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Taken for a Ride

I keep finding clients who have been led down the garden path….

,,, taken by “web designers” who muck everything up, and invariably overcharge.  I find myself spending more and more time undoing the bad stuff to make it right.  Example:  some of these “web designers” are actually busy disabling the CMS capabilities of your CMS — WordPress, Joomla or Drupal — by hand-coding everything!  Overriding your Templates!  Tweaking your style sheets!  All of this destroys the connection to your database, where your information is stored. You discover it the hard way: when you try to make a change.  Or a simple upgrade.

When I look at the sidebar elements, I may find a widget that accepts PHP.  I may see that the main menu has been hard-coded into the header.  And these are readily available in the WordPress default theme which the original designer is, in fact, using.  I found one “cheap” overseas developer had changed the theme name to his own name: “Drew.”  What ego!  The dynamic aspects had been stripped from the WordPress installation.  The built-in user interface no longer exists!  You, the customer, are forced to go back to the web designer and find that your $99 website will suddenly cost a lot more to make basic changes!  Guess what?  The worse the damage, the higher the charge to fix it.  I’ve found fixed-dimension background images in use, for example — they can’t grow or shrink! There goes your Responsive Design.

If you find the professional’s fees suspiciously low, there’s usually a reason. Try not to find out the hard way and have to start your site buildout from scratch. I’m a little tired of receiving the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses who have been chewed on by overseas sharks. Do the right thing!

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