Communications and networking are the sole properties we look for in web applications. The Internet has improved our communications tenfold and allowed us to share information at a much quicker pace. As such I tend to jump around through many different applications just to get a feeling for their interfaces.

Cafe and Grille in New Orleans

Freelancers can understand this plight in finding the perfect networking solution. There are a lot of tools out there, and depending on your line of work you may not require as much communication as others. But freelancing is a tough job, especially when you’re holding video chats and calling clients all day long. Below are some of my favorite tools to share between freelancers which I hope you enjoy!


Tips & Tricks - Web Design

If you haven’t heard, HTML5 is taking the web by storm! It is currently being enhanced by experts to provide us Web Designers & Developers with awesome new revolutionary web page features!

HTML5 Background Information

For those of you who are new to HTML5, here is some quick background information to get you up to speed.

  • HTML5 is the new language for presenting content on the Internet (at the time of writing this article it is still in beta but soon to be released in 2012).
  • HTML5 brings new features making it easy to incorporate video, audio, fonts, drag & drop, web graphics & animations into your web pages.
  • HTML5 is backwards compatible to don’t worry about your old designs in HTML 4 or XHML1 they will work just the same!
  • jQuery has started killing Flash, HTML5 will finish it off for sure.

10 Online HTML5 Tools For Web Designers


Tips & Tricks - Web Design

HTML5Flash has offered a full-screen mode for many years but, until now, browser vendors have resisted the feature. The main reason: security. If you can force an app to run full-screen, the user loses their browser, taskbar and standard operating system controls. They may not be able to close the window or, worse, nefarious developers could emulate the OS and trick users into handing over passwords, credit card details, etc.

At the time of writing, the HTML5 full-screen API has been implemented in Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Mozilla provide good cross-browser details but it’s worth noting that the specifications and implementation details are likely to change.

Unlike pressing F11 to make your browser go full-screen, the API sets a single element full-screen. It’s intended for images, videos and games using the canvas element. Once an element goes full-screen, a message appears temporarily to inform the user that they can press ESC at any time to return to windowed mode.

The main properties, methods and styles are:

Makes an individual element full-screen, e.g. document.getElementById(“myvideo”).requestFullScreen().

Exits full-screen mode and returns to the document view.

Returns true if the browser is in full-screen mode.

A CSS pseudo-class which applies to an element when it’s in full-screen mode.


Tips & Tricks - Web Development

Blogging for profit

According to Technorati's 2011 State of the Blogosphere report, blogging is trending upwards and shows no signs of slowing down. Not only is blogging an effective way to share opinions, news and happenings on an online forum, it is also a powerful tool for driving traffic to websites and making money through strategically placed ads. In order to do any of these things effectively, however, you must first attract an audience to your blog through proper planning, content, marketing and measuring of the blog's reach.


Tips & Tricks - Web Entrepreneur

10 Things To Do Every Workday

I’ve always been focused on performance. I’m a list person. I love the feeling of crossing things off. It makes me feel productive. Plus, consistent productivity has the wonderful byproduct of accomplishing more. Jeff Haden’s recent article on Linkedin summarizes the value of having a daily to-do list beautifully: You don’t wait to do the work until you get the dream job - you do the work in order to get the dream job.

I’ve never shared this list with anyone until now.

It’s the list of ten things I try to do every workday. Yes, there are days when I don’t get them all done, but I do my best to deliver. It has proven very effective for me. They are:

  1. Read something related to my industry.
  2. Read something related to business development.
  3. Send two emails to touch base with old colleagues.
  4. Empty my private client inbox by responding to all career coaching questions within one business day.
  5. Check in with each team member on their progress.
  6. Have a short non-work related conversation with every employee.
  7. Review my top three goals for my company that are focused on its growth.
  8. Identify and execute one task to support each of my top three goals.
  9. Post five valuable pieces of content on all my major social media accounts.
  10. Take a full minute to appreciate what I have and how far I’ve come.

This list could be longer. BUT...

If it was longer, I wouldn’t be as good at getting them all done. This list is manageable to me. Of course, I do more than these ten things every day. But, these are the ten I choose to do with consistency. Why? Over the years, they’ve proven the best way for me to grow my career and my business. The collective results have made completing these tasks consistently; even when I don’t feel like it, well worth it.

What things do you do every day to advance your career or your business?

J.T. O'Donnell

Tips & Tricks - Freelancing

Facebook eShop

Facebook, the online social media platform that connects friends has brought new social commerce opportunities to small business ecommerce site owners. To fully take advantage of using Facebook as a sales tool there are a number of Facebook shopping cart applications that you can embed on your Business Profile.


Tips & Tricks - Web Development