Today marks the 14th anniversary of the original conception of 33 Dimensions on March 3, 2009. From that time, 33 Dimensions has grown from a simple concept of how to provide affordable websites for fellow musicians into a thriving enterprise with a worldwide reach and an ever-evolving set of practices that strike the vital balance of providing both the latest in technological efficiency and the old-fashioned notion of personal service.
Beyond our core capabilities of web design, multi-media production, social media, and search engine optimization, 33 Dimensions has spawned a worldwide music network, customized marketing techniques and published nearly a thousand articles of original material.
It is hard to express how grateful I am for all the support for 33 Dimensions and our related initiatives over this past decade and we look forward to even bigger and better things over the next.
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.
Saturday, March 3rd marks the 9th anniversary of the conception of 33 Dimensions. While some may be looking forward to the more celebrated 10th anniversary, the number 9 is something special to me.
I’m kind of a freak about numbers and tend to assign both good and bad vibes to certain values – but there’s one that tops them all, the number 9. In fact, the “33” in 33 Dimensions comes from square root of 9 as well as the date this company was founded (03/03/09) which also happens to be an equation (3×3=9).
The number ‘9’ was also present in other endeavors which I’ve undertaken through the years. My first professional music recording in 2005 was for an album which had 9 songs and was packaged with an album cover design that depicted 9 roads leading to 9 mountain peaks. Later on, my first international release was on 09/09/09 with Imaginary Lines 33 and current plans for an updated compilation of some of that material will be released on the 9th anniversary of that album, this coming September.
The number 9 is also my mother’s favorite number. A former Catholic nun, she was #9 in her convent in North Carolina and she has always been fascinated by the nine choirs of angels. On Mother’s Day in 2014, we launched a marketing initiative (partially in her honor) called Top 9 Lists which by the way is 10% more exclusive than your garden variety Top 10 List.
In any case, I guess this is sort of a long-winded way of offering my sincere gratitude for helping us reach the 9 year mark in our business endeavor.
33 Dimensions has redesigned the website for Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill, PA, making the site fully responsive and offering a better overall user experience.
The design starts with a simple landing page, which displays the three main services offered by Cornerstone – Coffeehouse, Culinary Kitchen, and Catering. The coffeehouse option leads to a WordPress site with a multi-level drop down to navigate to all the various store menus, blogs, music, art, and calendar of events at the popular establishment.
As the unofficial start of the summer, Memorial Day is naturally a time of optimism and plan-making and is normally thought of as a day of family gatherings and cookouts. But the true intent of the day is one of solemn reflection and remembrance. On behalf of 33 Dimensions web design, have a happy, safe, and rewarding Memorial Day 2014, and let’s never forget the heroes of days and years passed.
Owner and Chief Web Designer 33 Dimensions LLC
Ric Albano will be giving a presentation on WordPress Basic Tips & Functions on Wednesday, June 11th in Camp Hill, PA. This will be presented to the Entrepreneur Development Group, which provides entrepreneurs and business owners the opportunity to share and implement ideas and strategies for success, and will give a good overview of various WordPress elements from a layman’s perspective.
The presentation is open to business owners.
Amore Artisan Gelato & Yogurt
33 Dimensions is proud to be providing web design services for Harrisburg, PA’s first Euro-style gelato café. Amore Artisan Gelato & Yogurt will be opening this summer and offering a dozen varieties of gelato and sorbet each day, drawn from more than 100 rotating flavors, along with 18 combinations of frozen yogurt. All of the gelato, sorbet, and yogurt will be made fresh on the premises daily and catering and party trays will also be available.
The website (LoveAmoreGelato.com) is currently under construction, but you can now visit Amore’s social media channels for the latest news: Facebook Twitter (@LoveAmoreGelato) Google+
Whether starting from scratch or adding features to an existing website, 33 Dimensions will provide you with a professional and effective design that is highly functional, informative, and accessible. We also offer many related services to help promote your website and your business and will customize an affordable solution for you.
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 email@example.com and I will personally negotiate a great deal to fulfill your online needs.