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How to Use News RSS Feeds

The “antiquated” technology known as RSS feeds still has valuable uses in special situations for news and other content-oriented sites.

RSS may be antiquated to some because of the early days of online when RSS readers aggregated content from multiple sources and compiled them into one stream of news and headlines under an RSS reader. It made life easier for people because they didn’t have to go to dozens of slow Web sites to get their content. Instead, it all flowed to them.

As Web and social media sites became more sophisticated and access speeds became faster, the RSS readers faded away. But the ability of sites to distribute their content to other sites and also collect content from other sites is still viable even today. (more…)

Website Development Costs: How to Keep Them Low

Online selling handshakeQuestion: Is it better to pay $50,000 for a website from one vendor or $5,000 for the exact same site from another vendor? Answer: That’s a dumb question.

Yet many businesses find themselves taking on excessive website development costs when it could have been done for much less money.

A few simple guidelines will result in a site that doesn’t wipe out a precious amount of cash.

1. Develop a list of necessary features and functions.

That sounds easy enough, but many businesses sink into a trap of adding many bells and whistles that simply aren’t needed and that will drive up the costs.

Prioritize the list of needs and take a sharp look at every one of them with an eye toward whether they provide a clear benefit to the business. If they don’t, delete them. (more…)

Online Product Vendors a Mixed Blessing

Some online operations build everything from scratch, others buy most of what they need from vendors and naturally quite a few strike a balance between the two.

I have worked in operations with both extremes. They have left me convinced that striking a balance is the best way to go. (more…)

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