I sometimes flip websites on Flippa, a marketplace where sellers can offer domains and websites.
I sold a plain vanilla WordPress site and included free cPanel to cPanel migration for under 300 bucks last week.
After successfully transferring the website to him, confirming that nameservers were updated and updating WordPress user login info (to give him) , this is how things have unfolded.
Me: Okay, everything is completed now. I see that you accepted domain transfer few days ago and now I have confirmed that the website migration is completed. Here is your WordPress login information.
Client: I can see the website but your installer placed it in the wrong folder so it cant work.
Me: Thanks for confirming that the website is up and working. Not sure what you mean by the wrong folder. The mySQL database and website files were all placed in the correct order/places, etc.
A day later:
Client: I couldn’t reach you on Sunday after the files were put in wrong folder. So I tried to reset passwords to move them. You did not reply to me on Sunday so I had to hire a developer. He says he has to change the password so you can’t log in and screw up the website. He says it’s good you left a zip file there or the whole website would be gone! Anyway, my developer is reinstalling everything for me, the files, the database and the MySQL stuff was old as well. No need to talk to him, he’s overseas anyway, I found him through Upwork. No he’s not creating issues but just for some strange reason couldn’t change the WP admin login credentials.
Me: As I stated the website was working fine yesterday. It’s alarming that the developer you hired changed the passwords. I can’t give you advice if I can’t log in now.
Client: When you clicked on the domain in Cpanel under the domain, there was no long list of files that showed that are supposed to. Just 6 files, a backup of the website, two favicon files, the cgibin file, and one other file that had nothing in it. There’s supposed to be like 95 files showing when you click on it, then wp-content, wp-admin, etc. There was none of this, so this goes to show the migration was done very wrong.
Me: As I have already stated, the website and MySQL were moved and everything was up and visible online. If I can’t login to view the Cpanel or WordPress, there’s not much more I can write here…
Client: You need to put websites in the right folder and wait until the migration is finished before starting to the other folder. Also like I said, what they installed was a sip file of the website, two favicon files, the cgbin file and one other and that was it. I have never seen anything like it before. So in all actuality, this would have been totally reinstalled anyway Far as not getting into the panel, the developer didn’t want me messing with things while he worked on it so I had the Cpanel password changed. That’s why me or anyone else can’t current login to Cpanel. I just wish you would have sent me the login credentials at the very start before you moved anything. But it still would have been the same since the site was installed in the root directory and not in the folder.
As for my access, I still haven’t been able to log in, as the developer is still processing the new migration, database and MySQL
Don’t know why you put it in the root and also didn’t use the correct http format as well.
This is over span of 3 days. Apparently his overseas developer is doing a migration even though he doesn’t have the source login info for my web hosting.
Current count of messages between the buyer and myself: 97. Of those, 27 are me replying to him. 70 are him lecturing me with incorrect information about how to do my job.