Am I the only one, or do clients almost never understand what a web developer does?

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Community Resident
Community Resident
Feb 12, 2019
A new eCommerce website client...
In the initial meeting I lay out the difference between a designer, content writer, and developer in what I thought was plain language. I am the DEVELOPER. Client says they totally get it, no worries, they will get me everything I need, content, wireframes, and all the layouts and graphics. We talk about review meetings so we stay on the same page. It seems like they understand and we all leave happy.
A couple weeks go by with no content for review, so I finally ask and they tell me they almost have it all together. Another week and they say, "we really need the website finished, here are the items you asked for, can you have it done in 3 days?"
I get.... free netflix tech news
  • a wireframe, aka an EXCEL sheet with navigation structure "ideas".
  • Content, 4 paragraphs of text for the front page.
  • Graphics, ONE logo in color and black.
Nothing about the products, no images, no meta data, no layouts... and can I have the website up in 3 days??
This seems common where the client thinks a developer is the content writer, designer, marketer, and product creator, and time traveler...
or is it just me?
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