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Mobile Website Design Helps Keep Customers Happy

April 7, 2014 by

You walk into a waiting room filled with people. They’re not watching the television; they’re not reading magazines. No, the majority of those seated have their heads down, thumbs expertly typing on mini-keypads with eyes glued to small screens. Thanks to ever faster and cheaper data plans, mobile devices are ubiquitous; they are a rapidly growing force in the way we access information. Has your website rolled out the welcoming mat for these visitors? If not, it's time you took a look at your mobile website design. Read Full Article

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The 5 Phases to Build a Website

March 31, 2014 by

How do you move your business or personal website from concept to launch? Whether you decide to learn how to build a website on your own or to hire a web developer, there are five phases your process should go through. It's exciting to make a website, and it can be tempting to simply jump in. However, by taking the time to follow a more structured process, you'll create a site that’s more effective and spend less time fixing problems later. Read Full Article

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Web Development 101: What Are Website Templates?

March 24, 2014 by

Not everyone needs a team of web developers, programmers and graphic artists to build a website. For many people, a simple web presence is all that is needed. Using website templates can be a fast, easy way to build a website for a small business or for personal use — and there's a wide range of options available. Whether you're looking for an online business card, a portfolio to showcase your photography or design, or a blog to share your thoughts, a template can save you time and money. Read Full Article

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Web Development 101: Top Web Development Languages in 2014

March 19, 2014 by

When it comes to choosing the best web development language for your website, it's important to remember that there is no single best language. Instead, a web developer will choose the option that best suits your project, based on the specific functionality or features you want. Here is an overview of the more popular web development languages in use by the industry today. Read Full Article

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Web Development 101: What is a Web Developer?

March 12, 2014 by

If you've decided not to build your own website, you may already know that you'll need a web developer to make sure the technical side of your new website comes together smoothly. But what skills should you look for in a web developer? And do you need a web developer or a web designer — is there a difference? Here's a closer look at the specific skills and talents your web person should have, so you can identify what you’re looking for and understand what web-related skills are needed to build the best site for you or your business. Read Full Article

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Web Development 101: What is Web Development?

March 7, 2014 by

If you’re looking to build a website—whether you’re considering doing it yourself or hiring a web developer to do it for you—you’ve likely heard the term ‘web development’ come up very frequently. Familiarity with the concept is fine, but if you’re serious about learning how to develop a website, you should have a solid understanding of the term. So for our first post in the Web Development 101 series, we’ll start at the beginning—what is web development, anyway? Read Full Article

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10 Unique Website Layouts to Inspire You

March 6, 2014 by

Whether you’re creating a portfolio, promoting an app, or introducing your business to potential customers, you want your website to stand out and be memorable, while also effectively capturing and holding visitors’ attention. But when you want to do something a bit different with your design, it can be hard to think beyond the site templates we see most often. With a mix of personal projects and business sites, these professional websites will hopefully spark new ideas and inspire you to break the web design mold, helping you make a website that’s both memorable and effective. Read Full Article

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10 Best Web Development Tutorials For Beginners

March 5, 2014 by

Maybe you’re looking to build a website for the business you’re bootstrapping from the ground up. Maybe you’d like to enter the world of web development and are looking for an introduction to coding. Or maybe you’re just trying to stay a step ahead (or behind) your hacker kid. Whatever the case, we’ve got the resources to help you get started. Here’s a list of the 10 best web development tutorials for beginners. Read Full Article

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Looking For Web Design Ideas? Here's Where To Start

March 4, 2014 by

You’re a web development newbie, and you’re looking to build a new website or redesign an existing one. Your first task is choosing a design direction; in particular, picking out some web design ideas either to inspire you as you learn how to build your own site, or to hand off to a web designer for guidance. That is easier said than done, though. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of sites where you can find some great web design inspiration, no matter your industry or budgeted web design costs. Read Full Article

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How High-Tech Startups Can Use Remote Developers

February 25, 2014 by

Many high-tech entrepreneurs think of online staffing as a bootstrapping technique—something used only in the early days of the startup, when headcounts are low and funding is tight, to get a first prototype built. I know I used to think that way. But now, I'm convinced that online workplaces represent something much more: an essential tool in an entrepreneur's arsenal. Online staffing is akin to elastic computing or crowdfunding—it’s a resource that doesn’t just make things more efficient, but also adds a fundamental new capability to the modern company. Take our startup, Diffbot, as an example. Read Full Article

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How to Hire an Awesome Developer on oDesk: Part I

January 23, 2014 by

I've been using oDesk for almost two years now—hiring for various types of profiles and skills, from multiple locations around the world—and it's been filled with a lot of ups and a few downs. When I was new to oDesk, I didn’t really know how to properly evaluate freelancers. What's more, it's always difficult to evaluate a skill you don’t have yourself. As a result, my turnover rate was pretty high. After a lot of trial and error, I fixed my process. I can now say confidently that most of the freelancers I'm hiring are awesome, and I believe they enjoy collaborating with me. After all, hiring the right people and managing them well are skills that only become more important when hiring online. So how can you have the same result? Check out the steps below for guidance on how to hire an awesome developer on oDesk. Today I'll go through the first three tips, and stay tuned tomorrow for the next three. Read Full Article

All Things oDesk

Code Your Way to California: oDesk’s First Coding Challenge Attracts Top Developers From Russia and Ukraine

November 1, 2013 by

At 11:00 am MSK on Saturday, October 19th, over one thousand developers across Russia and Ukraine entered oDesk’s Coding Challenge. Participants had four hours to solve two puzzles, choosing from a list of 15 coding languages. Both experienced oDesk developers and those new to oDesk came out in large numbers for the chance to demonstrate their skills to prospective clients; we had created an exclusive developer group on oDesk open only to the top performers. But they were also vying for the grand prize—a trip to Silicon Valley and an in-person interview with oDesk. Read Full Article

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Truly Lean Startups Use Online Contract Developers

July 30, 2012 by

The Lean Startup methodology is a great way to launch your new business idea as quickly and efficiently as possible. The practice has also spawned the Lean Software Development concept, which focuses on developing software in a lean manner—primarily by eliminating all forms of waste in the development process. However, the truly cutting-edge lean startups are taking it to a new level by using teams of contract developers to develop not only their web presence but also their product itself. Read Full Article