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How to go about giving FTP login for hired web expert.

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2011-10-24 4:53 am EST

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I have hired a web expert to build my website (coding my web design and setting it up in WP). He said he would need access to my site's cpanel, so as to access the site's FTP details. Also said he would also need database details.
I would like some advice on how to go about this since want to avoid compromising security, by giving access to areas of the platform that should not be exposed to a third party.
(My background:I am not new to web building and hosting: I've built a website before but it was a WYSWYG kind of website)

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Tim S
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2011-10-24 7:02 am EST
Hi Becket,

Thanks for posting your question. I'm more than happy to assist you. Basically, you have a few options for your designer. WordPress is installable in Fantastico de Luxe within cPanel. This is the easiest method to install it as it will create the database and configure it for you. You can install it for him and then provide the credentials to the WordPress Admin. If you dont want to install it, you will need to give him access to cPanel so he can install WordPress. What you can do is change your cPanel password now, and give him the new password. When you are ready to lock him out of cPanel you simply login to cPanel or AMP and change the password.

You can also set up an FTP account within cPanel and provide him with those credentials. This will give him access to all the files but nothing else. Then for the Database access, you can install phpMyAdmin externally, so he can work with that as well. This will limit his access to the cPanel.

Here are a few links outlining various topics you may find helpful:
<a href="">Giving You Designer Access</a>
<a href="">How to install WordPress</a>

I hope this helps! Let us know if you need further assistance.


Tim S

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