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Maestro Monthly is Back

Years ago we put out a free email newsletter every month with a couple of articles, along with links and other resources. Since the reboot of the business, time has not been available to get the newsletter up and running, until now. Is it as big a news story as the new Star Wars movie? Of course not. But it … read more

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You don’t really need a website

Over the years, everyone has become convinced that they need a website. If you’re in business, logic dictates that you need to have a website, right? Nope. It might seem strange that someone who builds websites for a living it telling you that you don’t need one, but let me explain. Thanks to smart phones, phone books have gone the … read more

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Poodle, the latest bug dogging web security

In case you were missing the headaches brought on by the heartbleed bug, you can rest assured knowing a new flaw has been discovered in online security. Poodle (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) is a security hole in SSL 3.0 that allows private information to be exposed to a hacker with network access. SSL 3.0 is used by both … read more

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Interview on the Lucy Ann Lance Show

This morning I headed over to WLBY 1290AM for a quick interview on the Lucy Ann Lance Show, with Saline Chamber Executive Director Art Trapp. It was fun to sit at a radio microphone again (had a few flashbacks to my Public Radio 90 days, and kept looking around for Walt Lindala or Bill Hart to roll their eyes at … read more

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Your website is not the Hotel California

In all the many years I’ve been working with people, building websites for them, there have always been many of my clients who make the request to have all outgoing links on their website pop open a new window or tab. The primary reason I’ve always been given is the desire to keep the website visitor on the website. But, … read more

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Do I Really Need a Website? I’ve Already Got a Facebook Page…

Some people, in seeking to keep costs down, will skip building a website for their business and just use a Facebook page. It’s online, it lets you post information and photos, so isn’t that just as good as a website? Nope! First, let me say that you almost most certainly should have a Facebook page for your business. While there … read more

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What’s Wrong With Using a Design Template?

If you have a tight budget, it can be tempting to use a template or a website service that is based on templates that allow you to customize some of the template components. It can feel very empowering to sign up, click a few things, copy a few paragraphs into a form, and hit that “publish” button. Especially when it’s … read more

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The Difference Between Marketing and Spamming

Email is an extremely powerful tool, one which sometimes causes us to do things we probably shouldn’t do. The line between should and shouldn’t is most important when your business is at stake. You might make certain decisions based on the pressure to increase sales. However, the same things that may in the short term cause an increase, will often … read more

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The Quickest Way To Get Ignored On The Web

If you’d like your website to be completely ignored by everyone, make it a copy of your company’s old brochures. Use lots of sentences like “Our primary goal is to provide synergistic business solutions” and “We utilize proactive approaches to create win-win situations” and so on. Don’t forget to include a photograph on the main page of a generic board … read more

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Does First Place Matter?

Now that most businesses have accepted the need to have a website, it’s become a common obsession to get that website listed on Google’s first page of search results. While this is a goal that can be worked on, and most often achieved, the real question is, “does it matter?” What many people don’t realize is that every visitor to … read more

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