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Plz help a noob out


Heya - I'm launching a media company and am at the final stages of web development. I outsourced the project to a web developer on Fiverr but my knowledge of launching a website is pretty pedestrian. Was hoping one of you guys would be kind enough to walk me through a few things.

My website is based on a WordPress template. I have my domains registered with namecheap and hosting with another company, I tried transferring the domains to the hosting company but I'm not sure they are supported. If they cant, I'm assuming I need to contact namecheap and organise authority for those domains (manage DNS?) to be used with the hosting company?

Also:

- The web developer wants access to the hosting to transfer the website over. I dont know them, is providing them with CPanel logins safe?

- I have several domains, one main one and others that I want to point to the main one. Not sure how I go about this.

- Would like to create a Launchrock holding page until the website is ready to launch, does anyone have any experience dealing with them?

- Is there a sequence of things I should do to launch the website?

Sorry for the dipshit questions which are probably far below your paygrade, if you can even point me to some good resources so I can figure shit out that would be much appreciated.

Cheers!

Re: Plz help a noob out

Reply #1
There's no need to transfer the domains. In fact I prefer to keep my domains separate from my hosting. You can just point the domains from namecheap at your new hosting provider. You need to change the A record of the domain and point it at the IP address of the new host. https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/319/2237/how-can-i-set-up-an-a-address-record-for-my-domain & https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/536/51/how-do-i-set-my-domain-to-use-namecheaps-freedns-service

Alternatively you could use Cloudflare as both a free DNS service and DDOS protection / CDN. Cloudflare is free.

I wouldn't have found someone on Fiverr. Wordpress sites are super easy and you could have done this all yourself with a half decent wordpress theme. I hope you didn't pay much.

If you provide him access to your hosting account, I suggest changing all passwords as soon as the transfer is done. Wordpress, Cpanel, etc. Change them the moment he is done. This is why its better to learn this yourself as you won't have to trust a 3rd party.

Never heard of Launchrock, why can't you just host your own coming soon page? https://themeforest.net/category/site-templates/specialty-pages/under-construction?sort=sales

You may want to reconsider what companies you are choosing. Usually the big mainstream ones aren't the best option. GoDaddy, NameCheap, Etc.

It sounds like you also need to do some learning about DNS records, Wordpress, Cpanel, etc.

Re: Plz help a noob out

Reply #2
There's no need to transfer the domains. In fact I prefer to keep my domains separate from my hosting. You can just point the domains from namecheap at your new hosting provider. You need to change the A record of the domain and point it at the IP address of the new host. https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/319/2237/how-can-i-set-up-an-a-address-record-for-my-domain & https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/536/51/how-do-i-set-my-domain-to-use-namecheaps-freedns-service

Alternatively you could use Cloudflare as both a free DNS service and DDOS protection / CDN. Cloudflare is free.

I wouldn't have found someone on Fiverr. Wordpress sites are super easy and you could have done this all yourself with a half decent wordpress theme. I hope you didn't pay much.

If you provide him access to your hosting account, I suggest changing all passwords as soon as the transfer is done. Wordpress, Cpanel, etc. Change them the moment he is done. This is why its better to learn this yourself as you won't have to trust a 3rd party.

Never heard of Launchrock, why can't you just host your own coming soon page? https://themeforest.net/category/site-templates/specialty-pages/under-construction?sort=sales

You may want to reconsider what companies you are choosing. Usually the big mainstream ones aren't the best option. GoDaddy, NameCheap, Etc.

It sounds like you also need to do some learning about DNS records, Wordpress, Cpanel, etc.


Thankyou for the prompt reply! I will read the namecheap knowledge base articles now and see how I go.

In hindsight I should've done it myself. The theme I chose did most of the heavy lifting and the developer has been somewhat cunty to deal with. What should've taken a couple of weeks has now dragged on for almost a year! I was getting pretty disenchanted with the whole thing but pressed on as had already had a few false starts with other developers. I paid $1500, rookie error : /

I will certainly change all the passwords as soon as he is done transferring the website.

Just looking at the coming soon templates now, looks like there's some cool stuff there.

I chose namecheap as they seemed to get a good rap at least as far as purchasing domain names, the hosting is offshore because I'd prefer not to be under the watch of the (((five eyes))).

I definitely need to do more research, really appreciate you taking the time to point those things out.