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I keep hearing about Web 2.0. What is it?
Jeremy Minnick: Most web firms would give you a variety of similar answers along the lines of â€śwebsites with greater interactivity.â€ť
Web 2.0 was a term coined by Oâ€™Reilly Media in 2004 used to describe the new wave of web technology that came about after the â€śpretendersâ€ť had disappeared. So many businesses rushed forward without having all their pieces put together, and failed under the pressure of too much debt and too little income or growth.
According to Tim Oâ€™Reilly: â€śWeb 2.0 is the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the Internet as a platform, and an attempt to understand the rules for success on that new platform"
Many of the most popular sites these days, such as Googleâ€™s APIs, Flickr, Facebook and LinkedIn are great examples of the level of interactivity and utilization of web services to build a better internet.
I wanna have a cool, popular website. But I donâ€™t know about that stuff. What should I look for in a good web designer?
Good personality, sense of humor and great with kids. Just kidding! The relationship you have with your web designer is based on one simple premise: They need to meet your expectations. If you donâ€™t know what youâ€™re expecting, then you donâ€™t have a good basis to judge their qualifications.
This is a relationship like any other. The more open communication you have about your expectations and desired outcomes, the less likely you are to be disappointed. I personally feel you can find a lot of value in any web designer when the expectations are clearly laid out and you find someone who listens to you while you describe your project. They must also genuinely want to not only earn your business, but do a good job.
Iâ€™m intentionally skipping over the obvious requirement of skill and experience. The more important your business is, the more important the experiences of the web designer are. I can tell you from experience that the best way to get mistreated by a client is to mistreat them first. Speaking as a web professional, I am proud of my teamâ€™s talents but without clients to hire us those talents are wasted A professional developer appreciates the fact that they were chosen by you to work on your project.
Jeremy Minnick is the CEO and Systems Manager of J House Media, an East Coast website development firm focusing on interactive applications and websites for medium to large businesses.
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