21st January 2019No Comments

The Difference Between a Template and Bespoke Website

If your website was built using WordPress, it’s likely to have been developed:

  1. From scratch as a bespoke website
  2. Using a customisable theme

Usually, the decision to use a bespoke design or customised theme boils down to budget and timeframe. Let’s explore the pros and cons of each.

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9th December 2018No Comments

Fancy Rubbish Your Website Can Do Without

When you’re building a website, how do you decide what features to include? Here are some things you should strike off your website wish list.

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20th November 2018No Comments

How Much For A Website?

If you’re a freelance web designer, you’ve probably received a vague email enquiry asking for a quote.

The email is usually short on detail, high on expectation and ends with the most beloved of questions: how much does a website cost?

It’s a common frustration for freelance web designers. But it doesn’t have to be. Let me explain.

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17th November 2018No Comments

What Is Your Website For?

If you don't sell a product on your website, is it just a vanity project?

A website is an investment. It takes time, effort, thought and money to make a website authentically reflect your business.

But if you’re a small business or freelancer and you don’t sell physical products or rely on your website to generate leads, why do you need one?

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1st November 2018No Comments

The Trouble With NDAs

Let’s face it: Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) are a pain in the backside for freelancers. Not only are they undecipherable, but they prevent you from displaying your work and limit your ability to take on related projects.

How can we make NDAs work for clients and freelancers?

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31st October 20182 Comments

Happy New Year: Your Website Is Vulnerable!

On 1st January 2019, PHP 5 reaches ‘end-of-life’. This means that the developers will no longer be updating or patching the software, even if security holes are discovered.

Websites that run on PHP 5 will be vulnerable to any future security holes that hackers discover.

Find out whether your site might be affected and what you need to do.

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30th October 2018No Comments

An Email Is Not A Contract

The first rule of being a freelancer is: always use a contract. At least, that’s what every guide to being freelance tells you.

I wanted to find out if and how freelancers use them: do they get their clients to sign their contracts or is it the other way around?

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25th October 2018No Comments

Freelancing With International Clients

Since I started freelancing in 2013, I’ve worked with hundreds of clients. Most of which are overseas, and include clients from Austria, Australia, Andorra, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, India, Isle of Man, Norway, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Uganda and the USA.

Most of my initial freelance work came through Upwork, which is why such a high percentage of my clients aren’t based in the UK. I now work with a mix of international clients both on and off the platform.

Freelancers can be nervous about working with clients abroad. There are more factors to consider, but for the most part it’s similar to working with a local client.

Here are some ‘gotchas’ to watch out for and tips to help your international projects go smoothly.

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18th October 2018No Comments

Protecting Your Freelance Work

I was recently contacted by an agency I’ve worked with on numerous projects. Their client had disappeared mid-project and had been in touch to ask about some tweaks on their new site.

Confused, the agency checked out the client’s site. The client had outsourced the completion of the work elsewhere, ripping off the design we had created. Not only this, but the client didn’t want to pay for the work as they hadn’t used it.

Without getting into the rights or wrongs of the client’s behaviour, it surprised me that the agency’s contract didn’t include clauses that protected them. The contract I use, based on Andy Clarke’s Contract Killer, has a couple of sections that would have strengthened this agency’s position.

Let’s look at the two clauses that could have prevented this happening.

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29th September 2018No Comments

How Upwork Worked For Me

Freelancing marketplaces like Upwork are perceived as places where cheap clients go to get subpar work completed at minimal rates: pay peanuts, get monkeys as they say.

It’s easy to see why this perception exists: clients requesting complex sites for $500 and below minimum wage hourly rates are common.

But it’s not all bad.

As someone who started their freelance web design career on Upwork, I thought I’d tell the story of how it worked for me and why I think Upwork deserves a place in the industry.

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