Having a freelancer design a page template (6 posts)

  1. mmuise
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hi -

    Forgive me in advance for asking an incredibly dumb question.

    I'd like to have some landing pages created for my blog, but have very minimal knowledge of PHP at this point. The landing pages would be stripped of most of the blog's elements (e.g. sidebar, AdSense column, etc.), but would maintain the design (colours, header) of the blog. In other words, tha landing pages would be focused on an offer.

    My question is: in order to have someone create landing pages for my blog (which I assume would involve creating new page templates), do I need to give them access to my WordPress blog account, or can they create the page templates separately and I just import them into my theme?

    Thanks for your help,


  2. Doodlebee
    Posted 9 years ago #

    When I've done this for my clients, yes - I need access to the FTP, the control panel for hosting and for the wordpress installation. All of that access is necessary to troubleshoot anything that may occur. I have a localhost setup where I can test out what I do until it's perfect, but there's been many a time when my local server configuration is different from my client's, and I need access to things to work out the issues once it's put on the client's server.

    Mostly, you can do it locally, but to test and perfect - yes, you need to give access.

  3. MichaelH
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Well in theory they wouldn't need access to your WordPress account (meaning the account that gives you FTP ability).

    That's something you might discuss with the designer you choose to do the work.

    [oops doodlebee got there first]

  4. Doodlebee
    Posted 9 years ago #

    True, in theory they should be able to just upload the files and tell you that it's done, then you log in and change the theme or whatever. But I've found that, many times, there's issues, and it's just better to have access and go in there and troubleshoot yourself.

    When I do this stuff for clients, I usually have an admin account made for me, with my own login and password. When I'm finished, I tell the client to check and make sure everything's in order, and if it is, then delete me.

    I've never had a problem with this setup.

    I guess it's just that, if you're hiring someone to do something for you, you should be sure they have access to everything they *might* need. You shouldn't make things difficult for someone to do their job. Once they're done, you can revoke those privileges. But while they're doing it, you shouldn't set it up so they have to ask for permission to do things they need to do. it's like telling someone to write a book, but they have to ask permission before they can have access to a pencil, or typewriter or something.

  5. MichaelH
    Posted 9 years ago #

    "... if you're hiring someone to do something for you, you should be sure they have access to everything they *might* need...

    Guess that says it all.

  6. mmuise
    Posted 9 years ago #

    What an awesome forum!

    Thanks for the clarification.

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