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GoldStrikeChili Project

Hi Everyone

 

We are still here. Sorry its been so long since we posted.

 

goldHere is one of the projects we have been working on and are now doing the final touches for.

 

Check out http://www.Goldstrikechili.com. Make sure you have your speakers on.

 

Hover over the illustrations to see movements.

Click on the mining cart to enter the inside of the mine.

Hover over the vegetables and animations to load little animated factoids of Prospector Strike.

 

And then order yourself a bag of chili mix. BUY NOW

 

Our team provided all the illustrations, animations and video work. We created this project from top to bottom. 

 

Our 911 staff has also been recommending http://www.hikashop.com for ecommerce sites. Yes, virtuemart is just to problematic. This cart has been troble free thus far and I belive offers better usability for the customer experience and the management of the cart.

 

 

 

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Is your website ready for the HOLIDAYS? Free Analysis

Get your website analyzed now at http://www.911websiterepair.com .


Make sure it can handle the increase in traffic, sales and security related issues

 

Increase your holiday sales by taking phone orders. http://www.virtuemartmailordermanager.com

 

You can lose sales due to:

1) out of date sites that are in warning status at their hosts

2) customer abandonment due to slow loading sites

3) expired SSL's leaving unsecured payment pages

4) search engine penalties due to optimization errors

5) lost mobile sales because the site is not mobile responsive

6) no crash recovery due to lack of daily backups make sure your ready for the holidays

 

These issues are coming from our daily experiences with fixing our customers websites. Many times the customers do not even know the website has issues. No one is testing and they dont know what to look for.  

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So your site was supsended by host today

It happened to three people today. They checked their sites this morning only to find that their hosting accounts had been suspended. This is not good for a business website to be down. We checked into it and it is exactly what i have been telling people all along. UPGRADE YOUR WEBSITES. These sites were old versions of joomla and wordpress, and the hosting companies took them down because they had not been upgraded after several warnings that if they don't the sites would be suspended. And the hosting companies did.

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Hosting Gone Wrong - what do you mean i don't own my website or domain

Hosting Gone Wrong - what do you mean I don't own my website or domain

 I've tried to write this over and over again in an effort to get my message across to everyone. In the end, no matter what I do, if your reading this now, you probably already have the problem. As we encounter this issue almost daily, I am compelled to speak up about it. Theoretically its not wrong, even ethically its not wrong, and from a business standpoint it makes a lot of sense. What am I talking about. HOSTING, for both your website and your domain.

 

Here is how the story begins.

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Our new component has been released => MOM

Our joomla extensions division, http://www.madeforjoomla.com has released our final alpha version of the Virtuemart Mail Order Manager (MOM) for VM2.0. Its a completely installable component that allows a site manager to create and enter a customers or while they are on the phone. Taking phone orders is now a reality.

 

visit http://www.madeforjoomla.com for more information

 

or visit http://www.virtuemartmailordermanager.com and see the video.

 

increase your sales by taking phone and mail orders.

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just some observations

just to share some experience

The other day we took our dog to the vet. This vet is a specialist and was referred to us as the best, and he seems to be. Prior we had seen two other vets who had both concurred the same diagnoses, GME. This vet did his exam and did not see the same things the prior vets had seen. The first two vets claimed the dog was almost blind. But this vet said his eyesight was good.

I'm telling this story because i liked what he said.

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MadeForJoomla.com is NOW LIVE

We have the official designation of authorized third party extension developers for joomla's shopping cart. VIRTUEMART. Go to madeforjoomla.com and see all of our popular extensions, including paypalpro for virtuemart 2.0, fedex shipping module for virtuemart 2.0, and many other offiengs.

 

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website version updates - Joomla 2.5 and Virtuemart 2.0 updates

 

We have been getting a lot of calls about updating joomla, wordpress and drupal to their latest version. 90% are about failed updates and sites that no longer work. It seems it is not the simple process that many developers promise it will be. Many are failing, and worse of all, the sites cannot be reverted to the working old versions because the developer updated the live master site. There is not much that can be done except fix the upgrades and move forward.

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the disappearing programmer syndrone

Well, its happened again, actually 3 times this week alone. A past potential customer contacts us and tells us their programmer has disappeared, did not finish building their website, and will not return phone calls or emails. This happens all the time. Here is what usually happens in our world.

Customer submits to us for a quote and then decides to go with another person or company. That  person or company under quoted and did not check for feasibility of the requested functionalities and tasks. We cannot compete with $1.00 per hour programmers and companies that fail to tell their potential customer that what they want cannot be done. Because  another person or company under-priced, short estimated the time frame, over promise and did not do feasibility studies, they set themselves up for failure.

 

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I'm You, You're me

I've been doing INTERNET development since 1994. At first I worked for ecommerce companies, and then went on my own as a developer/internet business consultant. I had a lot of successes and survived the boom and the bust. On my own i was the only one working on my projects. It was great not having a boss, but i was limited by the number of projects I could take at a time and my own skill sets. I was not scalable.

So time went on and I started outsourcing little pieces of work to off shore companies. It was always a problem. They over promised and under delivered. I tried China, Vietnam, India, and Mexico. And the whole escrow thing I just hated. The big problem was using those freelancer sites. I did not like the poor communication

 

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Paypalpro for Virtuemart 2.0

paypalpro for virtuemart 2.0 We also make components, modules and plugins that we distribute through our http://www.joomlacache.com website. Today we release Paypalpro for Virtuemart 2.0 . This is the pay pal direct payments method. It will add a form s you can take credit cards on your virtuemart website without your customers needing to leave your site to pay at paypal. This requires a paypalpro account set up at paypal.com.

 

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Steve jobs said “start with the customer experience and walk backwards”!

And that is where we start our relationship with you. Its easy to do, as every call we get we hear the same story over and over again...

1) developer could not do the job

2) developer took my money and did nothing

3) developer does not reply to emails or phone calls

4) developer never had a phone number for contact

5) i'm screwed, the budget is gone, and i still need to get this site programming done for my client

6) i found out it was a lone programmer who was over booking his time and could not possibly do it all

7) we were limited to the skillsets of that one lone programmer.

8) they cant communicate, have poor communication skills, and cant speak english.

9) they over promise and under deliver

10) programmer worked on my live site without a back up and now it is destroyed and cant be restored

11) i took a project and im in over my head, i am clueless and need help, SAVE ME!!!

 

 

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10 simple marketing tactics

I was recently asked for marketing ideas that could possibly build traffic and help with customer retention, cheaply. All i have is just the normal die hard guerrilla marketing tactics. We are not a marketing company, and concentrate on development, which is what we do best. These bullet points should help anyone's website though.

 

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Best Web Tool 2012 Award



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Joomlacache now Madeforjoomla.com was recently recognized as one of the Best Web Tool 2012 by WebHostingSearch.com.

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Success and Failure = Feasibility

In the beginning, when we were new and optimistic, we bid on everything. Well, over time we have learned not to do that. We now do proper quotes and feasibility studies. Admittedly we got ourselves into a lot of trouble. We ended up with projects that were actually impossible to do. This resulted in not only unhappy programmers and staff, but very unhappy customers.

We did everything we could, we even hired other programmer on our own funds, tried work arounds, and compromises, and in some cases this all worked. We did not charge for the time over runs because they were really our fault. But for a few projects. there was nothing we or anyone in the world could do. The impossible could not be changed by begging, pleading, yelling, screaming, threats and intimidation. No matter the expertize, impossible remained impossible. So, who ever said that you can do anything with php and mysql, well, they were wrong.

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Its about time

Thats how we work. I know we are different than other companies. With us, our customers are buying to to a programmer and they manage there own tasks and projects. Who knows better what you want than you yourself. The programmers will do the work as it is assigned, and then the customers review the work. You are your own project manager. Of course, this means that the customer is responsible for the outcome of their project. It upt o them to make sure the work is completes and done on time. This is whay the purchase is time based and not task based.

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About our website repair services

What Makes Our Website Repair Services Different

  • We have been Joomla developers for 5 years
  • We developer joomla components, modules and plug-ins and disttibute them on http://www.joomlacache.com
  • We answer the phone and speak english 860-294-2444 10 to 4 EST M-F
  • Wesupply backend programming services for web designers and website developers.
  • We offer website maintenance plans for those that have finished with their initial devloper and need help so they can maintain their site themselves.
  • We work with the do-it-yourself webmaster. need help for 1hr, just call us or purchase time.
  • ITS JUST LIKE WEBSITE INSURANCE -- we have seen it all, built it all, and can do just about anything, no matter how rediculous the need.
  • You can even manage the programmer yourself through the ticket system.
  • Start your own web design or web development service and use our staff WHITE LABLE as your own.
  • Our programmers are available from any where in the world, not just connecticut
  • We complete your project
  • We always answer the phone, emails and support tickets
  • We never quit or hide from you

 




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Virtuemart 2.0 and Joomla 2.5

We know that there is a big push for J2.5. Everyone wants to upgrade. But, its just not ready yet. J2.5 will need some time to get the bugs out of it and get it so it is working perfectly. Developers need time to upgrade the components, modules and plugins so they are compatible.And virtuemart needs time for J2.5 to become stable before they can complete their upgrade . VM2.0 for J1.7 is not even working perfectly yet.

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