Cobb GOP Launches New Website

Well, the official press release has not gone out, but the website is live and integrates twitter and facebook. You can also view it at:

www.cobbgop.com

www.cobbgop.org

www.cobbgop.net

One thing that many organizations do not do is point the three main domain extensions to the same site.

Kudos to Cobb for a great website.

21 comments

  1. ByteMe says:

    One thing that many organizations do not do is point the three main domain extensions to the same site.

    Uhh… that’s exactly wrong. Most organizations plan ahead and buy all the domain names and sometimes even buy misspellings of the domain name and then point them all to the same place until they have a reason to separate one or more off to other activities.

      • exactly Steve. Candidates also typically do not do that either. My problem was the common misspellings of my name were already taken by Jasons who spell their name “Shephard” or “Sheppard” or “Shepard” or “Sheperd” etc.

      • ByteMe says:

        Welcome to the 2000’s.

        Any tech-savvy designer/consultant who builds you a web site should recommend that you block out “poachers” by spending an extra $8/domain name and getting all the ones around your name and even your brand, if that’s possible. I started a new business earlier in the year and my first step was to buy 11 domain names, including 4 with the exact company name, 4 that left the last letter off the name, and three around the brand name of the product I created. At this point, all go to the same location, but in the future, I might use some of them for SEO purposes or co-branding opportunities.

        Sorry, that part just doesn’t impress someone who knows better. That’s like being proud that you have a Facebook page.

        I’m happy for you that you have a web site that looks professional, though. That part is really easy to screw up, so you should be proud of that.

        • You sound like Jeff… where every other post is half-politics, and half talking up his own blog. I think the real idea here is that you started a “business” earlier this year, and want to pat yourself on the back for it and for how “tech-savvy” you are.

          In the real world, a “tech-savvy designer/consultant” would only be working with much larger organizations that have much larger budgets. We’re talking about party county affiliates, where the total website budget is probably well under a couple hundred bucks. The only professional-level players operating in that space are the shared hosting resellers, who offer automated “website in a box” setups like WordPress or Joomla, etc to hundreds or thousands of customers at once. Budgets this small are not enough to make a livelihood out of personalized manual labor, so the only “professionals” in that space are pseudo-qualified stoners moonlighting from their “Geek Squad” day jobs.

          Most county affiliates either do not have a website at all, or have one that looks like it was borrowed from GeoCities around 12 years ago. Shepherd is simply saying that Cobb now has a site, and it actually looks decent. It’s a step up. I’m not Republican either, but you don’t have to poop on EVERYTHING simply because it’s GOP-related.

          • ByteMe says:

            Oh, give me a f*cking break. Jeez. The people out here are soooo not my target audience for my product… and likely not for my services. That’s why I don’t mention them by name or ME by name, Mr. Steve Perkins.

            In the real world, tech-savvy designers and consultants work with small businesses all the time. And you’d be surprised what you can get for under $1000 in the web design arena if you know where to look and how to manage the project. And for Cobb County, which has lots of money and a very GOP bent, that shouldn’t be hard to raise from your donors.

            And I already wrote that I thought the site looked professional and that was a definite plus considering the usual mistakes that organizations make in creating a web site.

            But Jason patting himself/them on the back for having three domains pointing at the same site? Uhh, that’s not impressive at all.

        • Sleepy Tom says:

          “In the real world, tech-savvy designers and consultants work with small businesses all the time. And you’d be surprised what you can get for under $1000 in the web design arena if you know where to look and how to manage the project”

          And you’d be surprised at how often those “tech-savvy” designers aren’t worth $1000 or even 1000 pennies.

          But, I forgot: ByteMe is Mr. Know-it-All About Everything.

          • ByteMe says:

            Yep, double-down on stupid, Tom. That’s the ticket.

            Amazing that y’all are defending the statement about the domain names without any real knowledge of the subject matter.

          • Doug Deal says:

            Byte is right that domains are cheap, but I think it is a waste for a small company to buy anything other than the .com. If you are a native .org and want to also buy .com, sure, since no one really thinks .org as a first try, but investing in all of these names is nothing more than a vain waste of money (even if it is a small waste of money). Also, where does it end? .cc, .ru, .fr, .us, .sucks?

            Most people use google to find a site they have never been to in the first place anyway, and that is a coded link, that goes to thr right site no matter how it is spelled or what comes after the last period. Then, they either bookmark it, use google again or their browser dropdown history.

          • ByteMe says:

            Doug, I consulted to a .com that got bought a few years back. The owner had the .com, the buyers wanted him to acquire .net and .org on his own dime and in short order. Cost about $50K to get those poachers to give up the domain names.

            If you always expect to be small, no prob, just get the .com (and in the case of Cobb GOP, .org is appropriate as you said). But if you expect to get poached by scammers, competitors, or even people with a grudge, or if your vision for your business is that you won’t always be small, go for any and all of the other domain names and box out the poachers so that your viewers never get to one of the alternatives by mistake.

            In this case, Cobb GOP did the right thing by getting the obvious domain choices. What I’m snarking on is Jason thinking how amazing it was that they thought to do that.

            Jason, as you run for office, don’t mention “the intertubes”.

          • Doug Deal says:

            You are definitely correct that any large entity should do this. If the amount spent is miniscule compared to the business you do, I say go for it.

            For a small entity like a county party (a small county), that extra $50-$100 a year could be a significant amount of the budget.

          • Sleepy Tom says:

            Consulting on a domain name project “a few years ago” is hardly relevant today. The odds of someone poaching and stealing traffic away from a site are reaching 1/1000 the probability of you getting struck by lightning.

  2. ramblin rebecc says:

    Well ByteMe-the-Gator, Maybe you would like to make a list of other truisms from your “Websites from the 2000s” philosophy and share them with county parties to improve their online presence.

    Otherwise, maybe you should set your plastic knife down.

    • ByteMe says:

      Or maybe people shouldn’t spend their money on designers/consultants who are clueless about the web.

      And it’s not “my” philsophy. In this industry, you learn to steal from people who know what they’re doing and get excellent results.

    • Doug Deal says:

      The thing is that the people who claim to be in the know are often times over zealously pushing fads and things that more or less look good on a high end computer running on an internal network but fail miserably in the real world where only about 1% of the viewers have top end computers, connections, and the latest patches to all of their software.

      I work in the real world, and I look at browser stats every day. Most people use I.E. despite the blogger preference for FF. Most IE users still use IE 7 and 6 and a large number use mini devices without full javascript support, no Java, and ridiculously tiny displays. The most common display size is still 1024-768 and you are more likley to see 800-600 than 1280-800 or higher.

      But, if you are an “internet guru”, you will use stats compiled at sites with other “internet gurus” where the results are skewed toward the tech savvy with ultra-high res displays and fast computers.

      I have 6 computers at home from a puny netbook to an old but reliable file server to a new system that is very near the top in every category. Pretty much everything works great on the new computer. Most of the “cool” sites either look like crap or take up to a minute to render on the others. More users buy atom, celeron, or pentium processors with 256MB Ram than core i7’s with 3GB+.

      Users want content. If you cannot provided that to them on their terms, no matter how pretty your web site is, it is crap.

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