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Keith Doyle25,973 Points
Showing a Client Their Website - Best Practice?
Is there a best practice to show a client their website? Mockups, wireframes, etc are easy enough to share via Dropbox, FTP, or whatever the client prefers but showing a functioning prototype is a little more tricky.
Anyone have any best practices or how do you share your prototypes with clients?
Eddie Flores9,110 Points
Showing a client their website is based on which part of the process you are on. If you are still on the planning phase, ALWAYS go with the wireframes. It allows for a more fluid concept and change in the details based on the client's needs. Assess their needs and continue to the next phase.
Mockups are nice, but most clients would want to see the full potential of their vision during this part. Mockups are once you've assessed their needs and put in the smaller details. It's a good point of reference to do the mockups prior to implementing it into a demo. I wouldn't do the demo until you get more concrete details on your schema and design.
I've been part of website design, development, ops, and database teams for almost 10 years, and this is the general standard practice I've seen in corporate America.
I would second Eddie's reply.
Michael Lyons11,031 Points
Showing a prototype isn't as tricky as you think.
Something I've done in the past is host our proposed website for them on our own local servers, and forward ports so they are hosted publicly and can be called from either our static IP or DNS.
It will give them a live website to see EXACTLY how it would work. Plus you protect the entire site with a password and provide to for your client, so no one else can see it.
Rainbow Walker8,347 Points
Eddie Flores I think the question was more how to share a prototype than if he should share.
I agree with Michael Lyons. We are mostly building prototypes on a subdomain of our companys domain. Protected by Password, only the developers can access the site. Sharing the prototype with a client is as easy as sending them the URL and credentials so he is able to log in to the live prototype preview.