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Web Developers Guide to Building Your Network

Building and growing a business could be implemented in various ways, but the core of every B2B or B2C transaction are relationships. Regardless of whether you’re selling directly to customers, building a reseller network, or pitching to C-level executives – you need to establish a communication protocol by connecting and bonding with the right people. As Armstrong Williams once said: “Networking is an essential part of building wealth”.

7 Ways to Improve Customer Experience in Lines

Nobody has ever signed up for waiting in lines - but they are inevitable regardless of whether we are in a supermarket, waiting for a doctor’s appointment, or transferring funds at the bank. Different businesses manage the queue differently, which could impact the customer experience accordingly. Here are 7 tips for smart entrepreneurs who want to reduce the tension and increase the number of recurring customers for their brick and mortar business.
Business & Marketing World

Cubicles vs. Open Office - Is There a Winner?

Google has revolutionized the working environment with the “open office” policy which means that an entire floor (or a large space that can accommodate a hundred people) is wall-free. The concept was a response to the US trend of “cubicles” – closed spaces available to a single person, with temporary thin walls. The cubicle concept was a result of expensive rentals in downtown areas, together with call centers who required some sort of “privacy” or, at the very least, “sound isolation” while co
Web Design Ledger

Stop Losing Prospects With Disappearing Contact Form Submissions

While user experience and market fit are crucial for every business, a surprising reason for low conversions could be a misbehaving contact form on your website. Over the past 2 months we have worked with 3 successful businesses online with broken contact forms that prevented prospects from connecting with business development or support staff. In each of the three cases incoming emails have been lost entirely, or over 50% of the submissions were not passing due to technical errors – such as JavaScript conflicts, AdBlock extensions, email server limits or upgrades that broke anything behind the scenes, hence preventing a successful contact with company’s reps.
Mario Peshev on WordPress Development

WordPress Salary Requirements Revealed and Company Pricing Breakdown

A known problem in the WordPress industry are the $500 projects and hundreds of thousands of clients looking for free and warez plugins and themes, unwilling to pay a few pennies for a premium solution, and completely baffled by any estimate that is equal to the actual salary of a developer. They often proceed with DIY solutions or site builders, and don’t understand the cost of building a professional solution that is scaled for growth, stability, compatibility, speed and security. And some cu
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WordPress Retainers and the Future of Recurring Revenue in WordPress

Retainers are most useful for business that need constant legal work, but do not have enough money to hire a lawyer full time. Also, individuals who are likely to need a lot of legal work might want to have a lawyer on retainer. If we extract that definition and apply it in the context of web services, retainers are just as applicable and very much needed by clients in our field. Since the web industry is much younger than the legal industry, we’re still bringing in valuable best practices from other ecosystems that have been around for hundreds of years.
Mario Peshev on WordPress Development

The Risks of Premium Themes for Successful Businesses

I did a review of Envato and ThemeForest last year discussing the race to the bottom and the financial challenges for both business owners, and theme authors. The focus, however, was on the existence of the marketplace in the first place and the lucrative vision of the millionaire theme author in the context of the low-cost offers for $500 WordPress websites. This is a short run of the drawbacks for business owners tempted to spend some cash on a custom WordPress theme and taking a shortcut wit

What Technology Do I Need For My Web Project?

When it comes to building a technical project, there are numerous languages, technologies and platforms that your development company can utilize in order to build the final product that you’ve asked for. TIOBE is one of the most reputable sources identifying the popularity and distribution of programming languages across the globe. This is the chart for August 2016, and you can see the current list of platforms and languages here:
Smart Meetings

WordCamp 2016 Behind the Scenes

Editor’s Note: Mario Peshev is a WordPress developer and architect at DevriX who has worked on the back end of Smart Meetings for several years. As an organizer of WordCamp, Peshev went from event organizer to event speaker at this year’s WordCamp Europe event, presenting on a very relevant topic in an industry: remote employees. The event was hosted at MuseumsQuartier Wien, Museumsplatz, Vienna. This is his experience as he prepared for the event.

Why Do WordPress Agencies Charge More Than Freelancers?

WordPress Agencies are Not for Everyone First off, hiring a WordPress development agency may not be the right choice for your business. There is a certain additional overhead when hiring a whole company that is significantly higher as compared to an individual – a solopreneur or a freelancer – that should be taken into account. We’ve covered some of the differences in our Employee vs. Freelancer vs. Agency article, and each option has its own pros and cons.
Mario Peshev on WordPress Development

Don't Call Yourself a Developer If You Don't Code

For some unknown reason, the number of “WordPress Developers” out there is probably nearing the number of Java developers, despite of the fact that all Java developers do program extensively whilst the WordPress developers far too often have no idea what’s going on behind the admin panel. I do conduct interviews on a weekly basis for various reasons, and over the past couple of years I’ve probably shortlisted over 500 applications for WordPress development. A tiny chunk of them had exposure to
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