Hi Chris & Craig ... Thank you both for your replies and the information.
Well, I have made a bit of mess of this and I should have 'understood' the system better. I am sorry.
In future I WILL do as Craig suggested re "inputting your colleague's mobile/cell phone numbers during signup and asking them to SMS or email you through the verification code for you to enter on their behalf."
I can also understand the idea that "upgrade your current (FREE) site to a starter site which then allows you to have a new free site, whilst also supporting MoodleCloud" (and I certainly will ...continue to introduce your colleagues to the world of MoodleCloud )
OK, BUT this the current situation - HERE is my current 'problem' that I need to find a solution for ...
END Result I am trying to achieve is handing over the moodle portal and associated free moodlecloud site that I set up for the colleague. (I acknowledge I did this wrong and will not do it this way again)
To set this up I used a) A Gmail email account I set up for them (which can be 'handed over') and b) My mobile phone number.
IF I upgraded this free moodle cloud account to a starter account then the account is still 'attached to' my portal account (via the mobile number) .... Is this correct?
I 'guess' I could do the following ...... ????
1. Export the whole Moodle Site (Login to your MoodleCloud Portal, and in the Tools tab, there is an export button.)
2. REMOVE the moodle cloud site (as this is the only site associated with the portal that is attached to the mobile number I assume then the portal will be deleted aswell)
3. Set up a NEW Moodle Cloud Account - Doing it as Craig suggested re "inputting your colleague's mobile/cell phone numbers during signup and asking them to SMS or email you through the verification code for you to enter on their behalf." -
AND I assume that given the previous one was removed / deleted - the gmail account will be able to be used (again) to set this up - AND I will be able to use the same name?
4. THEN - import the whole site (I have developed on their behalf) to this new 'account' - which will then be attached to their mobile phone number ....
JUST a question on this last part ...
The mobile number will belong to a person. What happens in the future, if that person is no longer employed by the company? They will be unable to ever 'set up' their own moodle cloud account as their mobile phone number is forever 'attached' to the company's account?
I KNOW I could do as Chris suggested and 'upgrade' this currently free account to a starter account - BUT again, the account is still attached to my mobile number and would appear 'on' my portal account rather than as a stand-alone separate account. ....
So .... again, I know I have made a mess of this. (Big Learning Curve and I will never set up an account on behalf of anyone else -using my mobile number - BUT there remains a possible FUTURE issue for the person / employee that does have their mobile number 'attached' to the business account?? ) .....
so THANK YOU for your suggestions to try and solve this problem I have created for myself .....