Internet Topology, the effects of a zero distance landscape

If the web is said to have a super power, that would be the power of zero distance. Any public place on the internet can be reached instantly from any other place. All points of public net geography are essentially equidistant and have identical travel costs. This unique geography gives rise to the environment of pure competition that we see online. The ocean of free choices creates the need for search engines, ranking sites, and countless other ways to reduce the most common cost – the users – time (to find what they want). read more

Account Collections and Retention in a Tough Market

As a vendor in this economy, you are likely facing some difficult times. Staff lay offs, budget cuts, account losses and inflation have left you scratching and scraping to stay afloat. The once steady revenue stream from your client base has suddenly turned into a trickle. Accounts aren’t getting paid on time and you can’t meet your overhead. So, what are you going to do?

Well, it is important to remember that losing one of your accounts isn’t good for you or your client. They don’t want to drop the account any more than you want to see it go, but you’re going to have to stand out among a long list of vendors as someone they want to keep doing business with. While none of us can solve the problems created by a recession, there are some basic guidelines you can follow to maximize collections and retain current accounts. read more

Be Nice To Your Brother

At J House Media, we have a tight-knit team. We see so much of each other, sometimes it feels more like we are family than co-workers. Each one of us has had our own personal struggles and private battles to fight, and without fail, the other team members step up to offer support through genuine friendship.

As most people can relate, though, even the best families still suffer the occasional sibling rivalry or the pokes across the “invisible line” that stir things up. I know from my last 2 years here, that our team is comprised of individuals that are mature, intelligent, and self-aware. Yet even so, we still have situations that require conflict resolution. read more

Bel-Jean Copy Print Launches a New Site

Bel-Jean Copy/Print Center on Broad Street in downtown Athens perks up the print biz with a lively website. Founded by a man who fell in love with the community and acquired by a Julie McLeod who claimed early roots in Athens through her family, this local print center has been catering to students and businesses since 1983, and today you can find all their services and expertise presented in a fun new package at Bel-Jean.com.

Basic Principles of Web Design (a very simple explanation)

When people are using the internet, they are looking for information.

This is the most important observation about users on the internet. On the internet, content and information is king. Search engines rank websites by how relevant and important their information is, as well as how many people are searching for that information and finding it. This is important to the design of a website because when a user comes to your home page, they are looking for a piece or pieces of information. If they have to search for that information, users are less likely to use your website. So, a general guideline of website design is to find the information that the most number of people are looking for, and hit them over the head with it. read more

The Cobbler’s Children Got Brand New Shoes

Not unlike many web designers whose days are wrenched with tight production schedules, support calls and in-house meetings; squeezing out our own contemporary design has been a difficult task weighing in at a total of two years…. But hallelujah, at last it has arrived! And I’d love to give you the grand tour:

You’ll notice, as was intentional, that our designs are featured center stage. Though we boast content management and application development as our unique value proposition, our custom designs are often what resonate with interested parties. Furthermore, we recognize that few will read, word for word, what we have written here; our competitors perhaps. But everyone else just wants to see the pretty pictures. read more