7 Years and Going Strong

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Thank You!

Since our founding on March 3, 2009 (the date which helped inspire our name), 33 Dimensions has grown from a simple concept on how to provide affordable websites for musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs to a thriving enterprise with a worldwide reach and a vital component for scores of businesses large and small.

Running such an enterprise is neither simple nor easy, as the business climate is constantly in flux and highly unpredictable. Throughout these years, we’ve adapted our business to accommodate changing technologies and business needs and, at times, faced our share of challenges. But we’ve persevered and emerged stronger and more committed than ever to our mission.

It is hard to express how grateful I am for all the support for 33 Dimensions and related initiatives over the past seven years.

Ric Albano
Founder, Owner, Creative Director, Chief Web Designer, Marketing Specialist, President & CEO
33 Dimensions, LLC


Here are some of the fine companies, organizations, and initiatives with whom we’ve worked in the present and past:

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We look forward to commencing our eighth year with more exciting initiatives.

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Three Important Fundamentals of a Business Website

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Lately I’ve come across a lot of situations with new clients where they are having trouble getting access to their existing source files or getting their current providers to cooperate in many ways. So today I’m going to talk about three business fundamentals that should be established when starting a website.

1. Establish Ownership. The first and most important one of these principals is to own everything – your domain name and all of your content (words, pictures, logos, graphics, videos, etc.). There are many, many companies who will offer you great deals up front (such as a “free” website for a year) but then retain ownership of your site, so you are left with little options or flexibility. Although the initial cost may be higher, establishing ownership will pay dividends throughout the lifespan of your website by assuring that certain barriers to progress will not be imposed.

2. Have Complete Access to Your Content. In many (if not most) cases, there is one major exception to the “establish ownership” rule and that is in regards to hosting. Most small businesses just do not have the time, resources, or know-how to manage their own hosting servers so it makes sense find an established hosting company to handle these tasks. However, when you employ a hosting company, it is important that you have direct access to all your files via FTP. Many small business owners don’t understand the process or the importance of this ability, but by having full access a professional developer can instantly add, modify, or delete any website item on your behalf.

3. Adaptability and/or Agility. This is the only one of the three which actually deals with website design (my specialty). The basic point here is that the online universe is rapidly evolving and it is important that your website’s design has the ability to integrate newer features, technologies, and design features. Of course, this is much more of an art than a science because none of us know which innovations are on the horizon. But by keeping your site agile and not “painting yourself into a corner” with too many static features and dependencies, you and your developer will maximize the possibilities for the future.

 
~ Ric Albano
 

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Avoiding the Alternative Universe

Alternative Universe imageRecently, I made a mistake of omission which set off a chain of unforeseen events. These events caused a lot of problems for my client and resulted in a few dozen unplanned hours of problem-solving for myself and my company. Initially, it did not appear that there would be much of a disruption to the client’s service but things then began unraveling quickly with new issues seemingly arising out of nowhere. In my frustration, I found myself doing something that I absolutely loath when done by others. I started using the “alternative universe” excuse.

This is the practice of white-washing situations with hindsight justification. “If I had been told the facts of ‘B’, ‘C’, and ‘D’, then I certainly would have approached ‘A’ much differently and all these problems would have been avoided.” Now, this was certainly a true argument, as many of the subsequent problems could have been avoided if the client had disclosed all of the relevant information. Still, this was totally irrelevant to the subsequent situation, as it is impossible to jump into that alternative universe where all problems are averted.

This foray into the scientifically unproven domain has become a trend these days. You hear it often from the losing side of a sports contest, and most especially, in the political world. “If I had been in charge, we’d now be in much better shape right now…” or “…things may be bad now, but they would’ve been so much worse if not for my brilliant policies…” These statements are usually made as absolute fact and as a way to divert attention from the reality at hand.

The truth is, we only live in this one reality and we have to own the decisions we make here.This is especially true for small business owners like myself who don’t have much luxury for academic exercises and hypothetical situations. Not all our decisions will be correct, but once made they must be embraced either as building blocks for best practices or lessons learned for the future.

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Cyber Monday

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the coining of the term “Cyber Monday”. It grew out of the growing practice of Americans returning to a normal work schedule off the extended Thanksgiving weekend and buying items online on this Monday each year.

2015 marks the first time that 33 Dimensions will be getting into the act and offering our own great deals for new and existing customers. Please check the list below of the primary services we offer and give us a call or Contact Us for a low cost, high quality and customized solution, delivered in a timely manner.

Ric Albano
Owner and Chief Designer
33 Dimensions LLC

What We Offer

Web Design, Integrated Mobile and Desktop Solutions
Website Maintenance
Content Management / WordPress
Search Engine Optimization
Online Marketing / Social Media Services
Inbound Marketing Solutions
Analytics
Original Articles and Blogging
Digital Images and Graphics
Video Editing
White Label Services
Training and Consultation
Complete Content Ownership for Our Clients

More Info on Our Services


Amazon logoNot in the market for any of the above?
No problem!

You can shop for great Cyber Monday deals to your heart’s desire at Amazon.com and still support our great little small business. Just click Our Amazon Affiliate Link and start shopping!


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Central PA Happenings for October

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The Bagman Goes Green

These days you’ll hear all kinds of people and companies say that are “going green” to help save the environment. No doubt, many of these pledges are sincere. But there is no one we know who has actually done more along these lines then Ron Davis of R. Davis Enterprises.

Based in Lancaster County, PA, Davis (a long time client of 33 Dimensions) is commonly known as “Ron the Bagman” because of his longtime business of wholesaling plastic bags and other supplies for markets and auctions. About two years ago, Ron started recycling as a secondary service, but this aspect of his business has rapidly grown to be his primary focus. Ron picks up all forms of clear plastic (LDPE, ABS, PET, PP, twine, drip tape, and filed mulch from the farm) from agricultural and industrial locations and then brings the material back to his warehouse where it is baled and loaded on his trucks for delivery to a recycling/manufacturing center which provides R Davis with the plastic bags and trash can liners that he wholesales. This entire process is done in the USA and removes approximately 200,000 lbs of plastic waste from landfills or incinerators each month. The only current problem with this whole process is that demand for recycling has outgrown Ron’s current capacity to meet it.

R Davis is looking to make necessary upgrades to their infrastructure by installing a new horizontal baler as well as new loading docks and other improvements which will ultimately triple their current capacity so they can handle about 600,000 lbs of material per month. In order to help make this happen, Ron has launched an IndieGoGo campaign where he will give cases of his high quality plastic bags and/or trash can liners in exchange for donations towards his eco-friendly, efficient and environmentally sustainable operation in Central Pennsylvania and neighboring locales.

Please check out his Indiegogo campaign here or RonTheBagMan.com. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Ric Albano
Owner and Chief Web Designer
33 Dimensions LLC

Other Happenings

Life After Russian Roulette coverAuthor Mike Kaminski will be doing a book signing for his intriguing novel Life After Russian Roulette: Game Over. on Saturday, October 24th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Cornerstone Coffeehouse, 2133 Market Street, Camp Hill, PA.

Mike Kaminski website
Cornerstone Coffeehouse website

Bridal Baby ShowersSpeaking of Cornerstone, they are offering fantastic catering and private event services, providing the perfect atmosphere and cuisine for bridal and baby showers. Be sure to book your event now because dates are filling up fast!

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Join me for my first gig in a few years as we celebrate John Lennon’s 75th birthday with plenty of songs from the Beatles and Lennon’s solo career. Special guests will also be performing some songs. Free admission / all ages.


John Lennon birthday tribute show


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