There has been a lot of recent discussion online about a certain small business website gone awry. It was the result of a disgruntled, unpaid website developer.
The website developer created a website for a chiropractic firm, Winona Chiropractic Center (http://winonachiropractic.com), and provided the company with hosting services. According to a recent message posted on the website, when the company 'failed to pay any of their total web design bill, despite repeated attempts by their web design agency to collect,' the designer, claiming to have 'a childish sense of humor,' hijacked the website and used it to inform the world of how he had been stiffed by the business.
While the website developer's behavior has been criticized by some in the website development industry, I have to admit that I feel his or her pain. No matter what business you are in, when a deadbeat client fails to pay their bill, you really want to punish them.
In the case of the Winona Chiropractic Center, the website developer claims that the developer was more than patient, writing, 'Please note that I have waited years for this business to pay. I have hosted their site for free since about 2007. This is me giving up.'
'Personally, I wouldn't trust a doctor of any kind who couldn't pony up for what, in the grand scheme of things, is a small charge for their web design,' the statement continued. 'Do what you will, though.'
The site gathered some attention across the Internet. However, the developer had a change of heart and a statement on the website now reads, 'This site has been removed. Ok, I did what I probably should have done to begin with, and have removed this site entirely. Sorry folks.'
While I will stop short of condoning the behavior of this unknown website developer, I do sympathize. The lesson to be learned here is quite simple. Pay up for services rendered or else there is a chance that it will come back to haunt you.
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