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Launch Now vs. Pre-Launch Beta – Misunderstood Creatives

July 26th, 2014

If you are a Developers, Deisgner, or pgrammer, you are considered “the cream of the crop” when it comes to producing web solutions and I feel are misunderstood. Understanding who You are and “What makes YOU Tick” is as important as “What makes Owners and Company CEO’s”, like me tick.

I am speaking of the differences in the approach of Tech vs. Entrepreneur.  In a nutshell, the Entrepreneur  wants to turn an idea into a “thing”, and launch sooner than later, “beat the market”. The designer or programmer wants to “perfect” the project and hold off the launch until they feel it is ready. In reference to the creation or facelift of a website, this prograstination or delay can kill a company and progress.

The request to “get it launched now at all costs!” can tend piss-off or upset the programmer or creative person. The key to when to launch is to make concessions and launch Somewhere in the middle of the project, make it live beta. The Entrepreneur, right or wrong, is steering the shipo and probably driving the project. The Entrepreneur he has his Vision / pulse or both of what the needs of the company are, and programmers and designers tend to be in their way of that goal.

Michael Hyatt,  a highly respected publishing and marketing pro that has managed some of the largest publishing companies and has researched this topic. He wrote the awesome article in the link below. After reading the articcle, I then researched and found similar supporting articles that supported his article.

This got me to think about how we work with our, creatives, or clients, and the owners of companies. So, I started reading more about this and finding more and more people get frustrated with the permenant beta syndrome. In a nutshell, “Creatives can your can perfect themselves out of a job if there not careful” The problem is that the CEO or manager does not realize that the new person taking their place will have 10times more work catching up to style of the previoius creative. If I have learned one thing about CEO’s, Owners, and Programmers, and Designers, both are creatures of habit. Creatives tend to have egos that need to be understood and put in check. I know this is hard to swallow if a creative is reading this, but that is what it boils down to.

This article is designed to allow Creatives and owners to step outside your “Confort Zone”. It is critical that we take heed in the approach to creative process. How long do we wait? How we can not launch certain site elements and still launch.
I am guilty as charged that I have and will still say – “Anything appears better than what we currently have, Lets Launch now, today” and we can fix it as we go, but GET IT LAUNCHED.

This is creitical for you to read this short blog post from top to bottom, and it might just help us all understand each other better.

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Source – Michael Hyatt

Blogging, Marketing, Social Media, Tech Corner, Web Design

How does Google work Really…?

September 20th, 2013

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Google Rankings, SEO, Web Design

How can you tell if they are they using Joomla or WordPress?

October 16th, 2012

First of all, what the heck is WordPress or Joomla?

These Open Sourced Content Managed Systems or CMS’s rapidly taking hold as the foundation  of the general website design for more and more companies, organizations, and churches.

What good are they? In a nutshell, they allow the organization to manage their website without hiring or having to be a full fledged designer.

Q. Do you still need a designer with a CMS?

A. It depends.

Q. When do you select one over the other or for that matter the other CMS systems out there?

A. Simply put, WordPress is designed as a Blog to be a website. You need to tweak the WordPress template to become almost anything you want it to be, but it can be costly.

There are thousands of developers and free and paid templates you can choose from that install with ease, and your off and running.

****Be careful, you can get stuck with an old, outdated, security riddled, templates that are no longer supported, so you may need a pro to find one for you and then it is not 100%. Even with a pro, you will be ultimately responsible for the upkeep of your WordPress template and design.

The majority of WordPress users work with the “out of the box templates”and will not modify or customize the site.

Then, there are the designers-developers, that find a template and fully customize it to do what they want it to do. WordPress also has tools called plug-ins that allow you to “Stretch” the WordPress capabilities.  get it ? It seems simple but can be complicated.

What is Joomla?

Joomla is a CMS that is designed to use templates as a webpage and through Plug-in’s and Modules. Pretty much, one picks Joomla to have the ability to expand the site with many different elements in it.

How do you tell the difference?

There are tell-tail ways to see if the site you are looking at is a WordPress or Joomla. This is a rule of thumb and large corporations find ways of masking these login’s for obvious reasons.

You can type in either – “/wp-admin” or “/administrator” after the main domain name and a WordPress or Joomla logo will appear with a login spot. If you get an error, then it is probably not either one.

I.E. (for WordPress) (for Joomla) designs traditional websites or in Joomla or WordPress.

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Fountain Valley Living Magazine is Launched by

June 20th, 2012 in-house team designed, programmed, and launched the new Fountain Valley Living Magazine Website today. Owners, Curt and Lynn Seeden, along with the web design and coordination by Rick Billings, FVLM Advertising Executive. The site is a completely customized Joomla-Based CMS system that allows FVLM to self-manage their site and save tons of money.

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Fountain Valley Living Magazine new website









A big Thank You to each of you for helping us so much to get the new site readied and launched by yesterday, a day ahead of what we really needed.

The site looks great. There are a few things we still need to tweak, but for the most part it is just what we needed and wanted.

You guys delivered what you said, and we thank you.

Rick Billings
Advertising Executive
Fountain Valley Living Magazine
Direct: (714) 227-8195


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Flash are Websites are great aren’t they?

October 11th, 2011


Why I can’t be found on search engines? Read on…
I just got off the phone with a very forward thinking church and they have a website and realize how important Live streaming is to church growth. In our conversation we spoke of their website which I typically run a quick structure and content review while we are on the phone.

When we got off, I decided to search for their church, and realized that I only had an address and I did not get their domain name. The address was exactly 13305 Woodforest Blvd. , Huston Texas, 77015. Typically, I can enter the address and find the direct organizational website in no time, but what I found while trying Google, Yahoo, and Bing was zero, nothing, nada. I only found Yellowpages maps for local communities that did not have propagated links to any site.

I could not spend anymore time looking and contacted the administrator for the domain name and found After reviewing the website and having some SEO and design basics, I found that the entire site is designed and published in Flash, which means that none of the search engines can crawl or find any content that relates to the site, hence a near zero “0″ ranking.

Some Flash sites us a combination of Flash and HTML code that allows the content or text to be crawled by the major search engines and found, and eventually ranked.

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