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33 Dimensions Newsletter for December 19, 2013

Winter Solstice ImageAt 33 Dimensions, our goal is to provide custom website solutions and online experiences for our customers which best conform to each client’s specific business model. We encourage our clients to establish and maintain complete and total ownership of all their content, including logos, branding, copy, and media.

It is also important to us to provide the most efficient methods and technologies and we do not attempt to over-sell or over-promise. We guarantee the best price to value ratio for any comparable service.

Being that technology is constantly changing, we recognize that client needs may quickly change, so there is no long term contract required to get the best possible price for our services.

Check out our Online Portfolio and you will see that there is no job too complex or too small for us to handle for you. Feel free to give me a call at (717) 829-4221 or email me ric@33dimensions.com and I will personally negotiate a great deal to fulfill your online needs.

Ric Albano
Owner and Chief Web Designer
33 Dimensions LLC

The Perfect Christmas Gift

Winter Christmas ImageThere is no more perfect gift this holiday season than giving someone their own piece of “online real estate” to serve their business, hobby, or charitable causes. Call us at (717) 829-4221 or email ric@33dimensions.com to get a great deal in time for the holidays!

Two Website Lessons from 2013

1. There is absolutely no such thing as a “free” website!
2. A website should not cost over $600 million!

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Two Website Lessons from 2013

Free Website - not!If there are two lessons that everyone should come away from 2013 learning about websites, I would say it would have to be these:

  • 1. There is absolutely no such thing as a “free” website!
  • 2. A website should not cost over $600 million!

I will tackle the second point first because that is much easier to grasp. Of course, what I’m referring to is the “Obamacare” website Healthcare.gov, which amazingly did not work when it was launched on October 1st (it is now about 75 days later and the jury is still out on whether it actually works).

To be exact, it was reported by Digital Trends that the contractor CGI Federal received $634,320,919 to construct Healthcare.gov. Now to appreciate this amount, it is more money than Facebook spent in its first six years of existence (you know, the years went it went completely viral) and it is also more than the amount spent building two more recent services – Linkedin and Spotify – combined. All that money spent and it didn’t work for at the least its first two months of existence.

As a small business web developer, I’m sure I could have figured out a way to get competent developers to complete the site on time and working for, I don’t know, about 1/1000th of that cost! But they never asked me.

Now for the first point, the opposite end of the money spectrum. There is absolutely no such thing as a “free” website! Whenever you hear such a claim to “build a website for free”, what you are actually getting is a new example of an old trick that big companies do to try and squash small competitors (in this case, small business web developers like myself) by cleverly masking a false offer. You’ve surely seen or heard of these free website offers, many from three-letter companies that start with the letter ‘w’ and only disclose the fact that you have to pay a monthly fee in order to keep your “free” website in the cluttered disclaimer at the end.

For companies who are serious about starting and staying in business, such offers do not stand up in the long run for two primary reasons. First, you lose the ability to expand unless you pay the fixed price arbitrarily set by the company. This ties in well with the second reason, you ultimately do not own anything – neither content nor domain name. It is almost akin to those fake houses on a Hollywood set, nice enough to look at but totally impractical to live in.

So, if you’d like a website which is neither free nor $600 million, check out a quality website developer like 33 Dimensions and you will actually get what you pay for (if not more!)

We Most Certainly Have Our Work Cut Out For Us

 

33 Dimensions Newsletter, Labor Day edition
September 2, 2013

SisyphusHappy Labor Day everyone.

In the literal spirit of today’s holiday, I am writing this brief newsletter to reaffirm my comittment to work harder than anyone for the success of my customers and my company. In all honesty, this has been a rather sluggish summer for business expansion, as some of the expected (or hoped for) opportunities did not quite break our way. Growing and expanding a small business has been tough due to the continued uncertainty in the economy and lukewarm consumer confidence.

However, as a firm believer in the promise of the future, I resolve to double my efforts and press forward in the face of these challenges. Right now, we choose to focus upon the optimistic fact that this is an incredible time for web technology with a fantastic array of new tools and technologies to forge the future of our business. So for the next four months, through the end of this year, we will work our tails off building this business and providing the best and most up-to-date technology for our current and new customers. Consider this a “New Year’s resolution” four months in advance, as we expect to be moving at full speed when 2014 arrives.

Stay tuned, folks!

Ric Albano
Owner and Chief Web Designer
33 Dimensions LLC

Late Summer Spectacular

Our discount special continues through September 30th, as 33 Dimensions will be offering a 33% discount on all website design, development, and implementation as well as online marketing and multimedia services. If you’d like to get a project started in 2013, please act now and take advantage of this tremendous offer.

Client News

Big Blue BullfrogA full re-design of the entertainment site Big Blue Bullfrog is underway, making this long staple of 33 Dimensions the latest site to becoming fully responsive. Also, with the start of football this week, the site will resume its weekly features including the unique and original Tuesday Morning Tailback.

Yoga 4 Healthful LivingA very special series of classes called Yoga for Life begins this week facilitated by grief counselor Jennilu King and yoga instructor Elizabeth Terry. This is accompanied by a series of blogs entitled “Yoga and Grief” on the Yoga 4 Healthful Living website. For further information on registering for the class, please contact Elizabeth at eterryyoga@gmail.com.

Sinclair SoulThe latest additional to our family of musicians, a website for Sinclair Soul was launched this past month, providing a home for new original rock and roll compositions. The project One More Rock to Roll is ongoing for the artist.

There will be much more client news in our next newsletter!

 
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P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034
info@33dimensions.com

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Summer Savings

 

33 Dimensions Newsletter
July 26, 2013

Summer Piggy BanksIt is hard to believe that July is almost gone and summer is about to enter into the home stretch. To help ease the transition of “summer days drifting away”, 33 Dimensions is running a special now through September 30th with a further offer for free consultation. If you are thinking about getting started online, check out this handy list of 10 steps you should take to establish a strong web presence. It can be an excellent orientation for anyone new at this or a great refresher for someone with more experience.

Enjoy the summer everyone!

Ric Albano
Owner and Chief Web Designer
33 Dimensions LLC


Late Summer Spectacular

Now through September 30th, 33 Dimensions will be offering a 33% discount on all website design, development, and implementation as well as online marketing and multimedia services. Further, we will be offering a free 30-minute consultation to all qualified prospective clients in order to help you determine which customized services best fit your needs.


Client News

The Cornerstone Culinary KitchenThe Cornerstone Culinary Kitchen has scheduled classes right through the end of the calendar year with their fantastic New Year’s Eve Dinner. Check out the full culinary schedule. The website was launched by 33 Dimensions on May 6th and is a companion site to the Cornerstone Coffeehouse.

 
Kids Theatre NewsThe Kids Theatre News, Central PA site, launched earlier in the spring, has gotten tremendous feedback as a resource for theatre performances, auditions, classes, camps, workshops, and more. Soon we will be building websites for other geographic areas, following the same basic pattern. Stay tuned.

 
Yoga 4 Healthful LivingYoga 4 Healthful Living has set their schedule for the rest of 2013, including classes, workshops, and special events. Check out the website for further information.

 
Classic Rock ReviewOn June 30th, Classic Rock Review reached the halfway point of its “five year mission”. With this threshold crossed, the site is expanding beyond just the regular album reviews with many new features including a new user group on LinkedIn and the introduction of select video album reviews.

We strive for the growth and success of all our customers!

 
33 Dimensions
P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034
info@33dimensions.com

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Moving Day

 

33 Dimensions Newsletter
June 9, 2013

Moving BoxesJune 9th

This date has become known around my house as “Moving Day” due to the amazing coincidences of big events on this date through the years. Starting in 1996, when my wife Karyn and I moved into our first home on June 9th of that year. Two years to the day, on June 9, 1998, we bought our first home together in Drums, Pa, where we stayed for six years. On June 9, 2004 we signed a lease on a townhouse in Silver Spring Township as we migrated to the Harrisburg area due to my employment at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which began a year earlier on (you guessed it) June 9, 2003. Seven years ago today, on June 9, 2006, we closed on the sale of our current home in the Middletown area (where we plan on staying for a while). Finally, it was on June 9, 2011 when 33 Dimensions began to officially operate as an LLC.

So what’s in store for today? Well, while we’re not physically “moving” anywhere, we are vastly traversing new frontiers as an expanding small business, especially with respect to the new services we now offer our clients.

Ric Albano
Owner and Chief Web Designer
33 Dimensions LLC


News from 33 Dimensions

It is estimated that about 4-6 weeks ago (sometime in late April or Early May), the threshold was crossed where more people access the internet via a mobile device than those who access using traditional desktops or laptops. Further, it is highly unlikely that this trend will ever reverse. With this in mind, 33 Dimensions is now developing websites using Responsive Design, which adapts and optimizes the site for any screen size, whether desktop, tablet, or mobile. We have also recently re-designed our own website using responsive design.

Some other new services which we are now offering include Video Editing and productions of montage style promotional videos, Graphic Design, and a full range of Social Media services.


Client News

The Cornerstone Culinary KitchenThe Cornerstone Culinary Kitchen has scheduled classes right through the end of the calendar year with their fantastic New Year’s Eve Dinner. Check out the full culinary schedule. The website was launched by 33 Dimensions on May 6th and is a companion site to the Cornerstone Coffeehouse.

 
Kids Theatre NewsThe Kids Theatre News, Central PA site, launched earlier in the spring, has gotten tremendous feedback as a resource for theatre performances, auditions, classes, camps, workshops, and more. Soon we will be building websites for other geographic areas, following the same basic pattern. Stay tuned.

 
Big Blue BullfrogOver the past week, Big Blue Bullfrog has covered a large range of subjects from the latest movie and television reviews to NBA Finals to an Exposé on the legitimacy of other major reviewers. Much more interesting things to come!

 
Yoga 4 Healthful LivingYoga 4 Healthful Living has set their schedule for the rest of 2013, including classes, workshops, and special events. Check out the website for further information.

We strive for the growth and success of all our customers!

 
33 Dimensions
P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034
info@33dimensions.com

 


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