A father and sons team:
Two highly-gifted programmers
and
an arthritic curmudgeon
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Why would you want to deal with a curmudgeon?

Of course you'd love to have two highly-gifted programmers working for you. Who wouldn't? But why for goodness sake would you want to deal with a curmudgeon?

It's a good thing, let me tell you! When I sought a new opportunity to put my many years of expertise to use, my sons suggested, "Well, gee, Dad, you're really, really good at grumbling!" So, I took a cue from the political world where nothing is ever good or bad, it's all about how you spin it. This is why you want a curmudgeon to be your project manager:

I hate being nickeled and dimed to death, so we won't do it to you. Ever try to figure out all the itemized charges on your phone bill? Ever refinance a home and get billed extra for their cost of mailing? Why? Is this cost optional or a sudden surprise? The low-ball price offer with hidden extra costs has become a fixture of today's shady business practices. We'll give you a realistic price from Day One that will handle your immediate needs without forcing you to go back to the bank -- unless you decide on enhancements along the way.

We grumble through the little details so you won't have to. Spend a little time actually testing the websites of our competitors and their portfolio clients, and you'll find that a surprisingly large percentage of them have broken links, dead ends or other problems obvious enough to discover with five minutes' effort. That's the basic stuff everyone who calls himself a professional should be doing. We go well beyond that, taking time to look into possible cross-browser compatibility issues and making sure your site is stable, quick to load and easy to navigate, so that readers will want to stay just a little longer to see what you have to say.

I get annoyed when others provide me with half-assed service, so we hold ourselves to a higher standard of quality. It would simply be embarrassing for us to do less! We won't promise you a 3-day turnaround to close the deal and then make you wait 3 weeks. You won't need to talk to seven different people to get an answer. If you discover a minor problem, we try to fix it within 24 hours and usually get to it the same day. If you contact us to ask about possible enhancements, we won't charge you extra for a short discussion of your options. And if you want to add something tomorrow, it'll be compatible with what you have done today, because we're both in this for the longer-term.

How We Are Different

We believe that websites can be so much more than eBrochures for your company. A well-designed and implemented website can enhance your communication with both your existing customers and with potential new customers. In addition, it can help free up time you spend on repetitive tasks. For example, your customers could sign up for appointments or seminars online, pay for services there, or receive auto-generated emails reminding them of upcoming appointments or events.

We begin with a down-to-earth businessperson to businessperson discussion: What is your budget? What are your current needs and what are your future plans? What time-saving features might you have not even considered? Then we strive to give you as much of that list as we can without nickel-and-diming you for unexpected extras. You can add more features over time as your business grows, or regularly update your website on your own without spending an extra nickel.

Real Custom Coding

We build dynamic websites which non-technically-oriented clients can update all by themselves. All of our websites are hand-coded. We do not use canned CMS software or designer templates. Thus, you get a clean, fast-loading website that's more easily indexed by the major search engines. You also get a website that can easily gain additional features down the road without worries about software conflicts.

Affordable Pricing

Most true custom-coded websites similar to what we offer start at $3000 to $5000; ours start at well below $1000. What many companies advertise as "custom" is really a canned open-source CMS software package with a few extensions added to serve your current needs. Why settle for a bloated solution that may not have the additions you will need tomorrow, when you can get true custom work for about the same price? Also, open-source solutions used by millions are more likely to attract hackers, who try to exploit software weaknesses.

Better Security

Our lead programmer deals with computer hackers on a regular basis and knows how to combat the most common tricks. He has designed and built an online multiplayer role-playing game. His hackers are good-natured, attempting to exploit coding weaknesses to earn gold or armies. But not all hackers are so benign, so we strive to protect your important data as much as possible.

For more information, contact Roland at roland@alexlucastech.com.