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Semantic Ui D8

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Adminimal Theme Sidebar

Drupal Themes - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 03:19

A subtheme based on Adminimal theme

Smart theme

Drupal Themes - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 04:43

Smart theme for d8

People of WordPress: Amanda Rush

Wordpress News - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 21:23

You’ve probably heard that WordPress is open source software, and may know that it’s created and run by volunteers. WordPress enthusiasts share many examples of how WordPress changed people’s lives for the better. This monthly series shares some of those lesser-known, amazing stories.

Meet Amanda Rush from Augusta, Georgia, USA.

Amanda Rush is a WordPress advocate with a visual disability. She first started using computers in 1985, which enabled her to turn in homework to her sighted teachers. Screen reader technology for Windows was in its infancy then, so she worked in DOS almost exclusively.

After graduating high school, Amanda went to college to study computer science, programming with DOS-based tools since compilers for Windows were still inaccessible. As part of her computer science course of study, she learned HTML which began her career in web development.

How Amanda got started with WordPress

Amanda began maintaining a personal website, and eventually began publishing her own content using LiveJournal. However, controlling the way the page around her content looked was hard, and she soon outgrew the hosted solution.

So in 2005, Amanda bought customerservant.com, set up a very simple CMS for blogging, and started publishing there. She accepted the lack of design and content, and lack of easy customization because she wasn’t willing to code her own solution. Nor did she want to move to another hosted solution, as she liked being able to customize her own site, as well as publish content.

Hebrew dates led her to WordPress

At some point, Amanda was looking for an easy way to display the Hebrew dates alongside the Gregorian dates on her blog entries. Unfortunately, the blogging software she was using at the time, did not offer customization options at that level. She decided to research alternative solutions and came across a WordPress plugin that did just that. 

The fact that WordPress would not keep her locked into a visual editor, used themes to customize styling, and offered ways to mark up content, immediately appealed to Amanda. She decided to give it a go.

Accessibility caused her to dive deeper

When the software Amanda used at work became completely inaccessible, she started learning about WordPress. While she was learning about this new software, Web 2.0 was introduced. The lack of support for it in the screen reader she used meant that WordPress administration was completely inaccessible. To get anything done, Amanda needed to learn to find her way in WordPress’ file structure.

Eventually Amanda started working as an independent contractor for the largest screen reader developer in the market, Freedom Scientific. She worked from home every day and hacked on WordPress after hours.

Unfortunately Amanda hit a rough patch when her job at Freedom Scientific ended. Using her savings she undertook further studies for various Cisco and Red Hat certifications, only to discover that the required testing for these certifications were completely inaccessible. She could study all she wanted, but wasn’t able to receive grades to pass the courses.

She lost her financial aid, her health took a turn for the worse, she was diagnosed with Lupus, and lost her apartment. Amanda relocated to Augusta where she had supportive friends who offered her a couch and a roof over her head.

But Amanda refused to give up

Amanda continued to hack WordPress through all of this. It was the only stable part of her life. She wanted to help make WordPress accessible for people with disabilities, and in 2012 joined the  WordPress Accessibility Team. Shortly after that, she finally got her own place to live, and started thinking about what she was going to do with the rest of her working life.

Listening to podcasts led her to take part in WordSesh, which was delivered completely online and enabled Amanda to participate without needing to travel. She began to interact with WordPress people on Twitter, and continued to contribute to the community as part of the WordPress Accessibility Team. Things had finally started to pick up.

Starting her own business

In 2014, Amanda officially launched her own business, Customer Servant Consultancy. Since WordPress is open source, and becoming increasingly accessible, Amanda could modify WordPress to build whatever she wanted and not be at the mercy of web and application developers who know nothing about accessibility. And if she got stuck, she could tap into the community and its resources.

Improving her circumstances and becoming more self-sufficient means Amanda was able to take back some control over her life in general. She was able to gain independence and create her own business despite being part of the blind community, which has an 80% unemployment rate. 

In her own words:

We’re still fighting discrimination in the workplace, and we’re still fighting for equal access when it comes to the technology we use to do our jobs. But the beauty of WordPress and its community is that we can create opportunities for ourselves.

I urge my fellow blind community members to join me inside this wonderful thing called WordPress. Because it will change your lives if you let it.

Amanda Rush, entrepreneur

This post is based on an article originally published on HeroPress.com, a community initiative created by Topher DeRosia. HeroPress highlights people in the WordPress community who have overcome barriers and whose stories would otherwise go unheard.

Meet more WordPress community members over at HeroPress.com!

Smart admin

Drupal Themes - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 06:41

Base on smart admin theme for Drupal theme.

Shoppe Zymphones Theme

Drupal Themes - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 06:26

Shoppe Zymphones Theme is a powerful, dynamic and highly customized Drupal 8 multipurpose e-commerce theme. The theme has limitless possibilities to create your online store unique and beautiful. This theme is fully compatible with Drupal eCommerce 'Commerce' module. Read more

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Drupal Diversity: Angelica

Drupal Themes - Tue, 08/06/2019 - 21:03

Coming soon!

Get involved! Join our channel on Drupal Slack: #ddi-contrib-team!

We welcome folks of all levels of Drupal experience, particularly those from under-represented or marginalized groups. We are finding ways to give commit credits to folks working in all skill sets, including non-code-focused work.

Here's our meeting schedule.

More information

Learn more about Drupal Diversity & Inclusion at our Drupal.org project.

GOV.UK Theme

Drupal Themes - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 13:43

A Drupal 8 theme for the GOV.UK Design System

This theme utilises the GOV.UK FrontEnd node module and has Twig template files for the majority of the GOV.UK styles, components and patterns. In no way will this meet 100% of your requirements, but it is a good start. You will still have to create/modify Twig files to get your required look & feel.


* No extra module is required.
* Node.js >= V10.0 See https://nodejs.org
* Gulp >= V4.0 (optional)


* Install as usual, see https://www.drupal.org/docs/user_guide/en/extend-theme-install.html
* cd to the themes directory eg. /themes/contrib/govuk_theme
* Issue the command npm build. This will build all the required node
modules into /themes/contrib/govuk_theme/node_modules.
* Install the Gulp CLI globally with sudo npm install --global gulp-cli
* Install Gulp with npm install gulp.
* Issuing gulp by itself (or gulp build) will compile the SASS files into the css folder.
* Issuing gulp watch will watch the SASS folder and compile any changes into the css folder.

This theme includes all the CSS files so Gulp is only required if you make changes/additions to the SASS files.


* Configuration is available in Admin > Appearance.

Demo site

Seven Dark

Drupal Themes - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 06:11

A dark version of the Seven admin theme.

The Month in WordPress: July 2019

Wordpress News - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 09:56

This month has been characterized by exciting plans and big announcements – read on to find out what they are and what it all means for the future of the WordPress project.

WordCamp Asia Announced

The inaugural WordCamp Asia will be in Bangkok, Thailand, on February 21-23, 2020. This will be the first regional WordCamp in Asia and it comes after many years of discussions and planning. You can find more information about the event on their website and subscribe to stay up to date with the latest information.

This is the latest flagship event in the WordCamp program, following WordCamps Europe and US. Tickets are now on sale and the call for speakers is open. Want to get involved in WordCamp Asia? Keep an eye out for volunteer applications, or buy a micro sponsor ticket. You can also join the #wcasia channel in the Making WordPress Slack group for updates.

WordCamp US Planning Continues

The WordCamp US organizing team is excited to announce some new additions to this year’s WCUS in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 1-3, 2019. The first is that there will be an onsite KidsCamp: child-friendly lessons that introduce your young one(s) to the wonderful world of WordPress.  You can register your child for KidsCamp here. In addition, free, onsite childcare will be provided at this year’s event – you can sign up here.

Looking for further ways to get involved? The call for volunteers is now open. For more information on WordCamp US, please visit the event website.

Exploring Updates to the WordPress User & Developer Survey

To improve the annual WordPress User & Developer Survey, a call has been made for updates and additional questions that can help us all better understand how people use WordPress.

To improve the survey, contributor teams are suggesting topics and information that should be gathered to inform contributor work in 2020. Please add your feedback to the post.

Gutenberg Usability Testing Continues

Usability tests for Gutenberg continued through June 2019, and insights from three recent videos were published last month. This month’s test was similar to WordCamp Europe’s usability tests, and you can read more about those in the part one and part two posts. Please help by watching these videos and sharing your observations as comments on the relevant post.

If you want to help with usability testing, you can also join the #research channel in the Making WordPress Slack group, or you can write a test script that can be usability tested for Gutenberg.

Further Reading:

Have a story that we should include in the next “Month in WordPress” post? Please submit it here.


Drupal Themes - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 08:15

Bare-bone theme, for use on new projects. Done like it is supposed to be.

WPTavern: WordCamp Central America Organizers Prepare Proposal for 2020 Event in Managua, Nicaragua

Wordpress Planet - Fri, 07/26/2019 - 18:46

Managua, Nicaragua – image credit: CostaRica.org

WordCamp Europe’s continuing success has inspired other parts of the WordPress world to work towards getting their own regional camps off the ground. With a little help from WCEU mentors and inspiration from WordCamp Nordic’s proposal, WordCamp Asia is now officially on the schedule for February 21-23, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand. WordCamp Central America is on deck to be the next new regional WordCamp with a proposal targeting 2020 for an inaugural event in Managua, Nicaragua.

Members of the Central American community began discussing the possibility of a larger event at the most recent WordCamp Managua 2019. For the past five years, Central America has been home to a growing number of local WordPress communities, with 12 meetups across five countries and a total of more than 4,000 participants as of July 2019. Meetup organizers have hosted more than 230 events since 2014, averaging four events per month.

In the working proposal, a document that was forked from the Nordic and Asian WordCamp proposals, organizers outlined why the timing is right for a regional camp in Central America:

The local WordPress communities have also experienced an exponential growth. In the last five years the local WordPress Meetup groups have increased fivefold. Moreover, the collaboration between the Central American communities is more active than ever; sharing experiences and resources, members attending events in neighboring countries, giving talks and volunteering in WordCamps.

This can be explained not only by the relative closeness of our countries, but also by the shared culture, values and identity of the Central American people.

We believe that hosting a Central American WordCamp will further strengthen the bonds between the local communities and give birth to new initiatives and collaborations between the local WordPress Meetup groups.

San José, Costa Rica, has the largest local WordPress community with more than 2,000 meetup members and 750 attendees at recent WordCamps. Managua, Nicaragua, the second largest community, was selected as the first host city due to its central location, direct flights from all major cities in the region, and wide availability of bus services. It is also one of the most affordable capital cities in the region and does not require visas for citizens of other Central American countries.

Organizers are planning a three-day event, beginning with Contributor Day, with four tracks during the main conference days. They are eyeing early October 2020 to avoid conflicts with other WordCamps that are frequently attended by the local community.

WordCamp Central America’s proposal has not yet been officially submitted but if it is approved, the event would be a strong addition to the region’s growing technology sector. It also has the potential to expand and amalgamate the local communities through shared knowledge and experience.

If you want to get involved, check out the proposal in progress and join the dedicated Slack workspace to participate in discussions.

WPTavern: WP Super Cache 1.6.9 Patches Security Issue

Wordpress Planet - Fri, 07/26/2019 - 00:25

There’s a new release of WP Super Cache (1.6.9) available that patches a security issue discovered in the debug log. The vulnerability can only be exploited if users have debugging enabled.

It’s highly recommended that all users upgrade to 1.6.9 to patch the security issue. Details of the vulnerability will be published after users have had time to upgrade. In addition to patching the security issue, this version also improves the debug log by hiding data such as the ABSPATH directory of the WordPress install and login cookies.

“Unfortunately in the past users have copied the log file data into forum posts. A warning message has been added asking the site owner not to publish the debug log,” Donncha Ó Caoimh said.

Also worth noting is that after updating to 1.6.9, existing debug logs will be deleted.

WPTavern: Learn How to Build a Headless WordPress App with WPCasts’ Free Crash Course

Wordpress Planet - Thu, 07/25/2019 - 20:07

Alex Young, creator of the WPCasts video tutorials site, has published a free crash course that offers a brief introduction to using WordPress as a headless CMS. The 28-minute tutorial covers the basics of setting up a bare bones React application that uses WPGraphQL to query ACF data.

Young begins by installing four plugins: WPGraphQL, WPGraphiQL, Advanced Custom Fields, and WPGraphQL for ACF. He demonstrates how to use WPGraphiQL, which provides a GraphiQL IDE inside the WordPress admin, to test GraphQL queries before adding them to the app and check to ensure ACF data is being queried.

Young gave a walkthrough of installing Create React App to quickly get a simple app up and running. When asked on Reddit why he didn’t use Next.js or Gatsby, he said he just wanted to present the concept with something that might already be familiar to developers.

“If I were going to launch this into production I would use Gatsby,” he said. “In this tutorial I used CRA since it’s a very simple install and I figured most people have used it before. I’ll eventually do a more in-depth and real-world example in the future. But I hope this video helps people understand the basic concept of using WP as a Headless CMS.”

Young has produced 18 videos since launching WPCasts on YouTube in March 2019. Although the channel has a corresponding website with more videos available for monthly and yearly subscribers, Young said he thinks it is important to release some introductory content for free.

“I am a self-taught developer who relied heavily on YouTube, blogs, and individual developers creating free learning material (Chris Coyier, Wes Bos, etc.),” he said. “So by creating free content, I feel like I can help developers who are just starting out and need those resources just like I did.”

Young’s day job at Clearlink involves managing about approximately 20 WordPress sites with different purposes and features. He said he hopes to move these sites to a headless setup over the next few years.

His WPCasts project is still very new but Young said he has received helpful feedback from the community that he is incorporating into future videos. The headless WordPress crash course tutorial seemed to hit at the right time when these setups are gaining popularity. His tutorial has been enthusiastically received, passing 600 views on YouTube in less than 24 hours.

“I feel like Headless WordPress is the future of WP development,” Young said. “With powerful frameworks like Gatsby and Next, we have the best of both worlds – a fast and extendible frontend, and a CMS that has proven itself year after year.

“With tools like WPGraphQL, ACF, and others, WordPress will be my tool of choice for the foreseeable future. I hope that the tutorials I’ve made and future tutorials will help others see the power of WordPress and break the misconception that WordPress is ‘just a blogging platform.'”

WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 361 – Introduction to the IndieWeb With David Shanske

Wordpress Planet - Thu, 07/25/2019 - 19:52

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by David Shanske. David introduces us to a set of philosophies known as the IndieWeb, explains how it’s different from the Open Web, and how he’s been involved in the community. We discuss tools that help people own their data while still being able to take advantage of the benefits that social networks offer. We also talk about WordPress’ role and how capable it is out-of-the-box for participating in the IndieWeb.

Stories Discussed:

Bridgy connects individual sites with social networks

IndieWeb Wiki


IndieWeb WordPress Plugin

WordPress XFN

IndieWebifying Your WordPress – IndieWeb Summit 2019

WPWeekly Meta:

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Donncha: WP Super Cache 1.6.9: security update

Wordpress Planet - Thu, 07/25/2019 - 12:57

WP Super Cache is a full page caching plugin for WordPress.

Version 1.6.9 has just been released and is a required upgrade for all users as it resolves a security issue in the debug log. The issue can only be exploited if debugging is enabled in the plugin which will not be the case for almost all users.

The debug log is usually only enabled temporarily if a site owner is debugging a caching problem and isn’t something that should be left on permanently as it will slow down a site.

If there is an existing debug log it will be deleted after updating the plugin.

This release also improves the debug log by hiding sensitive data such as the ABSPATH directory of the WordPress install and login cookies. Unfortunately in the past users have copied the log file data into forum posts. A warning message has been added asking the site owner not to publish the debug log.

Details of the security issue will be added to this post in time to allow sites to update their plugin.

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WPTavern: WPCampus 2019 to Livestream Sessions Thursday, July 25 – Saturday, July 27

Wordpress Planet - Thu, 07/25/2019 - 02:21

WPCampus 2019 kicks off tomorrow at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, for its fourth year running. The niche WordPress conference is focused on accessibility and WordPress in higher education. All sessions, with the exception of the workshops, will be live streamed with captioning, beginning at 2PM PDT on Thursday, July 25.

The event includes a mix of general development topics, such as building themes with WP Rig 2.0, managing custom plugin deployments, and building custom Gutenberg blocks with ACF. It also features a variety of sessions on using multisite in higher education, along with topics related to university website design and management, such as mobile accessibility, information security, and using WordPress for individual digital asset management. Check out the full schedule for more detailed descriptions of sessions.

It’s important to note that the schedule references sessions in Pacific Daylight Time. However, a timezone selector on the schedule page will allow you to see the each session’s corresponding time for your location. Visit 2019.wpcampus.org/watch on July 25th to watch live for free. Those watching remotely can also jump in on the #WPCampus Twitter hashtag to engage with others attending and watching the event.

WPTavern: WPGraphQL for Advanced Custom Fields Now Available for Free

Wordpress Planet - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 18:25

The WPGraphQL for Advanced Custom Fields plugin is now available for free on GitHub after a short time as a commercial product. Jason Bahl, creator and maintainer of the WPGraphQL project, released the extension in April 2019 with a pricing tier ranging from $49/annually (for one site’s support) to lifetime subscription options.

Bahl created the plugin with the hopes of generating enough revenue to one day fund his efforts working on WPGraphQL full-time. Now that he has joined the Gatsby team to work full time on WPGraphQL, he has the time and resources to make the ACF extension available for free.

The plugin allows developers to interact with their ACF data using GraphQL queries. It works with both the free and pro versions of ACF and WPGraphQL v0.3.2 or newer.

“When I first started working on the core WPGraphQL plugin, I thought it would be awesome to have meta fields automatically exposed to the WPGraphQL Schema,” Bahl said.

“Since WordPress core doesn’t have a fields API, developers turn to plugins such as Advanced Custom Fields, Metabox.io, CMB2, Carbon Fields, Field Manager, or one of the many other metabox solutions for WordPress.”

ACF is by far the most popular among these solutions with more than a million active installs. (Metabox.io has roughly half the user base with 400,000+ installs and CMB2 is the next most popular at an estimated 200,000 installs). Bahl started working towards supporting ACF a few years ago but didn’t have a production use case for it and left it untouched until demand for the plugin increased.

“In the latter half of 2018 and early 2019 I got many requests via Slack, Twitter, and Github for a quality ACF extension, and I also noticed the top search terms on the WPGraphQL website were ‘ACF’ and ‘Advanced Custom Fields,’ he said.

“I initially wanted to release the plugin as a free plugin, but there’s only so much I can do for free. Maintaining WPGraphQL on the side of my full-time job was already time consuming and I thought if I was making income I could support it better.”

Since the plugin’s initial release on April 19, Bahl reports there have been 85 licenses purchased, which enabled him to devote more time to the project. Now that he is no longer attempting to self-sustain his projects, he and the Gatsby team decided the best course of action would be to make it free so that more of the community can benefit from the project. He anticipates being able to provide the same level of support since the plugin’s launch with more of his time allocated to focusing on the WPGraphQL ecosystem.

Performance is the most common reason that necessitates developers using ACF to implement WPGraphQL on their sites. It offers staggering performance gains over using the WP REST API to query ACF data, as shown in the example below:

Good call. . .I need to market the performance side better. . .here's an example of a REST API call using ACF to REST API and using WPGraphQL for ACF to select specific fields.

*REST:* 24.8 KB, 1.22s
*GraphQL*: 1010 b, 377ms (not even 1kb payload!!!) pic.twitter.com/0qS52bvlEY

— GraphQL for WordPress (@wpgraphql) April 19, 2019

“When developers try to build “headless” applications with WordPress, they often run into pain points with the WP REST API, and they turn to WPGraphQL to ease those pains,” Bahl said.

“Many developers were registering ACF fields to their WPGraphQL Schema by hand, and that can be a tedious process if you have hundreds of fields. A plugin like WPGraphQL for Advanced Custom Fields saves developers a lot of development time, and allows them to take advantage of the features of GraphQL that make headless WordPress development a pleasant experience.”

WPGraphQL for Advanced Custom Fields can be found on GitHub and support and feature requests are handled through Github issues. The plugin is also available on packagist.org for those who want to include it in projects using Composer.

Developers with general questions can join the WPGraphQL Slack workspace or the project’s online community on Spectrum. Bahl is active in both communities, helping developers find answers to their questions about using WPGraphQL to build headless applications.

HeroPress: Becoming A Successful WordPress Freelancer In India

Wordpress Planet - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 17:29
The Back Story

In the final year of my Engineering degree, my Head of Department summoned my friend and me to his office. Both of us were not the highest scoring students but we were the most active ones. For our major project rather than building just anything, he wanted us to build a PBX software that our college needed and was already paying for to an outside vendor.

It was a difficult one, we didn’t know it was possible to make Phone calls from the browser. My friend and I spent the next 3 months researching and building the software. When we were about to deploy it, we realize that the software won’t talk to the driver of the PRI card. Only 15 days were left for the final exams and if we didn’t build the project on time, it would never see the light of the sun.

We spend every waking hour on the software for the next 7 days and made it work. When it worked, our HOD used that software to call the Chairman of college, he congratulated us and we got the best project award for that. It was the moment when I said to myself, if I can pull this off, I can do anything and promised myself to do something significant in the world of computers.

Hello WordPress

It was 2012, the time when Web was taking over the World, desktop applications were being replaced by websites, and HTML, CSS and jQuery were becoming more and more powerful.

I would spend hours and hours sitting in front of my desktop learning and playing with these technologies. My parents used to think that I was always wasting my time all day.

My dad was convinced that I’d join him in his business because I wasn’t good enough for anything else.

One day, I saw a post of my Facebook Friend. He wanted someone to build a website for him. I contacted him and gave him an estimate, he agreed and that was my first web project. The project was completed successfully and I got the payment. My confidence was in the sky.

Fortunately, I got another project. This time it was a big one, an ecommerce website. I spent 4 months working on that and completed it successfully but I realized it was a lot of work and the pay was not good enough.

I didn’t know WordPress back then but I knew there would be something that would make developing websites easier. A few months later when I checked WordPress, I was blown away to see the capabilities of this CMS. Adding features like Login with Facebook, Shopping cart, Contact Form, Captcha would only take a few minutes. The things which would take a day or even a week were as simple as installing a plugin and configuring the settings.

I realized that the e-commerce project that I built on core PHP could have been done within 15 days if I had chosen WordPress. It was a win-win for me as my clients. Since then, WordPress is my de facto choice for all web projects.

About Today..

I’m an Independent WordPress contractor. I work on designing and implementing web pages, themes and plugins for WordPress, helping clients to troubleshoot and fix their WordPress websites, designing themes that are as functional as they are beautiful, working with startups to quickly set up their MVP, and developing websites for corporates which reflect their brand.

I’m leading a happy and balanced life. I’m content, I have a great set of customers. I have the liberty to change my working hours to manage time for my hobbies and family.

Sure I don’t make as much money as a CEO but I do have a balanced and happy life. And it does sound exciting but the path wasn’t all easy. In this article, I try to give my best advice which I learned the hard way and I so much wish someone had told me about all this when I was getting started.

1. Be a specialist

General Physicians don’t make as much money as specialists make. The world is huge, even a small field like Software Engineering is too big that you can’t master everything in it.

You have to be the greatest in your field if you want to charge a premium amount. You need to be someone who has encountered and fixed every possible problem in that field. You should know your thing like the back of your hand. AND to be able to get there you need to find your thing and be very specific about it. You need to say NO to everything else.

It sounds obvious and easy, right? It isn’t. I can bet that 90% of the people out there are not doing this. I’d say It is not their fault. We, humans, are curious creatures and we get bored easily, that is why when we see a new shiny technology we want to learn that.

This is in our nature but our nature is keeping us from achieving greatness. You want to be great at something, be ready to embrace boredom and put in thousands of hours of practice.

“Pick your niche and say no to everything else”

2. Understand that not every job is for you.

Someone on amazon is selling 1500 Live Ladybugs and what shocks me more is the fact that someone is even buying them. But, we shouldn’t be all judgemental because everything has a buyer and everything has a seller.

When I had started freelancing on Upwork, I’d also get in the race-to-the-bottom along with the other freelancers who were willing to work for literally $3/h. I’d think that it will never be possible for me to get away from this race and making good money.

It took me years, I had to work with many bad client projects for peanuts to realize that I’m a different product and I need a different buyer.

I increased my rates 8 times and dedicated myself to give the best possible service I can to my clients. What happened next shook my whole belief system. Not only people were paying me the premium amount, I was getting more customers. As you go up there is lesser competition.

3. Not everyone who gives you money is your client. Some client might suck the joy out of work. Stay far away from them.

Let’s be honest, there are some people that we don’t like and there are some people who don’t like us. If you were in a job, there would be no choice but to bear with the irrational and arrogant boss of yours but thank god, you are a freelancer. You have the liberty to choose the people you want to work with.

Sometimes the best thing you can do is say NO even if that means you have to lose money.

4. Know your worth and charge that much:

Imagine, if you are in a public place and a stranger comes up to you and asks you to buy his $5 bill for $1. What would you think? Most of us will not buy that $5 bill even if it is a great deal, you are getting an extra $4 in the exchange. Because we are hardwired to believe that all too-good-to-be-true deals are scams.

While setting your hourly rates, it is important to make sure that you are charging a correct amount. Lowballing isn’t helpful for those clients which you want to work with. The right clients are the probably the businessmen who know that to get good work you have to spend good money and they are there to spend the money. Are you able to do the good work?

5. Experience what your client is experiencing; think what your client is thinking

I’m a web developer and I do need help from other freelancers at times to deliver my project. I hire the best freelancers on Upwork for my job and I notice everything that they do. I notice their way of sending the proposals, their way of presenting the work, their way of negotiation when I, as a client, ask for more free work.

This activity will help you learn that there are so many things which you think are right in your head are so incorrect and can be so much better.

6. Don’t sell technologies, sell solutions

“People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole.”
Theodore Levitt

Don’t be a React Developer, Photoshop Designer or Final Cut Pro Editor. Be a problem solver. Nobody hires a writer because he can use MS Word, a writer is hired because he can write persuasive writing. The copy that can convert visitors to customers. You need the ability to sell solutions, not technology.

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