I wanted to see if a certain domain was available, so I fired up the Godaddy website I've used for years, and typed in LVWD.net. Alas is was available! I wrote the idea down and filed it away for when I had more time to research. That was on Tuesday. Today, Friday, I decided to actually purchase the domain name and no dice. Someone magically flew into my head, grabbed the idea, and went to town. Let's see, who grabbed it:
A few years ago I started offering web design services to those in need of a web site. Ever since, It's been a constant learning experience. When I advanced from website coding to directly interacting with clients, I was taking a pretty big step. It was hard enough trying to understand this crazy markup language, and now I had to learn how to interact with clients? Sheesh. Thanks to trial and error, I've come to understand a few things about establishing and maintaining the best possible relationship with my clients.
The other day I was going back and forth with a potential client about re-designing his web site. It's a small site, and I worked with this person before - so it didn't take us very long to hammer out the details. The next step was writing out the contract and getting him to sign off on it. I had heard about a service where you could electronically aquire a signature, so I figured what the hell, I'll give this a try.
Over the years I've concentrated my learning towards the visual markup, management and promotion of web sites. I'm happy with this arrangement. I have the tools and experience to create a website mockup image, and then turn that image into a functional static website. Years ago, this arrangement had a huge downside. When I took on a client who needed a site he could update himself, I had limited options.