Owning Source Code & FTP Access
I'm not totally familiar with web design and rights to the design and/or source code and was wondering what industry standard is? If I have a website designed, does the firm retain ownership rights to the code or do I get it? Do I have to pay a fee to gain ownership to it? If yes, what is the typical fee? Do you give FTP access to the client? For those of you who design sites, what is your standard practice?
SEO's like to get access to the FTP so they can do the work. I presume it's because they either don't want to give up their information/tricks or its just easier to do it themselves and not add a middle person to the mix or something I'm ignorant to haha I have been involved in one instance where the design firm asked for 3 times the cost of the design in order to have access. I dont know if it was a standard industry procedure or a way to keep cash flow from the client but the client said no.
Just looking to see if there is a standard, what the clients "rights" are (if any) and how other design firms handle this part of a contract/agreement.
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Chinese Proverb