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    Setting Up

    Hello, new here.

    I need some advice from experts. I have small photography business for myself. I created a WP site and all is well. A good friend wanted a site for their MX park, no problem, I'll do another WP site for them. All is well. Now I got another guy wanting a site for his retail/service business because he liked what I did for me and my buddy. Common story?

    Now, I'm very very far from being a web design expert, actually, I know enough to be stupid. I stick to WP and thats about that. So here's my question(s), because this trend may continue, but I want to control it. I don't need the money, I just do it for fun. But before you all start yelling at me for selling myself short, I do charge appropriately because I deal with the same people who give images away for free in the photography world.

    I have my own domain and hosting, for my own site.

    1. When people ask me to design a site for them, i tell them to go get a domain name. After this, is it typical to point their domain name at my hosting and use an add on, or, is it typical for them to get their own hosting and get their log in details?

    Thanks

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    I would have them get their own hosting too. That way, they're responsible for it. If they're paying you to be responsible for it (monthly hosting/maintenance payments) that's a different story, and requires a different hosting account. I wouldn't give them space on your own hosting plan, though.
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    What Ron says, except that where / when possible I try to get them on my server, charge them, and assume responsibility for it. I know the company I like to deal with, I have the server configured properly, and I'm not going to have to worry about downtime issues or tech support reps with their heads up their asses (see EIG hosts).

    The one thing about having the site hosted yourself is that you also have some control as to whether or not it stays up. If they don't pay you, you can shut it down. Now, you have to give them the opportunity to back up their stuff, but most people don't take advantage of that.
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    If you are using shared hosting then I suggest that you let them get their own hosting services that way they won't eat up the space allotted to you. However, if you think this is really going to be a trend then you may want to consider getting a reseller or VPS account that way you can ask them to pay you instead to look/administer/manage their site. If you don't want to do it then just have them pay for their own hosting account just like what you are doing to get site online. Let them pay their fair share

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    +1 for having them get their own domain and host. Wordpress is known for having short comings as far as security, so you may not want to get pinned down trying to take care of a bunch of Wordpress sites.
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    DUDE! You did not just speak ill of W*rdPr*ss and its security! No one ever does that around here! Ever. In the history of mankind. On WDF. Ever. Nope. Doesn't happen.

    (Yeah, I totally have your back on this one if no one else does. I've been pointing this out for years now and people are just starting to realize what I'm talking about.)
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