With so many new trends advancing every year it can be difficult keeping up with the industry. Website designers and frontend developers have been deeply ingrained into the newer CSS3 properties, determining the ultimate browser support and quirky hacks. But there are also brilliant CSS2 code snippets which have been unrequited in comparison.
You know how when you first started thinking about freelancing you thought about how incredible it would be?
Those thoughts of being able to work where you want, when you want. And that belief that you’d finally have tons of time to work on different projects.
Agreed, freelancing is amazing, BUT there’s that whole issue with time.
Because from the minute you decide to put your slippers on and become a freelancer, you’re suddenly expected to do more than just what you rock at professionally. Now you’re also expected to be:
- office manager,
- accountants department,
- meeting coordinator
… you get where I’m going with this.
There are a bunch of ever growing tools out there to help you out.
The question is, how are you supposed to figure out what tools you need and which ones are the best?
We asked hundreds of awesome Donanza freelancers what are their favorite freelancer tools, and put together this comprehensive list of the best tools for 2013.
Check them out, use them, share them with your other freelancer pals, and let us know if there’s anything we missed that MUST be on there, before the year is out.
…I believe the goals of good CSS architecture shouldn’t be that different from the goals of all good software development. I want my CSS to be predictable, reusable, maintainable, and scalable….
Solving the Low-Budget Online Marketing Dilemma May 14, 2013 Stop me if you’ve heard this one:
Your bootstrapped startup is finally off the ground. You’re able to spend $6000/mo on AdWords to drive leads. Sure the conversion rates could be better, and sure it’s not the best ROI on Earth, but on the balance it’s making money.
You don’t have a huge budget, but you can plough some of your winnings back into advertising
How to Rank: 25 Step SEO Master Blueprint May 14th, 2013 – Posted by Cyrus Shepard to Intermediate & Advanced SEO
If you’re like most SEOs, you spend a lot of time reading. Over the past several years, I’ve spent 100s of hours studying blogs, guides, and Google patents. Not long ago, I realized that 90% of what I read each doesn’t change what I actually do – that is, the basic work of ranking a web page higher on Google.
For newer SEOs, the process can be overwhelming.
To simplify this process, I created this SEO blueprint. It’s meant as a framework for newer SEOs to build their own work on top of. This basic blueprint has helped, in one form or another, 100s of pages and dozens of sites to gain higher rankings.
Think of it as an intermediate SEO instruction manual, for beginners.
From A List Apart:
Kill Your CMS
by Karen McGrane ·
THE ERA of “desktop publishing” is over. Same goes for the era where we privilege the desktop web interface above all others. The tools we create to manage our content are vestiges of the desktop publishing revolution, where we tried to enable as much direct manipulation of content as possible. In a world where we have infinite possible outputs for our content, it’s time to move beyond tools that rely on visual styling to convey semantic meaning. If we want true separation of content from form, it has to start in the CMS.