This, my friends, is what is called “clickbaiting.” And sadly, since you’re here, it works.

You’ve seen them … the links that claim something is a “must see” or described as “mind blowing.”

I’ve yet to see one of them that I couldn’t have lived without or that really expanded my mind in any useful way. It’s just a way for internet marketers to get you to click on the link and increase their page views, which in turn makes them more attractive to advertisers.

Maybe I’m being old-fartish but I really, really wish that we could go back to the pre-“MadMen” style when you could just present your product to the customer and they could decide whether they wanted it or not instead of trying to trick the customer into buying something they may not even want or need.

And that’s the way we do things at M. Fox Web Design. We’re not going to promise you the world and not be able to deliver like other firms might do. I can’t tell you that your website will suddenly make your business explode (although it could!) A website is a tool; it all depends on how you use it.

But we will give you the best tool that we can possibly give you. Whether you need content management design, database design, an e-commerce site or just a few simple informational pages, we’ll work with you to project your best possible light to your customers. And at a price that won’t break your bank.

One of my pet peeves as a web designer

286892_1436Just needed to get this off my chest.

One of my pet peeves as a web designer is analogous to this: let’s say that you’ve installed your own plumbing in your brand new house and suddenly realize that you’re having problems with your water pipes leaking.

Do you call a plumber to fix it? Probably, but the plumber is usually going to ask why you didn’t call him to install your plumbing when you really didn’t know what you were doing. And he’s probably going to charge you more for having to decipher exactly what it was you did that caused the problem in the first place.

Another scenario. You get the plumber to come to your house to either fix your plumbing or install your pipes. He gets there and you present him with a bright shiny new set of wrenches and spanners and say “Here are the tools you’re going to use.” He’s probably going to look at you funny, throw your tools in the trash, go his truck and bring in his own.

That’s fine if you’re a plumber. But for some reason, I see over and over again people asking for a web designer to fix a site that they’ve tried to create by themselves without any understanding of the complexities. Or, as has happened to me many times, a customer will call having created a Wix login or signed up for a GoDaddy website builder, paid the money for it and then want me to use it for them.

If you want a website, I’m more than happy to do the work for you. But let me do the complete job. Please don’t do a halfway job and then expect me to salvage the ruins for you. And please don’t expect me to use tools that are going to return a less than optimal result for you.

Thank you. I feel better having gotten that off my chest. Now I am at peace.

April Special and Your “Must Read” Editorials

largeFor the month of April, Marshmallow Fox is offering any new customers free web hosting for one year! That’s a possible $250 value! Plus we still pay $25.00 to existing customers for any referrals that you send our way that end up with a signed contract. If you’ve had people who have been sitting on the fence about getting their website started, now’s the time to do it!

There has been a big kerfluffle recently about a high school kid who clams that the government can save hundreds of millions of dollars by switching from Times New Roman font to Garamond. Is this true? This guy doesn’t think so, and he has the facts to prove it.

I’ve talked about Facebook before and how you really should be active on it. But is it worth paying for? Maybe yes, but probably no.

And you should also read about the $600,000 Facebook ad disaster.

Don’t get me wrong. Facebook is free and at that price is a great value, but sometimes you get what you pay for. And sometimes not.