How-To question

Discussion in 'Web Design and Hosting' started by WhitePhoenix, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. WhitePhoenix

    WhitePhoenix New Member

    Okay, this may seem like a lame question, but I don't know how this works:

    When someone designs a website for you, do they store the files on a disk and send them to you? How to they get 'it' to you? Do they have to make the arrangements for the file transfer, or do you do that?

    Also, I want to replace my 'old' site with a 'new' one. Can I keep the same domain name and what do you have to do to 'switch'?

    Thanks for any help, it's greatly appreciated.
  2. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    Depends on how much you know. Either the designer can upload on a test server or you can upload the new site yourself using a FTP software
  3. WhitePhoenix

    WhitePhoenix New Member

    Thanks pcwork, but I still don't understand how I can upload the new site myself. How do I 'get it'?

    I am used to using FTP for coding myself, but I think either the webdesign will be created using Front Page (which I own now) or some sort of other website creation software.

    Can the file be saved in a folder and then saved on a CD-Rom? If so, then I believe I can just go from there. I just don't understand how website builders 'give' the website to the client...
  4. netjobs

    netjobs Member

    All the html pages will be created and stored as a separate files and the image will be stored in a folder (usually it names images)

    It can be given either CD-Rom or straight away uploads to the server via ftp... it depends upon the client... if you want the whole site files, can request a CD-Rom with the site files...

    you can keep the CD-Rom as a backup of ur site... but usually people wont get in CD-Roms, because mostly the files will be edited regularly, so you cant store to CD-Rom everytime the latest one...

    Frontpage has the ability to directly you can save to server while on editing... but the host has to be set to enable Frontpage extensions... you just contact your host company and enquire further things...
  5. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Quoting: WhitePhoenixWhen someone designs a website for you, do they store the files on a disk and send them to you? How to they get 'it' to you?

    They are a couple of ways you could get possession of your Web site files. Like Jai says, they could be delivered to you via a CD-Rom or even a floppy disc. Uploading it to your host server would then be your responsibility. The CD or floppy would be your record that the designer delivered (or did not deliver) what you agreed to have done.

    An alternative method would be for the designer to give you the protocols and passwords for accessing the Web site directly on the host server. This way you would be able to edit and manage the site as you wish.

    Quoting: WhitePhoenixAlso, I want to replace my 'old' site with a 'new' one. Can I keep the same domain name and what do you have to do to 'switch'?

    If by "replace" you mean change the CONTENT and/or the LOOK of the site while keeping the original domain name, then all you have to do to "switch" is upload the new pages to your server using some sort of FTP software. My program of choice is: CuteFTP

    Before you do that though, you may first want to save copies of the old pages on your hard drive. Then you can upload the new pages and overwrite the old ones. Subsequent visitors to your site will be served the new pages.

  6. WhitePhoenix

    WhitePhoenix New Member

    Aha! Thank you so much Jai and Hermas... you guys always come through.

    It's been a very frustrating, yet educational experience for me. I am learning a lot about website construction and now need to learn more about how things work.

    I did try CuteFTP with my 'old' site, which I mentioned on an old thread somewhere in the forum, and it didn't do anything. Perhaps my code was corrupted, but I found no mistakes.

    However, I will try via the FrontPage and see how that works. Hopefully sometime soon!
  7. getagrip

    getagrip Gold Member

    Couldn't you just email the person who is building your website and find out how it all works?
  8. cupbucket

    cupbucket New Member

    If you dont know how to build your own site just use a program that does most of the work for you. Like weebly. (I feel like a press agent for them sometimes...)

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