I think Bonner has a point thou... I have met plenty of businesses that have been taken by one of these "Cowboy webdesigners". I have always called them something different, which I will not mention here!
However they do make it very hard for those of us who use webdesign as a way of life. Trying to show a client that the web can be useful is difficult for a business that has spent thousands and never seen a sale.
Originally posted by Compguy Pete Trying to show a client that the web can be useful is difficult for a business that has spent thousands and never seen a sale.
I've worked with a company that literally ran themselves out of money on these kinds of "web developers". Currently, their entire project is on hold, as they don't have any money to get the web site completed. When I took over, it was running php-nuke, using what looked like a default template - and the guy that made that was the second developer that couldn't come through for them! Unbelieveable.
how can they get away with that? I mean wouldnt you pay them a little for initial setup but the bulk of the money a week after the site is done and it still works or something? I mean I wouldn't pay anyone up front for something like that. I would want to see the cutumb scripting I want working and I would want to see valid markup. (though most laymen would not know to look for valid markup)
Pyro, that is quite shocking to hear. I actually never thought about it putting businesses out of business before.
I did not even think about the impact it is having on us to be honest. I just look around all the time and see poor quality websites that look like they have had about 1 days work put on them.
My point exatly weather I posted this in the wrong forum or not, is, despite the web is a free and open place people are not taking the right measures to ensure that the right people are hired probbly due to the lack of knowledge.
I myself am not ready to start building websites for people yet and will not for the next 5 years at least.
I build some websites at the moment for the experience but I only do it for free.
If a crapily made website is your dfinition of cowboy then I see that often... but its more a lazyness thing then a not know how to make it right. The problem with this is half the time the company does not know that an inaccessable site that works for ie only (as an example) could be killing their revenue.
Interesting thread. I read an article about 6 months ago by some top business analyst that stated 'web designers/developers are fast gaining a reputation equivalent to that of lawyers'. Not a very nice comment I thought, but I could see his point.