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How to send proof to client without making public? (10 posts)

  1. starhorsepax
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Used to be you could just upload and index.html, then when you went to the site use the domain/index.php and it would go to the 'hidden' wordpress site. Joomla still works this way. I've found 'helpful' posts as recent as last year that did it this way.

    But now when I do this with WordPress, it always redirects to the index.html.

    How can we let the clients see it without being forced to log in and yet not let everyone else see it yet?

  2. michael.mariart
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    WordPress doesn't redirect to index.html - It links to the home page, which is whatever your domain is. It's your server that picks up the index.html page as the first default index page for that directory.

    Most places that do work like this develop the wite on a seperate staging server so that the work can be done there, there's no problem with the home page, and the code isn't in the clients hands before they pay the bill for it. ;) When it's all done you can move it accross to their website and it will all be done.

  3. Andrew Bartel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Most places that do work like this develop the wite on a seperate staging server so that the work can be done there, there's no problem with the home page, and the code isn't in the clients hands before they pay the bill for it. ;) When it's all done you can move it accross to their website and it will all be done.

  4. Eric Hoanshelt
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You could also use a maintenance mode plugin that will hide the site and provide a splash page instead unless you allow the client to log in :-)

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/maintenance-mode/

  5. starhorsepax
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Why has it worked fine before then? We've always set a 'index.html' for google to find and typed in the index.php to reach the CMS.

    I don't know about other web designers but I know we've never had trouble using index.php and index.html side by side before. Same server, same host same everything, except we hadn't used the WordPress as recently. Lately it's mostly been Joomla. But when researching this I've found plenty of posts that show it used to work for WordPress as well.

  6. michael.mariart
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You can use index.html andindex.php side-by-side easily. That's not the problem that you are having.

    The "problem" is that WordPress does not link to http://www.mydoamin.com/index.php it links to http://www.mydomain.com which brings up the index.html page and not the index.php page. WordPress keeps the link to the home page as the main URL without the index.php or index.html or anything else because it's better and cleaner to link to the same URl all of the time (www.domain.com and http://www.domain.com/index.html can be seen as different pages to SE's in some circumstances).

    I haven't seen WordPress work with a homepage link to index.php, but I've really only been using it for about 1 1/2 years, so I can't say before that it did or it didn't. Others here might be able to go back further then that.

    As I suggested before, what's wrong with setting the site up on a staging server while you get the development done? Everywhere I've worked for the last 10 years has done that because it makes a lot more sense. You have control over what happens, you have control over the code and the database, your client can't lock you out of the iste if they ever just feel like it, and you keep full control of everything until you are ready to deploy it to your clients server.

  7. Andrew Bartel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I think not understanding the underlying technology behind your development process or alternatively having someone in your office that does and can explain it to you or your clients is a good enough reason to move to a different method, regardless of whether or not it, "Has worked fine before."

  8. starhorsepax
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    What's wrong is that it's already UP and in progress. It's too late to move to a testing server.

  9. Gabe Young
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Aside from the index.html issue, if you still need to send "proof" to your client, I have used non-functional prototypes in the past. This can be as simple as providing several screen shots.

  10. michael.mariart
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    If the site is already up and in progress then you'll have to keep going like that. You'll just have to let your client know that the way the system works is that they'll have to go to /index.php if they want to go to the new homepage.

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