In the world of freelance web development, trust forms the cornerstone of successful partnerships. For me, this trust was the bedrock of my relationship with a client who entrusted me with their WordPress website. Yet, as the project reached its conclusion, an unexpected hurdle emerged – compensation.

My journey with this client began with a simple request: implement a new layout in WordPress based on a Figma sketch. Our casual yet trust-based relationship saw me donning the hat of a firefighter, swiftly resolving website complications whenever they arose. Each agreed-upon task was meticulously executed, with the promise of a seamless transition for their online store.

As the project progressed, we established a clear protocol: phase one on my development server for testing, followed by transfer to the client’s server upon approval. Detailed invoices reflected the work completed and outlined pending tasks. Hourly rates ensured transparency in compensation.

The transition to the client’s server unearthed a slew of challenges – configuring PHP versions, optimizing SEO, integrating Shopify data, and more. Despite these hurdles, I dedicated myself to crafting a flawless user experience, optimizing for speed and functionality.

With the project completed and invoices sent, I anticipated closure. However, my client disputed the agreed-upon compensation, citing reasons unbeknownst to me. Two months have passed, and my efforts remain unrecognized.

This experience has prompted deep reflection. Despite decades of experience, even the most seasoned professionals can encounter unscrupulous clients. Moving forward, I’m committed to implementing stricter protocols to safeguard against such situations.

In the realm of freelance web development, trust and compensation are intertwined. My journey with this client, while challenging, serves as a reminder of the importance of clear communication, transparent agreements, and unwavering professionalism.