3 Tips for Protecting Your Website

You have a certain skill set, which has brought you to where you are now — on the way to launching your breakthrough new business. Your skills, however, likely won’t include everything you need (except if you happen to be a genius, which is cool too). Somewhere along the way, you’re going to find you need to outsource talent, to find someone who can help in areas where you’re not quite as strong in. Now, that might be in marketing, finance, or writing — but today, we’re going to be focussing on developing your website.

Developers hold a lot of power — they literally have the power to change anything and everything on your website. So in order to protect your baby (and lessen worry), here are some things you can do to hedge your risks and protect your hard work.

1. Create an email just for your new website and its development.

This ensures that everything to do with your website is in one spot. It won’t be jumbled with the emails pertaining to other aspects of your business, and you can easily find what you want. After you’ve got that, use it as the primary email when setting up your website. Make yourself “administrator” and your developer “collaborator”. For Github, check it out here and Heroku here. That way you always have the final say!

2. Create an IP agreement with your developer

An intellectual property (IP) agreement, even if you don’t have the money to enforce (and most of us don’t, that’s okay!), it’s still worth establishing. It does say that you mean business and clearly lays out the dos and don’ts of the employment relationship. Make sure to include a line saying that at the end of the work relationship, they’ll hand over all the code and work property. Here is an example you can use for reference, (note: KahootsHQ, does not accept liability for any errors or omission in the contents of this document or which arise from it’s use).

3. Download a copy of the code and database

Try to do this weekly, or on some sort of regular basis. You definitely want a copy of your website, after all! If you’re using Github, this is super simple to configure. Just go to the repository you want to download, and on the right side-bar menu you will find a “Download ZIP” button. (Don’t forget to title the download with that day’s date!) Here’s how for reference.

And there you have it! Now, we’re not trying to point a sign reading “BE WARY OF ALL DEVELOPERS!” It’s just that sometimes when we haven’t shared our vision clearly or if there’s some sort of communication issue, things might not turn out the way you’d thought. Ensuring you’ve covered your basis during the initial website setup will help you keep calm during times of turmoil knowing your hard work and time is not at risk.

So there you have it! If you have any other tips, feel free to drop us a tweet!


Elizabeth Ching - KahootsHQElizabeth Ching | Guest Writer

Elizabeth is a spirited reader and writer, with an insatiable curiosity for technology and innovation. She enjoys blogging, tweeting, and slowly making her mark in the digital space.

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Why You Need to Get Involved to Land Your Next Job

The school year has finally ended, all projects have been handed in and exams are finished. At this time of the year, you are probably looking to get a mediocre job to start paying off the mountains of debt that you have accumulated.

We all know that you do this because you are a responsible adult and you know you have to choose paying off the bills rather than just binge watching Netflix until the wee hours of the morning. You are taking responsibility for your future and want to set yourself up for success. However, you might be missing out on the one thing that will land you that dream job in the future – experience in YOUR field

Most employers require some type of experience when it comes to applying for a “big girl/boy” job. And let’s be honest, most students don’t have any.  The summer is your chance to get involved in a project that you are passionate about and there are plenty of ways to do so.

Here are a few ways to get involved this summer and improve how you look on paper. No, I’m not talking about your tan in printed photos. I’m talking about your resume!

Volunteer your time at a startup. Startups often have very little capital. This is great news for you. At the moment they can’t afford to hire someone with experience and will be more willing to take a chance on you. Find a company you want to work at and reach out to them. You need the experience and they need the help!

Freelance in your area of expertise. Again, startups are great for this. They can’t afford to hire or they may not have the need for a full-time employee in your area of expertise. Consider freelancing as a way to build your portfolio or resume over the summer while you are still in school.

Team up on student-led academic or extracurricular projects. Your school is a great resource when searching for projects in your area of expertise. Often student-led projects need help from like-minded people who have differing skills and who come from other faculties. Not sure what projects are happening on your campus? Check out the Kahoots Community Board for your institution.

If you are still not sure and serendipitous opportunities are failing you, KahootsHQ might be able to help. Their platform gives students and recent grads the opportunity to make connections and gain experience that they would not have gotten the chance to do otherwise. They have awesome projects like these…

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Your time matters, make the most out of it. Get involved, gain experience and start furthering your career TODAY!



Ashlea HolfordAshlea Halford
 | Guest Writer

Ashlea is a recent graduate, with an degree in Communication and English. She is a lover of the online world and is trying to make her mark in the digital community.