LUV Ice Cream (luvicecream.com) needs to update its ZenCart ( [obscured] //index.php?main_page=index&cPath=70) to better reflect its current online chocolates business ( [obscured] /chocolates/).
We are looking for a designer fluent in ZenCart to build us a custom ZenCart template that looks and feels like the rest of our site to make the shoppin...
“A roller coaster of experiences: the project was to update our Zen Cart to better blend with the main site, then to merge/update the databases to reflect the orders that will have come in since the project started. By its nature, it's a graphic-intentisve exercise - we are going after a look and a feel. After assuring us that this is something within his realm of expertise, the freelancer got the project awarded.
Once the real work started, the freelancer came to realize how much design vs code work was involved and threatened to quit 3 weeks into the job. I assumed a lot of the layout and design work, suggesting templates and looks to mimic. That part wasn't the problem for me; we're fine with being interactive with the lancer on the project.
After some issues with back and forth communication, the project was largely done, save for the database merge/update, so being a nice guy, I released the funds when assured that we'd get ongoing support for years to come. True enough, the layout support did come and some missing features were updated by the lancer, but to this date, the databases remain old and not updated/merged. That is despite several reminders and two pleas to the elancer.
So, I am torn. Maybe the lancer bit off more than he could chew when it came to design/layout. I am cool with that and understanding and worked with him. Still, the question remains: why bid on a layout project if three weeks later you profess to lack the design skills? Why bite what you cannot chew? And why not finish the project as promised? Why should our going extra mile and pre-payment be treated thus? ”