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Great Web programmers are important if you have E-commerce on your Website.

I was just asked if Jose [Diaz] knows ZenCart as a program for a winery’s online store. My new member to the Oregon Pinot Gris marketing group, Susanne of Christoper Bridge Cellars & Satori Springs Estate was telling me about an experience she had where her programmer just eloped, and hasn’t been heard from since. I laughed and wrote back to her “What a great story.” She got back to me and basically let me know she was being facetious.

It’s so hard to find great help with Websites. What it takes is someone who’s so devoted that he or she gives up a lot of private time. It’s like being an on-call doctor. Morning, noon, and night the calls come in when someone’s site is down, understandably so. (I go nuts when mine’s down, too.)

I found myself writing the following to my friend. It defines Jose Diaz, my friend, life partner, husband. And, I thought I’d share it with you, so you get to understand my support unit. The following for me defines a great wine Webmaster… It’s the kind of mind that it takes, and the kind of devotion that one would have, to making others successful… humby placing himself below all others, as their needs are more important. Some would call him a workaholic; others would call him devoted. I’m in the latter category, because I know that it’s a man’s calling to define himself by what he does, while a woman defines herself by who she loves.

I know Jose works with wine stores for many clients. I’m not sure about Zencart, though. He’s got a programmer (who lives and works in Sacramento) who’s a programming whiz. Together they set up programs for stores. He also uses existing programs, that’s why I’m not sure. They’ve set up some huge site stores together. Suhir works for mega companies as a programmer. The fact that they met is a wonder to me, and I know that the gods sent us an angel. He and Jose get along really well, so we’re covered with helping clients when their individual needs arise. They’re also very responsive when anyone (including me) needs them. I’m not sure of Suhir’s educational background, except to know that he came from India to study, and has stayed here. Jose went to Bowdoin in Maine on a full scholarship, giving up his acceptance to MIT, Columbia, New York University, etc.…. There’s about 20 colleges (he had a great guidance counselor who wanted to see how far he could go). Only Princeton put him on a waiting list. Jose’s brilliant, but still does dumb things (common sense stuff) and cracks me up that way. He’s so attentive to our clients, and they adore him… putting tech into his hands, because it’s hard to compete with his comprehension of that world. I don’t even try to keep up. Why bother. I defer to him, mostly… although, I’ve taken web programming at the college level, just so I could talk to him. He doesn’t talk down to anyone, ever. That’s the best part of this man I’m crazy about. He’s so humble.

Who doesn’t adore a great Webmaster, if you have a Website that needs someone on the back end of it, making sure it works correctly. Also, imagine not having to be the one on the phone with IT people. It’s a different world, a different language, and not one that I yearn for, when I’ve got something this brilliant in my day-to-day life. He loves getting to the bottom of problems and fixing them. It’s so wonderful to have this advantage in life.


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