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Google, this means that I will look for other choices

Icon Written by Dan Fletcher on December 11, 2012 – 9:55 am

So for a few years, when I set up a new client with a website, I have used Google Apps for Business.   But I will no longer be doing this because Google no longer wants to provide the service for free.   This is a dumb decision on Google’s part. I understand that there […]



How Google+ could actually compete with Facebook

Icon Written by Dan Fletcher on December 9, 2012 – 8:44 am

I am heavy user of Google products. Not just the ubiquitous Gmail. Not just search. I represent six figures of Adwords spend collectively on projects I work on, maybe seven figures in total. In other words, Google sees direct cash from me and businesses I support. So I am a customer as well as a […]



Most Common Website Building Technologies

Icon Written by Dan Fletcher on May 24, 2010 – 12:00 pm

On the internet there are about 206,026,787 million sites, of which less than half are active. This is according to Netcraft.com which has been doing a scanning survey regularly since August of 1995. Looking at data from builtwith.com we see that Drupal and WordPress are the most commonly used technologies for the building and implementing […]



Just because someone can read…

Icon Written by Dan Fletcher on January 23, 2010 – 8:04 am

Just because someone can read… does not mean that they can write a book worth reading. Just because someone can watch TV… does not mean that they can make a hit show. Just because someone can use the internet… does not mean that they can make a web page that sells. Making a web page […]



The Austin City Website

Icon Written by Dan Fletcher on May 5, 2009 – 3:23 pm

Hmmm.   I can’t find any further information (more recent than the end of March) about the Austin City Council’s decision to postpone awarding the 700k contract.   I suspect that they will be forced to release yet another RFP.   Stay tuned.



City of Austin Website

Icon Written by Dan Fletcher on April 1, 2009 – 4:30 am

The City of Austin clearly needs a new website, and the 2 year long bid process has ended up with a California company.    There are plenty of Austin companies that should get that job.   I recommend all three of these articles on the issue.    Local makes a difference to our economy. Geek austin, Austin Business […]



Simplicity

Icon Written by Dan Fletcher on March 17, 2009 – 8:09 pm

It is natural for a business to want to give too much information to the customer on a web.  People think that if a customer has 100 things to click on then surely they will click on at least one.   It turns out however that people get overwhelmed and ignore too much data thrown at […]



types of web pages

Icon Written by Dan Fletcher on March 12, 2009 – 7:27 am

Many businesses simply have a web page that acts like a business card.  It simply has contact information and listings of what the company does.  That is  better than nothing, but it is significantly less effective than it could be. Web pages ideal should provide enough information to allow the customer to make a buying […]