I am hoping to start a new (London based) fashion design business in the next few months - so I need a Shopify website.
I signed up for a trial Shopify account but found that customising an existing template wasn't flexible enough to give me the look I wanted.
Since I can't build a Shopify site myself, I have decided that finding a web designer ...
Skills: ruby on rails, shopify templates
“Do not use this freelancer. I did, it was a big... sorry, massive... sorry, humongous mistake. Use a designer recommended to you by someone you trust.
This was my first time using Elance. I posted a job for a designer who knew how to code and custom build Shopify themes using Liquid mark up language. I wanted a unique Shopify theme built. I posted a mocked up layout of the sort of shopping page I wanted in the job post, therefore (even before applying for the job) freelancers had an idea of how simple or complex the project was. This designer - I can hardy bring myself to type his name - responded to my job post and made quite a fuss about being a Shopify expert, experienced in creating custom built Shopify themes. It is this alleged expertise which lead me to pick him over the other designers that responded to my job post. That and the quite reasonable fee.
At 22.30 (UK time) on the the completion date which had to be extended five days, I got an E-mail, to say (quite proudly) that he'd finished the project as promised, on time. I'd requested a refund, but nonetheless he asked if I'd like to look over the finished site and see if I still wanted to cancel? Like he actually thought I was going to write back and say: "This Shopify thing you designed exceeds my wildest expectations". The theme was rudimentary, crude and amateurish. Anyone could open a free trial Shopify account and produce something similar. There were no signs of any Liquid markup language (Liquid tags or Liquid output). The work simply used a pre built theme that was customized to show the rough layout, navigational links, and page structure specified in my detailed design material. I wrote him a stiff E-mail to say NO, I don't want to 'move forward' with this site. and please could you refund me back the $410.96 I've already paid you.
This review was much longer but I had to shorten it to 2000 characters, so it is not as detailed as it was previously.