I have been contracted for many years to make content updates to a Joomla website. This past week, this client had her “programmer”, who can’t be bothered to do updates, transfer this website over to WordPress. Other than a few minor changes in updating content, it was fairly seamless. This client also has me in charge of her Constant Contact eBlasts, which are scheduled ahead for several months and usually have up to ten scheduled at any one time.
One problem: all the files being moved from Joomla to WordPress meant that all the file locations of the images uploaded for the eBlasts had a different URL and all the URLs of the links were also changed. She emailed me all in a snit because the eBlast went out and the links and images were broken. I patiently explained to her that all the image locations were now different, as were the files in her website that the eBlasts were linked to, and that I would have to go in and recode all ten of the scheduled eBlasts so that the images would appear and the links would work. I did so and then invoiced her for my time.
She blew a gasket.
Client: You must get my permission before making any extensive changes to my website!
But I didn’t make any changes to her website. I never touched her website. She ragged on and on about her wonderful programmer and her wonderful new website (which is ugly as f***).
Client: How dare you make any changes to my website like that without my permission?!
I replied back in ALL CAPS, which I never do.
Me: I ONLY UPDATED YOUR TEN BROKEN EBLASTS ON CONSTANT CONTACT.
Now I regret being the nice person and being proactive to fix them all, even though I know she’d email me about every last one if they went out broken and throw me under the bus. Trust me, I’ve been under that bus with her so many times I could work on the transmission.
I explained yet again, as if to a very small child:
Me: The changes I made were to the eBlast code in Constant Contact, which has nothing to do with your website.
She spent four more emails ragging on, demanding that I ask permission, telling me she didn’t know anything about code (which is obvious), but how dare I change her website?!
I finally gave up. After all these years of working for her, the stupidity was just too much to deal with. (That and never being paid on time.)