Renting a website - A counterintuitive concept

Renting a website - A counterintuitive concept
Renting a website is a completely wrong phrase. A blatant violation of the concept. Why do I make such an assertion? Join me in analyzing in this article.

I don't know where the phrase "rent a website" comes from. But I can confirm that this phrase is completely wrong. There is no such thing as renting a website. First, let's see what the definition of renting a website is. Appear widely on the Internet as follows:

"Renting a website is essentially a type of service where you rent a website from a service provider. The website is already designed, you just need to update the content on the website and put it into operation, and you pay a fee. periodically maintain that website to operate. Renting a website, just like renting a store or a business premises, will have terms between the lessee and the lessor."

And people say that cheap websites are a form of website rental!?

I do not agree with this point of view because:

  1. If you say that paying a periodic fee is a rental, then as you know, for a website to operate, it must at least have a domain and hosting, for these two items alone you have to pay a monthly fee no matter which company you make the website from. any. If that unit is free for you, it means the service package already includes these two items. And that doesn't mean renting a website. Think about it, every month your house uses electricity and water, you have to pay monthly, it's not like you rent electricity or water. Or if you live in an apartment with an elevator, you also have to pay a fee to use and maintain the elevator, it's not like you rent the elevator.
  2. If by renting you do not have full ownership, then what is full ownership? While your domain is in the owner's name, you actively update website content. So what is your wish when it comes to full ownership? Think about it, you buy a piece of land, you are on the red book, you have the right to build, and the land is not entirely yours, so no one says you are renting the land.

Going deeper into the two issues above:

  1. Pay periodically: In my opinion, if you are a non-IT person, it is best to choose a unit with clear recurring fees: hosting fee, domain fee, warranty fee, and maintenance fee (many units use cluster fees). from "website usage fee", or "website maintenance fee" instead of "maintenance and warranty fee" and then say free lifetime maintenance and warranty you have paid the fee to use or maintain the website. then)... Pay a fee to ensure someone ensures your website always operates in the best condition. If there is a problem, someone will handle it immediately. In addition, you can easily change or edit anything later.
  2. Full ownership: As mentioned above, I'm not sure what you want full ownership of. Regarding domains, you will be the owner of your domain name. Do not work with any unit that does not allow customers to register domain names. Or do you want to own the source code? Owning the source code is completely unnecessary.
  3. Firstly, if you are not a programmer, why do you keep the source code? You may think that you will be flexible in finding someone to edit the website if you do not collaborate with the original website maker in the future. This is also possible but very low. If you change to a Web company, most of them will advise you to redo a new website, but finding a company to read and edit the code will cost more than making a new website.
  4. Second, if you don't know how to configure hosting and domain, keeping the source code won't do anything. When you change hosting and need to re-upload, you have to hire someone again, incurring additional costs.

In short. No matter which company you make a website for, you still have to pay a regular fee (Unless you are an IT person and only hire a coding unit, the rest you can do it all yourself) even if that unit charges a high price. or low. I also added that with increasingly advanced technology, the cost of website design is decreasing, which is normal. But creating a website is not everything. The most important thing is the service of the website maker, from consulting, support, accompanying services... To be effective, the website needs to be well managed after completion.