I've done php programming work for two different local webdesign companies, both were only small as was the amount of work I did on each project.
I can't link to either project as I either don't know the urls, or I did such a small amount of the work its not worth explaining.
For a demonstration of my work I have a news article page Search, browse, and when logged in post/edit articles. I'm also working on upgrading the shop (products database) I did for a customer earlier, so it uses CSS and proper design (he didn't want to pay for that).
Its just a basic, tidy and well laid out style. Designed with css borders and a few buttons, designed to be fast loading. I'm no fancy designer and don't pretend to be.
Point is I just want money to pay the bills and build up a few more projects. I'll have to team up with a designer (again need to find one locally) to do any sites myself, that is after I get a 'float' to pay for a few things I need around the place.
Now I want to do sites myself, I'm sure I can do a more professional job than either company. As I'm no designer I've been searching for odd php work here and there, so I can still work from home.
Hence searching on freelance sites, job boards, forums, etc. No matter what I bid or say in email/messages I don't hear back after the first quote (or any followups). I'm not quoting anything more than $10-$15 an hour over flipping burger wages, and I usually quote the amount of hours it would take.
Is it just me, or are these people just fishing for the cheapest php freelancer they can find ?
Or is it more a sign of unprofessional behavior on their part to not return messages, give feedback etc ?
I wrote decent, easy to read and hacker resistant php code, but it seems like people care more about the design and images than function and security. Anyone else found this ?
I've found the contact details (business phone no. etc) for the last person I contacted via a forum.
What questions should I ask him as to how/why he decided on someone else ?
I just want some proper feedback, and to point out I was hoping to actually have a local designer as a contact.
First question will be are you just fishing for the cheapest work you can get, or is there something else to your discussion ?