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Convert design to WP theme - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 06:46
Start: December 17, 2016
End: January 26, 2017

We are a talented team of web design geeks based in Alaska that believe in producing top quality work that is based on best practices and that brings measurable results to our clients. We want our clients to feel supported in their business endeavors and we want our contractors to feel like they are part of a team. Communication and relationships are a big deal to us, as is having a professional attitude. Without stuffiness.


Part 1
We are looking for an experienced, talented WordPress developer who can whip out a custom theme without the need for extensive Quality Assurance. To be precise, the theme needs to:
• Have a homepage and default page template
• Be mobile first
• Be ultrafast and lightweight
• Be built using best practices
• Use clean, annotated code
• Follow the desktop design mockups precisely but also look good when acting responsively
• Use minimal plugins, if any
• Consider usability
• Be rigorously tested

You will provide the theme, which we will apply to a staging site. We will be responsible for inputting content.

The website we will be working on is: http://labodegastore.com/

- WordPress theme

- A technical description of how the project will be developed
- 3 samples from your portfolio of similar projects

Posted On: December 10, 2016 14:45 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web Development
Country: United States
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Categories: WordPress Maintenance

Blogger/SEO needed: for room sharing/searching, and roommate lifestyle - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 05:41
WeRoomies is a social networking website for finding roommate and affordable housing.  Our vision is to change the way people live: by finding the right roommate and save money to live better.  Currently, we're in development stage and seeking an individual to assist in creating content (2 articles weekly), via Wordpress, with roommate search and room sharing related work, to promote our site and service.   Detailed features of the website will be provided once candidate is hired.  Here's an example, http://thecolife.com/, for reference.

Creative writing and research will be important.  Experience writers living with roommates, understand the process of finding roommate, with real estate-related work, and SEO is highly preferred.  High quality content is a must!  If interested, please send me your cover letter with prior projects (pages, blogs, articles, etc..).  If the quality of work is desirable, there is an option to become weekly writer for a long term, ongoing, contract (1 year).

Posted On: December 10, 2016 14:45 UTC
Category: Writing > Article & Blog Writing
Country: United States
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Categories: WordPress Maintenance

is their an advanced Database Plugin that I can download , that will show on the WordPress Dashboard? [HELP]

Talk about plugins - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 02:19

Instead of going into phpmyadmin, is their an advanced Database Plugin that I can download , that will show on the WordPress Dashboard?

As always help would be appreciated.

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Web site design refresh - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 00:02
We are looking for a web designer with WorkPress skills to reformat some of the pages of our new web site. We do have the content for the page ready but need someone to make the pages look good.

We are looking at 4-6 individual pages to be re-designed.

If interested, navigate to this page http://alfa.praktikgroup.com/portfolio/accenture/ and send us a mock-up of your best design for the page. We will contact the applicants with the most appealing designs.

Thank you,

Posted On: December 10, 2016 05:11 UTC
Category: Design & Creative > Graphic Design
Skills: Graphic Design, User Interface Design, Web Design, WordPress
Country: United States
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Categories: WordPress Maintenance

Chapter Three: Using hook_views_query_alter to alter a query

News from Planet Drupal - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 23:47

When you first hear of Drupal's hook_views_query_alter you think you get it. You understand Drupal's hook system (presumeably, otherwise start here), you've used other hooks before, maybe you even experience a twinge of guilty excitement that it's one of the hooks that hasn't been removed from Drupal 8. You think to yourself, okay, this function will be passed a query argument, and I'll alter it -- and you're right! But it turns out it's a little more complicated than it sounds.

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Wordpress Ninja - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 21:11
I have a new Wordpress site I am building for a client and need someone who can help. I have to upload all content to my server and then transfer files to my clients server and swap out their old WP site for new WP site. Attached are the specs for this job.

Posted On: December 10, 2016 05:11 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web Development
Skills: WordPress
Country: United States
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Categories: WordPress Maintenance

MTech, LLC: Migration of CSV Data into Paragraphs

News from Planet Drupal - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 20:59
Migration of CSV Data into Paragraphs

With the daily work of the office it is natural that there are challenges and potential research topics. With the addition of our developer Lucas as a Drupal core Migrate system maintainer, we decided to to delve into the little documented area of migrating data into paragraphs.

Paragraphs is the new way of creating content. It allows site builders to make things cleaner so they can give more editing power to their end users.

Charlotte León Fri, 12/09/2016 - 14:59
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Brian Osborne: Preventing Drupal 8 from applying image styles to GIFs to preserve animation

News from Planet Drupal - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 19:44

I'm working on a site where the editorial staff may occasionally produce animated GIFs and place them in an article. Image styles and animated GIFs in Drupal don't play nice out of the box. Drupal's standard image processing library, GD, does not preserve GIF animation when it processes them, so any image styles applied to the image will remove the animation.

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Looking for Amazon Expert to improve rankings & SEO, SMM etc - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 18:09
I have 6 Private Label products in Health and Beauty category that are  struggling to move up in rankings. I am  looking for an expert in Amazon web and social media service. Thank you

Posted On: December 09, 2016 19:11 UTC
Category: Sales & Marketing > SEO - Search Engine Optimization
Skills: Advertising, Amazon Webstore, Content Marketing, Content Writing, Google Analytics, On-Page Optimization, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), SEO Backlinking, SEO Keyword Research, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Optimization (SMO), WordPress
Country: Canada
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Categories: WordPress Maintenance

Wordpress website enhancement in Search engines for better conversion cost - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 18:01
I am holding a very simple taxi service website which was built by Wordpress. The website includes my mobile app's download links, application form of taxi pickup services and driver registration. I have invested some money on Google campaigns. However, I'm not so satisfied with the conversion cost. Therefore, I wonder if there is any expert who could optimize my website by any means such as content enhancement, coding or scripting, or other technical means to push up the website ranking on search engines, in order to reduce the conversion cost. Interested candidate will be best to speak Chinese and English so that we can work well and be able to develop a strategic way of money saving SEO. Please PM me if you are located in Hong Kong or Asian countries so that we could work at the same timezone. My whats app number is hong kong number six one eight eight six five seven seven. Look forward to hearing from you!

Posted On: December 09, 2016 19:11 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Scripts & Utilities
Country: Hong Kong
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Categories: WordPress Maintenance

Palantir: Competitive Analysis on a Budget

News from Planet Drupal - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 16:10
Competitive Analysis on a Budget brandt Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:10 Michelle Jackson Dec 9, 2016

User research is a key element in meeting the needs of your audience, but can it be done on a budget? We think so.

In this post we will cover...
  • Why competitive analysis is needed

  • A cost-effective approach to meeting the needs of your audience

  • How to conduct competitive analysis on a budget

  • How to build a competitive analysis matrix

We want to make your project a success.

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Your budget is tight. Project time constraints won’t accommodate extensive user interviews or surveys.

These common project parameters can make it challenging to understand the needs of the audience your website serves. Competitive analysis is an affordable way to evaluate and understand the ways in which competitor sites are succeeding or failing to meet site visitor needs.

By the time you are finished reading this post, you will have the know-how to do a competitive analysis for your organization or company’s website and will be able to see how your website measures against the competition.

What is competitive analysis?

Competitive analysis is a user experience research technique that can help you see how your site compares with competitor websites in terms of design and functionality. It can also lead to better decision-making when selecting new design and technical features for your site (e.g. search filter terms or search listing display).

Competitive analysis evaluates competitor sites at a level that goes further than first impressions. It can help you understand if the competition’s efforts to meet user needs are working before you invest in and implement new designs and technical features.

Let’s imagine you have been tasked with redesigning the Detroit Pistons website and are reviewing and bookmarking some of your competition’s websites. Taking a look at direct competitors is the first step.

First, we’ll take a look at the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons - two direct competitors. The two teams are considered direct competitors because both are professional basketball teams that offer the same service and function in the same way. Ticket sales, merchandise, team branding, and game schedules are some of the main priorities of website visitors. Both websites are hosted by the NBA.

Each team uses a different approach when it comes to presenting information in the navigation. Let’s consider how the two teams differ in terms of menu labeling and hierarchy. Tickets come first and foremost for both teams. Since tickets generate revenue, prominent placement in the navigation underscores the high priority of this transaction. With the exception of “News,” the two teams place the same emphasis on “Team” and “Schedule.” At a glance the Chicago Bulls navigation is more effective in their use of menu terms that reflect distinct priorities and desired user actions on the site.

Figure 1: Chicago Bulls navigation

The Detroit Pistons’ navigation offers a host of items that may distract the user from completing key priority actions (e.g. buy a ticket, review the schedule, check out the team or buy merchandise), which are clearly prioritized in the Chicago Bulls navigation.  Looking at the Detroit Pistons navigation, it is not clear what different actions the visitor should take on the site using the navigation. “Fan Zone,” “Game Night,” could be housed under “Community.”  Diving into the “Video” navigation item, “Fan Experience,” has a similar connotation to Fan Zone which creates a more fragmented experience for visitors navigating the site. “Instagram” is listed under “Video” which may be redundant since there is already a social media icon for Instagram in the main navigation.   

Figure 2: Detroit Pistons navigationFigure 3: Detroit Pistons navigation | Video

Now that we’ve done a cursory comparison of how two direct competitor websites use their navigation, let’s talk about how competitive analysis can meet user needs without breaking the bank.

Competitive analysis on a dime

Competitive analysis is flexible. This type of research method can be customized to your budget and project needs. Evaluating the navigation for the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls took about 15 - 20 minutes, but the impact (for the Detroit Pistons) of simplifying the navigation could be substantial in improving site visitor experience.

Competitive analysis can run anywhere from a few hours (if you have a tight budget) to several weeks. Research by experts in your industry and publicly available data on user trends, behavior and needs can supplement evaluation and assessment of your site against the competitions’ sites.

In addition to evaluating the usability of the features and designs of your site along competitor sites, you can also perform user tests on competitor websites to validate their assumptions about what does or doesn’t work for users. We typically implement competitive analysis after conducting a series of interviews with stakeholders. Like our process for developing personas, our competitive analysis methodology is also based on high-level stakeholder input, data produced by clients, and site analytics.

Competitive analysis in action

The competition

Selecting four-to-seven competitor sites to evaluate alongside your site is a critical first step. Depending on time and budget, competitive analysis can focus on direct competitors, or partial, parallel, or even analogous competitors.

Competitor types

  • Direct - offer the same service/functions in the same way
  • Indirect - offer the same service/functions in a different way
  • Partial - compete with some, but not all services/functions
  • Parallel - offer a similar service/function to a similar audience via a similar channel
  • Analogous - a non-competitor that might give ideas about how to provide functions in a better way

Let’s use the Detroit Pistons as our point of comparison and see how other sports and entertainment offerings in the Chicago area relate to the Detroit-based professional sports team.

The Northwestern Wildcats is an indirect competitor. The Chicago-based basketball team offers the same service as Detroit Pistons, but in a slightly different way. The fan base, or audience, is slightly different and the team competes against other college sports teams in the NCAA. Merchandise associated with the Wildcats primarily focuses on the institution and not the team itself. The team is also based in a different market.

Chicago Blackhawks, while a completely different sport, is a parallel competitor. Both hockey and basketball are spectator sports that offer similar services during the same season, and have a fan base with some overlap. Both the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Blackhawks require that spectators spend time and/or money watching a professional team compete to score against an opposing team. Both teams also sell merchandise.

Comedy theater, The Second City, is a partial competitor. The Second City not only sells tickets for live entertainment, but also has educational offerings for professionals seeking to hone their improvisation technique and relate better to customers. By including educational offerings, Second City’s services differ slightly from those offered by the Detroit Pistons.

An analogous competitor is Hamilton Broadway. The musical provides entertainment to spectators, sells merchandise and relies heavily on ticket sales. The show is also seasonal, although the show’s duration is shorter than professional and college sports.

Competitive analysis can help establish a baseline for web design in your industry. Choosing competitor sites that capture different segments of your market and have had recent redesigns is key. It can help us understand how user needs are met by competitor websites serving the same or similar audiences. It can also help us evaluate if a competitor’s newly minted design and technical features are meeting user needs in a new and improved way. This, in turn, can lead to better and more cost-effective decisions that consider site visitor needs when designing and building your site.


Identifying the criteria for evaluating competitor sites is a crucial second step. Navigation was just one dimension to consider when looking at the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls. We consult closely with clients when selecting dimensions. Dimensions may include:

  • Content (e.g. stories featuring specific audiences or influential people)
  • Design (e.g. organization leader profiles)
  • Technical features (e.g. use of filters for search functionality)
  • Specific pages (e.g. Home page)
  • User support (e.g. FAQ)

During the review and evaluation process, you may add additional dimensions and dimension subcategories if new trends are uncovered when looking at competitor websites.

  • Dimension - Descriptive content
  • Subcategory 1 - Homepage
  • Subcategory 2 - Use of video
So what next?

As a first step, you develop research questions to guide your evaluation of each site.

  • How does each website help users achieve key tasks?
  • How is content prioritized on pages where key tasks take place?
  • What types of descriptive content is featured on the Homepage of each site?

Then you build a competitive analysis matrix featuring competitors (x axis) and dimensions (y axis) in a spreadsheet.

For the Detroit Pistons and its competitor sites, you can list notes about certain features of the current sites. For the navigation, you might review and compare the number of items in the primary navigation, the prioritization of navigation items and/or the type of language (formal/informal) used for navigation terms.

For tickets sales, you might look at how information about tickets and ticket promotions are presented on the homepage. You can compare display of ticket information on the tickets landing page for each site. When looking at the game schedules, you might consider how and if visitors can access the schedule from multiple parts of the website.

Use this simple competitive analysis matrix to see how these sites measure up against each other!

Figure 4: Competitive analysis matrix

Next, we:

  • Speak with stakeholders who manage the site
  • Identify the types of competitors (e.g. direct, indirect, partial, parallel and/or analogous)
  • Select four-to-seven competitor sites
  • Create a preliminary list of dimensions
  • Evaluate competitor sites
Once you’ve done your research and completed the matrix

Now it’s time to tackle competitive analysis.

  • Identify patterns and similarities across competitors
  • Highlight competitor site strengths and trends
  • Handpick design elements, technical features and content that work well
  • Collaborate with design, technical, and stakeholder experts to validate your findings

Citing your work and providing documentation in the matrix provides a point of reference for clients and team members. It can also help validate conclusions. Presenting your findings, screenshots, and recommendations in a slide deck or report can help design, technical, and stakeholder experts understand and draw inferences about your research for consideration during the design and technical implementation of your site.

In sum

Competitive analysis is an affordable user experience technique. It can establish a baseline for how competitor sites are doing. You can learn from competitor site successes and failures to make cost-effective decisions during the design and build of a site. Lastly, competitive analysis can help us achieve user-centered design and development outcomes while avoiding the web design and technical blunders of the competition.

We feel strongly that competitive analysis and other such strategy work is essential to a project's success. Let's schedule a time to talk so we can share our approach to getting to a place of success for your organization and project.

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New Wordpress Site Required - Theme Implementation - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 14:35
We are looking for someone to build a new website by implementing a Wordpress theme.

We need to build a new website for a dental client
They feel that their existing website:
is too generic and bland-looking.

The content of the site should remain largely as it is currently, but we need a new look/feel.

To help somewhat, these are some of the sites that they have said they like the look of:

We can use some of the imagery on the existing site - but we can also add new stock imagery - families, seniors etc.
We also want strong images (particularly on the home page) of the local Sarasota area - sunsets, beaches etc.

The site will need to be fully responsive for mobile and tablet.

We are looking for someone to produce the site based on an existing template. Although we’re not looking for a designer as such, it’s vital that the site looks properly designed after the theme has been implemented.  All too often we have seen sites that don’t look good because there hasn’t been enough care and attention made when it comes to details - image sizes, type layout etc.  This is imperative.

We already have licences to some themes if you think any of these might work. Not sure how well they would fit for a dentist’s office though:


Posted On: December 09, 2016 19:11 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web & Mobile Design
Skills: Web Design, Website Development, WordPress
Country: United Kingdom
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Categories: WordPress Maintenance

Platform.sh: Application updates for PHP containers

News from Planet Drupal - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 14:00

PHP was Platform.sh’s first supported language, and so has had a few quirks as we’ve grown to support more programming languages. Those quirks have resulted in a few limitations to functionality that we didn’t like, and you probably didn’t like, either.

Fortunately, we’ve refactored our container support to reduce the uniqueness of PHP and added a bit of functionality along the way.

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Ixis.co.uk - Thoughts: Bringing pages to life with web animation

News from Planet Drupal - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 11:25

We’re using animation in a few places on ixis.co.uk, mostly subtle movements to try and inject a bit of life into the design. The key thing when we were adding these animations was to keep them subtle. If at any point they make the actual content on the site harder to read then we've failed.

On mobile, the menu button animates into a close button when it’s opened. This is fairly simple. When the menu is opened, we add an open class to the button, and use some CSS3 transforms to move things around. The relevant Sass is below, the main thing is we add a 0.3s transition on opacity and transforms, and then just move things when the open class is added.

.navbar-toggle { .icon-bar { transition: opacity 0.3s, transform 0.3s; } &.open { .icon-bar-1 { transform: translate(0, 8px) rotate(45deg); } .icon-bar-2 { opacity: 0; } .icon-bar-3 { transform: translate(0, -8px) rotate(-45deg); } } }

The transforms occur in order from left to right, even though they animate all at once, which is why we move first, and then rotate. Otherwise the movement would be relative to the new rotation.

Our new service icons are SVGs, which means we can target individual elements within the icon to animate, as long as the SVG is inline and not embedded with an img tag or background-image style. To make life easier we added theme implementations for them on the Drupal side, so they can easily be added and reused. Then we have an icon-development.html.twig file that contains the SVG.

/** * Implements hook_theme(). */ function example_theme($existing, $type, $theme, $path) { return array( 'icon_development' => array( 'variables' => array(), ), // ... ); }

We’re using CSS3 keyframes for the animations themselves, which means we can easily trigger them when we scroll them into view. In our Sass a lot of the values are shared with placeholders, but I’ve tried to simplify them here, and it’s only showing the animation for one part of one of the icons.

#service-development { .bracket-left { animation-duration: 1s; animation-timing-function: ease; animation-iteration-count: 1; animation-fill-mode: forwards; animation-play-state: paused; animation-name: developmentBracketLeft; } &.scrolled-to .bracket-left { animation-play-state: running; } } @keyframes developmentBracketLeft { 0% { transform: translate(-4px, 0); } 100% { transform: translate(0, 0); } }

Since all of our animations are fairly short, we had to make sure they’d only trigger once they’re visible, otherwise it’s just a waste of time. So we’re using waypoints to add a ’scrolled-to’ class when animations should trigger. Javascript is only used for these triggers, the animations themselves are pure CSS, so they benefit from hardware acceleration. We're using this approach for virtually all of our animations, from the service icons down to subtle fade in effects on things like heading banners, testimonials and client work pages.

(function ($) { Drupal.behaviors.magicksServiceAnimation = { attach: function (context, settings) { $('.view-services').waypoint({ offset: 'bottom-in-view', handler: function() { $('.view-services').addClass('scrolled-to'); }, }); } }; })(jQuery);

The fade in effect is a combination of 2 transitions. It moves from 0 opacity up to 1, and it moves 100px up and into it's correct position. This particular effect is all wrapped in a Sass mixin, so it can be easily reused on new elements, and only ever needs to be changed in one place.

On the blogs page we have infinite scrolling, with a rotating Ixis logo to show that new content is loading in. Not much to this one: it’s the standard Drupal Ajax progress throbber, we’ve just styled it with CSS and animated with keyframes.

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Spiff Up an Avada Website - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 08:08
Hi, we're building two websites using the Avada Theme. We're not taking full advantage of the theme for content, and need someone with both a good artistic eye and expertise with Avada to spiff up the content using Avada's many built-in elements. Both sites will be running Avada 5.0

Site 1: http://afusa.bigtomatotech.com
Site 2: http://nw.e-handoff.com

Please give a few suggestions on how you'd improve, for instance, the pages below:

1. http://nw.e-handoff.com/community/
2. https://nw.e-handoff.com/about/
3. https://nw.e-handoff.com/features-benefits/
4. http://afusa.bigtomatotech.com/why-learn-french/
5. http://afusa.bigtomatotech.com/programs/one-book-one-federation/

Both projects must be completed by next week. Please give examples of other Avada sites you've worked on. Feel free to ask any questions.

More work available to the right candidate.

Posted On: December 09, 2016 08:48 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web & Mobile Design
Skills: Graphic Design, Web Design, WordPress
Country: United States
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Web content editor for high-end watch and jewelry - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 07:22

German is the language of our websites.  Sometimes, we also need German to English translations. or EN to DE...

We currently have an IMMEDIATE job for a specific jeweler website.  
We have a number of websites with blog and social media support needed.

You are at home on the Internet and know how to prepare texts for the watch and jewelery industry.  You know how a website and its content can be structured to operate content marketing. You write texts, to attract search engines and the customer's desires.

We are looking for someone with passion and commitment, journalistic and technical expertise.

Your assignment:

- Treatment of existing online content
- re-creating content for web
- Compiling editorial (product) texts

Your qualifications:

- A good understanding of online and Content Marketing
- Experience in the texts for Web
- Excellent knowledge of SEO
- Social Media
- CMS knowledge (WordPress)
- Perfect knowledge of German in speaking and writing
- High level of organizational skills
- Independent and accurate operation
- Indesign and Photoshop experience is an advantage
- Industry experience (watches and jewelery) advantageous

Posted On: December 09, 2016 08:48 UTC
Category: Writing > Web Content
Skills: Blog Writing, Content Marketing, Content Writing, Copywriting, SEO Writing, WordPress, Writing
Country: Austria
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WordPress Work From UpWork - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 05:49

I need someone to upload content & customise my Wordpress website for me.

We need the template to look good, set it up, and add images, our text etc.

If you can do graphic design as well that is an added bonus we require.

English speaking preference.

Potential for on-going work from time to time.

Posted On: December 09, 2016 08:48 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web Development
Skills: WordPress
Country: Australia
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Software Developer - Recruiting Social - Vancouver, BC

NodeJS jobs - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 02:44
Software Developer (Full-stack) Intermediate to Senior Vancouver, British Columbia Full-time onsite required We’re looking to add a Software Developer
From Recruiting Social - Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:44:20 GMT - View all Vancouver jobs
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