Web & Programming

Focus on iPhone - iPhone App Developer Finds Business on Elance

Part 1 of 3

This is the first of a three part series focused on the development of applications for the Apple iPhone. We start the series with a spotlight on Nick Dalton (username: 360mind), an iPhone SDK application expert and author of 101 iPhone Tips and Tricks.



What is an iPhone SDK expert, you ask? An iPhone SDK specialist is a programmer who can design and create applications – similar to downloadable games or widgets for other cell phones – but specifically for iPhone users. The SDK (software development kit) released by Apple in March, opens the iPhone platform to development by third party developers.

Top Web 2.0 Programming & Design Skills

I am sure many of you have heard the buzzword "Web 2.0". For many, it may have been from people or design companies that say make sure your website is Web 2.0! In truth, Web 2.0 isn't a new form of the internet. It is simply a word describing a trend that has been around for the last few years.

In short, a Web 2.0 website focuses on user experience and interactivity, allows users to share content, and is powered by a backend database.


Patrick Bennett - Web Developer

For your next website, it's important to know which technologies are associated with Web 2.0 as well as how each one can help you. In this article, I will describe each of the key technologies as they relate to user interface, search engine optimization and databases.  

Widgets 101

There seems to be a lot of buzz about web widgets, and so we asked Tracy Pizzo, an expert in this area, to define web widgets and their applicability to your small business marketing strategy.


Tracy Pizzo - Guest Contributor

What’s a Widget Anyway?
Widgets have certainly become a hot topic these days – and for good reason. They’re expected to break the web wide open. Despite the pervasiveness of widget talk in the press and blogosphere, there is still a lot of confusion about what a widget is in the first place.

How to Create a Facebook Application

No doubt you’ve heard a lot about Facebook, and you might have even read Anita Campbell’s most recent blog post about why you should think about Facebook as a potential marketing channel. But how would you even get started?

We asked Usman Akbar (username: inexpensive222), an Elance provider and experienced Facebook Application developer, to create a primer on the Facebook API and Facebook applications so that you can hit the ground running when you find and hire a developer to create a unique, branded Facebook Application for your business:



In May 2007, Facebook launched the Facebook Platform which allows software developers to create applications deeply integrated with Facebook. Over 20,000 applications have been built on the Facebook Platform to date, 140 new applications  are added daily, and more than 95% of Facebook members have used at least one application built on Facebook Platform.1

The Best Websites on Elance - Winners

We want to congratulate the winners of The Best Websites on Elance.


We want to thank everyone who nominated a website, and we look forward to seeing more outstanding website projects this year!

View winning entries 
 

Start Up Company Finds Help on Elance

Meet Carel Bekker, a technology expert, business consultant and Elance buyer, who left a corporate job to start his own strategy consulting firm, Beyond438. Beyond438 helps European and South African companies start business operations in the U.S.



“When I started Beyond438, all of a sudden, I didn’t have all of the nice infrastructure I was used to having while working for my former employer,” said Carel.

Like many start up business owners and entrepreneurs, Carel needed help with a variety of projects ranging from research and writing to programming. That’s when he turned to Elance.

How to Do Basic Website SEO

He’s back by popular demand...

As a follow-up to his article, 13 Ways to Make Your Blog Go Viral, we asked Chris Bennett, a Search Engine Optimization expert, to share a few basic tips for helping your website perform better in search rankings.



Let’s start with a commonly misunderstood concept: Search engines don’t rank websites; they rank web pages. Many people assume if they optimize their website for a number of keywords then all search traffic will go to their homepage. Actually the opposite is true; search engines look for relevant pages, not relevant websites.

How to Build a Simple Website

Have you always wanted a website, but didn’t know how to even start thinking about identifying and describing what you wanted, much less finding someone to help you build it?



We asked one of our busiest website providers, Kevin Faro of UNorth, LLC, to create a template you can use to outline your dream website.

How to Get Started With Flash Programming

Most of you have probably heard of Flash and you’ve most likely seen it while browsing the internet … but how can you use it on your website?


Jon Emerson
Co-Founder & CEO, Siris Media


In a nutshell, Flash allows you to engage your audience with motion, sound and interactivity, which helps you deliver your message, sell your product or service, or promote your cause. Flash, well-designed and produced, is a great tool for developing dynamic content for the web and can be a great asset for your website.

In this article, you’ll learn what Flash programming is and how you can use it on your website to engage your audience and differentiate your business.

Thirteen Ways to Make Your Blog ‘Go Viral’

We asked Chris Bennett, a Search Engine Optimization expert, and someone we seek advice from when it comes to the Elance website, to write a few tips on how to help your blog ‘go viral’.



People tend to think of blogs today the way that websites were thought of ten years ago: “All I have to do is get a site up and I’ll instantly get tons of traffic and my business will take off.” That was the case for a brief time with websites, but it’s no longer the case with blogs.

Here are 13 practical ways you can grow the readership of your blog to help it go viral:

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