I'll die trying before I give my money to an idiot.....

slimgoody posted 26th of July 2010 in Community Voice. 2 comments.

I've run into some unruly and unprofessional so called developers during my Dolphin days. But I just need to talk about one that really took the cake for me. I hadn't had a chance to really speak about it until now but believe me it's been on my mind for a while.

First of all, let me be the one to say that I don't give a damn who you are, where you been or where you are going. I don't care if you've made your name known to the President's dog. If  I don't know you then I don't know you. So I'm going to treat you that way. I know you are reading this and wondering what the hell I'm talking about. Well, a developer was suppose to do a project for me a while back. He gave me a reasonable price and I accepted him as a hire. Crazy thing was, he expected me to pay all monies up front. ummm, honey this is how it's done in the developmental world; I pay down half of the monies when you start and pay the rest when you finish. Oh but since he didn't know Me, he wasn't willing to do it the right way. Of course I got over it and the project did not get taken on. But to be honest with you, I wasn't willing to let someone do anything for me who wanted to handle my money before I even put it into his hands. Fool, you hadn't even started on the project and you're already in my pockets.

Moving on,

I spent the whole entire weekend working against myself. I took down my entire site and started again. I know that is so crazy considering the fact that I was completely finished. Well I ran into a huge problem with the  "sound" URL change. I didn't figure this out until I finally created my first dummy profile and realized that I couldn't upload any music! Why? because the database was stil trying to call the "sounds" module even though it was renamed mp3. Of course I could have reversed the damage but instead I just took it down and re did it. The silly part of all of this is, I ended up still renaming it back to what it was. I just opted to leave the URL the same for now until I learn how to manipulate my .htaccess file.

I wonder if the name of my URL and the tabs have any major effect on my SEO? I think this is one of the reasons why I trip over it so much. I might just hire some one to do it for me because honestly, I'm soooo tired of dealing with it. I have way too much to focus on. So with that being said, I'm finally about to take that plunge. I'm BUYING A LICENSE!

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If D7 was truly modular, what you want to do would be a little easier. Everything is so intertwined in D7, that it is often difficult to change something that is seemingly simple in concept. One change leads to another, then another, then another.... until that simple change turns into a bad dream. Whether or not mp3 instead of sounds in the url, will make a noticeable difference in search results, is probably a question very few people can answer.... considering the fact that mp3 will appear see more at the end of the url in either case. Maybe http://searchenginewatch.com/ has some relevant info on the subject. It's only my opinion, but I think having to redo the code changes on every D7 upgrade, is enough of a deterrent to leave the code alone whenever possible.
And that is something I had to learn the hard way. The change should be simple but unfortunately what I want to do links to so many other parts of the site that I would eventually be redoing the entire script.(Which is pretty much what you just stated) I'm a bit disappointed because as you know, I was fired up about the progress that had been made. Set backs can be bone crushing. I'm just going to leave well enough alone until the site makes enough money to where we can just hire a really good professional see more developer. Until then, it is what it is.
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