Assuming you are micro independent software vendor (MISV) or one man web shop (OMWS), how do you reduce your Bus Factor?
In my specific case, I'm supporting a few websites that takes me a few minutes every couple of weeks when there is an update to publish, and once a year I renew the domain name. Easy tasks, but effectively I am the only person who has all the credentials. Ideally I would like to sleep better knowing that even if I become incapacitated there will be someone to support these online entities.
I would like to know what are the best practices and what are the interim solutions. In essence:
How do you ensure websites run smoothly after your death?
(I guess very few have hands-on experience here)
- deposit credentials / sensitive URLs in a safe box (next to your will)
- pay upfront for 10 years of hosting / domain (and teach someone how to extend this lease)
- create a trusted peer circle so you can exchange credentials (just in case)
- create a company, become CEO, cash out on IPO (this is obviously not the case since supporting websites is not a lucrative business)
Or maybe there is already a service that securely stores all the credentials and takes action if the primary point of contact is out of reach? (if you want to grab this idea and build a startup please take me onboard)
Related: inactive account manager by Google. Someone can live without my Gmail account, but someone will not be happy if their website dies and domain is squatted on by a main competitor...you get the point.
I believe this is an issue that applies to many webmasters and I'd be inclined to know the answer or at least some ways to make this easier to manage.