Your developer has just completed your brand new website on a development location and you’re ready to take it live. Now what? Below is a list of common things they will likely need in order to accomplish this task. They may or may not already have this information:
If you purchased your domain and hosting through your own account
Your developer will need login credentials for the following:
- FTP. This access will allow the site files to be uploaded to the new location. It will consist of a domain/URL or IP address, a username, and a password.
- cPanel or phpMyAdmin (may be optional). If your site is database-driven, like any WordPress site, the developer will need to transfer the site’s database to the new location. These credentials will provide them access to make those changes.
- Web Hosting Account (may be optional). If your site relies on a database (such as a WordPress site) and one has yet to be created, your developer may request access to your hosting account to set this up. Different web hosts provide different means of setting up databases.
Note: most cPanel installations provide this access, so if cPanel credentials were provided, it’s unlikely Web Hosting Account information will be needed for the purposes of setting up the database.
If you are having problems with, or don’t want the hassle of, creating or locating these credentials, simply provide your developer with the Web Hosting Account credentials and they can configure these items themselves.
For more detailed information on providing login credentials to your web developer, please see our What Account Access Does My Web Developer Need article.