Monday, January 16, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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ThemeForest E-Commerce Themes Featured on

Posted: 16 Jan 2012 04:52 PM PST

ThemeForest E-Commerce Themes Featured on

It’s always good to see marketplace files used, mentioned and featured around the Web. But it’s particularly exciting when established companies use and recommend marketplace files for use with their products on their official Web sites. The latest company to do this is Cart66.

What is Cart66?

Cart66 is a WordPress e-commerce plugin that makes selling products super easy. Not only does Cart66 allow you to sell both physical products such as electronics and clothing but it also makes it easy to sell digital products too such as music and video downloads.

E-commerce with Cart66 is as simple as placing a product on any page or post on your WordPress website and comes equipped with easy PayPal integration at no extra cost. For more details see a full list of Cart66 features.

Cart66 Marketplace Content

ThemeForest is a big fan of Cart66 and already has a special category dedicated to Cart66 WordPress e-commerce solutions. It was to our surprise therefore when we recently discovered that Cart66 were featuring several Cart66 ThemeForest themes on their Web site!

Congratulations go out to ThemeForest authors designcrumbs and webinpixels for getting their ThemeForest files featured on the official Cart66 Web site!

Stored by designcrumbs

Storemerce by webinpixels

Cart66 Plugin Category on CodeCanyon

Hot on the heels of ThemeForest’s foray into the land of Cart66, CodeCanyon also opened its doors last week to WordPress e-commerce with a category dedicated entirely to relevant plugins. We’ll bring you news of Cart66 plugins as the brand new category grows, but if you’re a developer thinking about creating and selling a plugin for Cart66 or any other WordPress e-commerce vehicle for that matter, head on over to to begin your journey as a marketplace author! In fact, now is the perfect time as we’re running Envato’s Most Wanted which gives you the opportunity of getting PAID to submit content to us!

Be Inspired!

Perhaps you are working on a Cart66 theme right now or are considering it in the near future. If so, let us know in the comments! Perhaps your theme will get invaluable exposure too via should they decide to promote your theme. You just never know who is taking a look at your marketplace files! :)


Show Your Appreciation: FreelanceSwitch

Posted: 16 Jan 2012 03:50 AM PST

When discussing how they discovered Envato (see the article and forum thread), I was impressed with how many people got their first taste through FreelanceSwitch. It’s certainly a site that feels like home to any freelancer or web worker. It’s somewhere we can go and feel understood.

If you love FreelanceSwitch, give it a shout-out in the comments!

Site Summary

FreelanceSwitch is “a community of expert freelancers from around the world.” It’s also a helpful site for those interested in hiring a freelancer. The site’s About Us page lists the resources you’ll find there: a blog, forums, job board and directory, and other resources.

All in all it’s somewhere freelancers can go to equip themselves, and a place they won’t feel completely on their own. The site claims, “If you're a freelancer, whether brand new or seasoned veteran, this is the place to get all the information and support you need!”

One thing that surprised me is that some freelancers have (probably totally unintentionally) used it like a dating site. They have met on the site, fallen in love, and moved in together. Who says that a great profile picture isn’t important. The site has even been used to propose marriage!

Couple engaged after marriage proposal goes live at blog.

Germany-based pair to tie the know; Online proposal gets a global “Yes.”

But if you’re looking for connections of a more professional kind, it’s also a good place for freelancers to meet clients, calculate how much to charge, and learn how to run their business and deal with clients.

Being Social

If you'd like to keep up to date with what's happening on FreelanceSwitch, you'll find it on most social networks.

There's always a lot going on, so follow us in multiple places so you don't miss out!

So what do you love best about FreelanceSwitch? Let us know in the comments.

Clients from Hell

Posted: 15 Jan 2012 10:13 PM PST

Non-geeks don’t always have the brand awareness that you would expect. Have you ever had an experience like this?

CLIENT: The executives have us on a very tight budget, so don't expect your going rate. As you can see, everyone has these cheap knockoff "dɥ" brand laptops.

The client points to logo on laptop cover.

CLIENT: Have you ever even heard of "dɥ" brand?

ME: Actually, I think that's an upside down Hewlett Packard logo…

Clients from Hell is a collection of anonymously contributed client horror stories from designers. Visit the site to read more, or to add your own crazy experiences.

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