New Turn Moan
Hi guys I have a story and I wanted to get some advice on my possible choices.
By trade I’m a graphics designer but the past couple of years I have entered into web programming. I was offered the opportunity by a freelance deisnger I had worked with to team up on a new web project.
They are a charity trying to encourage young people to take a interest in politics.
It is a wordpress site. The style was designed by the freelancer and I built the site requiring me to essentially create a custom wordpress theme along with a theme style for a YouTube feed page and simplepress forum.
Quite proud of it.
I was paid 50% up front. As it was my 1st wordpress site I Understood for myself that there would be a learning curve for me and also that their a charity making first steps into a web presence, therefore I offered them a lower rate. Total cost was less than £2200 for both design and build. So Bargin IMHO!
During the build as is to be expected sometimes, there were numerous changes and tweaks throughout the project which I was happy to oblige. Some request were total new features that were not part of the original brief and I was clear and explained that these would require further expense, these requests were retracted. The client had originally purchased a basic hosting deal on a windows server and advised him that he would need to upgrade it to Linux with MySQL which delayed the project as they didn’t want to loose emails.
The website was finally launched end of Dec. There were a few minor changes coming thru, I fulfilled them, then I requested that we make arrangements for final payment.
From this point onwards all contact with me ceased. It didn’t really click till I started up my coda app and noticed it wouldn’t log onto their server. I double checked, no sucess, tried thru my FTP app, no sucess. So I tried to log on via their web hosting control panel no sucess there! Considering I only did some bits the day before this was suspect.
So the client has Locked me out of the server!!!
This was later confirmed by the freelancer who thought I was initially over-reacting.
The feedback from the freelancers was that the client was not happy with a couple of areas of the site.
Namely a couple of bugs that have appeared in Chrome, that I’m more than happy to fix.
and that there is a user profile area that is part of wordpress but shows in wordpress style rather that their website style. I previously explained that apart from creating a template theme in their brand for wordpress there is little I can do.
And they claim I was late in delivering the website when they procrastinated about upgrading their server.
Rather than give me a chance to rectify things, they decided that they were not going to pay me the outstanding and locked me out the server as they were worried how I might react…to repeat…they locked me out the server as they were worried how I might react…Really.LOL!
So getting to the point the freelancers has the contract for the project, he says he’s trying to get some money out of it, but I’m doubtful as i know he does have some business interest with the client, so he won’t rock the boat. As you can see the website is stable and being used by their small community.
What possible options do I have? As a programmer do I have rights over say the css which is fully custom built by me?
What would I need to do to get the hosting company to block the website? Is all lost due to the fact the contract is held by the freelancer?
Current task is putting together my own contract! I know I’m closing the gate after the horse has bolted. But any advice you guys can give will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.