Part of the reason why I have not posted anything to this blog in a while is just really due to my absolute loathing of WordPress. I really hate it for so many reasons. It isn’t secure, plugins are hacks, and logging into it kind of makes me angry. Two weeks ago I had a customer whose WordPress blog was hacked, and it had Viagra ads in it. Just because software is free and there are a shitload of themes and plugins out there for it – doesn’t mean its the end all for web design. Far from it. Did I say I hate WordPress? I do.
The European Union’s top court yesterday ruled citizens have a “right to be forgotten” online, meaning people may ask search-engine owners to remove personal information and request that a court or data-protection authority step in if a company doesn’t comply. The EU decision doesn’t spell out what types of information must be removed and doesn’t provide exemptions for data that are true or from a reputable source.
Recently I was in Denver, meeting with a local business owner. The meeting wasn’t about her website, it was about partnering with her business for a project I am working on. Before the meeting, I did some research on her company online. What I found was a pitiful WordPress blog-powered website that couldn’t possibly be performing for her business. I only called her because of a recommendation. If all I had to look at was her website, I would never have called her.
A recent newspaper article from the Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico exposed the true cost of using CivicPlus to build and host a large municipal website, and also the enormous cost of trying to replace a CivicPlus website with a “roll-your-own” solution using open-source software and custom programming from scratch. The result was one whopper of a bill ($233,800) for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Moat is something that every manager and team member should be aware of. It can hurt a company’s morale and productivity, and it is something that can be avoided. But at some point, nearly every company will experience moats within their organizations. This article is about The Moat, what it is, how to deal with it, and how to make your work team run more smoothly.
I have been building websites for 17 years professionally, and my company has been focused on government projects as part of our services since about 2008. For the most part, I have found that most municipalities don’t do a very good job writing, specifying, or managing their Requests for Proposal (RFP) documents or process when they put out a bid to have their website redesigned.
We are back on track at Delaware.Net after being completely bogged down with our datacenter migration. We hoped it would take a couple of months, but it took six months to get it all done. Things are now running better than ever, and it is saving us a ton of money over running a private datacenter here. Now we can be as flexible as a small startup, yet leverage our experience and resources to focus on new products and growth. We had two new staff members that didn’t work out, and that also slowed us down a bit. But we were able to finish their projects and we are now hiring to replace them.