Damn bro, I had the same experience as you before. Sorry to hear.
Thank you for your sympathy, it was indeed a horrible experience for my first big funded project, the funny thing is the guy claimed he was based in america with a team, however when I looked at my analytics I had only received ip's from india
Damn the design looks horrible
I'm willing to give the design a update for a good price if you want, the designs/mockups are free of charge untill you pick one ^^
This sounds great lets please get in contact I will send you my personal email address in a private message so that I can have your contact information when I am ready for a redesign in the next 3 months is the the frame I will be ready.
Ive not built a site in like 5yrs, but even I could build a better looking and loading site on my own. And for around a 10th of the price ><
This makes me feel sick to my stomach knowing this is 100% true,the next time I am going to spend my hard earned money on a passion of mine its going to be through a long term member of neowin thats for sure.
The 1990's called, they want their website back.
Seriously though, It's a shame you got taken advantage of like that. That is a simply hideous design, and for that kinda dough, absolutely unacceptable.
As others have offered, you should take one of them up on a redesign. The site won't look like a flashback of the past, and for a fraction of the cost.
Believe me after that experience I am never going back to elance.com for my web design needs, I had always got GREAT content developed from elance writers so I went in too confident with my web design needs. For my future needs it will be a neowin web designer, I will most likely post a thread asking for neowin members to vouch for other neowin members who are web designers when I am ready for my next web design project.
Thanks to every fellow neowin and their input.