Website Development Coaching Service and Materials
The following is based on decades of experience building, supporting and hosting websites. We do not build websites for direct clients (our only builds are through agency partnerships) and therefore the goal of the following is NOT to sell you a website.
MISSION CRITICAL: Making the Right Hiring Decision
Regardless of whether you are a small mom and pop or a large corporation; deciding on who will build your next website and how it is built is a critical decision. It’s critical because if the wrong decision is made you may end up blowing a large budget or wasting away scarce funds, you may end up with a product you are not happy with, that is hard to maintain or update, that inhibits marketing efforts such as SEO rankings by performing poorly, that is expensive to support or needs be replaced all too soon.
We Have Seen All Kinds of S***
At FatLab we are in a unique position of working with a lot of sites we did not build and we have seen everything from examples of greatness to sites where all we can do is recommend a rebuild. We have been the bearer of bad news all too many times to agency executives, communication/marketing managers and business owners; telling them that their websites were not built well and won't do what they want them to do, won't perform the way they want them to perform and won’t provide services and experiences critical to their business.
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It all comes down to who they chose to build and design their website. A flashy portfolio, an attractive price, raving testimonials and fluffy answers to fluffy RFPs resulted in a rat’s nest of code, a website full of conflicts and bugs and large support expenses. The decision on who will build a site is so critical that we at FatLab are taking a stand. We are tired of seeing very smart people make very poor decisions because they don’t know any better and nor would we expect them to.
How is a non-programmer supposed to evaluate a programmer? A business executive may know their business inside and out but we can’t expect them to know our business: programming for the web. However every day such executives buy websites based on many things but almost never a true technical evaluation of the service provider.
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Shane Larrabee is an award winning web developer with over 19 years experience consulting on, supporting and building websites for fortune 500 companies, federal agencies, members of congress, nonprofits, politicians and business of all kinds. Shane knows several programming languages, frameworks and CMS’s.