Saturday, April 28, 2012

Subway Templestowe

Subway Templestowe opened awhile ago but I thought some people may not have noticed. Subway is located in the new shops next to 7/11.


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Skara Templestowe

I noticed a For Lease board in the front window of Skara's. I thought that was weird. Need to check again to see if Skara has closed.


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Swedish Pizza Templestowe

New pizza restaurant called Swedish Pizza has now opened. The sign on the window states Dine in/Take Away.


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ANZ ATM at Templestowe Village shops

There are always things changing around us. Today I noticed an ANZ ATM located in the window of the North East TV and Video shop.

I thought if I've not noticed the ATM, other locals may not have noticed it either.


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Studiomax photography Templestowe

There is a For Lease sign in front of Studiomax Photography. The shop is empty.


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Templestowe Beauty Retreat (TBR)

I noticed a sign in the window of Templestowe Beauty Retreat saying "UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT".


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Sonia's Antiques Gifts Templestowe

Sonia's Antiques Gifts (Sonia's Home Decorating) appears to be closed. The shop is empty with no sign in the window.


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Degani Bakery Cafe Templestowe

Walking through the Templestowe Village shops there was no activity at the Degani Bakery Cafe.

There is a sign in the window stating "CLOSED DUE TO MAJOR RENOVATIONS. REOPENING MAY".


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Low cost web presence for small and micro businesses

I am often amazed at how much people pay just to have a web site. In fact I remember one company paying $500 dollars to have a domain registered. I asked the business owner what was his site address thinking this was quite a sum of money and would like to check out his site. He said he didn’t have a site, this was just the registration of the domain name.

It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to get your business started on the internet. With a small amount of knowledge it needn’t cost your anything, but I suggest spending an appropriate amount where the business has a single page site and the domain name reflects their business name or service. A one page site will enable the business to have an internet presence they are in control of, will enable their customers to find them on the internet and provide important contact and product or service information.

My approach is different to most web designers. As a computer consultant I charge for my time so my approach is to assist clients with my knowledge and empower them by setting them up so they are in control. Most web designers will set clients up using their facilities (most likely reselling larger companies services) and the designer retains control. I set clients up so they are the owner of the domain and in control of the hosting. Since most people don’t know how to create a web page I create the page for them, but they are free to use anyone, even a family member to create the page, or modify the page I create for them. The small business owner is not tied to me in any way.

The latest site I set up is Herding Dog Training (www.HerdingDogTraining.com). The cost or registering the domain was $12 for two years (discounted from $9 per year). I assisted the client to set up their hosting service which is where they’ll host their web page so the page can be found by others on the internet. I have a hosting company I suggest for reasons which provide future opportunities for the client, but the client is free to use their own preferred hosting company if they know one. The cost for hosting is around $10 a month which they pay directly to the company each month.

What I do is act as a facilitator. The time involved to register the domain and set up the hosting is around an hour.

Most people can’t create their own web page, so I’m happy to create the web page for their site. Once created however they are free to change it and update it if they wish to learn the skills, or know someone who already has the skills. The cost of creating the page can vary from one to two hours, but the approach I use is to have the client create a web page using a product they know such as Microsoft Word. There can be a lot of time involved in designing even a simple page, so if people design the layout themselves, that is a lot of time and thus money that can be saved. I then take the design they’ve created in Word and recreate the document as a web page. The software I use is reasonably priced commercial software and can be purchased by the client to maintain their own page if they want. Converting a page usually takes around an hour to an hour and a half.

An additional benefit to the client is the time from when they provide the material to the time the site goes live, which can be a matter of only days. One client provided their material on Tuesday morning, the web page was provided for review on Wednesday and changes were made. We organised a meeting for the Friday to set up the hosting (they already owned a domain), I then did the rest and they were live Friday afternoon. Their site appeared in Google in the first position when searching on their business name on Saturday night. I use some techniques which enables Google to quickly find sites and with some luck, usually provides the client with a very good position in Google. I say luck, but whilst the technique consistently works, I cannot control what Google may or may not do. As part of creating the page I also perform basic search engine optimisation (SEO) as part of the service, something others may charge hundreds of dollars for.

So in summary, if you’re thinking about a site to start your presence on the internet keep in mind it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can purchase an Australian domain for around $24 for two years and hosting for around $10 a month or less. If you don’t have the skills to set things up and don’t want to take the time to learn what you’d need to learn from the information provided on sites, a consultant like myself can assist you. I suggest to allow around an hour for registering the domain and setting up the hosting. If you need a page created and can create a document (most people are able to use Word to create a printed document they’d be happy to hand out to advertise their business) then you can have a web page created in one to two hours. You also don’t have to wait weeks or months as a site can be live within a matter of days. Keep in mind it also isn’t just about having a site. My approach often provides a strong presence on the internet, so make sure whoever you use can also give you a strong presence for your site to get you started without additional SEO costs.

Kelvin Eldridge
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Helping small and micro businesses get started on the internet.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Doncaster, Templestowe house prices buck the trend

MEDIAN house prices in Doncaster and Templestowe have jumped in the last quarter, according to statistics from the Real Estate Institute of Victoria.... Read More

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Templestowe RSL president Bill Culbert

AS Anzac Days come and go, one generation of ex-servicemen replaces another in the role of our senior Diggers. Templestowe RSL president Bill Culbert, 65, is close to being one of them.... Read More

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Funded by VicHealth, the "Hits and Giggles" program will run for six weeks

Funded by VicHealth, the “Hits and Giggles” program will run for six weeks at the Westerfolds Sports Centre and provide one-hour coaching lessons for beginners.... Read More

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Caminole Wynd home was broken into between 2.30am and 6.40am

Detective Sen-Constable Tony Peeler a Caminole Wynd home was broken into between 2.30am and 6.40am while the occupants were asleep.... Read More

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Charmain Oboler, with her dog Jess

Templestowe’s Charmain Oboler was walking her pomeranian-cross pup Nunu past the Tuckers Rd property last month, when the smaller breed got close to the metal fence.... Read More

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Pizza Templestowe - Panic Pizza Menu

Pizza Templestowe

Looking for reasonably priced, good quality pizza in Templestowe. Panic Pizza is located at The Pines Shopping Centre on Blackburn Road. We’ve found the pizzas at Panic Pizza to be tasty and reasonably price. To make it easier for locals to order pizza from Panic Pizza, I’ve provided their menu online and you can also find their menu on the JustLocal 3106 and JustLocal 3109 postcode page.

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Lost Cat 5/4/2012: Dizzie, Atkinson St, Templestowe, Vic, Australia

Dizzie is an indoor cat who will be friendly but very scared.She is a small adult with short curly coat (Devon Rex breed)and pale blue eyes... Read More

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Nine incidents where a projectile, fired from a slingshot, has caused damage

During March, windows were smashed and car panels dented in Doncaster, Templestowe, Bulleen and Donvale.... Read More

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Proposal to sell Templestowe netball courts

Also potentially competing for council cash and attention, is a proposal to sell Templestowe netball courts and upgrade the sports centre at Mullum Mullum Reserve.... Read More

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NBN Co rollout plan for Templestowe 3106

NBN have now released maps for the rollout plan for the next three years.

According to the NBN site Templestowe is not in the schedule for the next year, or scheduled for the next three years.

Visually checking the map does indicate that small parts of Templestowe are included. My guess is that perhaps because most of Templestowe is not included, so they are being cautious by not including any of Templestowe in the result when a search for the area is performed.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

One page web sites for local businesses.

Over the years I’ve been amazed that local businesses often don’t have a presence as simple as a one page web site. I suspect the main reason is if they approach a web designer they’ll often be quote hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, when to get started it can cost much less.

To put this in context, all a small business generally requires is one new customer, or keep an existing customer from going elsewhere and their web presence can pay for itself.

Many times when I’ve wanted to buy take away for family or friends, the only menus we can find online are the big companies, yet most of the time we use the smaller local businesses for ourselves. I’ve done some testing over the years and small take-away businesses can get a reasonable amount of business by having their menu online. At worst they don’t lose potential business from good customers when the customers need to see a menu online.

To show local businesses the value of promoting themselves online I’ve now sponsored a number of local business to provide them with an online presence. They are the businesses I use so now they’ll gain my business when I need an online menu.

 

Flying Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Papa Loui's Pizza and Pasta, Bolton Fish Shop, Panic Pizza Doncaster East, Middle Camberwell Fish and Chips

If you own a small business and would like to have your menu online for your customers, but don’t want to pay a small fortune, then send me an email. The way I set up a small business is I create a one page site with their menu and then help them sign up for hosting and registering their domain, By getting the business to register domain and sign up for hosting they retain total control which is a strategy in business. Most web design businesses tie businesses in so if they want anything done, they have to go back to the designer to get expensive changes done. My approach is to have businesses use me if they want to, but because they have total control over their site, they can easily have someone else, including a family member or friend, look after their site. No lock in means businesses use my services because they want to, not because they have to.

Kelvin Eldridge
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Helping micro and small businesses with a cost effective online presence.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Chinese Restaurant Templestowe - Flying Dragon now on JustLocal

A favourite eating place with Templestowe locals is the Flying Dragon Chinese Restaurant. You can now find the Flying Dragon’s menu on the Templestowe page of JustLocal (3106). Call ahead and save time ordering your next take-away Chinese meal.

Kelvin Eldridge
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Paediatric urologist Prof Paddy Dewan

A TEMPLESTOWE surgeon is awaiting the outcome of his fourth legal battle to dismiss accusations of professional misconduct.... Read More

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The first hoon police caught was a motorcyclist allegedly speeding at 152km/h in an 80km/h

The 21-year-old Templestowe man was riding in Warburton-Woods Point Rd, about 16km north of Reefton about 1.30pm. ... Read More

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Templestowe Village Festival 2012




The Templestowe Village Festival this year is on Sunday the 22nd of April from 9am to 4pm.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Templestowe Early Learning Centre

Children at Templestowe Early Learning Centre dyed, dreadlocked, spiked and sprayed their hair to support their teacher Leah Benbow, who shed her locks for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.... Read More

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Templestowe Festival - Temporary diversion for bus routes 280, 282 and 905

Due to the Templestowe Festival on Sunday 22nd of April, the bus routes 280, 282 and 905 will be diverted between 5am and 6pm. The following document from Ventura provides additional details.

http://www.venturabus.com.au/dbuploads/Temporary_diversion_for_bus_routes_280_282_905_(Metlink_approved).pdf

The bus stops on James Street near the corner of Anderson Street Templestowe won’t be serviced during the time.

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STUDENTS at Templestowe Park Primary School recently released about 500 balloons

STUDENTS at Templestowe Park Primary School recently released about 500 balloons to raise awareness of children living with cancer. ... Read More

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