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simonswiss says

@subsolar well i use it as a project planning board – i create cards (tasks) for things that need to be done and assign them to the appropriate person. Things like setting up a hosting account, purchasing the domain name, searching for stock photos, etc.

In a website project, not 100% of the task rely on the developer. The client needs to provide texts and other assets, and that’s where i give them tasks on trello and assign these to them.

This way instead of dealing with 50+ emails i need to search within to get back to a conversation, we have everything in a single place within the board.

What i meant by the inefficiency of use with clients sometimes is that Trello takes some discipline from each user for things to work well. A card for a question about the navigation menu would do well with a title of “Navigation Menu Order Suggestion”, but instead some clients will call it “one more question please…”

Just like in a forum, that title doesn’t do much good.

Another example i had yesterday is a client, instead of creating a card with a checklist that can be ticked as we go through it, created a card with an attached Word document which contained a list of things to do. :-)

That said, i tend to give a few tips to clients for each improvements they could do with using trello, and they usually appreciate it and love using trello more and more as they understand its’ structure.

I still can’t believe trello is free – it’s incredibly powerful if used well.

Hope that answers your question!

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simonswiss says

May sales… be better than last month!

Whatever happens in May, i really, really hope it is better than April. Last month was devastating for me and i almost wonder if my account is still visible by users. My sales have dropped tremendously – and my latest item i put a lot of effort in has ZERO sales. Not even one!

I know there is easter and other distractions in April, but man that was really bad for me.

So far, zero sales in May too :-(

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simonswiss says

Trello is great – but i had some troubles trying to get clients to use it the right way. They would create a new card for each discussion and not use the useful features (checklists, attach documents, etc).

I personally use trello as my personal planner, things to do, and it works extremely great in that sense. If trained properly, it works great too in small teams and i absolutely love the speed of sync between all devices. Highly recommended.

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simonswiss says
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simonswiss says
A small question, I speak english and am not that well in French, should I learn it more or english is sufficient ?

It’s always good to know the local languages, it shows people you are doing efforts to fit in the local culture.

That said, the average Swiss speaks very good english and you will have no problem getting around without speaking french. I would still learn French, foreign languages are invaluable assets!

Here’s one more tip for you that will help you greatly – there is a large amount of expats living in Switzerland, and together they form a community that is almost as cool as helpful as Envato – you will find answers to ALL your questions about living in Switzerland here: http://www.englishforum.ch

Don’t get freaked out by the ugly layout – this forum is a gold mine of information and the community is incredibly active in there.

Good luck!

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simonswiss says

The problem with university courses is they have to release the syllabus in advance so the students know what they will be learning when enrolling.

By the time the course starts, some of the content is already outdated..

Tuts+ Premium and TreeHouse both over “tracks” or “guides” which propose courses in a progressive and logical way, so you can build your skill from the ground up.

Good luck, and make sure you keep coming back to these forums, the community is great!

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simonswiss says

Hi mate,

Swiss native here, lived all my life in the Lausanne area and am now expat in Sydney since July 2013.

I would be more than happy to help you out if you need anything. I actually got really excited when i read the title of this post and saw Lausanne in it :)

I studied at UNIL (University of Lausanne), which shares the campus with EPFL and Learning Center. You will absolutely love the lakeside campus and the ‘city’ (for most countries it would be a town) of Lausanne and its’ surroundings.

Like rakinjakk said, the eating out part will get you. You need to count at least CHF 20 (CHF and US$ are nearly equal) for a basic meal out, unless you eat at McDo (4 times a week, eek!).

Also a thing to pay attention, most shops (Migros, Coop, ..) close at 6pm (5 on saturday) and pretty much everything is closed on sunday, except for the train station shops that will pretty much cost double.

Don’t even think of buying a car – Switzerland is the land of public transport.

For accommodation, EPFL offers student housing that are both affordable and fun. It’s a great way to meet international students and get in the social circle of studies abroad. I used to hang out with the exchange students in their housing near Vidy (lakeside neighbourhood near the campus) and the apartments were really nice.

Another thing you need to do is get the EPFL/UNIL sports card – it allows you to join a TON of sports classes and facilities, including winter skiing / snowboarding camps, access to the world class gym.. I studied sports science in UNIL and there are not many universities with the facilities this campus has to offer. Again, it’s a great way to meet new friends and stay healthy / clear your brain from all the hard studying.

If you get stuck the first few days in Lausanne, the Lausanne Guesthouse & Backpacker (right by the train station) is a good place to stay.

Actually, i got into webdesign with a personal project of mine to promote Switzerland’s budget travel options. You can see one of my first websites here: http://swissabout.com – i am sure this will help you out if you want to travel around on a budget.

If you are willing to commute for 15 minutes and live in a paradise lakeside town that is more relaxed, less crowded, you may want to consider living in Vevey or Montreux. I am actually from Vevey and was commuting every day from Vevey to Lausanne.

Most people living in Lausanne must anyway do a 15min+ packed bus ride to reach the center of town. From Vevey, it’s an incredibly scenic lakeside (litterally lakeside, like 3m away from the water all the way) ride through the UNESCO Lavaux Wine yards. The ride will provide you with the best sunsets on winter days on your way back home. In summer, you can even catch a steam boat and cruise in the sunshine..

Finally – because i love my region so much – let me get you excited with this video. You will see the EPFL campus and also the train ride / boat i mention!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etvsYTx-WCw
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simonswiss says

Not a WP theme author myself (i wish!) but you can consider me as a solid potential buyer, as i have purchased countless WP themes on TF for clients.

For my experience of dealing daily with WP clients, i see clearly 2 separate paths in the purchase process:

1) The clients that approach me with phrases like “i would just need you to install the theme for me, create a few demo posts and i could take over from there and learn how to do it myself.

2) Clients that rather sound like “We’re happy to trust your creativity and skill expertise – make it look good, we don’t want to stand in your way”.

Clearly, for clients from group 1), i usually get simple themes that, as visualkicks said above, stick to the core functionalities of WP, such as live theme customizer and limited theme options. If i don’t, i end up in a never ending vortex of “i need help doing this” and “how do i do that?”.

For group 2, i am more than happy to go for the framework-like themes and achieve layouts / functionalities that go way beyond the simple WordPress site structure.

I personally sell HTML templates here on TF. My support requests rarely include “newbie” stuff and it clearly looks like most buyers know what they are doing with the template.

However, from reading WP themes comment sections, I gather that most users buying WordPress themes are newbies that want a one-click solution where they don’t need to learn complex theme settings or touch a line of code.

I would say newbies are by fare the larger proportion of buyers of WP themes.

There is however also a portion of buyers – web developers and agencies – that will, like myself, go for the more extended themes to build advanced websites for clients.

The bottom line is, i guess, no matter how complex a theme can be, it needs to cater for the newbies to keep the support forum from flooding.

As discussed in other threads, video tutorials, helping documentation inside the WP admin (tours, hover help tooltips etc) can go a long way in that perspective.

I think visualkicks nailed it with his last sentence:

If you try and implement as much of the core WordPress functionality into your work the less questions you’ll get… and the easier life will be :D
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simonswiss says

I think there is a misinterpretation of the word “creative” here.

The creative category for WordPress themes is not a category for themes that are ‘creative’, or original, standing out of the crowd… It is for themes that are suitable for creative agencies (that need to show a portfolio of their work). They all look similar because they all propose a sortable portfolio and similar features that creatives need to showcase their work.

Some users have come up with collections (public) that show the most creative themes out there – worth a look!

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simonswiss says

haha nice one, pretty useful actually :-)

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