Essential Web Apps for Freelance Designers

Here is  a great collection of Useful Web Apps for Freelance Web Designers to help you increase your productivity.

In software engineering, a web application or webapp is an application that is accessed via a web browser over a network such as the Internet or an intranet. Web applications are popular due to the ubiquity of web browsers, and the convenience of using a web browser as a client, sometimes called a thin client. The ability to update and maintain web applications without distributing and installing software on potentially thousands of client computers is a key reason for their popularity, as is the inherent support for cross-platform compatibility. Common web applications include webmail, online retail sales, online auctions, wikis and many other functions.

Here’s a great starting compilation of web apps that every web developer, designer and freelancer should consider.

Should Small Businesses Have A Website?

What does a small  business gain by having a website? Customers! Small business owners need to realize that people aren’t using the yellow pages for anything other than door stops these days (except maybe my wife…that’s another story). In the past year, all three major search engines are skewing search queries towards local even when a user doesn’t include a local modifier. Small Business Owners owners need to not only create a Web presence, but they need to control it as well! It’s possible to create a Web presence without a full site thanks to things like Facebook, Yelp, Manta and other social media outlets. However, you have no control on any of those outlets. You have no say on how they’ll let you connect with customers. You can’t create an email list on Twitter. By relying on “other” sites to house your conversations you’re severely handicapping yourself.