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    How much access do webdevelopers grant: source code, ftp access ... ?

    Hello,

    if a webdeveloper creates a website for a customer, what are the standards?

    Is the customer given the complete source files?
    Is the customer given the ftp data to access the files on the server with master password?
    Is it also possible to only give access to the CMS and no other information?

    Looking forwards for your answers!

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    It depends upon the agreement made between the client and developer. Clients who have been through an unsatisfactory development may insist on a full copy of the source code, and total control over the live site including where it is hosted.

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    Ofcourse If a webdeveloper creates a site they need full access to ftp and source code with this you cannot edit or made changes on files.

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    Any developer worth dealing with is going to provide the first two, and NEVER do that third one; that said there are a LOT of sleazeball scam artists who want to take advantage of people who don't know any better, locking you into their and only their services by not providing source or server access. That's just scummy practice and anyone doing it should be ashamed of themselves.

    It's the client's site; as such they should be given full access so they can switch who's working on it if need be. That means domain control, ownership of the hosting, FTP access, the works... Not just for if they decide to switch who works on it, but should they HAVE to switch due to illness, infirmity -- you don't know what the future holds.
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    Agreed with scarlett you need full ftp access in order to edit or upload files.

    Quote Originally Posted by scarlettjack View Post
    Ofcourse If a webdeveloper creates a site they need full access to ftp and source code with this you cannot edit or made changes on files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathshadow View Post
    Any developer worth dealing with is going to provide the first two, and NEVER do that third one; that said there are a LOT of sleazeball scam artists who want to take advantage of people who don't know any better, locking you into their and only their services by not providing source or server access. That's just scummy practice and anyone doing it should be ashamed of themselves.

    It's the client's site; as such they should be given full access so they can switch who's working on it if need be. That means domain control, ownership of the hosting, FTP access, the works... Not just for if they decide to switch who works on it, but should they HAVE to switch due to illness, infirmity -- you don't know what the future holds.
    While I agree, that full access should be given if the contract states that it is for 'the ownership of created goods and inventions', I know a fair few developers who have been shanked by large fully-fledged companies that refuse to pay even after the work is said and done.
    Depending on who you're dealing with, that kind of leash can be useful, at the very least as a temporary fix until they pay the 100%.

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