What's the easiet way to upload files to an outside designer?

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strate53 / 5 Points
2012-06-05 3:12 pm EST
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I created a basic website. I want an outside designer to review and tweak the site. What's the easiest way to give access to the site to the outside designer?

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2012-06-05 3:45 pm EST
Hello Strate53,

What's the easiest way to give access to my website to an outside designer?

Great question! I'm going to answer it in 2 ways - either with full access, or with limited access.

Full access is simple. Basically, you give the designer access to your account Cpanel. The master FTP account is based on your Cpanel login. They would be able to access your files either through the Cpanel's File Manager, using an FTP client, and using phpMyadmin to view the databases (if needed). FTP access using a client would use your Cpanel User name and password and is simply another way to access the files saved on the server. The FTP URL is based on your domain name or the temp url's server (in your case, temp url would be whub28.webhostinghub.com).

Why give FULL access? If you trust your outside designer, and you can't do something that they must do, like create a database, then they would require full access to the Cpanel. The main danger to it is that they have access to change the password to the cpanel and also full access to change passwords on your email accounts.

If you were to offer LIMITED access, you could setup an FTP account (or give them only the FTP URL using the Cpanel user name and password). Here's the link to create an FTP account:

Creating FTP Accounts

[note- The URL for FTP access using the primary Cpanel login and your server name is again:
whub28.webhostinghub.com. If you were to create an account for the designer, note that the FTP account user name will always be formatted based on the primary domain name. An FTP account user name would look like this for example: someone@yourdomainname.com ]

And if they require mySQL access to your databases, you would require that they access databases ONLY through a database client like HeidiSQL (which is free). In order to allow a third party to access your databases, you would need to have their IP address to access the internet. You would then add that address to your Cpanel option that is labeled: REMOTE MYSQL. This is located under DATABASES in Cpanel. Failure to add their IP address in Remote MYSQL will result in a failed database connection.

Basically, LIMITED access, only allows your designer to access the files through FTP, and access to the database through a 3rd party mySQL client. It's much more secure and a good option if you do not know your developer.

I hope this helps to explain it! If you have any further questions, please contact technical support or leave a comment at the bottom of the page.


Arnel C.

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