Caught Red Handed – Don’t Rip Off Websites!

Once in a blue moon I see blog articles when an agency or designer catches someone stealing their design and slapping their own logo to make it theirs. As a third party looking into the situation, it was always amusing to see how shameless some people are when it comes to taking credit for other people’s hard work.

Well yesterday, I caught a young designer at www.mitchellsoft.webs.com make a poor decision by trying to rip off my own site. This is the first time this happened and since it wasn’t professionally done, I was not angry nor was I upset at the situation. I have simply sent an email to him to take it down.

For those out there ripping off other people’s designs, let this be a lesson to you. Work hard, practice, and be patient! Take pride in your own original work, and when inspired by other pieces, always give credit and recognition to where it’s due.

**Update**

So I email him professionally asking for the ripped site to come down. This is his brilliant response:

I don’t understand. If you don’t want people to use it, then why do you put it on CSS drive? And, my name is not mitchell. I will take it down when you give me the reason. HOW IN THE WORLD DID YOU GET MY EMAIL? I’M SENDING A SPAM REPORT!

and even funnier is his response once he took down the ripped website:

I’m so sorry but the website has been shut down due to the stupidest thing i heard of. I’m getting a new template and now sohwhatever is my least favorite place in the world so i put a report to it. site will be back up soon and hopefully their site will be shut down too.

*Hint* Maybe if you didn’t forget to take off my Google analytics tracking code at the bottom you wouldn’t of been caught.

This has been a very amusing day 🙂

My Original Site

Mitchell Soft Website

MitchellSoft

…and the Saga Continues…

Thief #2 – Masters.ge
Masters.ge - Web Design Thief
Masters.ge - Web Design Thief

1and1 Review – A Hosting Nightmare

As I was first getting into the industry, like every other newbie out there I was excited to get a hosting plan. I was first introduced to 1and1.com from a school mate, and l later saw many full page ads in magazines. They seemed like a big trust worthy company but boy was I in for a surprise.

1and1.com – Downtime Kings

“99.9% Uptime
No matter what the cause, network downtime hurts your credibility, your sales, and your business. 1&1 uses its experience and expertise in hosting to deliver 99.9% uptime, so your website is there when you need it.”

This is taken from their “About Us” page, promoting their 99.9% uptime policy, this is obviously false.

I’m usually not one to put other companies down, but their continuous down time and horrible customer service has lead me to this frustrating post. I had been a loyal customer to 1and1.com (Using the Business Package) for about 3 years now, and this will be my last month hosting with them.

Horrible Customer Service and Support

The pathetic part is, I now have 1and1.com’s customer support phone number on my speed dial since my sites go down so often. It seems I am talking to one of their customer service reps every other week regarding a downtime issue with my hosting.  They promise and reassure me on a follow up regarding the issue, but of course, no emails, no calls, no response.  I’m not talking about a few hours of downtime (I completely understand, all hosting companies out there do have some downtime, no one is perfect) but we are talking about 2-3 days of downtime with no support.

As a frustrated customer, I have asked to speak with their manager or supervisor regarding the matter, but again, they claim they do not have a supervisor and they can only refer me to an email address [email protected] Even when I email the complaints department, they take about a day or two to respond and again, they do not have a solution for my issue, and continue to blow me off.

1and1 Hosting Overview

  • Customer Service – 1
  • Pricing – 4
  • Server Uptime -1
  • Overall Rating – 2

Conclusion

I will be moving on and partnering with my friend to go in on a dedicated server at this point, but the purpose of my post is to truly discourage anyone out there that is considering to host with 1and1.com.

Something I learned the hard way is when it comes to things like hosting, do your research and read real life customer reviews and reports before making your decision.  Saving money is great, but the loss of traffic, losing customers, angry clients, and most of all, time wasted is much more damaging and frustrating in the long run.

Featured on Designer’s Interviews

I had the pleasure of interviewing with Lillian Wells from DesignInterviews.com a few weeks ago and was featured on the site early this week. I was a bit intimidated being on the site with great designers like Yaron Schoen, Nick La, Rob Palmer, Rich Brown and many more, but it was quite an honor to be able to participate.

Soh Tanaka: Dedicated to Sharing Experience

The site is packed with great interviews from a variety of people with different backgrounds and specialties, definitely a great place to subscribe to and check out for updates.

If anyone is interested you can check out my interview here.

Nomination & Judge @ the .Net Magazine Awards

I was recently contacted by the crew at .Net Magazine and had been asked to be part of the judging panel for this year’s .Net awards. It was an honor to be part of the panel amongst the other great designers, bloggers, and developers.

Later on I received a few emails and tweets congratulating me for the nomination of the .Net awards for the “best blog of the year” category. Once again I was shocked and flattered to be with some of the giants of the design/dev blogging world. I have been blogging for about two years now, and reflecting back to the beginning, this blog would not be where its at without all the readers and peers who have supported me. Thank you very much for your continuous support and encouragement, I truly appreciate it!

Nomination & Judge @ the .Net Magazine Awards
.Net Magazine Awards 2010

Quick Interview with Yours Truly

A couple of weeks ago, Chris Coyier from www.CSS-Tricks.com had emailed me asking to do a quick interview. I was very honored that he had considered me for an interview since I am a big fan and long time reader of CSS Tricks. I must say that I have learned a tremendous amount from Chris, and I consider him one of the most influential people in this industry.

If you guys are interested, you can go check out my interview here.