How to free Your Website from the Clutches of a Bad Web Designer or a Bad Web Host

Now a day’s most of the website owner wanted to move their site from a bad web designer or a bad web host without the cooperation of that individual or the web host company. This may happen when that web engineer or web host has declined to give up control of the webpage when asked to. For instance, they might not have given the owner his/her login and password key so that the last can get to

Most of the individuals who would like to move their site have different circumstances. The most common situation is that the companies hire a web designer to create a website for them, and that designer might ignore their requests for the webpage to be redesigned. What’s more, when they request that the creator give back the site to them, they meet a mass of silence. Another basic situation is the place their web host has turned bad somehow (or lost), and they need to move their website somewhere else.

Consider the following steps before moving ahead,

  • Make it sure there is no misunderstanding between you and your web designer with regards to the extent of his duties? Re-read your agreement with that individual. Does it indicate that he/she update your site or does the money you paid just include the initial work? Support work (that is, redesigning of your site) as a rule includes a month to month (or yearly) expense, far beyond the month to month (or yearly) web hosting charges. In the event that you just made a one-time installment, odds are that it just covers the underlying formation of the site.

(You didn’t imagine that a small one-time expense paid toward the starting was going to confer your designer to keeping up your site for whatever remains of his/her regular life, did you?)

  • Try not to utilize this method as a method for explaining your question with your web designers. That is, whether you have withheld installment from them for reasons unknown, and they’re disregarding you since you’ve not paid up, this article won’t take care of your issue. Your designers will most likely simply pull you to court for break of agreement (for neglecting to pay up).
  • Put essentially, this article does NOT talk about contract debate and legitimate cures. It just examines the specialized implies that you can use to recover a site that legitimately and legitimately has a place with you. Furthermore, it expect that you no more have admittance to your web hosting account: that is, you can’t sign into your record to download a duplicate of all your documents (by means of FTP or through your web host’s control panel), nor are you ready to adjust your site’s documents.

Your Domain Name is the Key

At last, where specialized means are concerned, everything depends on whether you have control over your domain name.

A domain name is a name like ““. It is the methods by which visitors reach your site. For instance, if you write “” into your web program at this moment, you will touch base at the front page of this site. When you or the individual you procured began your site, one of the primary things that would have been done is to enlist a domain name. This ordinarily includes the installment of a little yearly charge to an organization called a domain name recorder. In return for this expense, you get the privilege to utilize the domain name for whatever length of time that you keep up the yearly installments.


The domain name is not the same thing as your site. It’s only a name. Getting a domain name does not naturally get you a site any more than enlisting a business name get you shop premises in the block and mortar world.

What you or your web designers did when your site was made was to connect your domain name to the set of documents they made. At the point when your visitors enter your domain name in their web browser, they see the set of documents.

It’s what might as well be called putting a sign panel with your business name outside your shop premises in the physical world. Together, the business name (as given on the hint) and your physical shop premises constitute your shop. So also, in the virtual universe of the Internet, your domain name and the archives made by your web designers constitute your site.

What happens if, in the physical world, you choose to move your shop to another building? You fundamentally need to lease shop premises in the new building, move your products there, and join your business name (and sign) to that new shop. When you do that, your shop will keep on functioning, with the same name, yet in another domain.

It’s the same with a site. What you have to do is to get another web host, set up your reports on that new web host, and point your domain name there. When you finish that, you’ll have moved your site. The difference is that in the virtual world, your site will in any case have the same web location and you don’t have to tell your clients that you’ve moved.

Everything relies on upon whether you can point your domain name wherever you need. For that to be conceivable, you will require the login name and secret key for your domain enlistment center. Note this is not as a matter of course the same as the login name and secret key for your web host. (It might be the same if your web host and enlistment center are one and the same organization.)

Without the account name and password for your domain at your recorder, you can’t undoubtedly wrest your site far from whoever is right now holding it prisoner. As said toward the start of this domain, everything depends on your having control of your own record at the domain enlistment center.

This is the reason, in my aide on the most proficient method to begin a site, I put the enrollment of a domain name as the initial step, something to be finished by you, and not something that is finished by a web engineer you contract (which I just rundown as a choice in the third step). Indeed, on the off chance that you take a gander at that guide, I even recorded the agreeing to a web host as a different procedure to be done yourself, before you even get a web fashioner. When you agree to these things yourself, you’ll not just be legitimately enlisted as the proprietor of your own domain, you’ll additionally be considered by those organizations (the domain recorder and the web host) as their client. In such a case, regardless of the possibility that you overlook your record name and secret word, you can undoubtedly contact those organizations to get the data and help you require.

Then again, in the event that you have renounced every one of your obligations to your web fashioner, and you have a corrupt creator, all the contact and possession data held by your web host and domain name enlistment center may well indicate him/her. Your web host and enlistment center will, for this situation, not give you any data by any means (since you’re not their client; the creator is). Your just plan of action in such a case is to arrange with your fashioner, on the off chance that you can in any case contact him/her. On the other hand you can get a legal counselor.

Issues to Think About When Redesigning Your Own Website


Since you’ll be moving your site to another web host, you’ll most likely need to get a duplicate of your current site (unless you plan to begin without any preparation). Nonetheless, this is trickier than it might show up at first look.

Legitimate Issues: Copyright of Your Old Web Design

Something you’ll have to do on the off chance that you essentially need to move your current site the whole shooting match to another web host is to discover who possesses the copyright to your webpage’s configuration. It is extremely unlikely I can help you discover this. It relies on upon a great deal of elements, a large portion of which are, in all honesty, past my skill to decide, since I am not a legal counselor.

For instance, it most likely relies on upon the way of the agreement (and in addition what is determined in the agreement) in the middle of you and your web originator. It likewise relies on upon whether your web originator was sluggish, and utilized an online webpage developer having a place with your current web host, or some site layout made by another person, in which case it’s conceivable that neither your creator nor you possess the copyright. See the article Is It Better to Use an Online Site Builder or a Standalone Web Editor? in the event that you don’t know why.

Specialized Issue #1: Script-Driven or Dynamically-Generated Websites

Another obstacle you’ll face in moving the site is if your site relies on upon PC programs that keep running on your web host’s PC (known as “scripts”) to create a section or the entire of the webpage’s substance.

For instance, if your site has types of any sort, for example, a shopping basket, a contact structure, or a web index structure, it most likely relies on upon one or more scripts. Online journals are likewise created utilizing scripts.

Since you can’t sign into your site by means of FTP (which is a technique for exchanging documents to/from your site) or your web host’s control panel, you have fundamentally no chance to get of getting a duplicate of those scripts and a duplicate of any information put away in your web host’s database framework, assuming any. While you may imagine that it’s a straightforward matter to utilize your web program to spare the pages on your current site, and after that duplicate those pages to your new web hosting account, you will find that your new webpage won’t work the same route as it did already if any piece of your website relied on upon scripts. For one, the structures that are on your pages will no more work. Neither will your shopping basket.

Specialized Issue #2: Folders, Images, Style Sheets and JavaScript Files

The presence of your site page relies on upon numerous components. Its substance is contained in the record you find in your web browser (called the HTML document in website admin language

. The pictures on the page is kept in isolated documents on your site. The appearance is kept in yet another record, called a template. Your page may likewise rely on upon JavaScript documents kept in partitioned areas too. See the article What are HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and Perl? Do I Need to Learn Them to Create a Website? for a brief review of these components in the event that you need to have a superior comprehension of how your site functions. (Try not to stress, it’s composed for the layman, so it’s in plain English.)

Thusly, on the off chance that you utilize your web program to spare the pages on your current site, you should ensure you spare all these extra documents and place them in the right organizers coordinating the current envelope structure of your site. Something else, when you exchange your spared pages to your new web have, your site won’t have a striking resemblance.

For the newcomer, it may not be anything but difficult to make sense of how to spare all the important components that make up a solitary site page, and recreate it effectively on another web host. The undertaking is really feasible, and isn’t excessively troublesome. In any case, the issue is that requires a touch of specialized learning. In the event that you don’t definitely know how to peruse HTML, and don’t see how document ways and URLs work, it’ll likely take you a considerable measure of time to hit the nail on the head. Furthermore, and still, after all that, you would even now have not comprehended alternate issues said above.

In perspective of this, you may find that it is simpler to simply overhaul your site without any preparation on your new web host. You may in any case need to spare the pages on your current site utilizing your web program, with the goal that you can reuse the words and/or pictures that were there (if you claim the copyright to those).

For the individuals who are thinking about how to spare a duplicate of your current site when you have no entrance to your present web host, simply go to every page on your webpage in your web program, click “Document” from your program’s menu bar, trailed by “Recovery” or “Recovery As…” in the drop down menu that shows up. To spare pictures, right tap the picture, and tap the “Spare image…” (or proportionate) thing in the menu that appears. As specified over, this doesn’t really spare everything, and the spared site page won’t have a striking resemblance as that on your present site. In any case, in any event, ideally, you’ll have a duplicate of some of your substance and pictures.

When you have done the above, proceed onward to the following domain.

Steps to Take to Regain Control of Your Website

To emphasize, on the off chance that you skirted the above clarification on the significance of having control of your domain name, ensure you have the record client name and watchword of your domain name enlistment center before you do the accompanying steps. There’s no point doing any of the progressions underneath on the off chance that you can’t sign into your domain enlistment center. On the off chance that you don’t recognize what a domain name enlistment center is, or you don’t know which recorder you used to get an domain name, odds are solid that you won’t know your client name and secret key either. In such a case, you won’t have the capacity to do utilize the progressions underneath to recover your site.

Get a New Web Host

Since you need to move your site far from your present fashioner’s control or from your current web host, you’ll have to join with another web host. A rundown of some web hosts can be found in my rundown of Commercial Web Hosts.

Indicate Your Domain Your New Web Host

Once your new web hosting record is set up, you’ll have to make your domain name sidetrack to that new domain. If you don’t mind read my article How to Point a Domain Name to Your Website for the progressions to take to achieve this. You should have the capacity to sign into your domain enlistment center’s record.

This is the key step that wrests your site out from under your old web fashioner’s or web host’s control. When you do this, your old webpage will never again be open to you utilizing a web program. So in the event that you need a duplicate of your old site’s pages, ensure you spare them before you make this stride.

Overhaul and Republish Your Website

Next, you’ll have to overhaul your site and distribute it to your new web host. Instructional exercises on the best way to utilize different PC projects to do this are recorded underneath. You just need to tail one of these instructional exercise arrangement, not every one of them.

Preventive Measures to Take When Creating a Website

As it were, in case you’re understanding this article since you confront the issue tended to here, this segment is presumably repetitive, since experience has without a doubt abandoned you savvier. Notwithstanding, for the advantage of the individuals who are understanding this article simply to straighten something up (and who did not need to manage this terrible piece of business), let me gather together a couple of imperative things to do when beginning a site.

Get Your Domain Name Yourself

Regardless of the fact that you don’t plan to outline your site yourself, you ought to in any event enlist the domain name for your site yourself. I know some individuals’ brains go clear at whatever point they need to do anything identified with the PC, regardless of the possibility that it is an exceptionally straightforward thing. In any case, on the off chance that you don’t attempt to figure out how to do even this extremely essential assignment, then you may wind up being the sucker that everybody exploits.

Your domain name is a standout amongst the most critical things you need control of when you begin your site. With control over it, regardless of the fact that your web host cheats you, or regardless of the possibility that your web originator tries to square you from redesigning your site, you can without much of a stretch simply move your site somewhere else. Without control over it, your just trust is to get a legal counselor. The legal counselor course takes a great deal of time to determine, also cash, and in that time, you’ll lose the business you may have picked up from your site.

As should be obvious from my aide on How to Register Your Own Domain Name, it’s really a simple way to get an domain yourself. It’s much the same as purchasing something on the Internet. Truth be told, it IS purchasing something on the Internet, with the exception of that you won’t get physical products transported to you. What you get is the privilege to utilize a name for your site, and to indicate that name any domain on the Internet at whatever time you need.

Try not to Give Your Password to Your Account at the Domain Registrar to Anyone

The secret key that you make when you pay for an domain name ought not be given to anybody. Also, that incorporates a web creator you contract to make your website for you. Giving that secret key to somebody resemble giving them an unlimited free pass (“check” in US English). It would invalidate whatever advantage you picked up from enlisting your domain name yourself, since with the secret key, that individual can essentially exchange the responsibility for domain name to anybody he/she satisfies.

Imagine a scenario in which the designer needs to indicate the domain name the site that he has intended for you. If you somehow happened to ask me, I would propose that you point the domain yourself utilizing my aide. Nonetheless, I understand that for the individuals who are now recoiling (“shying away”) at purchasing the domain name themselves, this may tip them over the edge. On the off chance that you truly believe it’s excessively troublesome, get your web planner, making it impossible to do it in your nearness (after you sign into your enlistment center’s record yourself). Later, when you’re back at your own PC, change your secret key at the enlistment center’s site as a fair in the event that gauge, subsequent to confirming that nothing in your recorder’s record has changed (counting email location, business or street number, name, domain proprietorship, and so on).

Yes, I know. It sounds jumpy. All things being equal, secret key efforts to establish safety frequently upheld by security intellectuals generally solid over the top. Some of them even solid like they were taken from a Hollywood spy thriller. That is, until you find that your record is traded off and your royal gems stolen.

Imagine a scenario where Your Registrar is the Same as Your Web Host.

On the off chance that you purchased web hosting from your enlistment center, then it’s conceivable that the same secret word controls both your domain name and your web hosting account. You may maybe be suspecting that in such an occasion, you’ll must choose the option to give your web fashioner the secret word subsequent to in the event that you don’t, he/she won’t have the capacity to make your site. Not genuine.

The best approach to understand this is to make a different FTP represent your web designer (ask your web have how you can do this). Give this FTP account an alternate secret word, and limit the entrance for this record to just the site range. This permits your web designer the capacity to distribute your site without, in the meantime, additionally giving him unlimited authority to do anything he needs to whatever is left of your account.

(Note if you do this, and your site needs a database, you may need to make it for your designer utilizing your site’s control panel. In any case, you can more often than not approach your web host for help for this. It’s a simple errand.)

Do You Need to Set Up a Web Hosting Account Yourself?

In a perfect world (as I would see it), website admins will set up their websites precisely, they get the domain names themselves, agree to a web hosting account themselves, and just draw in the web creator (if that they would prefer not to take a shot at the webpage themselves) at the design stage.