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    Want anything done right, do it yourself.

    A little bit of a warning. If you ever get offered a job to maintain an already created web site, before accepting it, find out a few things about it. First off, did the person who made the site actually know web design, or did they use some lame program like dreamweaver or frontpage. Secondly, if the person actually did script it did they bother to use the same script throuout the site? Third, did the perso who wrote the site have any common sense whatsoever? The reason I'm saying this is because I just accepted the task of maintaining a web site, which was created entirely in dreamweaver. I don't think I've ever seen so many "<font>" tags before in my life. The person had text there, but then erased it and it left the font tags. They seem so odd to. I haven't used a font tag for a couple years now. And of course the script isn't formatted at all. Everything is a mess, it breaks after a certain amount of characters, and when you open a paragraph, thats about it. To do the simplest updates you have to go through pile of repeated left over code. It's horrible. Also when going into different parts of the site, the pages are done with different server side languages. Isn't that great. Considering the entire site in french and english is under 50 pages, to have different languages is completely ridiculous. The problem is that the person in charge of the site (aka Mr. Dreamweaver) subcontracted people for the server side parts and they each used their language for it. Didn't bother trying to find people who used the same language or just staying with the same company. Now with all these seperate entities working on the site, with no strong organizer to put it all together, we've now gt the worst site I have ever seen in my life. Aside from all the broken links going to index.htm instead of .html or pointing to the wrong folders, there are the pile of links that just had't bothered to have been entered and links pointing to the page of the wrong language, which is odd, because the languages are each in their own folders. When you go from page to page, images and titles, that are supossed to be lined up are up to an inch out of line. Of all the things that bothered me, what killed me the most was the fact that they relied on client side verification, so within a minute I was able to create a page that entered invalid data into the database. I taught a friend of mine HTML over the weekend and he could have done a better job than this. Now, I'm stuck rebuilding the site from the ground up, which wouldn't be so bad, but one of the guys who helped with the original site is still on staff and he doesn't want me to change the layout, he likes how it looks (The images look like the drawings of a four year old). And the "developer" obviously has never heard of CSS, JavaScript or PhotoShop. So now I have to rescript the whole thing, which means a couple days of coding, but with no real goal in my head. At the end, it's still gonna look like crap, but just better scripted crap. Not too motivating. Sorry bout the rant, I just needed to vent. I've never seen a website in such poor condition. Worst of all, the pay it crap, just that I need the money and experience.Best of all they expect me to incorporate all sorts of external sites and develop different knowledge bases at the same time, along with maintaining their rotten wire network.

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    Amen, brother! I been there m'self.

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    OMG!
    Omnis mico antequam dominus Spookster!

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    Lame?

    ... or did they use some lame program like dreamweaver or frontpage.
    Frontpage - agreed. Dreamweaver however can be a useful tool in the hands of an experienced craftsman.
    Give a carpenter a hammer and he builds you a nice cupboard; give it to a toddler, and he'll crush his thumbs. And feet. And head.

    Otherwise: totally agree. You say you need the money and experience, but I'd think twice before embarking on such a hopeless crusade. If so: best of luck!
    Regards,
    Ronald.
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