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    Hi All, My name is eyarie and i just bought the freelancer course. Hope to get to know you all better as we share ideas and help each other on the journey of learning new skills. @StefanMishook, i have been following your videos on youtube for some time now. You are the real deal. Thanks for this product and all the quality advise you give newbies like me.
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    We get a lot of questions about learning, but part of getting a job is also experience. Volunteering is not just a way to get experience but also built up a body of work and employers do tend to like people who volunteer. So how can I get experience? What are you thinking with volunteering? 1. Teaching: This will depend on your experience and area. In Germany I helped Youth Club staff build good web sites. Here in Juneau I did a seminar for local businesses. Here at Killersites I have learned things or made “mental connections” as I have tried to teach or help many of you with your issues. Often when helping others you realize other ways of doing things that you never considered before, you learn things answering other’s questions. Maybe teach a local high school computer club good web design. 2. Free web work: Like many others I did web work for some non-profit sites. I did the work for free, so they got a cheap web site and I had a web site to show besides my own and a professional reference for my application. Look around at charities, churches, and other non-profit entities online or your area. 3. Volunteering: Naturally any place you volunteer will aid you. I will stick with IT work here though. Even if it is not web design, you have more computer experience than most average folks to you can be of great help just doing basic IT stuff. You will also learn new skills and experience other IT areas you like more. I started in web design, then went to programming and am now my divisions cyber security person. So, do not fear volunteering for “other” IT work. A. Red Cross/Crescent – The Red Cross works differently is different countries, so I can only speak to the American Red Cross (ARC), but my guess is that the Canadian Red Cross, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz e.V., etc. will have the same needs, just other terms. i. Disaster Services Technology (DST): The ARC is going digital more each year, many of the tools they use are online. Every time ARC volunteers deploy to a disaster, some of the first ones in are DST, and there are never enough DST volunteers. So, as long as volunteers are in the field at disasters, so are their technical support. Computers: There is a sub-team that handles passing out, setting up, managing and maintaining and collecting computers. Also support for the apps used. Networking: A sub-team that specifically deals with networking, connectivity, and Servers. Big disasters like this fall will have field servers deployed, many communications may be down, so we set up satellite internet connections. We use wired and WiFi connections, routers, switches and set up printers. Communications: This sub-team passes out and supports smart phones, tablets, handheld and mobile radios, radio base stations, antennas etc. Customer support: This is basically the help desk folks who help the users. [NOTE: these are the four official jobs in DST, but the disaster decides the actual build. You may find yourself doing multiple jobs if the disaster is not as big or there are not enough volunteers. DST from hurricane Harvey is still in the field from all over the country, and it is usually a two week deployment, so they constantly need people, so there may not be enough. I am the only DST member for all of SE Alaska] ii. IT End User Services (IT EUS) – Another ARC group to consider for those times between disasters. This is really just the IT shop for the ARC broken into regions. I am currently going through the process. As an EUS volunteer I will be dealing with maintenance and troubleshooting of ARC computers in my area, helping other volunteer and staff with their computer problems, running updates etc. Again, I am the only EUS person for SE Alaska, the nearest are almost 6 miles away in Anchorage. iii. There are many other volunteer jobs for logistics, shelter workers etc. with any of the Red Cross/Crescents as well both day to day and disaster situations. B. CyberPatriot – CyberPatriot is a national youth cyber education program run each year by the Air Force Association (AFA) and partners. The AFA sees the lack of cyber security trained people on the US workforce to be a National Security Issue. They want to get more youth interested in STEM and computer jobs and increase the number of women in the IT sector. You can volunteer as an assistant coach for teams in your area, or you can contact schools or organizations in the area to coach your own teams. This competition is not just for the geeks, it is built for people, teens or coaches with no idea about computers and or cyber security to be able to comete as the whole idea is to get kids not interested in computers to reconsider. It is a two-part program. i. The education part entails teaching youth to use the internet in a safe manner. They support schools or others running cyber safety summer camps and such activities. ii. Part two is the CyberPatriot Cyber Defense Competition where teams from across the US (I think Canada too) made up of teenagers, compete nationally for the best score finding vulnerabilities and securing a server system. Teams can be from schools, military organizations like JROTC or Civil Air Patrol Cadets for instance and other groups like boy scouts. They are even pushing for all-female teams. C. Civil Air Patrol – Quite wide spread down south, CAP is a civilian corporation owned by the US Air Force. Its task is the primary Search & Rescue agency in the US. Primarily for missing aircraft, but also hikers, boaters, etc. They are all volunteers and always need pilots, air crews, ground search personnel and those to run the search. Among other squadron jobs, there is an official job for IT personnel. So, check your local CAP squadrons, volunteer and maybe be their IT shop or if they have Cadets, offer to coach a Cadet CyberPatriot team. D. National Collegiate Cyber Defense Championship – I have not dealt with this group, but it is a college version of CyberPatriot more or less, just for college students. If you live in a college town this may be another possible point to help out. This is just a partial list based on what I generally have had experience with. Anyone else have suggestions, even from their own countries, go ahead and add it. Just remember that when you volunteer you help your community and yourself. You can gain much broader experience that can only help you get jobs or pad your university application. Getting into cyber type stuff will give you a deeper grasp of computers and servers and help ensure your future web design customers have secure web sites.
  3. 2 points
    Thanks, after all it was the <style> included in the stylesheet, like you said. Solved.
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    I’ve been a developer for >20 years, and I want to go into freelance. The problem is that my design skills are very raw. Therefore, I believe I would greatly benefit from partnering with a good designer. I have some questions, though: 1) What percentage of pay is typically fair for both parties and how does one decide? To me, development seems more difficult and time-consuming than design, so I could see a larger split going to the developer. However, I could be wrong about the time and difficulty. Plus, it’s crucial to have good design. I just want to be fair to both parties. 2) Is it common for one party to find the work and then negotiate the dollar value for farming out the work? For example, if the designer finds a client, would he/she then offer a dev a certain amount without disclosing how much he/she is getting from the client? 3) What are the typical roles of both parties? I read an article that said that the designer usually works more closely with the client than the developer, which makes sense. 4) What else should I know about partnerships?
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    I just watched the video 'Is Freelancing just Trading one Boss for Many?' I agree with the strategy that "Its far better to have 100 small clients rather than a couple of big ones". I like to kickstart some discussion here to discuss about how should we go about it implement this strategy to build a stable freelance business. My first thought on this topic is that we should target small business that require to change their website regularly(e.g. restaurant, florist, mobile shop).
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    Undoubtedly, Search Engine Optimization is another kind of programming. Though, it does not involve typical coding structures, classes, and objects. However, it has its own syntax. It has its own methods & modules which when employed can enhance your ranking in the search engine. Yet due to spammy and irrelevant backlink building SEO has changed drastically over the years. So, here are few working tips and tricks which will surely assist you to achieve better ranking in 2018. 1. Write Longer Meta Descriptions 2. Improve your website’s user experience 3. Make sure the website loads fast 4. A good Keyword Research and Optimization is crucial 5. Choose relevant and optimized images 6. Internal Links are a must 7. Do not post spammy comments on blogs. You can do the SEO activities by yourself if you think you can cope up with the listed activities or it's better told to hire a professional web design company which can do the work for you and help you rank among the top results of the search engine.
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    Hi Stef I solved the problem. The tab in Sublime Text where I was editing the my_friends.html code was not affecting the code in the sub_pages folder for some reason. When I checked the source code from the web page itself the ../ was not present even though it was in the code editor. Once I closed the tab and dragged it back into Sublime Text from the sub_pages folder it all began to work fine. Thanks for your help. Rich
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    Make sure your blog post delivers the information which adds value for end users. Also ensure that you submit your blog post link in the appropriate category.
  10. 1 point
    Hi, Every web designer has their own preferred method of doing things. Some use Photoshop while others who are more comfortable with code, will start with some web template, and then tweak the structure and design from there.
  11. 1 point
    Glad I could help and thanks for picking up the course. Stef
  12. 1 point
    OK I think i've just discovered the new place under API Explorer which takes you to here https://www.paypal.com/apex/product-profile/expressCheckout/getAccessToken (the second image). I haven't confirmed it by going through the steps, but it looks promising.
  13. 1 point
    No worries Stef, I'm on this vid right now "Steps to Submitting a Payment" and it is hard to find the equivalent area on developer.paypal.com in order to generate the JSON like the vid is doing. Yeah it really needs an update. 😄 I was hoping to wrap this course up. Anyway it's been good so far getting my head into this whole MVC with PHP. Up to now I've only used PHP procedurally. I'll keep poking around and see if I can get this paypal sorted.
  14. 1 point
    Hi, Rashomon $60k per year is average. Definitely, around 25%-30% freelancers are making more the 100K per year. Rashomon It all depends on the skills. If you have experience ( around 3-5 years) and skills, just go for freelancing after building some contacts. Keep one thing in mind in freelancing you will earn more than a regular job. It's just a matter of getting clients. Please let me know about your skill level and experience surely I will help you with other questions.
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    You could do it with some JavaScript DOM programming. Where you would use JS to insert tags and CSS in the page where you would want it. But you will need to under JavaScript DOM programming. It isn't that hard, and if you want to learn, my course package teaches that: https://shop.killervideostore.com/ Stef
  16. 1 point
    I wonder if PewDiePie knows who he is because this will not help his cause any...
  17. 1 point
    Hi, Sometimes people have trouble downloading. Please email me directly and I will arrange a special download: stefan at killersites.com
  18. 1 point
    Instagram Accidentally Exposed Some Users' Passwords In Plaintext https://thehackernews.com/2018/11/instagram-password-hack.html Be smart, if there is a chance yours could have been compromised, change it! Be sure you never use that password for anything else again. If hackers have it, they will keep it and they will try it on all common popular web sites and banks etc. - LSW
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    I would love to try and help you out - however, I'm still not clear what exactly you want. I gather some posts on the website you provided the link for - but which posts? Where? What? Would applying a class to whichever parts you want highlighted do it? My mindreading skills unfortunately are not nearly as well developed as my sarcasm skills :-) --- However - aside from your background question, looking at your site briefly, I noticed all kinds of grammar and punctuation issues. You might want to get someone to look things over - stuff like that leaves a very unprofessional taste in one's mouth. Here's a short list of things I noticed: Logo on top usually takes on to the home page - yours is not a link On your landing page, under 'Get in touch' it says: We are based in [geolifycontent id="18283"]. The line height under Dedicated IT Australia is larger than the rest - looks mismatched. The big 'Though our 16 yrs of experience ....' probably should be 'ThRough our... and I'd spell out years and put a comma after experience. At the bottom "Bad SEO practices is missing a 'to' between lead and Google. On my browser (Chrome on PC) in the blue 'Our Offer' box, it cuts off the end of the word 'commitment' Good luck with things - looking forward for some more details from you, so we can help better.
  20. 1 point
    Darn, and I've had my Flash 4 Bible on my shelf for all those years knowing the day would come that I would find time to read it..... Just another great example of why sometimes, procrastination does pay off............
  21. 1 point
    From my perspective, figure out what you are worth. If you believe that your time is worth $20 an hour before all expenses then that's where you can start. Next determine what it cost you to be able to perform your job such as home office space, computers, software, etc. You would then need to figure out the average of that cost. For instant, a computer might cost you $2000 and is in service for 3 years. Based on 2000 work hours per year, that would be roughly about 33 cents per hour over the course of 3 years. Same thing for home office, software and anything else you use such as printer, supplies, phone/cell, etc. Also, keep in mind administrative time. Although you don't bill them directly for such service you need to factor that into your cost. You can do the same thing with domain and hosting but I usually keep those separate since most client wants to know the cost of hosting and such. Hypothetically, you may need to charge $30 per hour in order to satisfy the fact that you are making $20 per hour after all expenses. Finally, if you charge a fixed rate job then you need factor in approximately how many hours it would normally takes you to build a site and then times that by your rate. If it takes you 10 hours to build a site then it would be 10 hours X $30 = $300. This is not something written in stone but it will give you a general idea how to determine your cost.
  22. 1 point
    Hi, If you are looking for interactive web design and programming training and public school recognized certification, check out Studioweb Studioweb Academy is now replacing KillerSites University with updated courses and a much more refined system. As such, I am closing this forum. Please check out the Studioweb forum. Thanks! Stefan
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    SEO means Searach Engine Optimization. Google search engine robots works with specific algorithms and as per those rules your website must include meta tags like description, keywords and alternate tag for images. If you want to know in details then Google it with "Seo trends"?
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    Well remember Rule # 1 - When in doubt do whatever LSW tells you to do, he is the best thing since sliced bread. First a reply to: Why does that not surprise me? I have yet to deal with a class that actually teaches you good coding habits, by school taught the same mistakes. Simply ask yourself Why? Why would I want to repeat what I already have? <a href=”whatever” title=”Cause LSW says so”>Cause LSW says so</a> What possible argument can there be for repeating? As for the screen readers, yes... It will read out "Cause LSW says so Cause LSW says so". Now if that would not get redundant for vision impaired users on each and every one on each and every page. So for SunnyOne, you can see the issue with adding a title to every anchor. If you are still in the class, you should point this out to the instructor and the school needs to consider covering web accessibility issues. There is no requirement for titles, they are only to be used when they have value for the user. In the example above, is their other content than the Main Content or would not Content imply the main content? If there is another secondary content, it would likely be in side bar or sub-box in which I would still expect Content to be main content and something else would be Box content or side content etc. Of course the best thing in this case is simply to say what it is, rather than "Content", why not simply state "Main Content"? Now I assume this is just for example, but the question is what is keeping me from stating what I want to say? Can't I say it clearly so I do not need to explain it further? The issue I have with the forum comment you made is that people once again do not understand that there is no SEO vs Accessibility, they are the same thing. SEO is optimizing for a SE spider, a "machine" that records pages and contents. It is as blind as many disabled users. If you optimize a site for special needs users, especially the vision impaired, then at the same time you are optimizing for the blind machine you want to make life easy for. Just remember folks that you are building web sites for the user, the human. They have to be able to use it. No. 1 ranking is of no use of the user arrives and can't easily find what they want. People are the priority and not machines. But anything done to make the site easier to use for humans will make it better for the machines and up your ranking. So no, you should never use the title attribute unless it is NEEDED to better clarify a target that you cannot clarify in the actual anchor text. As a side note to it's cousin alt=" ", the alt attribute should always be present for every image, but left empty if just for decoration. This will indicate to the screen reader user that there is an image but it is of no importance. If you do not use the alt attribute the screen reader may (depends on age and user preference) read the name of the image "ksikodjsk.jpg" which is as irritating as anything. So always use the alt attribute, even when empty & at least use decent names for images so they get "image topLeftCorner JPG" rather than "image ksikodjsk jpg". The alt attribute is for passing along information the user cannot get visually. So "image LSW recieving the 'What a good guy' award from President Obama" instead of "image ksikodjsk jpg" or "image Bar chart showing 56% increase this year compared to 43% increase last year for this quarter" instead of "image ksikodjsk jpg" Both the alt and the title attributes are really simple to use once one considers what they are for and who they are for. Once again a spider will get more out of an alt attribute than an image file name, so accessibility for the impaired user is accessibility for the spider hence SEO. So to finish off my usual seminar length post: Titles. If you have an :image title" under (or wherever) the image that says "LSW recieving the 'What a good guy' award from President Obama", you do not need to use it in an alt attribute or the user will here "LSW recieving the 'What a good guy' award from President Obama image LSW recieving the 'What a good guy' award from President Obama." If your content is rather clear that I received and award from President Obama, you can cut the alt or image title back to "LSW recieves award". So I strayed a bit off, but only because title and alt are much the same and both can result in irritating repeats for screen reader users or repetitive tool tips. Understanding one helps understanding the other. Disclaimer: If you do not know me, this was with humor and not arrogance.
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    Thank you everybody, Never mind I manage to fine the Airline and Hotel Reservations System. :cool:
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