From Matt Jetmore, email@example.com:
I was doing an unauthorized fan site for a newspaper column called The
Straight Dope. They had no official presence on the web and my site got
a lot of traffic since it was really the only game in town. However, the
site was pretty bad since I just worked on it in my off hours (I have a
The creators of the column contacted me and said, "Hey, your site is full
of copyright violations and we want to shut it down, but we also want a
presence and don't know the web. So how'd you like to hire on with us?"
The catch was that it had to be up to professional standards, but they
were just going to pay me a token fee ($50/wk plus Internet connect
fees). I therefore had to build and maintain this site in as an
efficient method as possible.
Here comes the success story:
I discovered Frontier. I spent a weekend setting up the site. Over time
I added macros to automate as much as possible. It's a fairly dynamic
site that has content being added and dropping off weekly. Several
indexes must be updated.
With Frontier, I have it set-up to do all the routine maintenance with
literally one keystroke. The site is served on a Unix box, so I FTP it
up, but including the transfer time, the whole thing takes only 20
minutes a week. I get paid $100/hr (on average) and they get a
professional quality site for $50/week (and don't have to worry about
maintaining it). If it hadn't been for Frontier, I never could have
pulled this off. It's really a win-win situation for everyone.
Check it out: http://www.straightdope.com/.
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