How to download your website for “offline” browsing

Many RV Dealers are planning for their upcoming 2010 RV Shows and having just come from the RVIA show myself earlier this month, I know the internet connection at these events, if available, can be expensive.  Since you can’t take all of your inventory with you to the shows you attend, it’s pretty important to be able to access the inventory you didn’t take so that you can show it to the potential customers you meet.  The best way to do that is via your website, if you have your inventory posted there.  (If you don’t, call me.)

I’ve heard from several dealers that the internet connections they’ve experienced at the shows, if there was one, has been that they are very slow.  That makes loading inventory pages an annoying, time consuming task.

One way to get around that is to download a copy of your website for “offline” browsing.  No more waiting for the internet connection to load all the pictures and content on the pages.  It’s all saved right on your PC and available for viewing much quicker than online browsing.

There are a lot of spidering programs out there that can help you perform this task.  One we’ve used with good success is HTTrack.  HTTrack is a free and easy-to-use offline browser utility.  It allows you to download a website from the internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images and other files from the server to your computer.  HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure, so you can open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser and view it as if you were online.  It has the ability to update an existing mirrored website and/or resume an interrupted download via it’s integrated help system.

You can review the step-by-step instructions here:

  • Step 1:  Choose a project name and destination folder
  • Step 2:  Fill the addresses
  • Step 3:  Ready to start
  • Step 4:  Wait!
  • Step 5:  Check the result
  • Option panel
  • Now that you know how to do it, click HERE to download HTTrack.

    If you don’t feel comfortable performing this task, that’s not a problem.  We can do it for you via our Network Hero service, which allows my technicians to provide offsite network support to you.  You can read more about my technicians and their capabilities by clicking HERE.

    Send me an email if you would like information and pricing for my technicians to help you with this task remotely.

    Cindy Spencer 🙂

    Arizona State Parks Closing

    I couldn’t imagine life without the state parks in Florida and would do all that I could if they were in jeopardy of closing, so I wanted to share this with as many people possible.

    Cindy Spencer  🙂

    The Arizona State Legislature has acted on House Bill 2001.  It eliminates the ability of the Arizona State Parks system to operate.  All parks will ultimately close as a result of this action.  If you or your children wish to ever visit such extraordinary places like Kartchner Caverns State Park, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park or Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, you must act today.

    Call, email or write (click here for a sample letter) Governor Jan Brewer and urge her to veto the parks cuts listed in the article below.

    Phone:  602-542-4331 or 800-253-0883
    Email via Governor’s Contact page at:
    www.governor.state.az.us/Contact.asp
    Mail:  The Honorable Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona,
    1700 West Washington, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

     

    ARIZONA STATE PARKS: A SYSTEM ON ITS DEATHBED

    Friday, December 18, 2009
    Proposed budget adjustments that are on the table at the special session of the State Legislature will cut more than $9 million of Parks funds, leaving the agency with only about $10 million in its 2010 budget.

    That’s less than 30 percent of the agency’s normal funding and not enough to continue park operations beyond this fiscal year.

    Governor Brewer and the Legislature are seeking $205 million in cuts to mitigate a deficit estimated to be $1.5 billion.  The proposed cuts to State Parks would provide just 4 percent of their goal, while shutting down the Park’s annual contribution to the Arizona economy of more than $266 million.

    This result also negates 10 months of work by the Governor’s Task Force on Sustainable State Parks, which recommended in October that State Parks be funded with a fee on Arizona license plate renewals in exchange for free entry to the parks.

    The cuts will force major reductions in Parks staff and closure of more than half of the State’s 30 parks this fiscal year.  The resulting loss of Park revenue is projected to leave the Parks System with no money to start the next fiscal year, July 1, 2010.  The next step will be to shut down the entire system and dispose of Parks properties, returning most of them to their original owners.

    If Legislatures could keep parks open to Arizonans through 50 years of prior downturns, wars, gas crises and political turmoil, surely current lawmakers can find the revenues to do so–especially given the great economic value, popularity and intrinsic worth of our state parks.

    The full Senate must consider this bill,  then it moves to the House (HB2001).

    URGE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE TO KEEP YOUR STATE PARKS FUNDED & OPEN! 


    In the face of Arizona’s sprawling growth and development, 30 exceptional places have been set aside over the past half century for the recreational, environmental and cultural enjoyment of Arizonans and all who visit the state.

    The places are the lakes, rivers, historic buildings and rich natural areas that constitute Arizona State Parks – a collection of wonder-provoking sites that the Arizona State Parks Foundation (ASPF) seeks to preserve, promote and enhance.

    As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, ASPF offers the foremost way for parks patrons, visitors and friends to support and strengthen Arizona State Parks through:

    • Advocacy;
    • Volunteer work;
    • Parks friends groups and partnerships;
    • Contributions made towards parks improvements and the acquisition of yet-unprotected, invaluable examples of Arizona’s beauty, recreational riches, environmental wonders and historic depth.

    Check out the pages of this website to learn more about what they do, about the exceptional nature of the parks, and how you can become involved in efforts to better the state parks system for the sake of present and future generations.

    Social Media & Social Networking for your Dealership

    Are you leveraging the growing popularity of Social Networking websites like Facebook and Twitter?  These websites give you the ability to build buzz about your dealership and stay in touch with your current and potential customers very easily.  It’s a pro-active, personal and non-threatening way to engage customers.  Traditionally, your pro-active options were limited to mailers, radio ads, TV commercials, etc., which are expensive and have limited effectiveness.

    When you give people the ability to proactively come to you and connect with your dealership, they are much more receptive to what you have to say.  What better and easier way to do that than on the highly popular social media websites?  The last report I saw said Facebook had 300 million users!! 

    I checked the 2009 stats for Facebook and here’s what I found:

    • The 35-54 year old demographic segment not only continued to grow the fastest, but it accelerated to a 276.4% growth rate over the past 6 months.  This demographic is DOUBLING roughly every two months.
    • The 55+ demo is not far behind with a 194.3% growth rate.
    • The 25-34 year population on Facebook is doubling every 6 months.
    • Miami is the fastest growing metropolitan area.
    • Females make up 55.7% of Facebook users and 42.2% are males.

    That’s your target audience and you can connect with them for FREE!!  How much better can it get?

    Are you ready to get started, but you are unsure how?  Do you need help getting it setup so you can then take over?

    We have a new Social Media Package that will help you do just that. 

    We can get you started by setting you up on the most important social networking websites and help you integrate your website, email campaigns and inventory listings for maximum results.

    If you would like more information about our Social Media Package, send me an email or give me a call (866-643-4625) and I’ll send you all the details.

    Merry Christmas Friends – have a safe and joyous holiday surrounded by your friends and family.

    When you get a chance, hit me up on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/cindyspencer.

    Cindy Spencer 🙂