San Antonio TX Web Design

We’re traveling the country and have setup a virtual office here in San Antonio. We’ll be physically here until 1/19/2013, however as always, we’ve setup our business to help people anywhere. If you are looking for a web developer in Texas, or anywhere in the world, we’re here to help.

Local Contact Details

Address:
10919 Town Center Dr.
Suite: 315
San Antonio, TX 78251

Phone: 210-321-9637

Here are some San Antonio Business Resources:

The Chamber of Commerce
The chamber has been helping local businesses since 1894. The focus is on making the ‘River City’ more business friendly by promoting local companies, and creating events.

Official City Website

Wiki Page

Here are are some videos from the city…

Flagstaff AZ Web Design

Flagstaff Arizona

Flagstaff Arizona

We arrived in Flagstaff a few hours ago. As you may or may not know, we (my wife and I) are traveling across the country building websites and having fun.

We just spent 6 weeks in Vegas, and that was a blast, and now we are ready for the next stop on our adventure. That’s Arizona, and our first stop in Arizona is in Flagstaff. We are looking forward to seeing the Grand Canyon as well as several other wonders of nature that “live” in this little desert town.

Web Design in Flagstaff

I’ve spent a few minutes looking through the local ads, and see a stark lack of websites. I’m not sure if this points to a lack of interest in internet marketing, or a lack of education about the power of having a website. Either way, I’m looking forward to finding out.

Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce

On Monday or Tuesday I plan on contacting the chamber to see if I could put together a little seminar and help the locals learn more about internet marketing. These small businesses are my bread and butter and I know my web solutions can help them. The only tricky part will be figuring out the best way to spread the word.

New Referral Program

As you may know, my business is built on referrals. In the past I’ve avoided setting up a referral program, because it’s very important to me that the people who are spreading the word about my business, are doing it for the right reasons. That said, I’m not against rewarding those who send me business, if it helps people keep me more top of mind.

The tipping point came because I just signed up for a new social media site called ReferralKey.com. This made it dead simple to setup a referral program, so that’s what I did.

I’m going to add a twist though, when you send a referral through this system, let me know if you’d like cash, steaks (You’ll see), etc, or you can choose a one of two options that they don’t give you. 1) Charity, let me know what charity you’d like me to send the money to and I’ll send it there instead. 2) Credit on your account, if you are a current client or plan on being a client, you can have the referral bonus added as a credit on your account for current or future business. If you are choosing one of my added options, just mark the option of “no reward” and put in the comments how you’d like your reward distributed.

Updates for an RV Website – RV Northwest

RV Northwest

RV Northwest

Client Name: RV Northwest
Website URL: http://www.rv-northwest.com/
Category: RV Rentals / Sales
Location: Beaverton, Oregon

Site Updates: Ongoing
Service Type: Website Updates

Project Details:
Ted at RV Northwest was happy with his site, and just needed some updates made. The previous web designer was no longer in the picture, so he needed some help. I came in and learned his system, so I could assist in updating the website.

Short Description of Business (from the website):
“Located in Portland, Oregon, we offer Class A , Class B+ and Class C motor home rentals, and a wide variety of travel trailers including pop-ups. All our rentals from tent trailers to diesel pushers are safe, clean and comfortable. We have over 80 units to choose from. We take great pride in our customer service.”

Website for Day Spa – Stepping Stones Day Spa

Stepping Stones Day Spa

Stepping Stones Day Spa

Client Name: Stepping Stones Day Spa
Website URL: www.SteppingStonesDaySpa.com
Category: Health & Fitness
Location: Portland, Oregon

Site Completed: September, 2010
Website Type: Affordable Website Deluxe Package with one additional page, custom color scheme, and custom header.

Project Details:
The folks at Stepping Stones Day Spa had a very specific idea of the look and feel they were after. This doesn’t always work with a basic website package, however we were able to get to create the design using a template and customizing the header and colors.

Short Description of Business (from the website):
“Step into our tranquil environment and feel the warmth embrace you – for here you are a friend, not a client. Know that you are in competent, caring, knowledgeable hands no matter which of our services you request.”

Testimonial:
“I have worked with Justin at Justin’s Web Design twice now designing websites for 2 different spas that I have worked at. Our first website was fairly simple – we picked a template to use but had a customized header and footer. The hardest part was writing the text to have inserted into the template! Once we got all the text and pictures to him, Justin got our website up and running in a week. No small feat when I look back and see how much he had to guide us through because we were “newbies”.

Our second website was more of an adventure. We picked a template but we customized the header/footer and the colors plus added more pictures. I must say that Justin did a great job of matching the colors we wanted because I did not have the name of the colors or the exact RBG. Once all the text and pictures were sent to him, Justin had the first draft ready in just a few days. We corrected a few grammar errors, moved a few pictures around and next thing you know, our website was functional and on the internet for all to see!

I also need to add that Justin is very patient. There were several times when I promised to get things to him on a certain day or time and I did not deliver on my promise. But Justin never got upset, he just patiently waited for my partners and me to get our act together and make decisions that needed to be made. And if we were uncertain about anything, Justin would make suggestions and let us go from there.

The best part of all is that Justin’s prices are reasonable. As a new business, we could not afford to pay someone five or ten thousand dollars to build us a website. Yet we needed a professional site for our spa, not a site that looked like we had done it ourselves. Justin delivered a quality product in a timely manner at a reasonable cost. We could not be more pleased with his work and his professionalism.

So far everyone who has visited our website has raved about it! They love the layout, the colors, the ease of use, etc. You can see what a great job Justin did by visiting our website: www.steppingstonesdayspa.com.

Noreen LeSage
Esthetician/Co-owner
Stepping Stones Day Spa”

Website for Painting Contractor – Dan Pike Painting

Dan Pike Painting

Dan Pike Painting

Client Name: Dan Pike Painting
Website URL: www.DanPikePainting.com
Category: Painting Contractor
Location: Beaverton, Oregon

Site Completed: October, 2010
Website Type: Affordable Website Economy Package with one additional page.

Project Details:
After having several prospects ask about a website, it Dan decided he needed to have one. His goals included adding credibility, being “found” online, and giving information to clients and prospects.

Short Description of Business (from the website):
“Dan Pike Painting Co. LLC would like to provide you with our painting services. We have been in business for over 21 years. The company specializes in residential and commercial painting.”

Testimonial:
“Justin was great. I really had no idea what I wanted except something basic to explain our services and to be able to
add pictures to the website. Justin was very informative answered all my questions and gave suggestions. What amazed me the
most is once I got all the information together that Justin needed to design the website he had it up and running in 2 days. He did
an excellent job and I am very pleased with the outcome. Thank you Justin! www.danpikepainting.com “

Website for Counseling, Coaching & Training Center – Apositiva

Apositiva Website

Apositiva Website

Client Name: Cat Wilson & Richard Aanrich
Website URL: www.Apositiva.com
Category: Counseling, Hypnosis, NLP
Location: Beaverton, Oregon

Site Completed: September, 2010
Website Type: Advanced Marketing Solution with Extra Customization & Features

Project Details:
Richard & Cat needed a site to educate clients & potential clients about the ways NLP & Hypnosis can be of benefit. Additionally, they provide free audio samples and other training through the site. They also offer classes to teach NLP & Hypnosis, so putting all the elements together within the site was the most important piece of the puzzle.

Short Description of Business (from the website):
“Apositiva serves all individuals or businesses who wish to make A Positive Change. As we look at the challenges or problems that needs changes, we gain insight by defining more clearly where you are right now and why it’s not working. Then, we support helping you decide what needs to happen…and work together to make those changes. Effective changes can usually happen quickly because we utilize time-tested and proven modalities including Clinical Hypnosis, NLP, EFT, Personalized Counseling, Dynamic Coaching, and Specific Training exercises which lead you to that positive outcome you want.”

Testimonial:
“Patience Imagination Technique

Justin McWhirter and his wife Tearei took our website challenge with expertise, patience, and imagination. We were referred to him by coach TJ Helm. It took us a long time to get our wits together and figure out what we wanted, but once we started the conversation with Justin the site just flowed. Justin kept us on track. He offered solutions to problems we hadn’t even considered, like placement of topics in more effective perspectives. Once the site was launched, Justin and Tearei were like a couple of doctors who worked with us through the night, making sure the site arrived healthy and alive!

If you want want an advanced site, and need a team you can trust, that approaches the project from different perspectives, and technical expertise to back you up when you need it, you’ll want to talk to Justin & Tearei. You’ll never know how far you can go with their imagination!

Enthusiastically,

Cat Wilson

Apositiva Institute
Coaching, Counseling, Hypnotherapy/NLP, Human Empowerment Workshops”

Cheap Laptop or Best Laptop?

I’m trying to decide between getting an inexpensive laptop, or one of the new I7′s. Of course my geek side wants the best and I’m looking at using it to replace my desktop. Certainly this is the direction I’m leaning. I’m looking at the least expensive of the best laptops.

As far as the brand goes, I’m going to go with a Toshiba. I’ve had one of these for a while and I think it’s one of the best brands out there still. I used to be a fan of Dell, but I’ve had a couple of bad experiences with them and I’m not willing to go that route. I’ve checked out Office Depot, Best Buy, Amazon, and a few other places but it seems like the best place to buy one is at ToshibaDirect.com.

Please shoot me an email or give me a call if you have any relevant feedback as far as my decision goes.

Google… What do you want to know?

On the 4th of August, 2010. I will be holding a teleconference training about Search Engine Optimization. I won’t be charging for this training, however it’s my deepest hope that we can create something of great value. I will be approaching the call just as if I were charging each person to participate. Click here for more details.

Long Distance Charges May Apply

As I’m starting to offer conference calls as a training solution, I’d like to take a few moments to review long distance charges. As a long time Vonage customer, I forget that some people still pay for Long Distance. I’ve created this article to give some options for keeping your long distance charges down to the absolute minimum.

Quick Note: It’s Not Your Biggest Cost
Before I get into the techniques, I thought I’d share a concept. When you are considering a conference call style training session, long distance charges don’t represent most of your investment. It’s your very valuable time that you need to consider. Example: If you value your time at $20/hr (low I know), the potential long distance charges of 10 cents a minute ($6/hr), is really a drop in the bucket.

Cell Phone
Most cell phones include free long distance. You are being charged for your minutes. That said, if you are one of the many people who never reach the limit of their monthly pool of minutes, this may work well.

Magic Jack
Would you like to never pay for long distance again? You can invest $40 in a magic jack and that includes a year of phone service. Not only does this give you a way to call people without paying for long distance, you can also use this as a second line, maybe to give to telemarketers, or use for classified ads. After your first year it’s only $20/yr, or about $1.67/mo. If you currently have long distance charges of 10 cents a minute, you would need to use 400 minutes within the first year for this to be a break even prospect.

While I plan on getting a magic jack, I haven’t yet, so I can’t give you my personal experience with it. I do know someone who uses one all the time and she is happy with it.

Skype
While it Skype used to be free, and still is if you are calling another Skype number, it costs money otherwise. It is inexpensive and probably the best computer to phone voip (Voice Over IP) service available. They have a pay as you go plan for as little as 2.4 cents per minute within the US (except Alaska & Hawaii). They also have a $2.99/mo unlimited plan. This doesn’t give you a phone number that people can call you on, so I think Magic Jack is a better value, however the quality may be better on Skype. I have no experience with the quality on Magic Jack, but I’ve used Skype and the quality was very good.

Why Not Use a Toll Free Number
I’ve done a lot of research on this. While I can do a conference using a long distance number for free, the least expensive Toll Free service I’ve found is 3.9 cents per minute, per person. If I have a call with 25 people on it, the cost would be nearly $1/minute. I would be willing to pay this except the majority of people.

I hope this helps you save money if you don’t have free long distance. Feel free to contact me with any concerns.