By Mike Mahony
When you’re accused of sabatoge…
For the better part of 10 years I helped a friend I had met through Twitter with his website issues. This guy is a sports coach who was running a membership site doling our sage advice to parents and coaches alike. His content is excellent, but his tech skills were limited.
Soon after we met, I found out during an online discussion that his usual tech assistance was slowly trying to move him off on his own. Despite wishing to be independent, he just didn’t have the skills to do so. When he lost his web hosting, I offered to host it on my VPS for free. In the process of setting his site up on my VPS he and I discussed how outdated his site was. I offered to redo the site for him for free. His site was a WordPress self-hosted site, so I wasn’t too concerned.
Over the course of 4 days I spent 37 hours of my time creating his new site. He guided the process with his own suggestions. Together we came up with an excellent layout. He raves about how much nicer the new site was. At a value of $3700 for my time, he got an incredible site.
Over the next 6 years, I began to realize the possible reason his former web guy wanted to get rid of him. This guy would never listen to reason. If he chose a certain way to do something, a way WordPress didn’t intend for the issue to be dealt with, he would always complain when told the right way to handle his issue. I spent countless hours explaining that if he would just do things the standard WordPress way he would get the functionality he wanted and avoid problems in the future. Despite all …read more