Earlier today, I was asked if there was a simple way to collect a signature on a policy agreement for a studio or something similar. Sure there are digital signature solutions but that would require every client/customer/student to register for a service they may only use once. Or you could pay for an expensive add-on for Adobe Acrobat to collect signatures. Plus, if you use WordPress as your site’s foundation you could use a plugin like Gravity Forms that includes a signature module for the forms.
But what if you don’t want to use any of those and are looking for something inexpensive (read FREE). The form application JotForm will do that for you and as long as you fit within the “free tier” you won’t have to pay a penny.
Everyone has their own “work routine” that consists of how they check their email, when they respond to emails, which sites or apps they use to help stay organized, and even methods to stay motivated and focused. This is my attempt to share the tools, resources, and sites I use on a daily basis.
I’m a big believer in Todoist. It is my primary way to organize, catalog, and prioritize tasks and thoughts that come into play during the day. If I “think” something, I’ve learned that it MUST be written down or I will forget it. Those thoughts, planning sessions, and scheduling all go into Todoist.
I’m also a “list person” and have found that an outline is a great way for my brain dumps. That is where Workflowy comes to the rescue. I have been using Workflowy’s natural method of managing lists and brain dumps for many years and would be lost without this resource.
But sometimes I have to plan with the big picture and it helps to use a mindmap. I use MindMup to help me easily put into visual context the structure of a project or idea.
I have been asked numerous times about why I named the WordPress theme framework I built for WPStudio.com the Voce Theme. There are multiple facets surrounding this name.
The word voce means “voice” in Italian. I have always believed that everyone has a story to tell. Each individual and unique story is communicated in different ways. So when building the theme framework I wanted to enable the theme framework to be used in multiple ways:
Have an accessible settings panel with simple on/off switches for functionality and features…
… yet also create an easy to use interface to interact with some of the more advanced action hook elements of the theme…
… while allowing those that want to assemble their “story” using many of the quality page builder systems to let the theme framework take a backseat to the page builders while still controlling the structure and hierarchy of the site…
… and also empowering those that want to dig into the code and construct a unique “story” experience using one of the lightest and fastest WordPress themes available.
Chromebooks keep getting better and are become the perfect travel companion for any web developer. I’ve had Chromebooks all the way back to the original CR-47 that showed up at my doorstep because I filled out a survey for Google. And since that time I’ve used Chromebooks as the companion device whenever I’ve been away from my desk. But first some points of order. Chromebooks may not be for everyone and yet they may fit you perfectly. Let’s look at a few underlying “workflow” issues that contribute to Chromebooks working perfectly for me (and you can see if that works for you as well).
I recently realized that my core set of Chrome browser add-ons that I have been using for many years has morphed and changed over the years. Yesterday, I wiped one of my laptops to reinstall a fresh operating system and during the process of re-setting up my work environment, it occurred to me that many of the addons I used to use… I no longer need or use. So this post is to hopefully help other freelance web developers find new and useful tools for your browser.
The first addon is one that has stuck around forever. Different users may prefer different options but I’m a big user of the Web Developer addon by Chris Pederick. It gives me all the tweaks and tools I need to quickly analyze and manipulate a site.
Security and encryption with some of my communication are very important and due to my transient nature of my work (floating between multiple computers and locations) I don’t really have a “desktop encryption” setup. Instead I use the Mailvelope browser addon to generate and exchange encryption keys to protect my web-based email.
I’ve put together a quick survey/bunch of questions about how people use WordPress (from a plugin/theme/management perspective). I would greatly appreciate anyone who took the time to fill out the survey so I can use the results in an upcoming iThemes Training class along with some future focused writing/work. Thanks.