Building a site for a customer question...

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Hi all, Dunno whether i've posted this in the right place but I am relatively new to building minisites for other people my question is if you are building a site for an offline client. Do you build the site on your own hosting first and then when its constructed hand the file over to the customer? Or do I tell the customer my nameservers so his domains point to my host temporarily as i build it. The problem with this way is the guy can see what i am doing as i am building it, the other way i can build it and he wont see it till its ready. Therefore can i upload a wordpress theme on one of my domains and then when its completed pass it onto them? Or do I have to construct it under its proper domain name?

Hope someone can help with this dilemma

Love
Sarah
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  • Profile picture of the author alanborcic
    I am building them in my hosting account so I can have full control over them. If client insists on its own hosting, then you really don't have a choice, just let them know that you can not take full responsibility for web site since you are not only one with full access.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sarah_Lyle
      Thanks Alan - so does that mean he pays you for hosting them also?
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  • Profile picture of the author alanborcic
    Hi Sarah,
    depends whether you have hosting with unlimited domain like I do. Depends if a client wants to have his own. You have to make that call but I don't think charging them $10/month for hosting is good idea. You can use that as value added service to your proposal.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sarah_Lyle
      Good point Alan.
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      • Profile picture of the author dmderoeck
        Hi Sarah,

        Hosting is a commodity in my opinion. If you are building a site for a client, chances are also good they do not have hosting.

        If the client already has hosting and site, that's a different situation altogether.

        In my opinion, providing hosting along with the service of building the site is perfectly acceptable and in most cases, preferred by the client. In my experience, it's preferred by the client if I manage the hosting.

        Dan
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    • Profile picture of the author Sarah_Lyle
      Thanks Dan, my client already has his own hosting but my main question was do i construct the site inside his hosting or do I construct the site on one of my domains and when its done pass it over? Sorry if the original question is a bit dumb! Love Sarah
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      • Profile picture of the author timmykins
        Originally Posted by Sarah_Lyle View Post

        Thanks Dan, my client already has his own hosting but my main question was do i construct the site inside his hosting or do I construct the site on one of my domains and when its done pass it over? Sorry if the original question is a bit dumb! Love Sarah
        Hi Sarah,

        I think that aside from the hosting question you have two options for building the site.

        1) Build it on your laptop/pc. If you are building a wordpress or other dynamic site, install apache friends - xampp on it (it's very easy to do). Then when you have completed it just show it to your client.

        2) Build it in a subfolder of your own website, and then show the client when it is done.

        Either way you will have to then transfer to their host if it is compatible with the platform you used for the site. The advantage of doing it this way is that you don't have to interupt the old site until you are ready and your client is happy with your work.

        I recently gained a new client for a website that is being hosted by someone else, but I have persuaded the client to switch because the hosting solution he has is very limiting and the CMS is out of the arch!

        Hope this helps

        Tim
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        • Profile picture of the author Sarah_Lyle
          Wow thanks for that Tim! I am actually not replacing his old site but creating several minisites for him that I'll rank because at the moment his brand site is stuck in the middle of nowhere and despite looking impressive has poor on page seo and other factors not right for marketing his service. It's great about the apache friends thingy - also I had not thought about whether his own hosting could can take on a wordpress site. Will have to find out! It's great that you told me! x
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  • Profile picture of the author redlegrich
    Build it on your own site. Until the client pays you it's yours, and if you elect to rent it then you want it on your site. The transfer is a bit of an annoyance but there are tools that will do it for you. Just be sure to back it ALL up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sarah_Lyle
      Cool thanks Redleg. Will do that then. x
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  • Profile picture of the author timmykins
    Glad I could help.

    Good luck with it.

    Cheers

    Tim
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