This post introduces a new category on this blog, “Thinking out loud,” and a new direction or better yet, dimension that I hadn’t originally anticipated, but one that is a natural fit for blogging. Perhaps someone besides myself will find this category helpful.
When I built this website earlier this year I used a Joomla template from RocketTheme called “Affinity.” If I remember correctly it was one of RT’s first templates that was designed to be integrated with K2, the “super-component” from JoomlaWorks. JoomlaWorks makes some great extensions, and K2 is one of them.
A few weeks ago I received a request for a price for a website project, and that’s about the extent of the information about the proposed website that I received in the request. During my years as a building contractor I received numerous requests from prospective clients asking for a price to build a house (or other project), and again, that was often the extent of the information included in the requests.
Today’s Dilbert reminded me of all those requests…
An unpleasant reality of life with the Internet is spam, and if you have a website that uses a contact form eventually you will be a target of spammers. One solution to fighting spam is to use a Captcha form along with the contact form. The problem with Captcha is that it can be discouraging to the real person who wants to use your contact form but they can’t read or figure out what they are supposed to type in the Captcha form – especially if the Captcha looks like one of these examples.
One of the tasks of a website designer (or builder, as the case may be) is choosing the colors for a website – colors for the background, text, links, headings, etc. So what do you do if, like me, you don’t have a natural gift for choosing color schemes? Fortunately there are some free resources available on the web that can help someone like me in making color decisions, and two that I have used are Kuler and Color Scheme Designer.
November in the Black Hills is starting out with some beautiful fall weather, so this afternoon Amy, the girls and I went for a drive through the Hills and a hike around Mt. Rushmore. While we were there we struck up a conversation with a woman from Wisconsin who had just flown in to work with some of her clients this week in Rapid City.
One reason to consider blocking people from following you on Twitter…
A small perk related to being a building contractor for the past nine years is free subscriptions to magazines like Remodeling Magazine. In their July 2009 issue they ran an article titled, “Web Marketing Makeover: In slow economic times, an updated website could be bringing in more business than any other lead source.”
People are starting to ask me about Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites and how they can use them for their businesses or organizations. Here’s another article from Remodeling Magazine called “Ultimate Word-of-Mouth: The ultimate word-of-mouth advertising engine.” In this article Joe Stoddard gives specific examples of how remodelers (or almost any business) can use Facebook to effectively market their business.