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What a weekend!

This weekend has been crazy.  One of most recent clients had a major online emergency and it has been all-hands-on-deck.

Hip 2 Save is a blog about coupons and saving money that gets 1.9-2.2 million page views per month.  Our client was in the middle of a giveaway of 20 $100 Amazon gift cards, to benefit Toys for Tots, and Blogger  flagged the site as potential spam and disabled it.  This occurred at 1am on Friday morning as the comments on her post climbed over 7000 responses.  As of this post the site is still off line.  Unfortunately for our client, she hosts her on the domain name hip2save.blogspot.com, which can not be redirected till the site comes back up.

To say that it has been disruptive is an understatement.

You can read about the process on her temporary website if you like.  Hip2save.com

Make sure you read the comments, her readers are very loyal.

One interesting good point about this issue is that we have been working with this client for the last two months to complete a new version of the site that we host.  The original plan was to launch the site in the first week of January, beta it over Christmas holiday, and we are just pushing that date up.  We are finishing it up all this weekend in case the blogger site is not back up on Monday.  Hopefully, everything will be fine and we can take the time to finish all the little tweaks for the new site, but if not, we are going for it.

This is something that we are going to write a case study about, that is sure.

Cool new client: SwimEnvy

This month has been huge at TayloeGray.

We have two great new client, ACT Medical Group and Swim Envy.  Both need brand new website by the end of August, so it is going to be a busy month.

Swim Envy sells designer swimwear and accessories and ACT Medical Group place clincians in assisted living facilities.   Not too much of an overlap, but they are both going to be great projects.

The pain of moving a site away from Godaddy or ********* Godaddy

There is not much that makes me more angry than creating artificial barriers to exit for the purpose of forcing clients to stay with you.  Godaddy is a prime example of this.  It is a huge pain to move a website and all the files away from them.

I have a client who has outgrown Godaddy’s hosting and I am moving them over to MediaTemple, who provides scalable hosting for high traffic and database intensive websites.

The site is made up of four open source web based applications:

  1. WordPress for content management
  2. OpenX for banner advertisement serving
  3. phpBB for web forums
  4. Gallery2 for a photo gallery

Each of these applications has a separate file structure and an individual database on Godaddy.  Much of the content has been uploaded to the application and the easiest way to move the site would be to Zip or Tar the entire site, backup the databases and move the files over to the new hosting.  I have probably done this thirty times in my life.  It is pretty straight forward and most of the time is spent watching files transfer.

Godaddy has made this impossible for the following reasons.

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Breakfast Panel on: What Web 2.0 means for a Business

I have attended these events before and they are informative.  Thought people would like to know.

The next Wilmington Area IT Professionals Breakfast Panel will be on Wednesday, December 10 from 7:30 AM to 9:15 AM.  For those of you who have attended prior breakfast panels you know they have been informative and provide time for Q&A from the audience.

Discussion Topic: Web 2.0 concepts and features enable a firm to communicate more effectively as well as cause a firm addition headaches. This panel will feature a discussion of what Web 2.0 is, how your firm may utilize its concepts and demonstrate the use of communication tools for small, medium and large businesses. It will be highly interactive.

To register: http://www.uncw.edu/wilmIT.