Posted 22 September 2006 - 09:50 PM
This is a new experience for me, as all of my work is done on referral only. I rarely start up a project unless someone I know vouches for the new client. So, this is quite the learning experience. How to prevent this from happening again?
If I look to plesk for a model, you don't pay their annual fee, you get a 30 day grace period (I think) then it stops working. A few challenges would be that PHP is open source and they could effectively remove such code without fear. The fix to that problem leads to another problem: Zend Guard is $995 a year. Hey, that's great in California where they're getting $10k for a static website, but I don't have that kind of money. Yeah, there's the old obfuscate thing, but that's just one "echo" away from raw source code.
So, where to turn, what to do?
Posted 22 September 2006 - 10:02 PM
Please, take the time and do some research and find out how much it would have cost you to get your help from a decent paid-for source. A "roll-of-the-dice" freelancer will charge you $5-$15/hr. A decent entry level freelancer will charge you around $15-30/hr. A professional will charge you anywhere from $50-$100/hr. An agency will charge anywhere from $100-$250/hr. Think about all this when soliciting for help here. Think about how much money you are making from the work you are asking for help on. No, we do not expect you to pay for the help given here, but donating a few bucks is a fraction of the cost of what you would have paid, shows your appreciation, helps motivate people to keep offering help without the pricetag, and helps make this a higher quality free-help community
Posted 22 September 2006 - 11:34 PM
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Posted 23 September 2006 - 12:06 AM
The ability for local competition to download and repackage some of my vertical market solutions keeps me up at night. If anyone knows of an encryption or obfuscation solution that works and is difficult to circumvent, I am curious to know more. For now, the policy is that those solutions remain on my server.
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