Oh man, guys,
I think I am in over my head here. I had made a few personal/non-profit websites on Weebly and someone really liked my designs (I had done a good bit of coding customization and such, so I feel confident that I have design ability.
HOWEVER. Apparently, I am lacking in the technical ability department.
I have several questions, most of which you guys will probably think are stupid, but I'm afraid either I am failing to search them correctly, not understanding the information, or maybe the things I am asking are so braindead that no one has bothered to put them on the internet.
First: The guy I am working for receives a lot of emails with large attachments from his clients and receives them consistently. He also uses an ftp.hissite.com in order to post things to his clients. He gave me the impression that he uses individual username/password logins for his clients, which is something I am not sure how to do, but I haven't even gotten there yet...
Second: Because he uses his FTP site so much for other clients, he asked if there was an extra charge for using it. I looked everywhere and didn't see that there was one, but I wanted to double check to make completely sure and haven't heard back from email support in the last two-three days and my time is running out.
Third: My time is running out because his domain name expires on the 8th of March. I've looked and it says it can take 14 days for the domain to transfer, and since he uses his website so much, it will be pretty detrimental for him (which then passes on to me) if it goes down for more than a day. His website is a very basic one, one page and one FTP page, so I assume as far as transferring the information itself shouldn't be to monumental a task (and I assume I can do that using the DNS transfer wiki?) I just want to make completely sure that I can actually transfer both the regular site and the FTP site immediately (or within a matter of a few hours) without a broken link.
I am just so nervous about all of this because I really don't want to mess up his business. Since I have only used weebly, transferring was really easy, and both times I was not dealing with an FTP site nor did I have to transfer the site itself (that is, I built the website entirely on weebly, so just weebly just overwrote what was already there)
Finally- I am not a dreamhost customer yet, so I can't go in and make a mirror site yet and have it ready for transfer. Given the minimal overlap time and the fact that I really don't know how to build an FTP site, I don't want to wait until the last minute to build a site. Or is it easy enough to build a generic site with an FTP page on wordpress and then work on design and coding once it is transferred?
I am so sorry if I am asking tons of repeat questions. If I was a customer already, or even a customer with a little more time on my hands, I don't think I would be so frantic.
Thanks in advance, and once again, I'm really sorry for so many questions!