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Buying a domain for your client

Sounds like it to me. It is one thing to purchase domains once you are hired but to go snipe the domains before you are hired is a pretty underhanded thing to do... You've now put the client in a ...
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Buying a domain for your client

Yes it was wrong. You should have said "I would advise you to buy your domains ASAP and as a matter of urgency. Domains can disappear very quickly." I use this advice as a friendly warm up when ...
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Buying a domain for your client

It depends what you do next. If you say, "as a precaution I have acquired the domain names we were talking about. Please send me your details so that I can transfer the registration to your ...
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Buying a domain for your client

Of course it was unethical. You used information that the client (or potential client) trusted you with - gave you with the assumption that you would handle it professionally and ethically - for your ...
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Is a single page site better for SEO and visitors, or is a site with various pages better?

There is no design that is better for SEO - there are rules for content, the only way a single page app could rank higher than a multi-page app is by the content you are showing off. Basically, one of ...
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As a web developer, how much should I charge a British company?

You've done good research on how much you should charge. You can follow those guidelines. You might have to undercut at first to prove your credibility. There are plenty of web designers out there, ...
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Charging extra for manageable content

Yes, you should charge for this since: 1) It gives your client more control on his own content and therefore less work for you in the future or any other designer/dev... so he's saving money. 2) It ...
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Who is responsible for documenting a freelance business website?

Ask the client what they mean - and get concrete answers. If the website includes some sort of content management system, the client probably wants a document including screen dumps describing how to ...
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Buying a domain for your client

I used to work at GoDaddy and saw this all the time. It was always the same story. "my web developer hosts it for me.", "my web developer bought all my domain names." I advised against it in EVERY ...
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How are images, icons, videos, logos, etc. budgeted, and who chooses them, the developer or the client?

This will vary from client to client and will be based on their wishes, but can really be summed up as follows Client images The client will provide their own images for use in the project. They ...
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Web development: how to convince clients to invest in upgrading their sites

Owners may not want to invest in their sites, but they also don't want to lose business even more. If you make your proposal in terms of "do this to prevent lost revenue from bad search ranking" some ...
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Connecting to clients server - Safe?

My question is - If I connect to their server will they be able to see any of my files, use any of my files, or have any access to my computer? Answer is No. Either you connect to the client's ...
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Is a single page site better for SEO and visitors, or is a site with various pages better?

You're thinking about it backwards. Top freelancers can build a crappy site, and still rank. It's about reputation. Contribute to opensource projects, start a blog, get known. This will attract links (...
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What skills does front end developer needs to be marketable as freelancer?

Front end development, and web development, is a very general thing. Ideally you will find the part you like most and you rock most. We cannot tell you where you are best at, that is what you have to ...
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Where to find good online web developers and avoid scams?

You forgot the most important part of your question - for good money e.g. cheap. You will find those guys nowhere. I have tried dozens of times (I am developer and I outsources a few projects) and ...
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Can I get into freelance web development with just basic web dev knowledge?

It's not going to be something you'll see money from in a week... or two... or three... or more. You have to find clients You have to discuss scope and needs You have to negotiate contracts You might ...
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Buying a domain for your client

This was a move in desperation. If I were such a client, I'd be concerned that you would be likely to overstep again. What's the next move? The client needs a bank account, and you go down to the ...
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Buying a domain for your client

I'm not as deeply involved as most posters to this question, so grain of salt, and I am perhaps learning, but this sounds like diligence and the intent was to profit the client. Several things, such ...
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Web development: how to convince clients to invest in upgrading their sites

Best way to convince someone to upgrade: raise the cost of maintaining the old. That will keep them in the update mindset for good.
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Web development: how to convince clients to invest in upgrading their sites

I assume you've been warning them constantly of potential dangers of running out of date software - viruses, malware, blacklisting, lower SE rankings, more upkeep, etc. If you haven't been warning ...
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How to manage hosting? How to show design and then migrate?

The safest bet for you is to not give the client a publicly available URL. Show demos by way of GotoMeeting or similar. There are lots of VERY shady clients out there. The second best option is to ...
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How to manage hosting? How to show design and then migrate?

When I am building a new site. I use my local web server that I build the site on. This is not live that people can see. Once I am ready for the client to see what's there, I upload it to my freelance ...
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How to manage hosting? How to show design and then migrate?

Option 1 is to build the site on your own web host, perhaps as a subdomain (e.g. client.mysite.com). You can provide links for your client to view the work, and then transfer everything to their ...
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What should I do as a starting freelance web designer/developer?

I run a web design company in Phuket Thailand, initally you costs need to be reflective of you area (geographical) at home (UK) id charge £400+ for a wordpress site buy here im lucky to get £250 - £...
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Where to find good online web developers and avoid scams?

If you need someone for a long-term contract job, you could go through a temporary agency. Agencies have a roster of workers (usually considered employees of the agency) that have been previously ...
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What skills does front end developer needs to be marketable as freelancer?

In my world, I don't think I've ever come across a "front-end developer". Front-end is synonymous with design and Developer is synonymous with back-end. There are front-end designers, and then back-...
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