Honesty & Integrity in Webdesign

The definition of Integrity is 1. Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.  (according to http://www.thefreedictionary.com.)  When it comes to being a web designer this is a code that we have to live by, both for ourselves and for our clients.  When we are consulting with a client we need to be honest and upfront about what we can do and what the client can expect from us on that particular project.  Things such as: Deadlines/Completion date, functionality, S.E.O., maintenance for the site, ETC…   When we live by strict codes, our tract record will show our integrity and that we stand behind what we say we are going to do.

I recently started doing some redesigns for some Bed and Breakfasts in Oklahoma that were designed by a freelancer that had grown to big for what he could offer.  When he first started, he offered to design and maintain the site for the lifetime that he was the webmaster of the site.  He started about 8 years ago and now has over 60 sites that he is trying to maintain for “free” while still trying to develop new sites so he can pay the bills.  While his integrity is good, and had very good intentions at the time when he was starting up, he now is not able to keep up with what he said he was going to do.  A part that goes along with honesty is being honest with yourself and your clients and offer a optional solution for maintaining their site as the times have changed.

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