Related to my last question, I'm trying to gain experience and a portfolio and offered to make someone a website for free. Things have not gone as smoothly as hoped for a number of reasons:
- The website she wants is more complex than I had anticipated. She wants to sell things through the website.
- If she's making a profit I don't think it's fair I'm doing the work for free.
- The website contains some profanity and a little bit of nudity (definitely not pornographic). I'm not sure if it would be good to have such a website in a professional portfolio.
- She has been a bit difficult to work with. For example, she complained I wasn't working fast enough. Also she didn't install a messaging app I would like to use and I think that's the least she can do if I'm doing the work for free.
I was with her when she registered the domain and for hosting. I have already made part of the website but then she told me she started getting emails reminding her to renew the host. I thought she understood in the first place that hosting is a monthly fee. She wasn't happy with that and I had been under the impression she would not renew. However it's been over a month and the website is still there. I guess maybe she registered the host for a whole year? I don't have access to her email or the hosting account so I can't know these things.
I do feel obliged to explain to her that she may have signed up for auto-renewing hosting or something, and that is not something I control and just because I'm not making the website for her anymore doesn't mean they will stop charging her?
How can I tell her I changed my mind about making the website? The last communication I had with her was asking for a logo.