Free Websites!

Q: "Is there such a thing as a free Website?" A: by Steve Puffenberger, Advent Media, Inc.

So a friend asked me the burning question, “Is there such a thing as a free Website?”  To which I reply, “is there such a thing as a free lunch?”

It's true for Websites. There are “free” services, some very low-cost options, and of course “real” Websites, but they all come with costs.  Here's a look at what's going on.

Categories: Web/Graphic Design

The Cost and Value of Media Production Services

How to budget for video production, Website development and presentation design services

You may have seen this illustration about "Pick Two: Fast, Cheap, Good."

Fast + Cheap = Not Good
Cheap + Good = Not Fast
Good + Fast = Not Cheap

By far the most frequently asked question about creative media production is "what does it cost?"
There's a very simple answer, "It depends."

This whitepaper will help you understand how pricing media production works.

Categories: General, Video Production, Web/Graphic Design, Presentations/Events

Are you properly protecting your Website from hackers?

Why ignorance is not bliss when it comes to Website safety, security and liability.

You hear it all the time. “XYZ Company’s Website has been hacked.” “Big data breach.” “Customer credit cards and social security numbers exposed.” It’s not going to get any better.

But this article isn’t about a big company with big data. Smaller Websites are vulnerable too, and site owners are at risk. Why?

Read on to learn all about it.

Categories: Web/Graphic Design, Technical Support

The Video Codec Moment

An overview of the various digital video formats and codecs.

What's a video codec? Quick answer: it's a mashup of the words "COmpressor" and "DECompressor." But like everything else, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Read more to start to understand video formats for Websites, presentations and even broadcast television.

Categories: Video Production, Web/Graphic Design, Presentations/Events

What Is "The Cloud?"

A realistic look at Cloud Computing. Hint: it's not in the sky.

Unless you're totally oblivious to technology, you've no doubt heard of "cloud" this or that when talking about computers or Websites. And the cloud is depicted by a nice fluffy thing that looks soft and cuddly. What are we talking about? This article can help make sense of the cloudy Internet forcasat.

Categories: Web/Graphic Design, Technical Support

Copyright and Wrong

A resource reguarding the use of copyrighted material.

If you think you can use commercially-recorded music in a presentation, video or Website just because it's freely available from YouTube or your favorite sharing service, or you have an old LP from 50 years ago, think again. Copyright violations can lead to serious trouble. Read this article from the Public Domain Information Project. Another good resource is, which can negotiate clearance rights for you.

Categories: General, Video Production, Web/Graphic Design, Presentations/Events

The Drawbacks of Instant "Website Builders."

Many reasons why DIY "Website Builders" don't work for businesses.

There are many companies advertising"New Website in 24 Hours", “Create Your Own Website in Minutes” or "Free Website Builder - Create a Free Website." Click through and you go, "Wow, I wish my Website looked like that." So if they can do that in a day, why does it take several weeks or months for us to build a professional Website? Find out why instant "Website Builders" are not an "all-in-one" solution like they advertise...

Categories: General, Web/Graphic Design

What is Enterprise Grade?

A primer on Website Foundations

There are Websites, and there are WEBSITES. These days you hear the ads for “Free Website” or “Only $5/month to have a professional Website.” And indeed those folks deliver Websites that are easy to populate with your content and don’t cost much. But for businesses, there’s much more to Website management.

“Enterprise grade” sites, used by big businesses, start with a solid foundation. They are secure, hardened against hacking, offer extensibility so they can grow in both form and function, and provide much better return-on-investment for the owner. Enterprise grade sites are not cheap, but then using consumer sites for business has deep risks.

At Advent Media, Inc. we’re focused on bringing enterprise grade to the rest of us.

Categories: General, Web/Graphic Design

Our Custom Approach to Website Design and Development.

How Advent Media's Design Studios make "Websites that Work".

In spite of what they say on TV ads, Websites don’t just “happen.” While you can get a bargain $5/month Website, the biggest "gotcha" with those is that you have to do the development, and that can be VERY costly if not done correctly.  The sites we develop are admittedly not cheap, but using this process, we achieve “no surprises, no excuses” user experiences on the Web:

Categories: General, Web/Graphic Design