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Aug 31, 2015 at 06:23 o\clock

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Aug 31, 2015 at 00:16 o\clock

Senior Web designer - Nantes with IC Resources Ltd

Senior web designer/developer - Nantes

Fantastic opportunity for a creative senior web developer/designer.

This would be the perfect opportunity for a developer looking to move away from the hustle and bustle of the City and move to a beautiful area of France.

This exciting opportunity will give one lucky developer the chance to work with a fantastic team in an idyllic office based in the heart of the beautiful town that is Nantes. My client has tasked me to bring on a web developer who will have a great passion for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with the drive to play a major part in the future of the company.

Education and qualifications:



-I am looking for at least 3 years' experience in web development.

Experience:

-Development of websites in PHP or SQL

-CMS knowledge, specifically Drupal or WordPress.

-Proven HTML, CSS, JavaScript experience





You will be:

-A born designer. You must have a keen eye for design and must be constantly thinking how each design can be improved.

-Proactive. You must have a huge passion to learn and apply your knowledge where expected without being asked.

-A team player. You should work well individually and even better in a team!

-A trend watcher. By always keeping up to date with the latest technology and advances in the software world

Please apply directly, or for more info contact Simon at IC - Resources.

Key words: PHP, SQL, MYSQL, Database, Design, UX, Agency, Web, development, Software, C#, .NET, HTML5, XHTML, CSS2, CSS3, Jquery, PHP5, Angular, JavaScript, CMS, Drupal, Joomla

Our team of 50 consultants offers more than 500 years of industry and specialist recruitment experience in the Semiconductor, Software, Electronics, and User Experience arenas.

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Aug 30, 2015 at 17:02 o\clock

How Ecommerce Marketers Are Adapting to the Apple Watch

When Apple announced the launch of the Apple Watch in April, the tech behemoth set the world abuzz. KGI Securities estimates that Apple will have sold over 2.3 million pre-orders of the Watch by June. That is more than double what Pebble ( around a million), and more than triple what Android Wear ( around 720,000), has sold to date.

Its less obvious how the Apple Watch will affect brands and consumers. Similar to previous first generation product launches, like the iPod and iPhone, the Apple Watch will likely improve dramatically in its second iteration. Nonetheless, if you experiment with the Watch earlier than your competitors, you can better understand how to connect with consumers through this new medium. Lets explore what the Watch will be capable of, and how ecommerce companies can take advantage of these new capabilities.

Related: Can the Apple Watch Win the Wrist?

Forget apps, the future lies in notifications.

When the iPhone hit the market seven years ago, the die was cast for brands and marketers to create the killer app for their customers. Today we have a ton of apps all fighting for the same small amount of real estate on users home screens. Instead of investing time and money in one customer touchpoint like an app, marketers should focus on how to message their customers on all customer touchpoints, including mobile, tablet and now, wearables.

Andrew Chen, an entrepreneur and investor in startups including Product Hunt, Dropbox, and AngelList, has speculated that the key to the new Apple Watch lies in notifications.

One of the biggest takeaways in reading through the HIG (Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines) is the prominence of the notifications UI,'' he said. "Although you might find yourself idly swiping through the Glances UI to see whats going on, it seems most likely that one of the most common interactions is to get a notification, check it on your watch, and then take action from there. This will be the core of many engagement loops.

With the Watch, Apple has made it very clear that ecommerce marketers have 10 seconds or less to interact with their customers. This means the focus, and challenge, must be on relevant interactions that provide customers value in mere seconds.

For example, according to AdWeek, Starwood Hotels watch app will unlock hotel doors for guests. CNNs app will pull in bite-sized chunks of breaking news. Facebook and Twitter plan to make it easier to share photos.

Related: 5 Reasons I'm Not Sold on the Apple Watch

The major players are stepping into the ring.

Major etailers including eBay, Amazon and Target already have live apps in the Apple Watch app store, betting that consumers will want to interact with their brands on an even smaller screen.

David Cheng, director of mobile products at eBay told The Street, eBay's goal is to facilitate shopping whenever and wherever on their desk, in their pocket, or even on their wrist. The eBay for Apple Watch app will be another step forward in driving our vision to deliver frictionless commerce by bringing simplicity while maintaining utility.



But browsing and bookmarking may be even more prevalent on the Apple Watch than actually buying and selling. Daily deal ecommerce site Zulily has made a bet on this with a Watch app that lets their users browse deals on their watch and bookmark them to check them out later on their phone or laptop. Jason Carter, Zulily director of webstore experience, said about their app, Our Apple Watch app allows our customers to quickly sift through the hundred-plus events we have every day, tap on the ones that interest them the most, automatically sorting them to the top of their iPhone app. In short, it's an incredibly simple way to make shopping [Zulily] more personal."

Shopify has already created an Apple Watch app for their ecommerce stores, which will let you know every time you receive an order with a buzz of your wrist. You can also track the most important data from your store, like order volume and sales data, without going to your phone or laptop. For ecommerce store owners who are constantly checking their phone for their store metrics, Shopifys app is looking to be a convenient way to stay in the loop without getting distracted throughout the day.

Whether its Target creating an Apple Watch app to store their customers shopping lists and buzz them when they approach a product on their list, or Chipotles Burrito Button Watch app, customer interactions on wearables like the Apple Watch will be unique to the platform. Marketers have to think out of the box. Focusing on context-driven, targeted notifications that provide value to customers is the first place to start, and the best way to get a step ahead of your competition.



Related: Forget Wearables. This New App Wants to Make Your Brain Smart About Fitness.

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Aug 23, 2015 at 18:11 o\clock

A freelance dilemma: How to get paid, not played

FORTUNE Dear Annie: After losing my job in 2011, when my department was eliminated in a restructuring, I decided to go out on my own and do web design and SEO consulting on a freelance basis. Its been great, except for one big problem. Over and over, I do the work, the client is happy with it, everythings cool, but I end up waiting and waiting to get paid and, in a couple of cases, have not been paid at all despite repeated, polite reminders.

Ive been lucky enough to get most of these gigs through my network of friends, and friends of friends, so I dont want things to get nasty. (For example, I really dont want to take anybody to court.) But I have bills and expenses like everyone else, so the suspense over when, or whether, Ill get paid is making me crazy. Is this a common problem for freelancers, or am I doing something wrong? Do you have any suggestions? Broke in Boston

Dear B.B.: Im sorry to report that your dilemma is not at all unusual. One recent study of self-employed people in New York state, for instance, found that 316,000 of them (about 35%) were paid late at least once during the preceding year, and some 214,000 (14%) did work for one or more clients who never paid them at all. Total lost wages in the Empire State alone, over a 12-month span: More than $3 billion.





5. Consider delegating your billing to the cloud

This is one time when making things less personal can really help, says Horowitz. Documentation is nine-tenths of the collection game, so think about hiring an online service to track your time on projects, send invoices for them, including late-payment follow-up, and handle payment transactions. You can find these services by searching under online invoicing or online billing.



6. Have a follow-up system

Start with an email, friendly but firm, pointing out that your invoice hasnt been paid, says Horowitz. If theres no response, a more formal notice could be next, recapping the billing information and saying, This payment is now however-many days, or weeks, late. Please contact me to discuss this serious matter. Keep your tone professional, factual, and solution-oriented.

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Its important to keep track of every contact with clients, she adds: If you and the client work out a payment plan where, for example, you agree to accept the balance due in installments instead of all at once summarize it in an email for the record. Keep copies of every letter and email and a phone log. Youre building documentation for possible use in court, or to hand over to a collections agency, if it comes to that.

Making sure you get paid may sound like a second job on top of your regular work, which is why many freelancers put off dealing with it, but thats a mistake. Dont procrastinate on follow-up, Horowitz says. The older the debt, the harder it will be to collect. Good luck.



Talkback: If youve done freelance work, or are self-employed now, did you ever have trouble getting paid? What did you do about it? Leave a comment below.

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Aug 22, 2015 at 18:14 o\clock

10 Options for Hosting Your Startup Website

As a startup, you are most likely counting your pennies as you read this. Funds only go so far, so your startup website needs to be near the top of the list when you're prioritizing how to use available resources. Even though most local startups don't need a large website, it is the platform that establishes your brand and serves as a main access point for reaching customers.

Being in the startup world, you're always looking for more cost effective ways to run your business. I've listed some of the least expensive ways to host your startup website, taking into consideration cost, platform and business size:

1. Hostwinds.

This VPS hosting service is one of the cheapest host providers you will be able to find. Serving U.S. and UK start-ups and small businesses, Hostwinds is known for their reliability, with a no-downtime guarantee to back that up, plus 24/7 technical support that quickly solves problems through live chat or phone.



Other benefits include unlimited bandwidth and disk space, nightly backups and options that include VPS, shared or dedicated hosting. Prices are as low as $4.50 per month for one domain or $5.50 for up to four domains. For $6.50 per month, you can have a dedicated IP address. In addition to this cheap hosting, you get free stuff like free website and file transfer, free set-up and free domain name. This is a great way for a start-up on a tight budget to get website hosting.

2. Bluehost.

Use this webhosting service if you need a lot of features, such as unlimited domain hosting, GB file transfer, hosting space and email accounts, as well as free templates and domain name, all under one account (domain).

This is a go-to website hosting partner for quick access to live chat and phone support from technical wizards. It offers a helpful demo account, so you can learn how the control panel works in advance manage your website. There are multiple security tools, such as admin password protection, a secure FTP, daily server backups and shared and dedicated SSL certificates, to keep information safe.



The icing on this web hosting cake is that it offers free ecommerce and shopping cart applications for retail start-ups, as well as CMS software, WordPress and survey software. Of note is the fact that it is one of the very few companies that do not give you an uptime guarantee or a catchall email. Annual fees include a domain migration fee of $14.99, a domain name fee of $14.99, and shared annual hosting of $47.40-$179.40, with no set-up costs.

Related: Online Startup Makes Website Editing Simple

3. FatCow.

This simple, straightforward, eco-friendly web hosting company uses wind power to run its operations and features a knowledgeable and friendly team. The web hosting does not limit how many domains, subdomains, add-on domains or parked domains you can host from one account. High-quality technical support comes from the Moo Crew by phone, live chat and email, or you can select from their knowledge library of video tutorials, articles, and FAQs if you want to take the DIY approach to technical issues.

FatCow is ideal for those who need strong email tools, including a catchall email account and ways to set up email aliases and auto-responders. Value-adds include credits toward Google AdWords, Facebook, advertising and Bing/Yahoo! Search marketing, as well as a free YellowPages.com listing.

Minimal downsides are evident but do include only shared hosting capability and shared SSL certificate, as well as no cPanel. The annual shared hosting fee is $49 plus $14.99 for domain migration, but no fee for domain name or set-up.

4. A Small Orange.

This web hosting company offers many shared plans, including the Tiny plan for small startups, the Medium for the average size business and the Super for more complex websites. They also offer a VPS or dedicated hosting plan for even more room.

The website hosting company has numerous types of hosting services, unlimited email addresses and Web applications like blog apps, CMS software, forum or calendar functionality, tools for educational and retail websites, survey tools and wikis. The only downsides are a somewhat limited bandwidth and disk space across all plans, and no ability to create mobile websites. Costs for shared annual hosting range from $35 to $240 as well as $15 for domain migration and $14.55 for domain name.

5. 1&1.

This website company is known for its security strength, focusing on serving companies that want to sell products online. Features include a webspace recovery tool, daily backups, shared and dedicated SSLs. They also offer SiteLock for an additional fee for regular malware scans or signs of suspicious activity.

With unlimited bandwidth and disk space, this website host provides scalable solutions that grow as your start-up expands. Numerous website hosting plans mean there is something for every type of start-up and budget. The company also offers additional marketing value for the money with credits for Google AdWords, Facebook, Bing and Yahoo! There is a free ecommerce and shopping care software, plus an email marketing tool for email blasts and newsletters.



Just note that they do not offer live chat for tech support but only are available through email, phone and social media. Prices range from $23.99 to $179.88 per year for webhosting and $0.99 for the first year of a domain name but no fees for domain migration or set-up.

6. GreenGeeks.

Like many web hosting companies on this list, this one is committed to environmentally friendly webhosting, opting for renewable energy sources to power its operations.

Its good to go with a host provider that offers unlimited hosting right out the gate, so you can grow your website down the line with more domains and any number of subdomains, add-ons or parked domains. GreenGeeks offers many starter websites that come with email accounts and search directory listings. This is great for start-ups that don't have a website and want to quickly get online status without waiting to design a site.

The company also goes easy on the fees, with no costs for set-up, domain migration or domain name. The only costs are annual shared hosting fees of $47.92 to $95.40. The only downsides are the lack of 24/7 phone support, no email management through a control panel and the inability to host mobile websites.

Related: Putting a Face to Your Startup's Website

7. Hostgator.

This website hosting company provides a significant level of confidence, thanks to all-access tech support through email, phone, social media and live chat. They also have numerous resources and a forum to get additional help.

While many companies give you a 30-day money-back guarantee, Hostgator gives you another 15 days on top of that to decide if you want to cancel your hosting service. To design your website, they give you thousands of templates and customizable tools, as well as access to an array of open-source applications for content management, e-commerce, wiki, and blogging. They offer unlimited email addresses and numerous email tools, as well as free site builder and control panel demos.

They only do weekly server backups, so if you are updating content daily, this may be an issue. They also do not offer cloud hosting. Some fees are involved, including $7.95 per year for domain migration and $12.95 for domain name, while annual shared hosting costs range from $66.72 to $143.52.



8. InMotion Hosting.

Starting with 99.9% uptime guarantee, you can feel at ease knowing this website hosting company will be working for you around the clock. Other great features include WordPress web hosting, private domain registration, cPanel demonstrations and dedicated SSL certificates. However, there is a limit of 25 domains for its top plan, and no cloud or reseller hosting.

They do not charge fees for domain name, domain migration, or set-up. Annual costs for shared hosting range from $56.68 to $125.88. Teachers can get free web hosting as an educator, while students can get 50 percent discount off shared web hosting.

9. iPage.

This website hosting company delivers many unlimited features and value-adds, plus it regularly puts its shared hosting services on sale, such as its current promotion of $1.99 per month or $23.88 per year. The only additional fee is $14.99 for the first year of a domain name, but set-up and domain migration are free.

You get unlimited domains, add-on domains, parked domains and subdomains. Value-adds include many types of advertising credits and a free listing on YellowPages.com. There is 24/7 tech support, shared and dedicated SSL certificates, a cPanel for easy management, and user-friendly website design tools. However, you cannot register private domains.

10. Hostt.

While it may seem like free website hosting is impossible, Hostt proves it is anything but. Rather than just offering a stripped-down webhosting service for just the very basics, Hostt offers many extras. These include free WordPress and free Joomla hosting, as well as support for Ruby, Python, Apache, Lighttpd, Mongrel and Visual Studio.

There are an unlimited number of domains allowed, along with free transfer from an existing website and unlimited bandwidth. You also enjoy one-click installation, 24/7 technical support and full control over your server and website. About the only annual charge is $13.95 to register your existing domain with them. Special note: I used to be involved full time with this business, hence me putting them at the last.

With the pros and cons and range of prices and fees, features and services, this list illustrates that there is some type of website hosting solution for every type of start-up.

Related: How to Estimate Startup Costs

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