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I need a WP developer to tell me how bad I got screwed

Discussion in 'Hire a Freelancer' started by Techxan, Oct 16, 2014.

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  1. Techxan

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    I have had a vendor on BHW build me a WP theme. Now I have a wp install that I cannot add anything to, and I have been told not to update the theme because it will wipe out the site,and "no one takes all the updates anyway".

    I need someone to look at this install and tell me what it is going to take to turn it into a real working WP site that my customer can use like normal.

    Apparently the builder decided to use a responsive core without a child theme, and if I update the site it will die.

    I need someone to look at this site, then build what I was supposed to get rather than this mess, even if it means a complete rebuild.

    Right now, I just need someone to evaluate the site and tell me what it will cost to fix it, or if I am overreacting.

    Please PM me the cost of this site evaluation.
     
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    Did you try it on localhost, xampp for example, on a mock (localhost) WP site? Do that and try to add plugins, posts, pages, images, etc. to the site -- i.e. until you get some WP expert to look minutely over the site.

    Is that BHW vendor unavailable to talk with you on the topic?

    Did you try a different WP theme (the default one for eample, and after completely removing this particular theme from the site) and checked if you're then able to add things to the site?
     
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    Maybe he gave you a nulled theme, since they can't be updated and some of the features don't work.
     
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    I messaged you on skype..buzz me when you can talk there.

    Thanks
     
  5. Techxan

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    I have three people responding to this request, Thank you all, I believe that I will find someone to help me from these folks.
     
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    Either the theme is nulled or it's not compatible to WP 4.0, which is really bad. Did you ask why or what kind of customization did they add that will ruin your theme?

    Clean coded theme can be updated anytime without problem, that's why theme authors make sure they are always compatible to latest version.

    If you're still looking, PM me. I can help you out!
     
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    That's nonsense. Screenshot the design and ask for your money back. He may as well have charged you for a static html site, if he's going to do everything himself.
     
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    Added you on skype
     
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    The last point first: It is not a necessity that you've to keep the vendor's meter ticking till you keep the site running. Ask for a refund, get it, and get a new vendor to create the theme with same or similar requirements that this bloke worked on. Work with part payments and timeboundness. The present vendor is either milking money out of this never-ending project, or has no knowledge of making a WP theme... Put him in a shitlist if he is still a member here, because imo he is taking undue advantage of your helplessness and is creating blocks in the normal working of a WP site. But weigh all things first and if you're sure that he belongs to the SL, then put him there. I also think that he is only editing and modyfying an existing DEFAULT theme, either WP-default theme or a third-party default theme without having any knowledge of how to create a child theme out of them. Whatever... get rid of him, replace him, and before that, get back your money.

    And it will not lose the design if you are changing the theme to see if the site is still working. Change the theme and then add a post with text and image content to it and save it, and see the result. If you see that the post is still published, even without perfect formatting, then the site will work without that problem-theme, and will work with any other theme that's tailor-made to your requirements, imo. If there are custom posts/views, custom homePage, etc. then one might have to recreate them, but the present problem-theme isn't going to be a permenant/unremovable/uneditable block for you. IMO, the vendor must be trying to screw out money from you till eternity by giving you those scary warnings/advices/instructions/whatever about 'changing the theme will destroy the site', etc. He needs a few kicks in the a$$ if he is saying those unprofessional and scary things. A WP site can never get fully destroyed by just removing any normal theme imo.

    Even if the site is a e-com site with, for example, woocommerce added to it, the site will not get destroyed if you change the theme. The content lies safe in the database. And it is stored away and safely from all the themes.

    Also, you can reinstall the problem-theme once you test the site with another theme and get back to where you were before changing to a test theme... If someone writes a program somewhere that the site gets destroyed if there is a future condition (like changing the theme, etc) then that's one of the most malicious things to do, but in normal circumstances, simply changing a theme WILL NOT destroy a site.

    2. A theme will not break a WP site just like that unless the vendor puts some programtic and problematic clauses/functions, just like a timebomb-virus! You can always add another theme and if required change some setting (in css, html, functions, etc.) files to make it look right. All the posts and content are in the database, and the images are in their respective folders, which cannot get lost just like that, if you change a theme!

    If he has added custom views posts etc, then it can be a bit difficult to get down to his programming-flow|logic, but that too can be saved and recreated by someone who knows what he is doing...
     
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    From the sounds of it, the Vendor needs to give you a full refund, this is shit-list material.
    Too many amateurs are offering services they are not qualified to offer.
    Would love to know who it was.
     
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    Thank you all. I have resolved this problem.
     
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