I recently had a conversation with a lead that could give me the opportunity to do some responsive web work to an already designed site. My question is what is the best way to approach gaining access to the site? I know the client would grant me access, but I am talking about obtaining access from the old designer of the site. Are there any things I need to look out for?

  • What are you asking? Can you broad the question? It is not clear where you need help at.
    – Peter MV
    Jun 9 '14 at 6:04
  • Didn't mean to be vague. I was just wondering if there were any legal caveats I should be mindful of if I get this project? I suppose I would be working out some kind of written agreement with both clients and previous designer.
    – matt6frey
    Jun 9 '14 at 12:28

I would tell the client that in order to do the work you must have access to the site. It's up to them to figure that out and contact the previous developer and obtain access if they do not have access already.

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    – Canadian Luke
    Jul 2 '14 at 16:09
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    – kenny
    Jul 11 '14 at 22:54

First, it would really depend on the agreement between your client and the old designer.

so you really have to talk to the client first and ask about their agreements and if he can contact the old designer to give you an access. You know it's really a sad thing when your client would look for another developers and would like to revision your work. So, it's better if your client is the one who would request it :D


Absolutely not. Unless the client has a retainer agreement with the previous web developer, there's no reason why the client can't give you the access details to the website him/herself.

Also, think about it from this point of view, there's a reason why you are talking to this client, because the previous developer could not (or would not) do further work for them and this give you the right to request access to the right to do your job.

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