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Thursday, October 29, 2020

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I can work on any Windows operating system from Windows XP on up. I also work on Mac OS X machines that are Intel based, and limited work on G based ones.
I accept cash, checks, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, and Paypal.
I am a huge fan of open source software, for most needs there is a free program out there to fit them, however you should always be wary when selecting them, because there are also programs that claim to be free, but in reality are bundled with adware or spyware, and in some cases even viruses.

A few programs that I recommend everyone have on their PC are:
Malwarebytes Anti-malware
Speedfan an excellent program for checking the S.M.A.R.T. status of your hard drive and the temperatures on your computer if your hard drive and motherboard support those features. The link is about halfway down on the downloads page. DO NOT click any of the download buttons on the first page they are ads.
Gimp 2 An excellent open source photo editing tool.
Open Office A free alternative office suite that is capable of opening most Microsoft Office formats. I does not include an email client though, so for that I recommend...
Thunderbird which is developed by the folks that develop Firefox.

Alternate Web Browsers:
Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox
Safari for Windows (No longer supported or being updated use at own risk)
Not at all, but they could be carried!
I will be the first to admit, I am still learning HTML, CSS, etc. I prefer to work with Joomla based websites, they are both easy and intricate to work with depending on your need. The sheer number of templates and add-ons available for free is just astounding. Even if you don't find a free one to your liking the pay ones are very reasonably priced and extremely customizable. You can see samples of some of the sites I have done on the Web Design page.
Simple really...price :D You will see the design for sites ranging from $150 (I've seen some charge this for a simple one page site) into the thousands. Some of them will even use the very same Joomla templates I will most likely use, lol. I don't charge as much as them because I am admittedly not as experienced as some of the places out there, and if you site involves needs that are beyond my skills I will also be the first to refer you to one of them. I also won't build in additional cost or try to lock you into a maintenence contract for updating it. Once the design is done and the site is up and running, I will sit down with you and show you how to do your own updates. If you run into an issue you can call me and ask what you may be doing wrong and I will help. If you do then decide you don't want to deal with updating and such, we can work out something for the updates at that time, customized to your needs. Why should you pay $XXX/month for a site you will only updates 3 or 4 times a year? If it's that infrequent, we can work out a nominal per update charge. If you update constantly, we can work out a monthly or annual price based on frequency.
This is totally up to you. I recommend contacting me first. I have designed sites on a few different hosts out there, each has features that I like and features I dislike, we can discuss them, along with price, reliability, uptime, customer service, etc. beforehand and find what works best for you...or you could purchase it ahead of time and I can work with what you have. Most modern hosts support Joomla, although some may be using older versions which will limit compatibility, so that will be another factor to consider.


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