Four Months…and this? This?
As I noted before, Eliot F (malaclypse the tertiary) did a fantastic job on the artwork and rebranding for the catchwrestle site.
Now, a little over four months later, the guy working on moving the site over to CMS — who has never returned my phone calls, and will only reply to my emails without actual replying to their content — sent me the following email:
Gents – pls review.
all aspects are integrated as far as we can take it.
Pls do QA and then lemme know who needs a copy of the files.
The link to the “new site,” which I’m supposed to do “QA” on, is here.
Now, I’m not an expert in implementing web site designs. But I do know that it’s very likely that the columns (which, incidentally, we repeatedly tried to tell this guy we no longer were going to be using) aren’t supposed to be smashed together, that the links really should work, that the captions and pictures should line up, that the products should be properly named, that the contact link should be functional, that the copyright notification should be included on all the pages, that the private forum and e-commerce sections should be reachable (this being a business site), that the video clips advertising the products that appeared on the old site would find their way to the new site, that there should be ways to navigate back to the homepage, that spacing should be consistent, and that plans to have a matching blog work best when a blog is actually included in the implementation.
That’s just my quick “QA” — and to tell you the truth, I’m extremely fucking frustrated, not to mention insulted, that anyone would send something like this to me for review.
I mean, if you own a company or two that does this sort of thing, I’d expect that you were at least expert enough to notice the things that a novice like me could spot in the first 2 seconds of looking at the “new” site.
— Which, truth be told, is nothing more than partial contents from the old site dumped, with little care and even less precision, onto a new platform.
The idea was to redo all the copy (which I was to do, but not until a “conference call” that clued me in on what “keywords” needed to be kept — a conference call that never came, despite numerous follow-up attempts on my part). To get rid of columns — noted by the designer. To add a matching blog. To upgrade the ecommerce section, and to make the site more user friendly.
Instead, we waited four months for what was outsourced to India, thrown together with almost no care, and done in, my guess is, two days, tops.
And now I’m supposed to go through and detail all the problems?
I don’t think so — though I invite you all to have some fun playing “spot the amateurish workmanship and total professional disregard,” and to leave your findings in the comments here.
Eliot F and dorkafork have told me that they can probably get the site working the way we wanted it to work, with all the changes and upgrades we discussed (and for which we’ve waited patiently four months). Of course, neither of them are professionals — so I don’t expect it could ever come out as nicely as looks currently.
Unless, you know, they actually give a shit instead of simply pretending, as this company has done.