Starting a business might be easier than ever but it's still hard. That's why there's 2 services freelancers should always pay for.
Today it’s easier than ever to start a business. You have an idea, you set up a website, and BOOM – you have a business…right? Not exactly. Starting a business might be easier than ever, but it’s still hard. There’s lots of information you need to know about structuring your business, managing your money, using the right tools, and so much more. It’s also hard to know what to invest in, and what you can do yourself for free for a while. Well, here are 2 things every freelancer and business owner should pay for, right off the bat. I should preface this article by saying I’m not talking to anyone who has a side-hustle. For those folks, you should keep track of your income and report it on your taxes. I’m talking to people who are running an honest-to-goodness business that accounts for most, or all of their income.
#1: An Accountant
Your taxes are about to get a lot more complicated. You need to report all of the income you’re making, you should be tracking all of your business expenses, and making sure you account for (ha!) anyone else you’ve paid. In the US, you’ll also be subject to self-employment tax.
Translating your WordPress website? Learn how to combine translation and localization for the ultimate localized website
According to the world’s economic leaders, that old buzzword “globalization” is dead. As of last year’s World Economic Forum, it appears we’re talking these days about Globalization 4.0. In other words, globalization is still a thing. Actually, it’s even more of a thing—four times as much of a thing, if you will—than it was even in 2018, apparently.
Does this make a tangible difference as far as the Internet is concerned? The short answer is, absolutely.
The long answer is, absolutely, and here’s why.
From globalization to “glocalization”
Globalization=localization. Sound like a paradox? Stricto sensu, it is: globalization implies increased connectivity and exchanges between people in geographically disparate locations—exchanges of goods, cultures, languages, and everything in between, right down to memes.
Localization refers to keeping in touch with the smallest units of community around you. For scale, if Amazon represents the acme of “globalized” commerce, your local mom-and-pop bookstore is the “localized” equivalent.
There are magnitudes of difference between Amazon and your local bookstore,
Project manager, product manager, program manager. What's in a name? Let's discover the differences between these website project leadership roles.
At WebDevStudios (WDS) we take pride in the team we put together to help our clients achieve success. Putting together a successful web development team is similar to putting together a winning sports team. There are the players, team coaches, head coach, and team owner. Although every role is important to a successful end game, a large part is the leadership that helps players get to their shared goal. Oftentimes, project leadership roles seem interchangeable, though. So, when it comes to project leadership, what’s really in a name? Every industry has their own version of project leadership. It’s important to remember the common denominator is the empowerment of people and working to everyone’s strengths.
The job of a manager is to implement processes and procedures for efficiency. The job of a leader is to provide teams with tools and support needed to implement those processes.
Every industry has unique leadership roles, but since WDS is in the web industry, we’re focusing on the technology sector—specifically product managers, program managers, and project managers.
When I entered the world of project management, I didn’t think much of the nuances
There are so many benefits to leading a remote work team, and any challenges can be overcome with the right tools, processes, or policies. Use these tips and words of wisdom to successfully lead a remote work team.
Here at WebDevStudios (WDS), we are passionate about WordPress, the success of our clients, and remote work. Being a completely distributed company, we have the opportunity to hire the best of the best regardless of location because we work from home. While distributed employees are the future, a company has to be open to new policies, processes and tools in order to make the effort successful. Below is my advice for leading a remote work team and maintaining effective productivity throughout the workweek from home. In a corporate office, far, far away…
Cubicles debuted in corporate offices during the 1960s and are now present in every high rise office across the world. I worked in a cubicle right out of college then moved to a nice corner office until about six years ago when I started at WDS.
Working remotely was completely new to me, but I quickly fell in love with this way of working. Now, I don’t think I could ever go back to a cubicle. Is it time for companies to change their thinking about how teams can work effectively and still be productive? The answer is yes! Our corporate world has had the ability to work from outside of an office for a few decades, yet working
With 4.5 years on the platform, I’ve seen Fiverr grow from having a bad reputation that stemmed from making every order start at $5, to a diverse marketplace of talented individuals who have learned how to make money on Fiverr by charging according to their skills and experience.
How to make money on Fiverr – how I make $2,000-$3,000 each month I’ve been on Fiverr since June 2015.
I honestly wouldn’t have even considered it if not for the guidance of my mentor and first big client when I started freelancing full-time. He’d been using it to sell social media management packages that he eventually converted to long-term client relationships.
With 4.5 years on the platform, I’ve seen Fiverr grow from having a bad reputation that stemmed from making every order start at $5, to a diverse marketplace of talented individuals who have learned how to make money on Fiverr by charging according to their skills and experience.
Between June 2015 and the date of this article’s publication, there’s been some variance in terms of how much work I’ve actually done through the platform. But I never left completely or went on an extended break, always maintaining a consistent presence.
It’s this consistency that’s helped me move up from one seller level to another.
I’m both a “Top Rated Seller” and a member of the Pro marketplace, which effectively puts me on the top of the totem pole for getting my Gigs
Environmentally responsible? Then you'll want to know what kind of impact your website has and the steps you need to take to run an eco-friendly website.
Founded in 2012, Maintainn is owned and operated by WebDevStudios. Our mission at Maintainn is simple – to ensure your success! Maintainn takes the burden of maintaining your website off your hands by providing you with safe and reliable WordPress maintenance and support. Partner with us so you never have to worry about your website again.
Nothing will disturb your sleep more than wondering if you completed your work. Get it together! Use these tips for staying organized and get a good night's sleep, finally.
Have you ever woken up from a dead sleep thinking, “Did I send out that status report?” or “What was I supposed to do from last Friday’s team meeting?” There’s nothing like the fear of being unorganized to disrupt your rest. In this article, I will give some tips for staying organized professionally. With a little effort and a sustainable plan in place, you can reap the benefits of staying organized in your professional life. Organization Reduces Stress
Ronni Eisenberg, Professional Organizer and Time Management Consultant at Organize Yourself! states that, “Organization is important because it helps to reduce the stress from the daily and chronic chaos in your life. Being organized helps you to manage the overwhelm you feel because you have too much to do, you do not have the time, and you don’t know where to begin. Organization helps you to find what you are looking for, get to appointments on time, and get things done.”
Tips for Staying Organized Professionally
Note: Google Suite products allow for easy linking capabilities.
Write it down or type it out.
Getting ideas, tasks, topics down is a good first step. This will allow you
Are you, your organization, and your website ready to handle a crisis? Here, one of our backend engineers, who has experience with crisis management, offers some great tips and insight.
What Is a Crisis? A crisis is a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger. By this definition, a crisis one faces can be as simple as being short-staffed one night to an extreme of requiring emergency response to a tragic event. When presented with a crisis, how quickly and how effectively you respond to it makes a dramatic impact on how you and your organization make it out on the other end of it, placing a great importance on having an effective plan and using the right technology for crisis management.
Responding to Crisis
In September 2017, Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane, ravaged through Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean sea, displacing hundreds of thousands of Americans and causing a record-setting amount of damage estimated at over 90 billion dollars. In the aftermath of the storm, nearly 180,000 Americans migrated from Puerto Rico to the US mainland with nearly one third of them ending up in central and southern Florida.
To help respond to a rapid increase of those needing assistance in Central Florida, the Episcopal Office of Latino Assistance (EOLA) was formed to help families find work and transition into permanent housing in the wake of the storm.
Here are some website project problems you might encounter during the life cycle of your website project and ways to overcome them.
Committing to a new website or a website rebuild brings on a roller coaster of emotions. There is usually excitement over a new functionality or an updated look and sometimes apprehension over the content on your current site. You will certainly feel many highs but also a few lows throughout the life cycle of your project. Because we have ridden the roller coaster with many clients and have noticed the same challenges tend to arise from project to project, we have a few tips on how to handle them. Here are some of the website project problems you are likely to experience and how you can manage them. Missing Data
Oftentimes, our clients wish to migrate the data from their current site to their new site. At the beginning of the life cycle of the project, we conduct a data discovery phase. We examine the data on your current site and complete a data mapping document which is handed off to our clients for final review and approval. Sometimes, it is not desired that all data be brought over. Other times, it is, but the data mapping document should outline explicitly what will be brought over.
Then, development kicks off and data is often not something that comes to our clients’ minds
Planning to launch a new #ecommerce site soon? Check out this curated list of the 30+ best WooCommerce themes (free and paid) to find your perfect fit!
We all know and love WordPress for its blogging capabilities. But what about turning a WordPress site into something more? What about selling physical or digital items through WordPress?
As many of you may know, there’s no need to go with another platform for launching an ecommerce store, all thanks to the WooCommerce plugin. It’s an incredible solution for turning your site into an online store, and you typically don’t have to pay for many extensions. The only downside is that there are so many WooCommerce themes to choose from.
That’s why we’re covering the best WooCommerce themes for you to cut down on your searching and spend more time building a website!
Where to Buy and Download the Best WooCommerce Themes
Some folks might be strictly looking for free WooCommerce themes. Others are only interested in the best premium themes. It doesn’t matter which group you fall into, but you should know the right sites to go to if you’re looking to avoid unreputable themes.
Articles like this are excellent options for finding curated lists to get started with your search. However, we also want to give you some marketplaces and libraries with the best
Now is the time to start planning improvements for your business website for the new year.
The web is always changing, evolving, and growing. Here at WebDevStudios (WDS), we thrive on staying up-to-date on the latest trends to ensure the success of all of our clients’ websites. The end of the year is approaching, but there is still plenty of time between now and then to start planning on how to improve your website for next year. It’s still 2019, so why should you be concerned about what will be on-trend next year? The planning process is pivotal in successful website builds, which takes time. You want to ensure your site is at the forefront of the the changing landscape of the web and not playing catch-up against your competitors. The sooner you start planning, the faster development can begin to get your site become a trailblazer in the new year.
Why Do Trends Change and Why Are They So Important?
It probably feels like it’s a never-ending cycle to keep up with the new trends and updates that come yearly for WordPress and the web in general, and you wouldn’t be wrong. With so many talented developers (many of which we have here at WDS) contributing to open-source platforms, trends and necessary features will always be changing in an attempt to find
Video content is proven to be the best way to market, share knowledge and communicate with your customers. Freemius is getting into video content, and this is why every WordPress plugin or theme business should too.
1981 was the year when MTV exploded into the world. The introduction of music videos forever changed the way we consume and enjoy music. Around the same time, a British pop band called “The Buggles” released one of the most groundbreaking pop songs of that era called “Video Killed the Radio Star”. Other than being a really great song, in those times of the rise of MTV – it was kind of a “prophecy” which symbolized a new age – the age of video. Fast forward 39 years into the future – record companies have risen and fallen – but video is stronger than ever! If you think about it – where do you go on the internet when you want to learn something new?
In 2019, YouTube is the second most popular search engine on the world wide web.Tweet
In these times, internet connections are faster than ever, information and knowledge are public domain, and anyone, anywhere can learn anything and teach anything. In this context, it makes sense that videos are the best way to deliver messages and share knowledge online.
According to research, video content is processed 60,000 times faster in the human brain than textual content! This combination
You may already be advanced in the e-commerce game—but that shouldn't stop you from maintaining stock on Amazon, eBay, MercadoLibre, and other international marketplace sites.
Many early e-commerce merchants (and you may be among them) start out on a marketplace platform. We mentioned Ebay, Etsy, and Depop in our most recent chat about international e-commerce, but there are others—even Amazon, the veritable Goliath of all things e-commerce, is, in large part, a platform for small independent vendors (this was one of Amazon’s original distinguishing features, back when its Marketplace was called « zShops» at its launch in 1999). Marketplaces give you few opportunities for propagating your personal brand, and aren’t ideal for developing a close relationship with your customers—these are the principal cons of such platforms when compared to an independent store site, which you, the store and site-owner, autonomously manage and can tailor to your own goals and ideas.
But marketplaces also provide some pretty significant advantages, particularly in the domains of traffic acquisition and notoriety among consumer communities.
It’s all in the algorithmsI
Since a marketplace essentially acts as a dedicated search engine for products, yours will be more likely to appear on the searches of sincerely interested customers than
A website project manager does more than just document all the things. Learn what a dedicated project manager truly can accomplish for a website project. Let's debunk the myths!
Have you ever heard any project management myths? Have you encountered them yourself? By the end of this article, the goal is to help debunk some common project management myths and help share some helpful knowledge along the way. Wikipedia describes project management as:
…the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time. The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals within the given constraints.
While every project is unique and has its own special characteristics, the project management team at WebDevStudios follows this project life cycle to meet the desired deliverables. The goal is to exceed our client’s expectations.
Anyone can manage a project, but in order to effectively project manage, it requires an infusion of effective communication skills, strong leadership skills, a scoop of curiosity, a blend of interpersonal skills and some organizational magic to be successful. Let’s get to debunking common project management myths now.
Myth #1: The role of a project manager is just to create documentation.
What makes an international WooCommerce store stand out? Here's how going multilingual can help.
The WordPress plugin industry is booming (we would know—we’re right in the thick of it!). The multiplicity of plugins available for pretty much every website functionality you can think of means that there’s always a degree of healthy competition: every plugin developer has a reason to keep updating and improving their product. Ecommerce is perhaps the exception to this general rule of plugin multiplicity: One particular plugin dominates the scene: WooCommerce is king.
WooCommerce actually powers 8% of the internet’s ecommerce, including 21% of the top 1 million most-visited ecommerce sites on the web—and over 6% of the top 1 million sites overall.
There are many reasons why WooCommerce is the go-to ecommerce plugin for so many WordPress users (who are themselves numerous—over 34% of the entire Internet is WordPress-based), but its popularity mostly comes down to its comprehensiveness. You can start with a content-exclusive site—like a blog or a photo gallery—and turn it into a fully functional online store with no plugin other than WooCommerce. It’s a one-shot installation that allows you to:
create product pages,
Localization enhancers consumer experience, makes your content more appealing and allows you to meet the needs of your new customers. Our tips for customising your marketing and online strategy.
ACF, one of the most popular plugins amongst developers introduces new pricing plans for 2020. :)
It’s been a while since we last reviewed our pricing. In fact, you could argue we never have! Our premium plugin journey began back in 2011 with the release of the Repeater field – our claim to fame, so to speak. Priced reasonably for the time, the Repeater field sold well and paved the way for another three add-ons to be developed; Options Page, Flexible Content field and Gallery field.
In 2015, we streamlined our product offering by combining those four premium Add-ons into a single professional plugin; ACF PRO. We used a similar approach in pricing, adding together the cost of each individual feature for the “unlimited” license. That same price still stands today – $100 AUD (a one-time purchase) – even with the additions of new groundbreaking features such as ACF Blocks.
It’s safe to say that pricing has never been at the forefront of our roadmap. Instead, we have stayed focused on more exciting things like developing new features, fixing bugs, and helping our users. But with an ever-growing user base, our “classic” pricing model is no longer helping our cause – to Build anything with WordPress.
In light of this, we are
What is conversion rate? And how do you improve yours? Follow these practical ways to increase your e-commerce conversion rate and drive more sales.
If you’re in e-commerce your goal is quite simple – you want to drive traffic to your website and increase that all important conversion rate. Whether you’ve just started or you’re well established – one things for sure, you share a common goal – increasing sales.
Within this article we’ll list 5 practical tips to implement into your strategy and increase your conversion rate to help drive your sales.
We’re looking at low cost (sometimes free!) solutions, that can have a big impact on that all important revenue.
First, a look at the basics.
What is conversion rate?
Conversion rate is simply the percentage of visitors to your site that complete a desired goal – and in e-commerce terms – that’s purchasing something.
How to calculate conversion rate
To do this, you divide the number of conversions you get within a given time frame by the total number of people who visited your e-commerce site, and multiply this by 100.
This number will give you an overall impression on whether things are going well, or not so well.
If it’s below industry standard, you’ll need to identify where the problem is fast. Some suggestions
With the travel and tourism industry now worth $7.6 trillion - it's never been a more important time to translate your hotel website. We take a look at 4 reasons you need a multilingual hotel website in 2019.
Driving customers to your hotel can be a constant uphill battle. Off seasons and increased competition from alternative accommodation providers are just a couple of barriers hoteliers face. Let’s put a few other facts out there too.
Did you know that 57% of all reservations within the travel industry are made online?
And, on top of that, 47% of the web is non English speaking…
Shall we give you the third stinger? 75% of consumers will only buy in their own language (according to a report by CSA Research).
Which means, you might just find yourself with a big problem on your hands if you want to attract foreign visitors to your hotel and you’re not thinking about offering your website in another language.
By presenting information in languages your future guests can understand, you’ll be more likely to land those international bookings – an area growing at an extortionate rate.
Take the Chinese market, for example. In 2018, Chinese residents took 149.7m overseas trips and are now the world’s most powerful outbound market. And, considering less than 10% of the Chinese population speak English, it’s a huge market you could be missing out on.
Many WordPress plugin and theme developers struggle with how to respond when they get negative reviews. Here's how you can effectively respond and create positivity for yourself and the frustrated customer, from negative reviews.
You’ve worked hard to get your business going. You’re working even harder now that you’ve added online marketing to your overall marketing strategy. That strategy includes online reviews. Now, you’re working hard to build your online reputation. That’s why it can feel like the end of the world when you receive a negative review or several. Fortunately, your business’ reputation doesn’t need to hang in the balance every time a poor response comes your way.
By being prepared beforehand, you can navigate your way through any storm your business endures, including negative online reviews. That’s what we’re going to cover in this post.
Before we start, make sure you also check out our guide on how to respond to positive reviews, another important pillar of managing your online reputation.
Why You Need to Pay Attention to Negative Reviews
You may think positive reviews are the most important aspect of your business’ online reputation, and you’d be right for the most part. What you may not be aware of is how much negative reviews can impact your business. I don’t just mean the amount of business they scare away, either.
Jan started Divi Sensei, a store that offers extensions for Divi. His story is inspirational for developers everywhere who want to make a living and see the world!
Today we’re excited to interview Jan Thielemann – a self-taught Divi module developer who built his WordPress business Divi Sensei and sells a host of other Divi modules and add-ons! He not only learned WordPress plugin development, but also built his business while traveling the world. His Divi modules started gaining organic popularity and gained traction from there! Let’s jump in and find out more… Jan, it’s a pleasure to connect with you and thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview! Please tell us, where are you from and what’s your background? How did you get into coding and development?
I’m from Germany, born and raised. Ever since my family got our first computer, somewhere in 1992 or 1993 I believe, I was addicted to it. It was clear that some day I had to work with computers one or the other way so I made an apprenticeship where I worked with hardware and software. I was one of only two students in my year who actually understood software development, and it was so much fun that I stuck with it and became a professional software developer.
I mainly developed backend systems in Java, but in my free time, I explored other
We enjoy having the opportunity to collaborate with other agencies on website projects. Here's how we create successful website project partnerships.
At WebDevStudios, we believe that our clients’ success is our success. We ensure that success by becoming a true partner to them. Sometimes, that means forming a website project partnership by partnering up with some of their other partners. From design agencies to IT agencies, to other development agencies, we have worked with them all. As a Project Manager, I see the risk increase with every additional vendor brought into a client project. Whether our client brings a design agency’s design to us to build their website, or they work with another web developer on another part of their site, it is important for us to work with everyone collaboratively and with a positive attitude. In doing so, we can minimize the project risks and make our client feel like we are a true partner to them, working toward a common goal: the success of their website project. Here’s how we do it.
We begin with communication.
When we begin a website project partnership where there are other vendors involved, it is important to first establish the mode of communication. Will everyone communicate via Jira or perhaps have a shared Slack channel? Once the method is agreed upon, it is crucial that
This is huge acquisition news. I wonder what the resulting combo will look like.
AUSTIN, Texas – June 24, 2019 – WP Engine, the WordPress Digital Experience Platform (DXP), today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Flywheel, a WordPress hosting and management company based in Omaha, Neb. By combining their strengths, WP Engine and Flywheel are enhancing the WP Engine Digital Experience Platform for WordPress with the best creative and business workflows for agencies, building upon their collective investments and leadership in WordPress and creating the largest Agency Partner Program in WordPress. These benefits are all driven by a shared set of cultural values and purpose aimed at better serving the global brands and agencies who build sites on WordPress. In the largest acquisition to date in the WordPress industry, WP Engine will now power more than 120,000 brands and agencies in 150 countries served by nearly 900 employees across seven offices globally. “On behalf of the WP Engine team, we couldn’t be more excited to join forces with one of the most respected brands in WordPress. I personally welcome each employee and customer into the WP Engine family and I’m excited about the opportunities we will create
There are a lot of changes going on in the WordPress space. How will it affect freelancers?
If you’ve paid much attention to the WordPress space in the past year, you may have noticed that it’s been a time of prolific change. Perhaps the most public of those changes was the integration of the new Gutenberg block editor. This, along with some other recent behind-the-scenes developments, have helped to usher in a turning point. This affects the entire community. But today, I’m going to focus on a group near and dear to my own heart: Freelancers whose primary business is working with WordPress.
First, Some Background
This, combined with concerns regarding the project’s leadership/governance, along with both acquisitions and funds raised by WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg’s company (Automattic), have piqued the interest of those of us who make a living with the open source CMS. There are questions about what all of this means to freelancers and the community at large.