New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Web Design and Hosting Creating sites, scripting, and hosting discussions.

How to temp host a site so a client can see it?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
rcronin

 
rcronin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 20, 2006
Location: New Eng
Posts: 423
rcronin has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: MacBook white, 2.0 Intel Core 2 Duo Pro, 2 GB RAM, 13" screen

rcronin is offline
Is there a regular/normal way to temporarily host a site so your client can preview it before going live? I have a hosting account that allows me to host several urls. Should I just temporarily put it up there and take it down after they approve everything?

Becky
Web & Graphic Designer, LLL Leader, teacher (in my previous life; pre-kids) and Mama to my two daughters (who think the Apple booty is theirs)
QUOTE Thanks
surfwax95

 
surfwax95's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 27, 2005
Location: Fayetteville, AR
Posts: 2,410
surfwax95 has much to be proud ofsurfwax95 has much to be proud ofsurfwax95 has much to be proud ofsurfwax95 has much to be proud ofsurfwax95 has much to be proud ofsurfwax95 has much to be proud ofsurfwax95 has much to be proud ofsurfwax95 has much to be proud ofsurfwax95 has much to be proud of
Mac Specs: 15" Powerbook G4 24" iMac iPhone 3Gs

surfwax95 is offline
I usually just put a folder on my server called "dev" or "preview". Then place the files there and direct the client to the URL.

I try to Command+Shift+/ when I can.
They're - Their - There | Two - Too - To | You're - Your | MAC - Mac
I was on the M-F honor roll for October, 2006.
QUOTE Thanks
giulio

 
giulio's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 19, 2007
Location: NY USA
Posts: 1,813
giulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nice
Mac Specs: iMac 5.1 | iMac 7.1 | iPod Touch | iPod Nano

giulio is offline
Hi Becky,

See if your host allows subdomins. That is the most cost-effective and professional way to do it...

Your main site is www.domain.com
This client's temp/dev site would be client.domain.com
Which is good for demos.

But what I do, if the client signed on and I'm actively developing their site, is get them an IP address. So they can always view the site-in-progress at http://123.123.123.123 for example. This may be important for server-side programming, domain specific code, server directory specific code, et.
Then when it is approved, its a simple matter of pointing DNS to the hosting account.

schweb This has to be one of the best threads ever in MF history...
Cherokee This gets my vote for most innovative thread on Mac-Forums... ever.
QUOTE Thanks
rcronin

 
rcronin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 20, 2006
Location: New Eng
Posts: 423
rcronin has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: MacBook white, 2.0 Intel Core 2 Duo Pro, 2 GB RAM, 13" screen

rcronin is offline
Thanks guys. My new questions, lol, are:

Quote:
Originally Posted by surfwax95 View Post
I usually just put a folder on my server called "dev" or "preview". Then place the files there and direct the client to the URL.
I've had problems using folders on my server before. The browser couldn't find my site at first. But I can just put this whole site into it's own folder and then send them the URL?

Quote:
Originally Posted by giulio View Post
Hi Becky,

See if your host allows subdomins. That is the most cost-effective and professional way to do it...

yep, I can do sub domains, I'm already hosting 2 other sites that way, they're freebies, my HS reunion, etc.. It's cool to do that on a temporary basis though?

Your main site is www.domain.com
This client's temp/dev site would be client.domain.com
Which is good for demos.

But what I do, if the client signed on and I'm actively developing their site, is get them an IP address. So they can always view the site-in-progress at http://123.123.123.123 for example. This may be important for server-side programming, domain specific code, server directory specific code, et.
Then when it is approved, its a simple matter of pointing DNS to the hosting account.
Would you do the IP address thing for a redesign? They already have a site that I'm adding to...I don't know nothin' about IP addresses!

Much obliged!

Becky
Web & Graphic Designer, LLL Leader, teacher (in my previous life; pre-kids) and Mama to my two daughters (who think the Apple booty is theirs)
QUOTE Thanks
giulio

 
giulio's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 19, 2007
Location: NY USA
Posts: 1,813
giulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nice
Mac Specs: iMac 5.1 | iMac 7.1 | iPod Touch | iPod Nano

giulio is offline
I wouldn't do the IP thing for a redesign, unless the company wants to pay for the hosting account (one per IP). They may want to have that 'development environment' though. If you dress it up with enough buzz words you may make a few extra bucks on it. It allows their current site to stay live, and shielded from the dev environment.
Otherwise, I'd set up a subdomain on their own website: http://dev.clientdomain.com
When they approve everything, simply move all files from dev to www. This assumes the site is static HTML or the server scripting doesn't care about directory paths.

Are you making a straight HTML site or plan to do file actions (read/write/create/delete) as well, with PHP or coldfusion, etc?

schweb This has to be one of the best threads ever in MF history...
Cherokee This gets my vote for most innovative thread on Mac-Forums... ever.
QUOTE Thanks
rcronin

 
rcronin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 20, 2006
Location: New Eng
Posts: 423
rcronin has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: MacBook white, 2.0 Intel Core 2 Duo Pro, 2 GB RAM, 13" screen

rcronin is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by giulio View Post
I wouldn't do the IP thing for a redesign, unless the company wants to pay for the hosting account (one per IP). They may want to have that 'development environment' though. If you dress it up with enough buzz words you may make a few extra bucks on it. It allows their current site to stay live, and shielded from the dev environment.
Otherwise, I'd set up a subdomain on their own website: http://dev.clientdomain.com
When they approve everything, simply move all files from dev to www. This assumes the site is static HTML or the server scripting doesn't care about directory paths.

Are you making a straight HTML site or plan to do file actions (read/write/create/delete) as well, with PHP or coldfusion, etc?
um, sorry, did I forget to mention that I just barely know what I'm doing? no coldfusion or php. File actions are...? Static HTML means no databases or forms? there are none of those.

and another clueless question. Why if you set up a subdomain does the sub domain name come in front of the reg domian name? Seems like it would be opposite... Does that keep the images folders separate?

Becky
Web & Graphic Designer, LLL Leader, teacher (in my previous life; pre-kids) and Mama to my two daughters (who think the Apple booty is theirs)
QUOTE Thanks
giulio

 
giulio's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 19, 2007
Location: NY USA
Posts: 1,813
giulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nice
Mac Specs: iMac 5.1 | iMac 7.1 | iPod Touch | iPod Nano

giulio is offline
No problem...

OK a static site will make this much easier! You wont have to worry about file actions/etc.

The sub domain name works like so:
subdomain . maindomain (name your bought). topleveldomain (com, edu, net...)

When you buy your domain, you choose your TLD (top level domian). You then get DOMAIN.COM
Most hosts attache WWW to the front, making WWW.DOMAIN.COM and DOMAIN.COM point to the same website.

If you have a decent host, you can create subdomains for free: SUB.DOMAIN.COM which points to a folder inside of your site, but acts like an entirely differeny website.
That's important to remember because files on the outside of that sub's folder are invisible/inacessible to the sub! The plus is that when you make links that point to the root, such as /images/file.gif the browser will load from the root of the subdomain, not the main domain.

schweb This has to be one of the best threads ever in MF history...
Cherokee This gets my vote for most innovative thread on Mac-Forums... ever.
QUOTE Thanks
rcronin

 
rcronin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 20, 2006
Location: New Eng
Posts: 423
rcronin has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: MacBook white, 2.0 Intel Core 2 Duo Pro, 2 GB RAM, 13" screen

rcronin is offline
Thank you! That's really helpful! Especially that the rest of the things will be invisible....

What I did so far was make a new folder on my site for it. So it's right now it's - www.domain.com/theirfolder/index.html

Thanks for the hand holding!
But I will move them and do it the way you recommended. Seems a lot better.

Becky
Web & Graphic Designer, LLL Leader, teacher (in my previous life; pre-kids) and Mama to my two daughters (who think the Apple booty is theirs)
QUOTE Thanks
giulio

 
giulio's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 19, 2007
Location: NY USA
Posts: 1,813
giulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nice
Mac Specs: iMac 5.1 | iMac 7.1 | iPod Touch | iPod Nano

giulio is offline
You're welcome. Your icon did it for me. My wife went the same route =)

Typically, www.domain.com/client is the same content as client.domain.com
The web server uses the folder 'client' for the subdomain content. So you don't have to move anything. Just set up the subdomain with the same name as the folder.

schweb This has to be one of the best threads ever in MF history...
Cherokee This gets my vote for most innovative thread on Mac-Forums... ever.
QUOTE Thanks
rcronin

 
rcronin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 20, 2006
Location: New Eng
Posts: 423
rcronin has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: MacBook white, 2.0 Intel Core 2 Duo Pro, 2 GB RAM, 13" screen

rcronin is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by giulio View Post
You're welcome. Your icon did it for me. My wife went the same route =)
I was wondering if anyone here would recognize that avatar. It seems like such a nice community here, that I wasn't worried about anyone being weird about it. I also have a "got breastmilk?" bumper sticker on my car and it never fails to get approval from dads. That always makes me laugh. My sister thought I would attract wierdos, but it's just the opposite!

Becky
Web & Graphic Designer, LLL Leader, teacher (in my previous life; pre-kids) and Mama to my two daughters (who think the Apple booty is theirs)
QUOTE Thanks
giulio

 
giulio's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 19, 2007
Location: NY USA
Posts: 1,813
giulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nicegiulio is just really nice
Mac Specs: iMac 5.1 | iMac 7.1 | iPod Touch | iPod Nano

giulio is offline
I modified a BABY ON BOARD sign to read BABY ON BOOB =)
I can send you the PSD if you'd like

What we do is join the LLL chat room, and just let it scroll. Then come back later and read all the good stuff.

schweb This has to be one of the best threads ever in MF history...
Cherokee This gets my vote for most innovative thread on Mac-Forums... ever.
QUOTE Thanks
rcronin

 
rcronin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 20, 2006
Location: New Eng
Posts: 423
rcronin has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: MacBook white, 2.0 Intel Core 2 Duo Pro, 2 GB RAM, 13" screen

rcronin is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by giulio View Post
I modified a BABY ON BOARD sign to read BABY ON BOOB =)
I can send you the PSD if you'd like

What we do is join the LLL chat room, and just let it scroll. Then come back later and read all the good stuff.
That's awesome! Definitely send me the PSD. If you PM, I'll send you back my actual addy.

So are you on the LLL with RSS feed? I still just don't get how to do that. That's really embarrassing, but true, I'm RSS challenged. I don't know what my problem is! On here I just go to "get new" and pretend it's like I'm using RSS. I know, I'm a spaz. I go on the forum on the lll community site once and awhile. I'm more likely to go to the mothering.com forum. That get's a ton of traffic/posts and there's always a lot of good stuff. although sometimes it's like watching a traffic accident, IYKWIM?

Becky
Web & Graphic Designer, LLL Leader, teacher (in my previous life; pre-kids) and Mama to my two daughters (who think the Apple booty is theirs)
QUOTE Thanks
rcronin

 
rcronin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 20, 2006
Location: New Eng
Posts: 423
rcronin has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: MacBook white, 2.0 Intel Core 2 Duo Pro, 2 GB RAM, 13" screen

rcronin is offline
Giulio, I just checked out your portfolio! Wow.

I'm brand new to web design. But I have to say I don't think I've seen many sites that look a good as yours AND you do all the backend stuff, too? How did you learn all that? Most of the sites I've seen done by backend people are so, hmm, how should I say this, ugly. Yours are gorgeous. Keep up the good work!

Becky
Web & Graphic Designer, LLL Leader, teacher (in my previous life; pre-kids) and Mama to my two daughters (who think the Apple booty is theirs)
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« new theme in iWeb | Blog articles »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Host Name for .Mac site? Mitcherooney Web Design and Hosting 2 10-02-2006 11:43 PM
Need to host a webset.. need some information. Matthew_love84 Web Design and Hosting 8 06-15-2006 01:54 PM
HELP I'm trying to clean out old web site files from server bluerose Web Design and Hosting 8 02-16-2005 09:42 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:22 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?