Author: gmorris87

Separation of Business and Friendship

There are lots of people who struggle with this, and a few who don’t understand my own approach to this. Just because we’re friends doesn’t mean you’re entitled to any lax interpretation of the rules. I’ve worked for companies like that and I vow to never be like that. Going into business with a friend, or even just working for one, can be tricky territory. Family has a similar problem, but in both cases, these people generally feel entitled to special treatment. That just isn’t fair, whether they want better pay, or more liberty to do as they please. That doesn’t fly. If you’re my friend, I know some things about you already and we can probably skip the interview. Other than some nuts and bolts questions like start date and pay expectations, I know I don’t have to interview a friend or family member. They may not even need to apply. It doesn’t mean they aren’t bound by the same rules as someone else. Just because we’re close doesn’t mean you get to disrespect me, my company, or my staff. One way to disrespect all three is to act as you please because you’re the owner’s friend. Business partnerships are even worse. There’s often at least one party that doesn’t want to put in the work, and commit to the same effort as the other. I still don’t...

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Web Design: It is Art!

A lot of people get confused and frustrated when shopping around for web designers to build their site. The truth is, it’s actually really hard to place a value on the end product. Or is it a product? The problem with commoditizing web design work, is that it isn’t a product you can buy a quantity of, nor is it a service you can buy over and over again to get the same results. While it is very much a service in the way it’s delivered, web design is actually art. This is why some web designers charge $500, $2,000, or even over $10,000, and it’s not all because of costs they incur.  Creative work, whether it’s web design, ad design, logo creation, or other graphics design, is a marriage of art and business. From the business perspective, it  can be executed flawlessly as a service. It’s very much a service, but unlike most services, the end product is a direct reflection of YOUR BUSINESS. Most often, in this digital age we live in, your website is your customer’s first impression of you. First impressions are everything, and if you cut any corners, it shows. Poor designs, broken links, slow loading websites, use of website  builders, ALL communicate to the outside world that you’ve cut corners somewhere. Somewhere, you didn’t value your company’s image, or perhaps you’re struggling and...

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Fabulous Taylor’s Pizza: A Review of a Truly Fabulous Experience

Facebook: Click Here Total Rating: 4.5/5 Overview: My wife and I went in for their $5 lunch special, which includes a personal pan pizza, and a drink. We found the food to be excellent, staff responsive, and the restaurant to be very clean. They haven’t been open quite a year yet, but I think they have something here that will be a hit. The company is veteran-owned as well. The Good: Excellent prices Pizza is second to none Staff is friendly and attentive Atmosphere is very calm and relaxing Extremely clean The Bad: No wi-fi for customers Short-staffed   The Experience My wife and I walked in the restaurant and noticed a sign advertising specials; among those were the $5 lunch special. Eureka! Exactly what we came for. There was one other person there on the game machines, but they left shortly after we arrived. We ordered our meal. The topping selection is great, although they were out of pineapple that day. It didn’t take long at all for the pizzas to be done. I didn’t count the time, but I’d estimate about 15 minutes or less. The food itself was excellent. I don’t think I’ve had pizza that good, ever, and I’ve eaten lots of pizza. It did not seem greasy, had the right amount of sauce, and they didn’t skimp on toppings. I’m pretty sure this is exactly...

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Hiring Web Designers: What Indian Agencies Hope You Don’t Realize

One of the things I’ve noticed while quoting projects to various people lately, is that it’s extremely hard for an American to compete with Indians in the same forums. The reason for this is that most people looking for quotes either: Don’t have the slightest clue what web design work costs Have no budget or a super small budget Make the incorrect assumption that American designers are quoting too much, or are greedy. My goal with this article is to help others understand how web design pricing works from the perspective of an agency setting prices based on its costs and salaries. I also want to point out that there is indeed differences in pay and skillset of web designers and web developers, but the salary range here for designers is accurate to describe web developers at the lower end to midrange. This means that it is accurate enough to understand pricing for most projects, as the folks you’ll come across that are quoting projects are probably not the people charging the higher developer rates. I’d also like to point out that there is a similar disparity between European agencies and Indian agencies (or any countries where there are drastic differences in cost of living). I have used the following data combined with Google’s currency conversions as posted on 12/26/2016: US http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Web_Designer/Salary Average Annual Salary Range: $30k-$79k (Est. $2500-$6600/mo) Average...

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Building Your First Website in WordPress, Part 3

So this is the start of a trilogy, maybe? Welcome to the third part of this segment, of how to build your first WordPress website. We’ve covered the creation part already, so we’re going to cover the following topics: Updating WordPress, Blog Posts, and Managing Media. Updating WordPress WordPress, being the popular software that it is, is actually a really big target for hackers. Also, believe it or not, it’s just as susceptible to bugs as the next piece of software. So as you might imagine, updates are a part of life. A huge part. Themes, Plugins, and WordPress itself, all receive regular updates. Well, not necessarily themes and plugins, as that’s on the developer who wrote them. However, they should be updating it, so don’t assume it won’t happen. The best place to look is the menu of the dashboard: In this screenshot, we can see there are 4 Theme updates, 8 Plugins to be updated, and a core update, just by counting. 12 themes and plugins, so the 13th one is a core update. The more plugins and themes you have installed (not just active ones), means more updates you’ll have, thus increasing the frequency you’ll have to check for updates. So unless you want to give yourself constant work, resist the urge to install as many themes and plugins as you feel like without removing extras...

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