Eight Solid Reasons to Develop Your Own Website

The mystery of developing your own website has been removed with web building technology, but there are some who do not see the value in assuming the responsibility of personal web design. You may find it’s not remarkably different than setting up a social media page.

Here are some reasons to consider the personal development of your own site.

No one knows your vision better than you. You can explain what you have in mind to a Webmaster, but it will still be tainted with their personal vision of what you are seeking to accomplish. You might just be paying them significant cash to misunderstand.

You like to save money. The cost of personal web design may be 10% of the cost of hiring an outside firm to provide a site for you. You can probably find something better to do with the 90% you save.

You are willing to try new technology. If you don’t have a significant fear of technology you may find that developing the site can actually be a fun experience and the access to multiple tools can create a site that is more comprehensive than you ever expected.

You don’t like waiting for a Webmaster to update your site. Face it many webmasters are there for you until the site is finished then they venture off to assist new clients develop their dream. The difficulty you might experience is making future changes in a timely manner once you say the words, “It’s perfect, you did a great job.”

Radical alterations can take place quickly. If you make a decision to start a sale today you can adjust your site to reflect the immediacy of that decision. If you want to ad new content there is no waiting. You simply enter the user panel and revise as needed.

You like your site to be as current as possible. Customers like sites that are kept up to date so unless you have an in-house developer that can make those changes it might make sense to pursue options that allow you to take responsibility for how current your site is.

You hate waiting days, weeks or even months for a complete design. Some people who use this technology have a fully functional ecommerce site available within 24 hours of the first time they look at the software. Some have reported a website to their liking within 2 hours. How much money can be made in those days, weeks of months that you would have waited?

The satisfaction and pride of a job well done. There is a boost of confidence in those who personally complete the design. It can create an interest in developing secondary money making opportunities when the consumer knows they can create the platform for cash creation on their own. This provides the best sense of personal empowerment.

Web building is not the only method you can use to create a website, but it can be one that makes the most sense from a financial standpoint. It is less expensive to develop and maintain – and it is allows you to begin selling your product and service faster.

Tips for Choosing a Good Web Design Company

Nowadays having a website is a necessity. Your website is responsible for projecting your business or personal image to the world. As a business it is important that your project an image of expertise, professionalism and quality products and services. Hence selecting the correct web design firm is very importance to the success of your website and business.

In the same way that a shop is set to display products or services in a professional and presentable way, your website needs to employ the same ethos. Your website creates a powerful first impression of your business and services and hence should be top-notch.

The money that you invest in your website is very importance and will lead to good returns and growth if you choose an experienced web developer. This is not to say that you should be ripped off or entrust your website in the hands of an amateur.

So how does one go about finding a good website design company? Sure searching online is one way to find candidates. However here are some tips that will assist you in finding a good web designer.

  • Speak to someone on the phone or face to face.
  • Select a company that has a good website themselves
  • Does the designer have experience in type of web development you require?
  • Does the company have a good track record? Look at their portfolio.
  • What do clients say about the web design firm or company?

Asking these questions and using these tips will help you find a good web developer that understands your needs and can deliver the goods.

OS X Utilities To Aid Any Developer

Apple’s OS X operating system offers a great platform for software, web or other developers. Combining an intuitive user interface (UI) with a BSD-based underlying architecture, Mac OS X is a pleasure to develop on.

Though as a child, I grew up around various computers, such as old Apple Macintoshes and IBM PCs, my Information Technology career started off predominantly supporting Windows computers. I love computers, no matter what the platform, and a lot of my troubleshooting and development skills were first honed on initial versions of MS Windows. When I first started using Apples though, I got hooked on their intuitive desktop operating system. From OS 7 on pre-PowerPC CPUs, through to the current OS X on Intel hardware, Apple has had a very different approach to the desktop environment and user interface design than their competitors. I find it enables me to be more productive and be less stressed while developing, designing, writing or being entertained. Here, I will present to the reader some lesser-known utilities built-into the OS X operating system which can especially help web developers in their daily tasks.

Locking the screen quickly from the menu bar

As a developer or any professional working on clients’ files very often, I like being able to quickly protect my screen from prying eyes. When I get up to grab a snack, go to the bathroom, etc, I am able to lock my screen quite quickly. While you can assign an applescript to do the same thing and assign it a shortcut key, I am happy to use the following method:

  1. Open the Keychain Access application ( This is inside the Utilities folder which resides inside your main Applications folder ).
  2. Open the Preferences panel via the Application menu.
  3. Set the “Show Status in Menu Bar” to enabled.
  4. Done. Now you may close both the Preferences panel and Keychain Access application.

Now at the top right hand side of your screen, you should see a tiny padlock icon. Click once on this to open the menu, then choose “Lock Screen” to ensure your privacy before stepping away from your machine. This is not the same as logging you out, so when you come back to your computer, simply press a key or move the mouse to prompt for your password and resume work as you left it.

Applescript for web developers

On Apple’s OS X operating system, there are, of course, many ways to do one task. But, there is also one way to do many tasks – it is called AppleScript. AppleScript has been made available by Apple since it’s legacy operating systems were sold. It allows for creating automated workflows between the OS X system and Apple software, and also 3rd party software, which has opened up scriptable control for some parts. An example workflow would be that every time you turn your MacBook on, it would automatically open your favorite news website and read you the first 3 headlines. While this may sound a little gimmicky, many daily tasks for web or software developers can be automated using AppleScript and save you hours of time and energy over the course of a week.

A great example AppleScript which my team and I use very often is a custom dialog which allows us to bring up a list of all our clients’ domain names ( 400 and counting! ). Once a domain name is selected from the list, we are presented with a myriad of options, including:

  • Open in browser
  • Copy URL
  • Copy IP
  • Copy user
  • Copy password
  • Display all info
  • Login to SSH
  • Login to SFTP
  • Login to FTP
  • Download SQL
  • Connect to SQL
  • Connect to MAMP SQL

These commands and more are a huge time saver and negate the need to input each domain’s information into FTP clients or lookup login information in a text file each time we need to connect to a remote server via the Terminal application. For SSH logins via the Terminal, we simply click the button to connect and AppleScript enters the appropriate commands sequentially, waiting for the required delay before inputting passwords, etc. This also eliminates the need for us to maintain security keys for each domain for each user in the company – a great time saver! For high latency servers, we can simply click the button to connect and go back to working on other things while AppleScript handles the slow, boring login process for us.