Someone asked me to make a mobile version of their website.
I did not make their website and I hate dealing with other peoples code, especially if it isn’t commented up and well written (I do not know if it is or isn’t… I have not looked yet…).
What do you do in such situations. Do you tell the client to take a hike?
Do you impose a rule that you only fix up or work on websites that you have built?
Because this is not the first time.
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Where I work we pretty much follow TheDoc’s model.
We look over the code, the amount of templates needed, and then we give a quote. Generally we prefer it if the structure of the HTML is decent, since then we can just (more or less) “reskin” it by adding mediaqueries.
If we need to do more things deeper, that obviously is going to cost more.
That said, I would say that what you should do depends on your feelings. I kind of enjoy digging through other people’s code, if only because it occasionally gives me a good reason to rant <.<
I always check the code first but more often than not have to recommend a full redevelopment, usually it’s quicker (and therefore cheaper) just to start from scratch rather than trying to unravel the mess someone else made.