Monthly Archives: September 2013

Oh Well, You Get What You Pay For

Here’s why you DON’T WANT every new shiny toy that comes out on the Web or for your mobile device.  I once heard someone say, “Well, you get what you pay for and if it’s free, what do you expect?

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You’ve seen it happen, maybe even to your favorite site, online tool, or mobile app?  Nothing worse than getting that dreaded email telling you a site, service, or app is shutting down. Especially those sites where you’ve invested time learning, and then creating some really cool stuff that you use… right?

Some of these shiny new toys and tools last for many years while others barely make it out the gate or down the road for more than a few months and POOF… they’re gone.

Zapd.com is another one of those really awesome tools that lets you (used to let you) create mobile websites on the fly.  Here’s how they suck you in and get you to bite the shiny lure…

Real websites in 60 seconds

  • Professional and fun, you make Zaps
    right from your iPhone!

Looks great everywhere

  • Zaps are optimized to be viewed on phones, tablets and computers.

Many theme layouts

  • Whatever the occasion, you’ll find just the right style.
    New themes each week!

Adjust and filter images

  • Use the Photo Editor to
    enhance your photographs. Crop, add filters & stack effects.

Even build websites with friends

  • Yay! Collaborate! Build Zaps with people you know.
    Or people you don’t. Great for events.

Zapd for everything!

They got ya, hook, line and sinker right? But then a short/medium/long time later, you get this in your email inbox.

Bye Bye Zapd

For me the toughest part about all this is just knowing that I’m the one who shared their site and app with probably half of their entire user database. Well, maybe not that many, but when I find a great site, tool, or service and share it with hundreds and thousands of other friends and users, it feels like mud in the face.

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I guess there are a few lessons to be learned here, but the main one is to not feel compelled or obsessed with having EVERY new shiny toy, tool, and app out there because ultimately in the end, nothing lasts forever… eventually, all things come to an end… or in this case, GET ZAPD!

91% of Californians Used a REALTOR®

There’s a variety of really good reasons to use a real estate agent “REALTOR®” when buying or selling your home.

We just purchased our 5th home and have never bought or sold any property or home without an agent to represent us.  Some may think that by not using a real estate agent they will save money, but the truth is that not using an agent can actually cost you so much more.

Take a look at the info-graphic provided by the California Association of REALTORS® which states that 91% of Californians used a REALTOR® in 2013 and shows why.

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Info-Graphic Source: California Association of REALTORS®

How To Build A Free HTML5 Website

wixWix.com has added HTML5 to their FREE website building capabilities.  HTML5 today is a new standard for many sites and companies who want their site to look good and be user friendly across all platforms and browsers including mobile devices.

What exactly is HTML5?  Here’s a great 90 second video that simplifies the explanation.

No matter what profession you’re in, or even if you have no profession and are just interested in having something cool and user friendly out there on the web, Wix is a great place to start. They have a variety of templates to choose from, and it won’t take a programmers degree and a CSS3 certification to set one up.

Free Wix TemplatesClick Here to see all the new templates at Wix.

Need professional quality images for you layout and pages? Check out this assortment of graphics and images that come without the stress and worries of copyright infringement.  FREE professional Images from Wix.

There are more Than 40 Million Sites Created on Wix. Just Choose a design, (or start from scratch if you prefer) then customize it to your liking.  Once completed and totally satisfied, you can publish it online instantly.  Want a custom domain name and URL? That only costs a couple bucks at GoDaddy or Network Solutions.

One of the key benefits of working with Wix and their site and tools is the fact that they are always updating it and making it better for users. I have been using Wix for more than 4 years now and they never cease to keep amazing me. The tools, the ease of use, and now HTML5 for free?  Amazing and unbelievable.

New Wix Template ExamplesSome Personal Wix History:

1. My First Ever Wix Website. 2. My Wife’s Facebook Page. 3. My NEW sample HTML5 Wix Website.

Now that they have added some new templates, I’ll have to check it out and see which of you comes to mind when I see what’s available?  Check it out yourself, I know you’ll be pleased with the site, the tools, the service, and especially the product and the price!!

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