it impossible for them to leave. Our clients stay with us because they want to, not because they have to.