Cumbria WordPress – left in the lurch!

Yet another example of a Cumbria WordPress client that has been left in the lurch by their local developer!  We’ve posted about this before.

Well we’ve just had another new client come to us following another local WordPress developer deciding they were no longer in the business of putting WordPress websites together for local businesses.

On this occasion the client through an act of goodwill had paid upfront for their site. The developer, after 18 months of bluff and bluster finally had the courage to declare they’ve set up a bar and are no longer ‘doing websites’. There was no offer of repaying the money.

Windermere Web Works is your local WordPress in Cumbria service provider.

Established in 2020 during the first lockdown we have been busy developing WordPress sites within Cumbria for the last three years.

WordPress in Cumbria widermerewebworks.comLet me be clear, when you choose Windermere Web Works Ltd to develop, host and manage your WordPress site we will be with you all the way. Unlike this example, where the client has been kept in the dark you will be fully engaged all the way.

In this latest example of dreadful service the developer has charged a high fee and basically imported a site based on templates from a theme. They added a couple of photographs and a minimal amount of text. Then went silent and disappeared.

When we were approached to see if we could pick this up there were a number of significant issues to deal with urgently.

Happily, we’ve been able to get the issues sorted and the site is now live and indexed in Google.

Some watch-outs for you out there.

  • Think carefully about paying upfront for your site!
  • Your developer can establish a ‘Staging’ version of your site when it is being developed. You can have full access to this and view progress as it is being developed.
  • Take some ownership of your site early on and let your developer know they are working for you.
  • Think ahead, when your site is nearing completion, you want this to start ranking in Google as quickly as possible. Have lots of content ready and insist this incorporated into the development of the site.

Do Cumbria WordPress developers disappear a lot?

To be honest when we started this business we were probably naive about the Cumbria WordPress developer community.

Over the last three years we’ve picked up a number of clients that have experienced this issue.  Remember, we’ve been here also, we know what it is like.  We probably should have been aware.

We’re sire they are other great examples of service out their, it can’t all be like the examples we’ve encountered.

We can develop your site from scratch. Perhaps, like other customers, your original developer is no longer around and has left you in the lurch…it does happen! Well, we can take over your WordPress site and maintain it for you. You might be looking to integrate your woocommerce and your online accounting systems. We can transform your SEO and get your site appearing at the top of the search results pages.

A WordPress site can never be static, there is always stuff happening. Plugins are always being updated, themes change and WordPress itself is constantly being updated. All this needs managing and that’s where we come in.

As a business owner you’re main focus is on building your business, and rightly so! WindermereWebWorks exists to enable you to focus on that. We operate in the background ensuring everything stays in perfect working order.

We will streamline your operations and integrate where possible, we’re driven by a want to create greater efficiency. The internet is nothing if it doesn’t create greater opportunities to knit systems together.

We’re not only interested in WordPress in Cumbria…

We’re focused primarily on assisting businesses using WordPress in Cumbria as this is our home and we’re passionate about the area. That is not to say we won’t work with you if you’re based in other areas of the UK. Of course we will! WordPress is WordPress and there are no geographical boundaries.

Take for example a customer of ours,, a national NLP training company. In a highly competitive field this domain is ranking on the 1st page of Google search.

Another customer, is using WordPress, WooCommerce and Xero accounting and is happily seeing increased orders generated through Google Ads.   With a sophisticated plugin dealing with volume discount structures and shipping rules automatically applied this is a great example of integration.