7 Warning Signs of Web Dev Clients from Hell (And How to Handle Them)

There’s no getting away from it: At some stage in your career as a web developer, you are going to run into the client from hell.

Maybe you already have. Perhaps you’re horribly familiar with the dread and plummeting morale that dealing with such a client entails. Perhaps you’re even unlucky enough to be facing this situation on a regular basis.

Don’t despair! Toxic clients don’t just randomly appear in your life like April showers or luxury watch spam. Much as the king of the jungle will announce his stately presence with a mighty roar, a truly awful client will usually signpost their arrival well in advance.

This article will teach you seven key warning signs to look out for as a web developer and provide concrete tips for dealing with clients who exhibit them.

Before we begin though, let’s cover one crucial point: responsibility.

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The Complete Guide to Updating Enfold

Updating WordPress Themes is easy, but if you are new to themeforest and/or WordPress here is a guide to help you

In 2015, quickly putting together a professional looking WordPress site that displays perfectly across all devices has never been easier. The days of needing a team of eye-wateringly expensive external developers to fine-tune your site for weeks – if not months – are now thankfully in the past.

Here at Kriesi we’re proud to have played our part in this by releasing a suite of easily configurable, fully responsive themes, chief among them our flagship product Enfold. But one major paint point we’ve seen come up repeatedly – particularly for less experienced WordPress users – is the subject of updating.

Enfold ships with a lifetime guarantee of free updates, and in this article we’ll walk through everything you need to know to update safely and with confidence for many years to come.

Let’s begin with a quick look at the major versions of the theme to date for some context.

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Enfold 3.2 – Super flexible columns, new church and wedding demos and so much more…

You ask for it, we build it ;) 

It finally arrived. One of the most requested features ever, the highly customizable columns are now available for Enfold. You can now remove the space between columns, set them to equal height, control the padding and margin (even negative margins are possible as can be seen in our church demo), background color, border color, border radius, custom classes, etc

Although the changelog is a little shorter than with other major releases don’t let it fool you: this is one of the most powerful changes to date since it enables layouts that were previously not really possible :)

In addition to that we got a few new template builder elements, a deeper integration with the events calendar, some new color schemes and 2 new demos.

Here is the changelog with the most important updates:

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How Much Should a WordPress Website Really Cost to Make?

As a web developer you get that question quite often. My usual answer: what should a car cost? As with most things in life it depends…

Back in the halcyon days of the early web, developers were free to pluck pretty much whatever crazy price occurred to them out of the air and present it to their clients.

These days –  particularly at the entry level – pricing is becoming increasingly commodified and pressure is very much in the downward direction.

Working out how much you should be paying for a website remains a pain point for many small businesses though, as does finding someone reliable to build it for you in WordPress.

In this article we’ll tackle the question of how much a WordPress website should really cost, and what you need to know about pricing as a site owner to make sure you aren’t paying over the odds.

Let’s start with why you should pay someone to do this in the first place.

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WordPress Beginners: How to Start With Enfold From Scratch

New to Enfold and wondering where to start? Here is a small beginners guide

Our best-selling Enfold theme is a perfect theme for users of all levels of technical ability, but it’s particularly useful for those new to the world of WordPress.

Although it ships with a Demo Content Import feature to help users hit the ground running, we frequently receive requests for an overview of how to start with Enfold from scratch.

In this article we’ll walk you through everything you need to look at for building an Enfold site from the ground up without relying on imported content.

As this could be your first exposure to the theme, let’s briefly recap some of the reasons why Enfold is a particularly good option for beginners.

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14 Essential Tools to Turbocharge Your WordPress Workflow

Specialization, as Robert Heinlein so succinctly put it, is for insects. Fortunately, WordPress’ inherent flexibility means users are guaranteed not to fall into that particular trap.

Your average day as a WordPress site owner might see you fine-tuning server performance, preparing and editing multiple images, planning a content strategy, and/or delegating a range of minor tasks to a remote team.

In this type of multidisciplinary environment, the need for an optimized workflow and task-specific tooling is critical. Fail to sharpen your saw and your daily routine could easily descend into a mindless slog of avoidable busy-work which quickly cripples morale, flow and overall output.

This article will introduce you to fourteen essential tools you can use across different aspects of WordPress and your wider business to realize instant gains in productivity and performance.

Let’s start at the technical end of the spectrum.

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