Just like with actual websites, one can choose to pay for a domain name and a web-hosting service or even use an existing domain name and host so as to place the website files on the server and send the user a url link to the files on that server.
This is great for the user as it feels more natural since it is how most websites are viewed.
However the uploader should arrange the files carefully on the server, or even put them in a sub-directory or sub-domain only accessible by the viewer. If the server has multiple projects, then one should make sure that projects do not interfere with each other.
Advantages of this method
Various browsers have various methods and ways of storing viewed web pages. So if you are interested in sending a static representation of you website, simply access the "save" or "save as" menu option and save the webpage as a pdf. You can also use the "print" functionality (depending on the web browser being used) and print a pdf file. For screenshots, most mobile devices (smartphones in particular) allow you to take screenshots which you can then store or send to other viewers while on non-mobile devices like desktops and laptops, one can use the screenshot keyboard-shortcuts (such as Windows+Shift+S on Windows 10 and above) to take screenshots. One can also use apps such as SnippingTool (on Windows) to take custom screenshots on personal computers. In addition, some web browsers allow the user to screenshot part of, or the entire, webpage and save it as an image.
The Covid-19 situation introduced a large majority of people to online video and voice telecommunication tools such as Zoom which helped in multiple sectors for example online education and video conferencing.
Using that same logic, one can choose to present a website or web-app to other viewers by using a video communication tool to "share the screen" while using the developed product as a way of presenting both the design, experience and interactivity.
This is actually a very good technique, and it also allows the developer to either remain with or submit the final developed product. Remote work and communication also allows people to work in their comfort zones.
Never. Do not do this unless it was something you agreed to do in the first place. Sending the actual code craetes many problems for the (client) receiver especially if they are not programmers themselves.
In the worst case scenario, the client might take the code and refuse to pay for it. It is a terrible move which ever way you put it. If you have to submit the project, and you expect payment, make sure you have legal protection just in case...
The internet has multiple options to allow users upload and view their web projects. For example online code editors such as CodePen and JSFiddle allow users to do front-end programming and view the results within a web browser. These tools are actually useful for quick testing of front-end code as one can view the results immediately. They also allow for collaboration and sharing among web developers. Other services such as GitHub (GitHub Pages) were built to allow users to upload code which can then be viewed as a webpage for example HTML uploads can be set up in a way that allows them to be viewed like actual websites.
We created PageSection to allow you upload your web projects and get web url links. It's that easy, no configurations, no domain names, just upload and get the link you need.
The link can be shared with whoever and you have the option to edit or delete the project. It does not get any easier than that.
This can be particularly useful for web developers doing multiple projects, for example teachers and students of web development, who need a quick and easy way of presenting their websites and web applications (web-apps) to other users.