Sunday, May 01, 2005

The seed of a new idea - Making E-Commerce available for small companies

What was formally an advantage or indifference to a small company is quickly becoming a necessity. It is essential that your products are services are at least visible online.

Of course there are companies who can ignore this. Those who do not need to increase their visibility and gain customers or those whose customers entirely fall in the rapidly decreasing section of Western Society which does not have internet access.

Searching the internet is the fastest way to gain knowledge of information. Websites such as google and ask jeeves are rapidly becoming the first port of call for a busy society. However, if you do not even have a presence there is little chance that someone else will have kindly directed the public towards your company.

The Wise Innovation Website Manager is a product that will help ensure that you can easily maintain a dynamic feel to your website but in static HTML.

Wise Innovation Website Manager demands very little outlay in terms of time
and money and does not force you into any particular way of publishing online.
In fact is is a simple matter to completely redesign your entire site and
republish it without having to labouriously re-enter/copy-paste text.

In the same way that the blog has allowed any individual to become his own publisher, the Website Manager allows any small business to become its own voice. No longer will you have to rely on "experts" to manage your business (and charge you for it)!

Wise Innovation Website Manager has been designed to help you in the following ways:
  • Reduce the amount of money you have to spend
  • Allow you to test the internet waters before diving in
  • Help drive customers to your website by making it search engine friendly

Reducing the money you have to spend

Being online for most small businesses is prohibitively expensive as many products designed for small businesses have the bad habit of charging you every month for the use of their services, whether or not they help you out. £15 a month may not be much if your business is doing well and you are well versed in the ways of the internet.

This kind of money is, however, a little excessive if all you want to do is see if you really could become self-employed and are producing a small number of products at a fairly low price.

Wise Innovation Website Manager allows you publish a continually changing website to a static html server. These are typically much, much less expensive than a dynamic server.

Removing the pain of uncertain return

Small business consultants will (often correctly) point out that a well-designed online face of your business can give you great returns. They then demand that you believe them and charge you upfront. You have to pay an outlay of a few hundred pounds to create a reasonably professional online store.

If you are in the position of taking the consultant's advice, then it is likely that you have not already had much of a dealing with the internet and are uncertain of the return on what is a lot of money for a small business.

If you are uncertain of the benefits an online site has to offer you, then we suggest you test the waters before swimming with sharks! Do not pay the high costs of an online merchant account before you are sure you have the interest.

Wise Innovation Website Manager provides an easy path to testing the internet waters. It does not allow you to automatically complete transactions online but it does allow you to share all the information potential customers need to decide whether to use your company or not.

Unless you are visible online, the financially rich but time poor working professionals will find it extremely difficult to research your products and decide to buy from you.

Making your website user and search engine friendly

Making your website easy to read and search engine friendly is not a black art, it is a matter of arranging your links sensibly and your pages with a well defined heirarchy. Wise Innovation Website Manager has been designed from the start with creating people friendly, search engine friendly websites in mind.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Current Projects

Some men are able to put their heads down and focus on one subject to completion and then feel a sense of great satisfaction. Unfortunately I was born without these important skills and find myself scattily dancing between projects, currently including:

  • Age of Enterprise - Age of Enterprise is based on a fairly simple concept: Is it possible to devise a game which is as incredible as the gamers and which will allow each of them to achieve their full potential within the boundaries without being held back?
    • Age of Enterprise provides the background concept - arriving in North America fresh from an oppressive Europe and encourages gamers with achievements and status.
    • Age of Enterprise provides gamers with the tools to adapt the game to their hearts content. Very few rules are hard-coded into society and it is up to the gamers to decide whether the society will be anything other than anarchic.
    • Age of Enterprise is equally interesting from a technological point of view. The entire game is as decentralized as possible, there is limited use of central servers with peer-to-peer interaction being central.

  • Churchill Friends - Churchill College, Cambridge has been very good to me. On leaving Cambridge I attended several talks on "Networking" and other abusive things. The people you meet at university are more than just "nodes" on a map that will ultimately spell your rise to world domination. It was a strange concept to suggest but the people who I care about keeping in contact with are not "Contacts" but Friends.
    • Churchill Friends is intended to be a site where Churchill Students can speak to each other and keep in touch throughout their lives.
    • Churchill Friends is not intended to be a weight around your neck, becoming a social faux pas not to have logged on, but an unintrusive site intended to help you keep in contact with the friends you have not seen while you were busily Networking!

  • Student Housing Online - Finding the perfect love match at university is hard, with the one thing harder finding decent accommodation in the second year. Renting accommodation from trustworthy landlords is important to every Student. Finding Students with which to trust their beloved home is important to every landlord. The result: Student Housing Online.
    • Student Housing Online Ltd. is a company set up by Yi Hoo Ong at the age of just 21. Yihoo is incredible in the fact that he has driven this student housing forward against all the odds and with his friends at heart. Yihoo began this company to help people. I have been friends with Yihoo for many years and have enjoyed every project that he has started.

  • Wise Innovation - One of my many vices is an extreme laziness. Fortunately you can be even more lazy as the things which I found boring and repetitive have lead me to work on some small programmes which can be run on your Windows PocketPC or Desktop.
    • These Programmes include:
      • A Su Doku solver - once totally frustrated with the fiendish su doku, use this small programme to fill in the remaining squares for you. Totally invaluable. This programme was written to allow entry to The Times (London) competition each day to win champagne.
      • A PDA Bible Programme - If you too believe strongly that there is an almighty creator and that his son Jesus Christ came to earth to save us from the pain and chaos of a mucked up world, then you may find the PDA Bible Programme a useful addition to your PocketPC collection. This was written as a gift for my father, a life long vicar.

Sir Cyril - Mission Statement

Sir Cyril will endevour to get involved with as many projects as possible and use his efforts, resources and knowledge to help those around him enjoy their lives just a little bit more.