Website Updating and the Oil Change Conundrum

Website Updating and the Oil Change Conundrum

I am often asked by customers why they can’t update ‘so and so’ on their website – sometimes this might be a editing a contact form or processing script, other times something graphical that seldom changes.

When I explain that its probably easier for us to make those changes when they occur, clients react with surprise, suspicion are disgruntled or all three.

These days, I explain it to them in what I call the Oil Change Conundrum:

Ask any decent mechanic what the single most important bit of maintenance you can do on a car is and he’ll tell you to: change the oil regularly.  It’s also standardised on all cars.  They all have an oil filter and a similar system.

Given all that – why isn’t it easier to change?  Why isn’t there a button somewhere that ejects the existing oil filter, pumps out the oil and you simply fill it up?  Such a system could be applied to all vehicles, making it cheaper to manufacture and allowing anyone to perform the procedure.

The reason is simple: no matter how cheap it would be to add a system like this to a car, it will still be more expensive than having a mechanic do it, every 6 months, for the life of the car.

Bob McKay

About Bob McKay

Bob is Director of Operations at Perfect Image, a full time father and husband, part-time tinkerer-with-wires, coder, Muay Thai practitioner, builder and cook. Loves love, tolerance and co-existance. Hates hate. Is aware of the irony of hating hate.

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