Concerns about outsourcing

by Magim
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After reading a few different guides on PNK sites, I've recently built a few of these sites myself, and have gotten a pretty decent understanding of the whole process. The individual components of my process (i.e. keyword research, wordpress site construction, etc.) aren't as optimized as I'd like it to be just yet, but I'm working towards that goal right now.

At some point in the near future, I'd like to start outsourcing these components to places like odesk or elance. The biggest concern on my mind at the moment would be giving people from these sites access to my godaddy and hostgator accounts. Though I suppose I could handle that aspect of the site construction myself, my ultimate goal here for is to eventually have the entire process outsourced, with different people handling each chunk.

I'm curious about you folks' experiences with this sort of thing, and also if it's somehow possible to give your outsourcers limited access to your accounts. Perhaps there's some key piece of information I'm missing here and my concerns are all for naught, but any input would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone would like to recommend me a good guide on the outsourcing process, I'm all ears.
#concerns #outsourcing
  • Profile picture of the author CoolCaesar
    use freelancer .. always look for workers with many positive reviews .. once the project is completed change password for your hosting accounts .. domain names cannot be transferred without your approval through email so..

    no worries
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve L
    Originally Posted by Magim View Post

    After reading a few different guides on PNK sites, I've recently built a few of these sites myself, and have gotten a pretty decent understanding of the whole process. The individual components of my process (i.e. keyword research, wordpress site construction, etc.) aren't as optimized as I'd like it to be just yet, but I'm working towards that goal right now.

    At some point in the near future, I'd like to start outsourcing these components to places like odesk or elance. The biggest concern on my mind at the moment would be giving people from these sites access to my godaddy and hostgator accounts. Though I suppose I could handle that aspect of the site construction myself, my ultimate goal here for is to eventually have the entire process outsourced, with different people handling each chunk.

    I'm curious about you folks' experiences with this sort of thing, and also if it's somehow possible to give your outsourcers limited access to your accounts. Perhaps there's some key piece of information I'm missing here and my concerns are all for naught, but any input would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone would like to recommend me a good guide on the outsourcing process, I'm all ears.
    i've hired freelancers from all parts of the world and not one of them has tried anything shady. as long as you pick a freelancer with some reviews and a picture, it's unlikely they're going to want to ruin their reputation since they want all positive reviews.

    oh yea, and i like to use freelancer.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Mac Wheeler
    Just be sure to use somebody with a proven track record and a work history, they are unlikely to want to ruin their reputation just so they can mess you around with your hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ralf Skirr
    Originally Posted by Magim View Post

    The biggest concern on my mind at the moment would be giving people from these sites access to my godaddy and hostgator accounts.
    As long as you setup the domain yourself, you can create a separate FTP account for your outsourcer in cPanel. Good thing is you can disable this anytime.

    So you'd register the domain, create oursourcer FTP account, create database, and from thereon they can do the site creation.

    Ralf
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Haughney
    Your problem of 'trust' is certainly one that I struggled with for a long time and it's very hard to get your head round giving up access to hosting and domain accounts.

    The way I eventually looked at things was to write down both the Pros and Cons of giving people access to accounts information. For me, I decided that outsoucers have no real gain by doing anything untoward with my accounts, and of course the biggest Pro is that you get to build your online business faster, and free up your time to be more productive.

    And as Ralf said above, you can still retain some control and if you're really paranoid about outsourcers doing any damage, then you can do damage limitation by giving them access on a site by site basis. (As it happens I run 100+ sites on one of my hosting accounts and have given access to that hosting account to several outsourcers over the last few years. Never had any issues.)
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  • Profile picture of the author sirtiman
    Try to give different login data for the outsourcers. So every time they login or get a new job they use a new login data, it consume time but reduce the safety of your private account from hijack.
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  • Profile picture of the author myeanne
    Outsourcing is a business that trust is the first requirement. Business won't grow if you haven't trusted the company that you're working with. This business has it pros and cons, you just need to find the right company, ask for samples and client references so you can decide. There are lots of outsourcing providers who pretend to be the best, that's why you need to be careful and look for the reputable ones.

    I suggest to hire a Staff leasing company instead of a freelancer. because leased staff are permanent workers of a company and are easy to reach in case you need them. Freelancers do not have employers.


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  • Profile picture of the author indolesman
    You need to make regular backups, then you can restore if they cause problems. Always let them think that they have future work with you.
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