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I wonder if anyone can help please?
We built a website for a company in Spain and due to one reason or another they decided after a year that they wanted a refund for the site. We wrote a contract stating that once refund was received that they could use no content from the site etc, which was agreed and a refund paid in full.
As soon as the refund cheque cleared, they have re-uploaded the site (they did not have the source, so they must have done an HTTP grab or something before we deleted from the server).
The site was dynamic PHP pages, but now they are all HTM and obviously none of the content works properly, but this is not the point. We spoke to them and all we got was "sue me..." from them.
Is there any way you know of hacking in and removing our content from their new server, or any other info you can give us please?
Thanks for any help,
If nothing on the site works as it should, I don't see any real reason to worry about it. Do your best to learn from the experience, take the lesson to heart, forget their lousy attitude, and move on. You can't get anything from them, so the less of your time you allow them to waste, the better.
Instead of a refund, a warranty for a specified period (1 month for example) covering defects in the application, typos, etc is a good component to have in your proposals to replace the refund policy.
Hacking the site would not be recommended, as they can then turn around and potentially prosecute you for illegally accessing their system.
Unfortunately this looks like a live and learn situation. If it is a small to medium sized site, the cost of litigation would most likely exceed the value of the site, and the other party knows that.
Word to the wise, avoid working with the Canary Islands! We have other contacts out there and apparantly this is how a lot of business is 'conducted' - very shady...