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Ada Ivanova (26 Posts)

About: Ada is a fulltime freelancer and enjoys every second of it. She is also the Blogger Relations Manager at, which is a web resource about leveraging WordPress, its themes, and plugins to create versatile and unusual websites.

PHP Tutorials for Beginners

You have probably heard that PHP is much easier to learn than any other programming languages, such as Java or the .NET languages, not to mention Perl, but if you are new to PHP, it can be daunting. If you are new to PHP, we are here to help. The first block of PHP tutorials are more general and cover…


Protecting Your Content from Theft

If there is a war that is as hard to win as the wars on drugs and terrorism, it must be the war against content theft. Content theft is so widespread that calling it an epidemic isn’t an exaggeration. Unfortunately, there aren’t many ways to protect your content against theft in one form or another, but if you just sit…


Pros and Cons of Hiring Subcontractors

When work volumes surge, or when you simply have a project you don’t have the skillset for, hiring subcontractors is one path you may consider. However, before you do so, it is best if you know not only the advantages of hiring subcontractors but also some potential issues to watch for. To help you with this decision, here are some…


A Case for Using Gimp

Before I start answering the question of whether GIMP is a Photoshop alternative or not, I have to make it clear that the GIMP project hasn’t been developed with the idea of being a Photoshop killer, as it often is labeled. Yes, GIMP does offer quite a lot but it is not intended to be a replica of Photoshop. In…


Useful .htaccess Snippets and Hacks

.htaccess is one file that every web admin should know and understand. At its basic level it controls access to your sites directories. But there is much more that you can do, as the snippets in this post will show you. If you you would like to learn the basics of .htaccess, you should check our our Introduction to .htaccess…


Communication Tips for Techies

Techies aren’t known for their outstanding communication skills – we are much better at design, code, machines in general than in communication with other humans. However, no matter if we like it or not, life makes us communicate with other humans, especially coworkers and clients, and because of this we just don’t have a choice but to learn how to…


10 Productivity Tips for Freelancers

As a freelancer, it matters not how much time you have spent in front of your computer but what you have completed on the project. What matters is productivity rather than the number of work hours and it is in your best interest to be as productive as possible. Productivity is influenced by lots of factors. Sometimes you don’t have…


5 Things that Can Derail Your Freelance Career

When you started your freelance career, you probably thought that the beginning was the most difficult. While a beginning is usually hard, what’s after isn’t necessarily any easier. There are many things that can turn everything upside down. I wish there were only 5 things that can derail your freelance career but unfortunately there are many more. However, in my…