[thelist] Business practice -- client implementing site while project is incomplete

patrick pms at stoutstreet.com
Thu Aug 5 15:00:48 CDT 2004

Clive R Sweeney wrote:
> Peter Brunone (EasyListBox.com) said the following on 8/5/2004 3:17 PM:
>>     Was it part of the deal?  More importantly, have they paid you
>> anything yet?
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org On Behalf Of Clive R Sweeney
>> Is it normal for a client to start downloading and implementing a site
>> (i.e., the HTML, CSS, and images) while the work is in progress?
> No, it wasn't mentioned in the deal (either way). I guess it's one of
> those things you expect will be done according to normal practices and
> that's why I asked the question. Is it at all a normal business practice
> that a company will contract a new site and download and begin to
> implement it while it's still in production? The CSS is still very much
> a work in progress and many of the links don't work as those pages
> haven't been done yet.
> I'm doing this as a sub-contract for another design firm, but there was
> supposed to be a first payment which the client still hasn't made yet.
> This company is, according to a press release I just added to the site,
> valued at millions of dollars, but I can't help but feel they'd like the
> whole site online and working and then make it difficult for us to be
> paid at all.

In my experience this is not done. You may be reading this correctly --
they may make things very difficult, payment-wise.

Increase your level of communication with all parties. And do not assume
 normal practices -- only what you define.

patrick sanders
web sites that fit

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