When I moved to the valley a few years ago I made a decision not to get involved in building websites for local businesses. There are a lot of businesses here, and a lot of entrepreneurial people running them. But there’s very little money. To live here and earn a living is hard and everyone is on tight margins. Jobs are not well paid and I felt that the risk of screwing up personal relationships by working at mates rates outweighed the benefits of competing with the other web developers here.
I still feel that way, but here is an exception. All Mountain Performance’s new website went live yesterday. Several months in the making, I created this website for my friend and business associate Mark Gear. It’s a fully featured drupal website designed to build a community behind what I feel is the outstanding ski coaching business not only here in Chamonix, but in the French alps as a whole. I’m proud to be involved with this company. I have been taking photos and making films for them for the past year and will continue to do so during the coming season.
Please help us – sign up for an account, write something in the forum, comment on a photo or video & if you’re in the market for this kind of thing – book yourself a course or private lesson and come and ski with Mark and Simon this season.
But for me, and Listings Lab I’ve created a website here that is scalable and dynamic, perfectly SEO’d and ready to make a real impact on the businesses bottom line. I’ll be adding ecommerce and other features in the coming year and I can finally start to move on from the role I’ve been occupying for the past few years – that of a web developer to the role I’ve chosen to move into in the next phase of my career – that of Marketing Director.
I was trying to find some exmaples of drupal being used on massive, high traffic websites this morning and rediscovered The Onion, a very funny parody newspaper from the US. I used to read it several years ago, but in the time before RSS feeds and I soon forgot about it. Here’s an article that really made me laugh: “Apple Unveils New Product-Unveiling Product“.