I am a freelance designer/developer. I am starting a registered business and will be offering other services soon and I am in the process of expanding the portfolio section of my existing website but have noticed that one of my previous clients has had a bit of trouble and has tried to mimic the design I created for him and do it himself on a Wordpress site.
I originally built him an actual website, on Windows hosting environment and the new version he has created (trying to mimic what I had created) looks terrible.
This is going to reflect badly on me since I am showcasing his website in my portfolio. Now when people go to check out his site, they will no longer see what I built, they'll be seeing a terrible clone of what I made.
How would you deal with this?
I have recently found out that my client had lost my number and spoke to my friend about contacting me but didn't. And based on what was said when I finished the website years ago, there's no reason to assume that he didn't want to contact me again.
Would you contact this client and see if they would like the website put back to its original state (and make any new updates that they wanted)?
Or would you just take the link down from your website's portfolio, and just include a screenshot of the work you did for them?
Or would you just show a list of logos on your portfolio for the people you've done work for?
Or would you include the link to the client's site, along with a screenshot and also some disclaimer somewhere stating that while the screenshots were correct at the time, they may change in the future?
I'd really like to contact this client to see if I can help them, because I know he likes his site to look perfect, and given what he said years ago, there's no reason for me to think that he likes what he's created. But I haven't contacted him yet because I don't want to be rude - because there's always a chance that he has changed his mind, or may be a little proud.