“Relatively simple job to fix minor issues with an existing site, including getting custom categories to display and clean up unused database fields from the original programmer. Once hired, I learned that he was not fluent in English (per his words), which made communication difficult. For example, a misunderstood requirement resulted in custom code that is not being used
During the project, he told me "actually I need money before 00.00 am in my time" and claimed he was primarily finished. I didn't have time to properly check the code and it appeared to be working properly, so I decided partially pay him.
After this, he started to "clean up" the database, at which time the website stopped working. After trying to fix the issue, he blamed it on the server and various other things but couldn't get it to work, then had to leave for a family emergency and never replied to me again. I hired another programmer to fix the issue, which was resolved in less than 2 hours. I later found out many of the other fixes did not work as they should.
I filed a dispute, but the mediation cost was more than the amount paid. Ultimately, it was my mistake for paying before I should have, but buyer beware.
I would not recommend this programmer for any complex tasks, and the fact that he left my site in a non-working condition is very disturbing.”