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Question for those that sites for clients

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by david wright, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. david wright

    david wright Regular Member

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    A client approached me to make a site. I know it's very easy to just slap on a template on wordpress, customize it a bit, then charge somebody.

    My question is how do you do this safely? I don't want this customer coming to me months from now after he knows a little more about the net saying "all you did is install a wordpress theme I want my money back!"

    How do you guys do it? I see so many people selling web developing where all they do is install a wordpress theme, how do you do it to not get caught specially if your customers wants to post actual content himself and might figure it out sooner or later how easy it is to install wordpress themes?

    btw how do you change the theme information on an already made theme so you could make it your own? on the theme information part of wordpess?

    Thanks guys
     
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  2. kahamri

    kahamri Registered Member

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    First thing you have to do is not worry. I do pretty well selling wordpress sites to businesses. I've never had a person ask about it. When you create them an account you will want to make them an editor, not admin. Last thing they need to do is mess with settings. Basically if your a cool dude They won't care if your site came from iWeb.
    I built a pretty good rep in our local area and sell sites from 1200 to 3000 depending on their needs. Static sites or ecommerce stores. I promise you my friend, stop worrying and realize your skills arnt as common as you thing and you'll make some money.they worry about running their business, not leaning from BHW. Shoot you think they care the tax guy just fills out forms? Who's job do you think takes more skill, yours or his?
     
  3. david wright

    david wright Regular Member

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    Thank you for that. But what if you're not maintaining their site and just building it? Do you still keep them at editor level? Isn't that risky if in a few months they come to you and say "hey i been looking around and noticed I can install my own wordpress theme but you never gave me admin access."

    Or if they want to make changes and hire someone else to do them later on.

    I'm just wondering how people that build sites for clients handle this sort of thing.
     
  4. imontie

    imontie Junior Member

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    stop looking for excuses just take action and deal with problems when the time comes. if shit hits the fan, then refund.
     
  5. Axelz

    Axelz Registered Member

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    Two words, con tract! :eek:
     
  6. johnbly341

    johnbly341 Junior Member

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    You'll be surprised to find that most people who aren't working online don't even know what Wordpress is. As the OP said, make him an editor. Also, be sure to offer him an optional package to update his site in the future, as well as SEO options.

    Relax, you know how to do stuff that 99% of the population doesn't and you deserve to get paid for it. He just wants a good looking site. He doesn't care how you do it.
     
  7. goodtimes

    goodtimes Power Member

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    Like others said, no need to worry about it. You're getting paid for your knowledge just like anyone else. Think about how many hours this guy would have to spend trying to learn Wordpress and onpage SEO. Its better for him to pay you to do it and take away his headache.

    Don't forget to upsell him on a monthly SEO package either. It's not enough just to throw up a site and expect results. Explain that to him in plain English without getting tech. Show him his competitors that are beating him out on Google and tell him you can get him to the top of the SERPs. Then do it.