Helaine and I continue tweaking the new website–coming soon to an Internet near you.
Last night Gary Choronzy of ConnecticutWebsites.com, who often comments here, spent an hour and a half on the phone with me. He gave me some tips and advice. We even spent some time remotely looking at the site together (by virtue of LogMeIn.com which allowed me to ‘drive’ his computer from my computer).
My conversation with Gary started on a ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ moment. When I said our website’s name, Gary entered it incorrectly into his browser! In fact the majority of those I’ve told haven’t been able to do it on the first try!
On the Internet spelling counts.
This, unfortunately, becomes my problem. My job is to make the site impervious to bad spellers. We registered a similar but easier name earlier today. The old one works too since it points to the same files. Later I’ll create a file which rewrites any requests for the old name to the new name.
That’s a Google accommodation. They don’t like seeing the same content in two places.
Much of the new site is built on free open source software components. The quality of FOSS varies greatly. The plugin which allows users to enter content is a prime example. It does the job but it’s totally obtuse in how it does it.
We are at the punch list stage now. Most of the site is operational, though still populated with bogus entries made of gibberish text. Hopefully it will be mostly done tomorrow and I’ll begin to lean on you to help me get it started.
The site will open in stages. First I need to get enough content onboard to make it look legit. Then I can begin promoting it to build traffic. Promoting it without this soft friends-and-family opening would be a mistake.
I apologize for being so cryptic about the name and scope of the site. Hopefully the URL and one sentence will explain it all.
This has become our obsession.