Topic: Website Bugs & Virtual Fixes
A website is an company’s biggest asset. It can be considered as the virtual face of the company and a representative of company virtue. Firms that specialize in online services such as eCommerce or provision of SAAS to their customers need to have a reliable and secure website. Companies need to ensure that their website is not only presentable, but provide the necessary information in an easily navigable fashion. In addition, it could be argued that beginning startups should not publicize their website until it has been fully tested. It doesn’t make sense to deliver a sub-par experience to your viewers which will deter their future interest as well reduce likelihood of them re-visiting your website as well.
“Nowadays a company is only as good as its website”
Consequently, this gives more demand for having a dedicated developer on your team to ensure quality and constant surveillance towards a website. Among my issues in figuring out whether to hunt for investors or customers, ensuring that I had a fully functional website MVP was critical to my success regardless of the path taken. This is another downfall to having a website built by an outsourced developer as they typically would not provide quick and reliable support after the project is complete.
At times I would go back and forth trying to figure out if my product was good enough for an investor pitch or a customer usage. The end result was always the same, in the long run more and website issues kept occurring. First, there were bugs in the website that I probably missed in the test and trial period. The bugs were normally simple issues such as non-functional buttons or pages that weren’t loading etc. In order to benefit myself, I felt that perhaps it was time to learn more about coding to help myself out. As an entrepreneur, I have been the idea generator, accountant, and marketing function. It’s good to have these skills, however, how much further could I progress if I had some coding skills.
“Entrepreneurs have to be well-rounded & a man/woman of renaissance”
Trying to focus my effort to get a deep, intricate knowledge of different coding languages was an endeavor that I wanted to embark on. A recommended choice was the General Assembly online courses, tutorials and courses. I took a couple of free courses until their completion on my own time. I could testify that General Assembly provided a deep, understanding, and fun manner of teaching that was very simple. Many startups started with an idea and found a developer to join their team while many had team members that had to rise to the challenge of building their own product. As long as you persevere to get the job done the story becomes a simple means to an end.
In a nutshell, it made my dream a bit more viable if I could provide the deliverable myself. Instead of depending on somebody else taking the challenge to learn the skills necessary to be a one man army has its own valor too. It’s just like an entrepreneur to be decisive enough to take a leap of faith and focus on building themselves first to build their business.
“ The pursuit of knowledge is a perpetual goal for entrepreneurs”
With this thought, I systematically took a break from the struggle of investor hunting to try to pursue this new objective. It wasn’t my full intention to become a full stack developer, but I wanted to be more enlightened on the topic and be reliable enough to fix small issues on my website.
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