The "what ifs..." in life are ever so important. This is the first thread I have seen on the topic of, what if I get "hit by a bus"?
Basically, what the WebmasterWorld thread is asking, is what can you do to ensure the sites continue to run, the right people know how to maintain them and the checks keep coming in to your loved ones. One member has a three point check list;
1. URL's and login information for anything related to your sites. Be sure to include your domain registrar, hosting company, your control panels, databases and whatever else you might be using.
2. Info for any recurring fees such as site hosting and domain renewal with amounts, how paid, etc.
3. Definitely a will.
Hobbs in message # 7 writes his 4 point plan;
a) A file on my palm with all the login urls, usernames and passwords that I use in my daily work, as well as all the banking details. (a safe print out would not hurt too)
b) Plan to do a search around for a local company that manages web sites maintenance, update and content professionally, and I will make a list of the best ones I find and add it to my palm file. I am thinking that any company should not take more than 5% of the annual earnings to keep the server up and running, and another 15% for managing and updating the content would be very fair, another 5% for hosting , domain name and other misc. that leaves a 75% hands off net profit for my family which is not bad.
c) Don't forget to instruct your loved ones to immidiatley activate Payment holding.
d) The most important thing to do is to have a technically competent relative / friend that you can trust be in charge of the handover and details till things settle, the last thing you want for your loved ones after a (great terrible world changing catastrophic) loss is to put them through a technical and logistical learning curve.
Even one member left instructional videos on how to manage the AdSense programs, just in case.
The thread leaves open a question for the Google AdSense Advisor:
Please check out this issue for us and let us know, I really wouldn't wish for my family to have to re-apply for a new account, a simple suggestion is for Google to allow us to add a secondary name and email in case we cannot be reached.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.