It’s A Good Time To Tune Up, And More
It’s almost a new year, so it seems like a great time revisit and tune up your site. For those of you looking for some help as to where to start—or even what to look at—why not use MMS Online as a resource?
Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery
For almost 3 years, this column and its online counterpart (www.mmsonline.com/otw) have been selecting a Job Shop Site Of The Month based on various features that make a Web site special or just pretty darned good. Checking out those sites for inspiration might get you and your staff into a Web site improvement mode. For a complete list of those sites, visit www.mmsonline.com and enter the phrase “site of the month” in the search box.
And While You’re At It . . .
Revisiting or exploring our past On The Web columns will put you in touch with tips, tricks, suggestions and observations that may help you with your Web presence, all from metalworking’s top online team. To peruse through a comprehensive list, enter the phrase “mms on the web” in the www.mmsonline.com search utility.
Metalworking On The Internet (MOTI)
For each of the past 4 years, MMS has published its MOTI. In each guide, the MMS staff and respected editorial contributors from the machine tool industry have observed the burgeoning online manufacturing landscape and reported on the trends, behaviors and techniques that define it. Much of the MOTI content is about the role of your Web site and how to use it efficiently. To browse past MOTIs, go to www.mmsonline.com/articles and select any MOTI back to 2000.
Look Into More Examples
Figuring out how to build or code a Web site is the easy part; knowing what to say—and doing it well—is the hard part. Not only does MMS Online connect you with a few code sources and “how-to” sites, but we’ve also included some great sources of content. To check those out, go to www.mmsonline.com/links and select “Web Site Development Resources & Examples.” Of course, you should revisit and update your Web presence more frequently than once a year, but there’s nothing wrong with using this time of year for a tune-up—or a recommitment.
Job Shop Site Of The Month
The Web site of Anderson Tool & Engineering of Anderson, Indiana (www.ateinc.com), shows how effective a simple online architecture can be. Its home page is a more effective site index than most others you’ll see (it’s even better than their own site index). Anderson also does a great job of providing links to pertinent info throughout the site (see the “Machining” page) and detailing its experiences (see the “What We Do” section).
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