New client - push domain to me?

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I have a new client, he wants me to make 2 website. He has already purchased both domains through Godaddy.

-1st domain is already linked to a website using some theme.

-2nd domain is a domain only, no website built yet.

I have a bluehost reseller account, at this point he would have to direct his name server to me in order for me to build him 2 new websites.

Should I just give him the name server info and tell him to login to Godaddy and point it there or tell him to push his domains to my Godaddy account.

Usually, I buy the domains for my clients and start fresh but in this situation I am not sure if I should let him see the name server as he might know it's with bluehost.

When you have a reseller account for your clients, do you care if they know what company it is with or do you keep it secret and let them think you are the host? (my guess is the 2nd option).

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Susan Hope
    To clarify, I take it your client wants to now use you as a host for both his domains?

    Assuming that is the case, there is no need to go through the process of pushing domains to you, only to push them back when the sites are done, which I also presume you would do?

    I am a reseller for hostgator and generally cover this when I first speak to new clients, I normally tell them I can host their sites for them if they wish, give them my price or I can build on their hosting.

    If they want me to host their sites I then tell them they will need to change the DNS and explain how to do that - at this point I also say, if you are not sure how to do that, I can do it for you but you will need to allow me access to your registrars account (in this case GoDaddy) - most clients take this option, so them seeing my nameservers is not an issue.

    Honestly, it has never come up but sometimes I have said, I am a reseller for hostgator so you can host through me to keep things organised or you can go get a hosting account with them yourselves and will supply a link but again I would say they will need to do the DNS changover (or let me do it for them).

    I think you are worrying over nothing here to be honest.. if your client thinks they can do it, then give them the DNS information AND at the same time, offer to do if for them if they hit any issues (likely with Godaddy, I don't find their user interface all that easy to get on with lol).

    If you are going to host both sites, don't forget to take a full back up of the site that already exists on their 1st domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author carrot
    I dont see the problem in letting them know you use a particualar host.

    You charge for your service and time, not just the raw hosting right?
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    Should I just give him the name server info and tell him to login to Godaddy and point it there or tell him to push his domains to my Godaddy account.
    Anyone, business or individual, who would give up control of a domain name to a developer is insane. A developer who would take on the liability of maintaining a domain name for a client is equally...

    I have a bluehost reseller account, at this point he would have to direct his name server to me in order for me to build him 2 new websites.
    simply not true - it isn't necessary to have the domain point to the final resting spot until the site is finished.

    When you have a reseller account for your clients, do you care if they know what company it is with or do you keep it secret and let them think you are the host? (my guess is the 2nd option).
    Nameserver values are not secret. A simple whois lookup reveals all.

    Be above-board and upfront with clients, or they won't be clients for very long.
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  • Profile picture of the author learric
    If a client wants me to host the site for them, I usually send a pdf that explains how to change the DNS records and give them the option to let me do it if they can't figure it out. It doesn't hurt anything for them to know my hosting information because it is public knowledge and they usually have no idea what it is anyway.
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