Freelancing is not always a bed of roses. Freelancers enjoy more freedom in terms of their work habits, but that freedom can come with a price. They often face challenges that office-bound workers tend to avoid. More specifically, distractions and occasion lapses in discipline and self-control.
If these challenges are not faced head-on, a lessening in productivity can result. And this can lead to extended work hours, reduced income, or both.
Today, we are offering tips designed to help a web design freelancer meet and overcome these challenges, while enjoyiing a boost in productivity.
Tip #1) Get your projects off to a quick start with the latest Be Theme pre-built websites.
Don’t start from scratch like these guys who invented a new way of designing websites.
Be Themes’s pre-built websites make it possible for you to turn out work of the highest quality, and save a ton of time in the process. You can, for example, skip wireframing, prototyping, and best of all – coding.
Pre-built websites are quick and super easy to install, as you can see by watching this cool 40-second video.
One more advantage: you won’t end up looking like these guys!
15 new pre-built websites for small businesses
This Craftbeer pre-built website features large, attractive images on every page. A parallax effect ensures that the emphasis is always on the product. The Muffin Group team knows how to attract customers. It shows!
eLearning has become super popular the last few years. If you have a business in this rapidly growing niche, depending on a so-so website would be a shame. This pre-built website design is fresh looking and easy to navigate.
This pre-built website looks as if its designer had a degree in architecture. The product is front and center, and the unique value proposition stands out clearly against the semi-dark background. Read the rest of this entry »
Today I would like to introduce Codester. Codester is an online platform for buying and selling web development assets like scripts, app templates, themes, plugins and graphics. These assets make any developer or designers life a lot easier as they can help to reduce development time a lot.
Codester is not the first platform that offers ready to use web development assets and is also not the biggest, but they have a great unique selection of items that are not available anywhere else. They have by far the best payout rate for sellers, which results in a lot of professional developers who normally ignore marketplace platforms to turn to Codester to sell their work. Codester is gaining a lot of traction and is growing quickly.
Scripts & Code
Multipurpose WordPress themes are typically quite versatile and flexible. Using them you can create any type of website, ranging from corporate and e-commerce sites to blogs and agency portfolios. Specialty themes also have their place. Sometimes they are a better choice for creating a specific website type or filling a specific need. You’ll find excellent examples of both types here.
Be Theme, the biggest WordPress theme ever, is packed with too many powerful and useful features to mention here. The short list includes a superb collection of 250+ stunning, customizable pre-built websites to act as excellent starting points for your design projects. Pick one, install it with one click, and let Be’s Muffin Builder and Options panel take it from there.
Did you know it’s possible to build a ready-to-go website in 4 minutes! Click here to find out how working with Be Theme can make that happen.
If you want to start a page from scratch, the Layout Configurator will get you started. Be is not only big in terms of its 250+ pre-websites, and its core features (40), but also in terms of the virtually unlimited variety of design options it provides. This premium WordPress theme is easy to learn, and easy to use; but should you have a question, or need a little assistance, Be’s world-class support team is there to help.
Pro is the most advanced website creator for WordPress. If you’re a pro, Pro is for you. If you’re not a pro, but aspire to be one, Pro is also for you. Pro can be described as powerful, modular, scalable, fast, optimized, extensible; or all the above.
Features include a trio of powerful, interconnected builders (Header, Content, & Footer). You can build simple to exceedingly complex header styles with ease.
You can rely on Pro’s drag and drop interface, optimized workflow, and other powerful content-building features to help you realize your website layout potential. As far as the often- neglected footer is concerned, this amazing multipurpose theme makes it oh so easy to create a footer that is a thing of beauty.
Pro is easy to use, but fasten your seatbelt. It’s a game changer!
The Core is big. It’s 20+ themes in 1, and growing. This multipurpose WordPress theme is packed with cool features, including the Advanced Visual Builder, plenty of shortcodes, multiple slider, header, and footer options, and 700+ fonts. And, that’s just for starters.
Its 20+ hand-built website demos addressing a variety of business and industry niches. Demo content is easy to auto-install, and when you purchase The Core, new demos will be yours to use, as they appear.
The Core is responsive, retina ready, and WooCommerce ready as well. There are plenty of animations you can use to add zing to your sites; you’ll find many uses for the custom Google Maps feature; and, there’s even a module for saving your work in the event of a system crash.
The Core is well documented, and the support is superb. Take it for a free test drive in the Test Lab! Read the rest of this entry »
Searching for jobs is a process nobody enjoys. Aside from sifting through thousands of listings, job seekers also have to deal with pushy recruiters offering opportunities which aren’t relevant to their actual skills and expertise.
Even more frustrating is going through lengthy interview processes only to find out at the very end that the salary or company culture doesn’t match what you’re looking for.
Hired helps job seekers overcome these frustrations by working with over 6,000 innovative companies to connect users with opportunities in engineering, development, design, product management, and data science. Read the rest of this entry »
UI Design – UX Design: Tightly Coupled, But Not the Same
User interface (UI), and user experience (UX), are both critical elements in website design. The two terms are often confused, and are even used interchangeably by some; but they are not one and the same. Sure, it’s important to understand the differences between these two design elements when selecting tools to incorporate their features and attributes into your websites. Yet, many premium website and mobile application design tools take both into account.
The two can be summed up thusly:
The UI is a website’s presentation, and focuses on its look and feel. UI design is digital in nature, and may even involve coding in those cases where the boundary between design and development has become blurred.
The UX gives the website life, with a focus on usability and customer satisfaction. UX design is more closely related to market research. It does not involve digital techniques or coding.
More than a tool, InVision is a complete digital product design platform, with features and capabilities tailored to each stage of the design process. Brainstorm with Freehand, a limitless whiteboard for creative exploration. Test your UI with real users and get real-time, live feedback. Share your screens and prototypes with your entire team for centralized commentary, and integrate it all with your favorite tools to create a seamless, efficient workflow.
Clients, team members, and stakeholders can comment directly on your prototypes for clear and actionable feedback; then, any changes you make will automatically sync across everyone’s account, so you’ll never work on an old version ever again. Read the rest of this entry »
There are so many ways through which a business can start off their campaign in a newly designed competitive environment. As such, there is the need to bring in capable hands that can help facilitate better service delivery.
These services could be projected better by organizations that have studied the marketability trend which will promote profitability and employability of individuals in a socio-economic scene. In this regard, Wix.com has built its capacity to address key issues in the area of business advertisement and socio-economic relevance. So some of the directions adopted by this organization can be traceable to the opportunities Wix is offering in helping organizations fulfill their duties. Some of these benefits shall be discussed in further details.
Benefits of using Wix.com
Firstly, the experts or new users belonging to this arena will ensure that Wix makes use of aesthetics and advanced technology to help individuals build an irresistible web page. Most successful businesses are thriving on a unique knowledge that many Public Relations organizations help to generate for sustainability and relevance. Read the rest of this entry »
The New Be Pre-Built Installer
The old Be prebuilt-website installer got the job done, but it wasn’t entirely free of issues. Installing a website was easy, but the actions you had to take before doing the install were not all that user friendly. Quite simply, neither the UI nor the UX were the best.
The old Be pre-built website installer lacked some important features.
- Searching for a pre-built website was manual and cumbersome; and you had to move back and forth from the presentation page to the admin area to zero in on the website you wanted.
- The old website installer didn’t tell you ahead of time which plugins you might need for a given pre-built website; or which ones were already installed.
- Insofar as importing a pre-built website was concerned, it was an all-or-nothing affair.
Muffin Group fixed all of that before releasing their new pre-built website installer.
Muffin Groups new Be pre-built website installer.
The new installer works like a charm.
Eversign is a cloud-based productivity tool that allows you securely sign, approve and deliver documents digitally. Ever sign works perfectly with other popular cloud-based applications like Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box, connecting and interfacing seamlessly with them. The eSignature application comes with so many handy features like:
Compliance and Legal Validity: Eversign was designed, so all e-signature made from the application meet the strictest security and authentication requirements defined in the around the world, particularly in the United States and Europe making your documents legally binding.
Security and Document Management: The application allows you to safely save your documents after you complete them in your account, export them to a private location, completely remove them from the app or set them to auto-expire.
Document Editor: Eversign comes with an inbuilt document editor that allows you to prepare existing PDF documents you uploaded for signing.
In-Person Signing: The Eversign interface Permits employees, customers, contractors, or partners sign documented directly on your mobile device or your Pc. Perfect for Non-Disclosure Agreements or Waivers.
Audit Trail: Eversign also automatically helps you keep track of your entire present and past document saving a complete and detailed audit trail. The application creates the perfect audit trail for you containing names, emails and IP addresses and time stamps; A comprehensive and secure audit trail.
Integrations: the application allows you connect effortlessly with other cloud-based applications like Box, Evernote, Google Docs, Zoho and much more, so you can perform your daily activities with ease.
E-Signatures: Eversign’s beautiful interface presents you multiple options for signing a document whether you want to draw your signature, upload an existing one, have the system create a beautiful signature for you or you want to type it all to create the perfect experience.
Multiple Business: Eversign also equips you with an interface that allows you operate and manage multiple businesses, each with its documents, team members and contacts. This is great when you are executing multiple contracts on behalf of different businesses.
Templates: You can also create document templates for contracts or other forms you often use and pre-fill them with drop-down menus, checkboxes, routine texts, and a few other elements. An example of a document this feature is perfect for registration forms.
Team Management: the application allows you to add as many as 25 members of your team to any business set up under your Eversign account. However, these feature depends heavily on your subscription Level.
Contact Management: Eversign allows you save contact profiles for regular Signers, so adding them to a process becomes a matter of few click. This best serves contracts or approvals that require constant renewal.
Rest API: Eversign automatically interfaces with your applications handling e-Signatures using its JSON-based REST API.
Why don’t you give it a go and try it for Free now?
Without a lot of effort on your part, there are several things you can do to increase your productivity.
Apps have been created for a nearly unlimited number of different uses. Whatever an app is used for, it often makes a given task easier. No matter what your line of work, an app exists that can make some facet of that work easier, and make you more productive.
For the web designer, there’s an app in this listing that speeds up workflow by making prototyping faster and more efficient. Project leaders will find apps that can perform mundane or repetitive project or task management activities, do time tracking, or make collaborating more efficient.
There are also things you can do to boost your productivity by changing your everyday work routine.
Active Collab is a one-stop-shop project management app for designers and design teams. With this app, you will spend less time managing your projects and more time delivering results.
Active Collab has a flexible project overview. You can lay your projects out on a Gantt-like timeline, and then organize your tasks as you would cards on a Kanban board. It lets you centralize your team collaboration activities in one place, making it easier for everyone to stay up-to-date.
With many available integrations, Active Collab can easily pull information from other apps. This means that your team members are not restricted to using a certain set of tools. You can also include clients and give them access to your design projects. Thus, they can see what you’re working on, eliminating hundreds of email exchanges that slow you down.
Active Collab has proven to be valuable to more than 200.000 users.
Have complete control over your work, keep track of time spent on tasks, generate custom reports, and invoice your work in a few seconds. Try it free for 30 days!
Wake is the fastest way for designers to share work with their team. Quickly share work, see what your team is working on, and keep the conversation going. With Wake, you can upload and share sketches, screenshots, or other work, without ever interrupting your Photoshop, Sketch, or Illustrator design flow.
For example, you can use Wake’s iOS app to capture notebook or whiteboard content and instantly share it with your team. The app allows you to share and see project feedback on the go.
This ability to share work without interrupting workflow makes the entire design process more transparent for your entire team, even those outside of design. With Wake, work can be shared publicly, so everyone knows what everyone is working on; or shared privately with selected individuals or stakeholders. Read the rest of this entry »
Obtaining international addresses from clients and customers just got a whole lot easier. Streetlayer offers a seamless address data processing add-on. The JSON API helps to analyze, validate, and format international addresses immediately upon entering the system.
The primary benefit is that you get higher quality data sets. The full address is verified and with postal code filtering, you never have to worry about not having sufficient data in order to effectively reach your customers.
There are a number of uses for Streetlayer. It’s capable of validating a customer address on an order form to ensure their package reaches them. It can be used on a registration form to ensure you have collected the correct information. It’s also possible to maintain a standard format for your database so that valuable information is not lost.
The straightforward validation web service works behind the scenes and does a complete geocode lookup. They offer a high level of accuracy with our search algorithm. Plus, it enables accuracy with addresses from around the globe. This allows you to be fully organized regardless of where you do business.
This is a necessary tool to incorporate into your business – and an affordable one. They offer free and paid subscriptions, providing something for everyone. This ensures you get a solution that meets the needs of your business.
Once you have international address validation, it will allow you to organize your database, keep better data sets, and ensure you have the right address for everyone who registers or orders on your site. This eliminates the costly mistakes that could otherwise ensue, which means you can’t afford NOT to have Streetlayer.
Within minutes, you can be signed up and using it within your website with the easy-to-integrate structure. Sign up now!
Streetlayer makes it easier than ever to verify international addresses. I was surprised by how easy it is to use. My data sets always seemed to be messed up because addresses were entered incorrectly. Now that I have integrated this into my website, I get the ideal format for my database. The postal code filtering also ensures that there are no mistakes, which makes it easier to send out mailings and packages without them being returned to me. I’m on a premium plan and it’s affordable, too. This has been a game changer within my business and our company simply can’t beat the cost of it.