Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/24/utilitybidder/
Utilitybidder gets disconnected by developer
Unplugged after developer allegedly left unpaid
Utility price comparison site utilitybidder.co.uk has been reduced to an almost blank template over the weekend following an apparent run-in with its web developer.
The developer has apparently pulled the plug on the site, leaving only an unflattering message on its home page, in what appears to be revenge for the company's alleged failure to pay for his work. The out-of-pocket developer warns his coding buddies that utilitybidder may prove to be less than reliable once it comes to cutting an invoice.
A notice on utilitybidder.co.uk (screenshot here) states that the site is offline, alongside a snarky rider.
"If you are another web developer that has been paid to change this then make sure you get paid up front."
The Reg reader who brought the disconnection of utilitybidder.co.uk to our attention said that the developer has changed the admin passwords, preventing the early restoration of the site.
We left a recorded message with utilitybidder this morning but are yet to hear back from the price comparison site.
By early afternoon the site's voicemail inbox was full, so it was not possible to leave a second message. We'll update this story as and when we get to hear utilitybidder's side of the story. ®