1. Get it in writing and signed 2. Own all the files including source 3. Run often back-ups on new hardware
2. Own all the files including sourceAlways own everything, some file you cant edit, have the ones you can. If you paid for it you need to make sure you get every piece up front. Ask for all files to be uploaded to your host as well as sent to you on a disk or USB drive. Make sure you get all of it before you make any final payments. Make sure every server, computer, employee or contractor send regular and frequent backs ups or copies of every file they have worked on. You should also have access and ownership of any accounts created on your behalf. If you have the time it’s really best if you ask them what accounts they will need and then set them up initially yourself. This is the only way to guarantee you have records and emails from the initial sign up processes. Keep physical copies of anything you sign, preferably the original, for as long as you can afford the space.
3. Run often back-ups on new hardwareBack it up, over and over and over on the latest storage hardware. Technology is always changing. Never throw anything away and always upgrade. This applies to hardware, software, files, data bases and anything that is digitally stored. Filing boxes with the handles in the side we all have stacked in the corner somewhere are turning equally large stacks of external hard drives. Restoring the one drive you had all of your files on isn’t cheap. I spent $3,000 to learn that lesson. So keep backing up everything you have on the latest, biggest hardware out. Conclusion Know what you need out of your project, what goals do you have and what features will it take to make that happen. Once you’ve decided that put it into a clear written plan. Once you build something or have started the project make sure you own all files including source files. Back everything over and over and over and over. Rinse and repeat…
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