Any Risks with Outsourcing Wordpress Install and Build Out?

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Hi all,

I'm so darn impatient with some technology. I know Wordpress can be fairly easy to use. But, with little kids running around my house all the time, I am constantly being interrupted and cannot get any traction with really learning how to use this tool. So until that changes....I GOTTA OUTSOURCE IT!

What are the risks with handing over my hosting login info or wp-admin login info to someone? And, what precautions should I take to make sure I outsource the right way and the safe way? (I plan to do this MANY times, so your advice would be deeply appreciated.)

Thanks!
Kelly
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    Kelly,

    WordPress is *extremely* easy to learn. Seriously, once the kids go to bed, spend a half hour a night on it and within a week you'll be a pro.

    If a site is even a tiny bit important to you I wouldn't outsource it to some stranger.

    Rich
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    • Profile picture of the author teamind
      Originally Posted by Rich Struck View Post

      Kelly,

      WordPress is *extremely* easy to learn. Seriously, once the kids go to bed, spend a half hour a night on it and within a week you'll be a pro.

      If a site is even a tiny bit important to you I wouldn't outsource it to some stranger.

      Rich
      Hi Rich,

      Belive me, I've tried and have got the basics down now (and I'm so glad that I now know what I've learned). But, I've got so many projects to complete and people wanting to give me money for it - and I just can't get it all done. It's totally worth it for me to outsource this to someone.
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  • Look to outsource from people who have good reputation. When I need help with my WP blogs, I solicit help from Warriors with high post counts and a history of being helpful. With that, I have never had a problem.

    Also, I build a lot of WP blogs for people. They register the domain and give me access to their hosting. I then install WP or whatever needs to be done.

    I am sure boards like elance and guru are fine places to get freelancers, but I prefer forums to find people that are going to have passwords and access to my accounts. So, stick to popular forums, and chose people with history and reputation.
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    • Profile picture of the author teamind
      Originally Posted by Charles Montgomery View Post

      Look to outsource from people who have good reputation. When I need help with my WP blogs, I solicit help from Warriors with high post counts and a history of being helpful. With that, I have never had a problem.

      Also, I build a lot of WP blogs for people. They register the domain and give me access to their hosting. I then install WP or whatever needs to be done.

      I am sure boards like elance and guru are fine places to get freelancers, but I prefer forums to find people that are going to have passwords and access to my accounts. So, stick to popular forums, and chose people with history and reputation.
      Excellent suggestion. Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author erinwrites
    Which hosting platform do you use? If you use one that has Fantastico, you will be able to install Wordpress with a couple clicks of your mouse. That way you don't have to worry about someone having access to your hosting stuff--at least for now. The latest version of Wordpress has some pretty great features that allow users to install plugins and themes (if they're on the codex anyway) without having to do any uploading or messing with FTP at all.

    This will give you the chance to allow someone access to Wordpress without having to worry about them hijacking your hosting account and allows you access to the application even if the person you hired turns out to be a troll (you can use the mysql database to delete their sign ins and passwords).

    I hope that helps you at least a little

    Incidentally I'm pretty reliable--feel free to PM me with what you need. Maybe I'll be able to help you... and if not I might know someone who can

    Good luck! I hope this helped at least a little.
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    • Profile picture of the author teamind
      Originally Posted by erinwrites View Post

      The latest version of Wordpress has some pretty great features that allow users to install plugins and themes (if they're on the codex anyway) without having to do any uploading or messing with FTP at all.

      This will give you the chance to allow someone access to Wordpress without having to worry about them hijacking your hosting account and allows you access to the application even if the person you hired turns out to be a troll (you can use the mysql database to delete their sign ins and passwords).

      I hope this helped at least a little.
      YES! Definitely helps...and you also answered a question I didn't ask. Namely, WHY I was able to upload themes and plugins without FTP. All the videos I watched on WP showed using FTP. I thought maybe it was a WP upgrade, but STILL wondered if I was doing something WRONG!!

      So, thank you for putting me at peace on TWO counts.
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
    I would say the key is trusting the person you hire. As mentioned above look for a Warrior with a long, good history online.

    Talk (either by phone, email, skype) to the person several times first to get a feel for their responses and their response time. Maybe get a few references.

    You can always change your access passwords before and after you allow someone to use them if you are ever worried.

    I also do a lot of Wordpress work for people if I can ever be of service to you.

    Thanks,
    Greg
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    • Profile picture of the author teamind
      Originally Posted by VegasGreg View Post

      I would say the key is trusting the person you hire. As mentioned above look for a Warrior with a long, good history online.

      Talk (either by phone, email, skype) to the person several times first to get a feel for their responses and their response time. Maybe get a few references.

      You can always change your access passwords before and after you allow someone to use them if you are ever worried.
      I did think about the ability to 'change passwords' and am glad you confirmed that. Also, GREAT suggestion on talking a few times to get a "feel" for the person + references.

      I've outsourced a little bit already, but am no where near having a great process. So, your tips help!
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  • Profile picture of the author showbizvet
    As erinwrites says, installing WP with Fantastico is SO SIMPLE, but still you then have to do the plugin, themes, etc.

    I have yet to have any problems with freelancers, and especially with a new website, since there is little info there for them to mess with. Now if you are giving them the un/pw to your WHM (webhost manager), then you'd need to be a bit more careful.

    I mainly use Filipinos and have found them (as a whole) to be very diligent and trustworthy.
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    • Profile picture of the author teamind
      Originally Posted by showbizvet View Post

      As erinwrites says, installing WP with Fantastico is SO SIMPLE, but still you then have to do the plugin, themes, etc.


      I mainly use Filipinos and have found them (as a whole) to be very diligent and trustworthy.
      My thoughts exactly!

      And, I'll consider Filipino outsourcing later if I don't get my needs met here, first.

      Thank you!
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        Ramone_Johnny:

        Thanks for the referral...will check it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Hi Kelly,
    You should be congratulated firstly for considering outsourcing. Its essential in terms of business growth and efficiency. Acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses are all part of building a successful business.

    If youre going to outsource WP - and you are concerned about who to work with - why not just ask for referrals on here?

    Im sure this topic has been covered indepth, and youll be able to find who you need here. If possible, stick to using the same person each time and establish a relationship. This will expedite the process and help you concentrate on other things that you are better at.

    GL
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    • Profile picture of the author teamind
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      Hi Kelly,
      You should be congratulated firstly for considering outsourcing. Its essential in terms of business growth and efficiency. Acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses are all part of building a successful business.

      If youre going to outsource WP - and you are concerned about who to work with - why not just ask for referrals on here?
      Thanks and agreed. I'm talking with a small handful of WF folks now and hope to have help soon!
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  • Profile picture of the author 7_8_shortcuts
    I think it would be more difficult to find the right people to outsource to... than getting to know the BASICS of WordPress, because... let's face it... WordPress should be in the arsenal of pretty much every Internet Marketer.

    Switching a new design-theme or adding a plugin is easy, especially after the first time :-)

    Here's quick video of how to install your WordPress blog from scratch:

    Installing WordPress

    If you want to build many sites quickly and don't want to spend hours, you could think about outsourcing. Otherwise, try to install one WordPress blog and from here it will be easy :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author teamind
      Originally Posted by 7_8_shortcuts View Post

      If you want to build many sites quickly and don't want to spend hours, you could think about outsourcing. Otherwise, try to install one WordPress blog and from here it will be easy :-)
      This is EXACTLY where I am - needing to get several up quickly after fumbling with ONE over the past few weeks.

      I DO understand the basics now. But, time is a HUGE limitation. I'd much rather delegate the parts I don't enjoy.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Infact - why not give Tim a try - his username is n7 Studios

    OR

    http://www.warriorforum.com/warriors...r-support.html

    I've never used his services, but he seems like a genuine guy and plenty have had good thigns to say about him. If you do use him, make sure you tell him that I sent you
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    Then outsource to people here on the warrior forum. Maybe you can learn more about it at a later date. As you seem to be saying, your time is valuable and time is money. So go ahead and outsource, but you really should at least know the basics.
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  • Profile picture of the author teamind
    Originally Posted by AceHazel View Post

    Try outsourcing from the Philippines, they are really good and can be trusted. Filipinos are the type of a worker rather than an entrepreneur. So no worries.

    Check on bestjobs.ph or onlinejobs.ph

    Good luck.

    Yes, I've heard good things about that. But, I'm thinking I'll start here on the WF, first. Thanks for the resources!
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    I know that WordPress can be frustrating at first. I couldn't believe all the problems I could find. But most of them are pretty easy to resolve and just asking questions here on the forum got me the answers I needed.

    That being said, if you want to outsource this or anything else to do with your internet marketing business, I have used a fellow who has a business in the Philippines. He is a Warrior and I found him right on this site. And it costs only $75 per week for full time. You can hire them for part time also but if you go under 20 hours he said that it will cost more per hour but I am not sure how much.

    Anyway, his web site is http://www.firstpagewebsearch.com/

    He has a thread at http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...g-75-week.html

    Everyone that has used his service has something good to say about him, including me. They do all kinds of stuff and I think that anything they don't do you can train them to do. I know that I had a lot of back links done for me at a very reasonable price. I was well pleased. I know another person that Jake runs his whole blog for him, so I am sure that he can help you with your needs. This fellow I know doesn't even touch it, they write the posts and publish them and everything.
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    • Profile picture of the author teamind
      Originally Posted by timpears View Post

      if you want to outsource this or anything else to do with your internet marketing business, I have used a fellow who has a business in the Philippines. He is a Warrior and I found him right on this site. And it costs only $75 per week for full time. You can hire them for part time also but if you go under 20 hours he said that it will cost more per hour but I am not sure how much.
      Tim,

      Coooool. It looks like I can now do a 10-hour weekly commitment until I'm ready for more. So, I'll hire a WF'er I'm already talking to for my most current project and then use this company (once they have space for me) for all the other mind-numbing IM'ing tasks (at least for "me") I have been dreading doing. --- I can see this folks helping me go as fast as I can bring new clients in! Lovin' that!
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    • Profile picture of the author teamind
      In reference to: "Contact Craig - Warrior username: Smartsites

      The guy knows Wordpress like the back of his
      hand, his technical knowledge is fantastic, his
      service second to none."



      Wow! This fellow looks great. He's going to be a little too fancy for this current set of projects. However, there are some other projects for which I think he would be a perfect fit. Thanks for clue'ing me in on him.
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  • Profile picture of the author swiminsoda
    Check out Luca aka WF ID: Poglia

    He fixed my blog when it got hacked into and certain thing were messed up. Very efficient, fast and affordable.
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    • Profile picture of the author teamind
      Originally Posted by swiminsoda View Post

      Check out Luca aka WF ID: Poglia

      He fixed my blog when it got hacked into and certain thing were messed up. Very efficient, fast and affordable.
      Thanks! Yes, someone else referred me to him, too. It looked like he might be busy at the moment. But, I'll keep him in mind for other near future projects.

      Cheers,
      Kelly
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