I Had No Idea That My Old Web Designer Had Done Me A Serious Disservice

Do you like to get all jacked up? You know, bust out the ol’ Karate Kid soundtrack and pump up the volume to Joe Esposito’s, ‘You’re The Best Around’. Well, that’s exactly what I do every morning when I wake up, I even replaced my morning breakfast and coffee with just that song and it provides me with everything I need to make it through the work day until lunch. Then I crack six eggs into a blender and then add a cup of protein powder and drink it down like a champ, then I tell myself that I’m the best around. I didn’t used to be like this, I lacked confidence and was scared of my business failing. Then, I discovered the secret ingredient and then became the magnificent specimen that you see standing before you today. You may ask, “What’s the secret ingredient that you discovered? I sure hope it’s not that concoction of eggs and protein powder that you just mentioned”. Don’t worry, it’s not. Although, I would highly recommend it, it’ll make you grow hair on your chest and in other places that are really manly. The secret ingredient that I discovered was responsive web design and it changed my life by way of changing the way that I did business. I owe everything that I have to it at this point in my life, even my new found confidence and bulging muscles! There are some very good reasons that responsive website design was able to help me turn my life and business around, and I’m going to share an experience that I had with you today. Time to get jacked up!

I thought that my old website was great; it had an awesome flash introduction, a lot of vibrant colors and a sweet, inspirational song built in. There was also a whole ton of information about my company throughout the site. It turns out though, that it wasn’t so awesome, because I was pissing off my visitors who didn’t care for flash introductions or didn’t have the required software to run them. Also, the vibrant colors that I thought looked great were apparently too loud and even further upset my viewers. Then, I found out that the song that I played, usually after about 10 seconds of them bringing up my website, even further irritated my potential customers, it even downright offended some of them apparently. I wish I could find my old web designer so I could choke him out, but he’s tattooing douche bags in Phoenix, AZ now and I don’t have time for that.

Luckily, I was at a dinner party with some friends about six months ago and was drinking some beer and talking about my website and how awesome it was. A web designer, who was also in attendance, overheard me and asked if he could see it. I said, “Heck yeah bro, you’re gonna love this”. He asked for the website name and I gave it to him, then he pulled out his smartphone and typed it in. I looked over his shoulder as he held the phone in front of him, so I could see as well. He found the website after I corrected the spelling of it several times for him, then when he clicked on it, an error occurred on the screen. I was perplexed but then again, I never tried looking my site up on a smartphone before. “Your phone must not be very smart”, I told him and then laughed out loud, looking around for approval from the other guests. Then I told him to hold on and I went and found the host of the party and asked to borrow their laptop. They looked at me weird and then disappeared around the corner, then came back with one and told me to keep my beer away from it. “No problem, relax”, I said and then I retuned to the backyard and sat down and looked up my website. The web designer sat down next to me and I told him that he was going to love the song that was about to play once I opened it up. I clicked on my site and then got another error, stating that the computer didn’t have the updated flash program that it needed to run. I was disappointed.

Then, over the course of the next hour, this man was kind of enough to tell me everything that my web designer did wrong, which happened to be almost everything. My website shouldn’t have a flash introduction, a song, any of the vibrant colors or any of the overwhelming amount of information on the first page that it had. After that, he became my website designer, put together a simple website and starting driving traffic to it. My business has been booming ever since!

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Colin Chillag’s Blog World

Hey there! It’s my first post here on the blog, and I’m Colin Chillag.  I write about local businesses, products and services that I enjoy, so you can enjoy them too.  There are lots of choices available to shoppers today, and finding the best products and services can be tiresome and stressful depending on what you are looking for.  If you do not have the time to Support Local Businessresearch the products and services you want, you will put yourself at risk for purchasing something inferior when a better option is available.  Here on my blog, you can read a bout lots of different kinds of companies, including local clothing retailers, responsive website design companies, great local restaurants and more. Why worry about the quality of the products and services you are getting when you can do some easy online searching to determine if there is something better out there?

That’s what I am here to do.  I want to vet businesses, products, services and other things that I am interested in to ensure the quality of the stuff I’m paying for.  When I find great businesses or products, sharing them here is the best way to ensure that people can find them and understand my experience.  Whenever I am searching for a new product or service that may be of use to me and others, I ask myself: what is it that helps me decide what I’m going to buy, or what businesses I will support?  It’s a detailed question with a complex answer.

When vetting businesses for quality, there are a number of factors that we can use to assess the level of service or the caliber of the product.  How long as the business been in operation? Do they support their local community? Those two questions can tell you a lot about how well established a business is in their region. If the business isn’t locally recognized for their work, you might find quickly that they are not worth supporting.

Other questions you might ask include: has the business received any awards for excellence? What licenses and certifications do they have? Are their employees happy?  Is their customer service prompt?  Asking these types of questions is how you can really start to create a picture of how that particular business operates within their industry.  Then, consider researching some of their competitors and see how competitive they are within that industry.  If their competition has better service, if they are better established, then your research is proving fruitful! Learning about a business’ competitors is a great method for determining what that business could do to improve their results.

When you are looking for great services or great products, reading online reviews of the business or their product is a great way to get an idea of how others feel about it.  If there are a multitude of bad reviews with detailed explanations of unresolved issues, then you can bet there is a better choice than the company you’re looking at.  Why purchase a product with myriad bad reviews when you could just keep searching for something worth the price?  It’s a question many people ask when they find they’ve purchased an inferior product prior to reading reviews.

It is my intention to give people a place to read about the products and services they are looking for.  I want you to be able to read posts here and know that the products and services I am sharing are credible, worthwhile and useful.  If you have a product, service or business you would like recognized, let me know! I will do all the research I can to determine their efficacy as a business, and should they be up to par, I will gladly post about them here.

I look forward to delivering great educational information on awesome products and businesses to you and everyone else who decides to stop in and read my blog.  I know that it can be hard to find a good product or service without performing some research, which is exactly why I am so intent on delivering this blog to you. Thanks for reading!

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