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.
There are many alternatives to WordPress. I obviously still current use WordPress for this blog, but our upcoming CMS platform built on DJango will change that. I will migrate my personal blog away from WordPress to our own open-source CMS platform that we will be announcing soon. I got this email today from our datacenter provider about yet another WordPress vulnerability:
My recent article about how to “hack your local chamber of commerce” got some great feedback. I shared a lot of lessons in that article, and that has motivated me to share more articles to help organizations get more out of their websites and marketing.
Over the years, I have a collected a ton of articles and presentations that I have written so that I could write a book on running a web design business, and also another book on what makes a website “high performance”. These articles are stacking up, and I believe that I am at a point where I can start organizing them. Some of the content is made up of very brief tips and tricks and IT truths and TOUGH LOVE that reflect today’s website design and marketing environment. Whether you are a website owner, designer, IT worker, or agency owner, there is something in there for you.
I like Twitter, and I hate Twitter at the same time. It can be a source of useful information for research and news, and at the same time it can be a time sink full of white noise from egomaniac self-described “social media expert” idiots. I have found that the only way to use Twitter successfully in business is to NOT use the Twitter website, but to use an application to leverage the massive conversation that is happening on Twitter all at once.
We just got our new phone system up. It was painless. It is wonderful. For $99 a month we get up to 15 employee phone lines. And the sound quality is crystal clear. This is VERY bad news for the local companies that sell phone systems like Panasonic, Lucent, etc. There will always be a need for an enterprise level phone system for, well, enterprises. But small to medium businesses that have had to spend thousands of dollars for a phone system are going to be overjoyed once their phone contracts expire. The future of business phone service is finally here, and it finally works.
In this article, I will explain how you can save your business time, money, and frustration in dealing with your local chambers of commerce so that you get the most out of what they have to offer, while limiting your exposure to them. I am sharing some of the secrets of how chambers work so that you can use them to make informed decisions and better your business.
I have built and hosted websites for over a dozen chambers of commerce for over 15 years. I’ve attended countless chamber mixers, ribbon cuttings, business expos, fundraisers, etc. I had some great experiences and business relationships from those experiences. Unfortunately, I have also had some very bad experiences with those chambers as well. Now that my company no longer targets chambers of commerce as a business vertical, I can finally share some secrets that will help you to learn from my experiences.
As you can see in the header of my blog, we are finally launching our new brand for government website design. After over a year of planning, brainstorming names, and getting our strategy in order, we are finally rolling it out. It has been a long hard road to get to this point. Our team is excited about what is next.
We recently upgraded the mapping system in our municipal content management system. We were talking to a municipality, and they asked us if it would be possible to create a Google maps that had selectable “layers” where you could show city parks, parking lots, restrooms, landmarks, city building, and other locations on the map, and make the Google placemarks show or hide, depending on the types of locations that you want to see on the maps.
Fact: If your domain name is within a year of expiring, this can impact your search engine results, making your website appear lower in search results.
Why does this happen? Because a domain name that looks as those it was only registered for a short time is deemed lest trustworthy to Google and other search engines. Companies that try to fool Google by creating many throw-away temporary websites usually never register the domain names for long periods of time. So Google looks and those websites and has to make a decision about how “trustworthy” the website is. This is one of hundreds of factors that search engines look at when evaluating a website.