I run web design courses in various shapes and sizes, using mostly Joomla and WordPress as the underlying framework. Students often ask me why they need to go the extra mile. Is a basic website not all they need?
My answer to this question often depends on the sophistication of the audience.
Before I answer this one let me clarify something quickly. I operate in George, which is in the Garden Route, where the typical web design student is a small business owner that sells to real people within the local area, and not to online customers.
GARDEN ROUTE IT CONSORTIUM READY TO BECOME TECHNOLOGY HUB
A consortium of Garden Route based companies is ready to launch an IT technology hub in George which will create jobs and train up new skills.
George’s IT company owner Imel Rautenbach is currently drumming up support for the initiative at provincial and national level. The consortium aims to use the Western Cape Province’s business arm to market and develop in order to get launched nationally and internationally. IT technology and electronic centred businesses will be the engine that will drive this local initiative. “The idea behind pooling resources and skills is to keep all our software and hardware developmental work in the Garden Route. We already have around 30 businesses on our data base that have all the necessary skills and technology to form the nucleus. “
As someone who builds websites on an almost daily basis I often find myself in a situation where I need to wear multiple hats.
What follows is a simply breakdown of the many hats worn day to day:
The audience listens to the client, sometimes the message is clear, concise and to the point, other times it is passionate but vague, other times it is simply dreary. Everyone needs to have there say, as truly great clients can come out of small beginnings.
The assessor then needs to read the viability of the task at hand, and decide the way forward. Knowing what it takes to please the customer is a skill the assessor cannot do without. Sometimes it is better to walk away from a seemingly lucrative deal when the client needs are simply above what is practical or realistic. Trying to please everyone never works.