Have you ever said: “Everything on the internet should be free and by golly I am going to find free solutions”?
If you hunt around the internet for a solution to the problem at hand, good for you for being industrious enough to help yourself.
If you spend more than an hour searching and trying free solutions knowing full well that there are paid solutions that come with support, you have free solutions syndrome.
This morning I caught a bad case of free solutions syndrome. This is what happened:
I’m working on a new website for an artist and through our conversation we thought it would be great to use a slider on the home page.
There’s a saying: “If you want to do something in WordPress, there is probably a plugin”.
So off to the plugin depository I go. Stubborn as I am I downloaded darn near every one and tested them to see if they would do, or have the option to do, what I wanted it to do.
In the back of my mine I knew of a site that sells sliders for – like $8 bucks – yes, you heard me right, $8 bucks.
The $8 Slider.
But no, by now I was addicted and afflicted with free solutions syndrome. A few hours later (I refuse to admit to the actual hours), when everything I downloaded came up short, I spent the $8. Needless to say my client will not be footing the bill for my folly.
I know that their are many GOOD free solutions on the internet. I for one have found many. But the trouble with a lot of free solutions is that you don’t really know what you’re getting, and more often than not; well, you get what you pay for.
I learnt a big lesson this morning, which was to value my time. For amount of time it would have taken if I just went for the paid solution, I could have had the work done and gone off to the studio for the rest of day.
It seems to me that there is a mentality that says “everything on the internet should be free”. Agree or Disagree?