Friday, March 28, 2008

Custom vs Canned E-Commerce Web Site Solutions

I received a call yesterday from a prospect that was trying to find a host for a PHP canned E-commerce solution. The prospect explained to me that he needed direct access to my kernal and he needed Root access to my server. I then informed him, that the only way I could make that happen is for him to have his own Standlone server and it would be $150.00 a month for the dedicated server. He then quickly told me that it should only be $5.95 a month.

Of course, this person did not realize that his requirements would not allow him to be on a "virtual" server with other customers. Since his "requirements" is root access, I seriously doubt that anyone will share acccess to him when there are other customers on that box.

After explaining the issues, he soon agreed that he would need his own server. I then asked "what are you trying to host?" He then explained that it was a Canned e-commerce package. That he's been trying to deploy for months. His web designer just can't get it to work.

I then said, You know for around $4500, I could write him a custom e-commerce solution and he could be up in selling in 3 weeks. Of course, he tells me that's more money than he wants to spend for a e-commerce website.

I then asked him, how long has his web designer been working on this project, he states around 3 months and the project still is not complete. I then find out that this guys sells web design to customers. I asked him how much he bills his web designer for. He states $50 an hour (pretty cheap in comparison)

So I then added up the hours of work that his web designer hasn't been able to bill out because he's been wasting time on this. 3 months x 40 hours a week = 516 hours x 50 an hour, he's lost 25,000 just in the last three months.

So a minimal $4,500 is alot cheaper than going the route he's trying to go. I also informed him that the following year his cost would only be the web hosting which would only be $350 for the entire year.

So For all you people that don't think that you can afford a custom E-commerce website, please reconsider the true cost of these "Canned e-commerce"

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Web Design and search engines...

Sometime last week, a client asked me why he wasn't coming up in the search engines under the words "wheel alignment houston". I politely told him this is because you have not targetted these search phrases in your website that I did 5 years ago.

At the time, I designed the website his focus was on Colission repair houston (which he was number 1 on Google since the first day he was indexed!!)

So I explained what SEO (search engine optimization) was and the fees associated with it. He quickly said le's do it! I of course, described the process that I go thru to SEO any site.

I quickly rewrote his copy to target his new keywords! I just looked at google since I noticed that the google bot hit it the other day! HOW ABOUT THIS FOR RESULTS..
In less than 1 week, he is now #5 when you search from wheel alignment houston!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

New Web Design Project - AMP Employee Benefits

Today, I started a new Web site project - AMP! Employee Benefits!

This is a crunch wesite and has to be completed with in 1 week! there is about 20 pages to create and Content Management System to allow them to update their NEW WEBSITE!!

Client has delivered all the content, so it should go pretty smoothly! I will update this blog as the site progresses!

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

New Web Design Project -

I start on a new project today. Bonded Buyers. The actual Web Design was done by Carlos H.
Here's a link to the proofing area Buy sell Jewelry
This is only the proofing area. SO please excuse the mess while it's underconstruction!

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