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how to send someone a website you built ?

 
 
Ray C
 
Reply Fri 18 Dec, 2015 06:28 pm
Say you’re building a site for someone far away, and that person knows basically nothing about computers. How do you send them the website you built for them?

I know you could just control their hosting account and stuff like that. But let’s say you just wanna build the site for them, send them what you built, and then pretty much get ‘em out of your life..
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 18 Dec, 2015 09:22 pm
@Ray C,
Typically you would:

1) tell them to setup their hosting and provide you access to deliver the site there (alternately they can give you their credit card info and you can set it up for them)
2) manage the hosting and bill for it
3) just send them the files and they can handle deployment to their server

What you should do in this case really depends on your situation.
Ray C
 
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Reply Sat 19 Dec, 2015 04:30 pm
@Robert Gentel,
First off, thanks for that nice, concise numerical list.

Might I ask: What is the “access to deliver the site there” you mentioned? Is it just the other person’s hosting account username and password ?

Also… say you’re redoing a website for someone, and they already have their hosting set up. In that case, do you normally ask for their hosting account username & password, and then just take down the old site and put up the new one ?
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sat 19 Dec, 2015 05:24 pm
@Ray C,
The access is usually an FTP login, but sometimes you'll need the hosting account login in order to setup databases etc (if the site is not static files only).

As for the second question, typically in small-scale web development that is the case. Ideally things could be revision controlled and backed up etc but what you describe is the typical case for most web developers. They might, at most, just copy the old files to an "old" folder on the web server for the client.
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