LAS CRUCES – In the past few years I have helped a number of local businesses and organizations that had spent an enormous amount of money on websites created by local website developers. The websites themselves were fine – they were attractive, well put-together and had relatively few design or technical problems. The only real problem, in fact, was that the developers were no longer around to work on them.
I have seen this many times since I first began developing websites for NMSU more than sixteen years ago. Back then some of my fellow graduate students, those also specializing in web development, went commercial with their skills. They began creating websites for small businesses, friends of friends, and others in the area. Then they would graduate and leave. And the businesses they created websites for?