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Help needed over web designer questions!

Discussion in 'Web Design Forum' started by fatpiggy123, May 23, 2013.

  1. fatpiggy123

    fatpiggy123 Guest

    Hi all,

    I am considering using a designer to enhance my website. The freelancer who i have spoken to has offered to host my website on his server. Is this something I need to be careful of. I currently host with bluehost and I think I don't have a server or if i do its through bluehost. I am concerned if I want to do any other work, use another designer, do work myself I will be reliant on this designer. Is this true?

    Also do all sites require a server? Back to basics I know!

    Thanks in advance
  2. administrator

    administrator Administrator Staff Member

    Hi fatpiggy123,

    What you currently have your site hosted on is known as "shared hosting" - the hosting company will have many sites such as yours hosted on their own servers. So your site is still on a server, it has to be otherwise no-one would be able to see it!

    You do not need to take up your designer's offer if you already have hosting you are comfortable with, unless your designer has other requirements that your current host doesn't match, such as scripting languages or databases. Even if they do need these you can ask your current host to provide them.

    If you trust the designer and are happy with them then no problems but from your post you sound a bit suspicious! Designers getting clients to host with them rather than their current host simply means they will get residual income. If you are OK with your designer then no problems here, but if you think relationships may break down then just insist that you get a copy of your site at the end of it and if you are on their server that they give you FTP access to the site or a daily / weekly backup of all HTML and databases if applicable. Then if relationships ever break down you can move to another provider without problem.
  3. tj1979x

    tj1979x New Member

    I think you're better off staying where you are. It depends on what kind of site you have and how flexible you might want to be in the future. I've always used professional web hosting, these are good Website builder – build your own website with 1&1 and never had any problems. You don't have to worry about site maintenance and it saves a lot of time. Again, it depends on the size of your site.

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