Please Whitelist This Site?

I know everyone hates ads. But please understand that I am providing premium content for free that takes hundreds of hours of time to research and write. I don't want to go to a pay-only model like some sites, but when more and more people block ads, I end up working for free. And I have a family to support, just like you. :)

Please think about the value you get from this free site, and consider adding it to the whitelist for Adblock. To do so, just open the Adblock menu and select "Disable on freelancingguide.net". Or go to the Tools menu and select "Adblock Plus Preferences...". Then click "Add Filter..." at the bottom, and add this string: "@@||freelancingguide.net^$document". Then just click OK.

Thanks for your understanding!

Sincerely, Charles Kozierok
Author and Publisher, The Online Freelancing Guide


NOTE: Using software to mass-download the site degrades the server and is prohibited. Any such attempts may result in your access to the site being automatically blocked. Please be considerate of other readers -- and my server -- and thank you for your cooperation.

Custom Search






Table Of Contents  The Online Freelancing Guide
 >  An Analysis and Review of Popular Online Freelancing Marketplace Sites
      >  Elance - Freelance Marketplace Site Analysis and Review

Previous Topic/Section
Elance - Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
Previous Page
Pages in Current Topic/Section
12
3
Next Page
Elance - Feedback System
Next Topic/Section

Elance - Web Site Design, Features, Interfaces and Ease of Use
(Page 3 of 3)

Speed

I have always found Elance’s website to be very quick and responsive; no complaints here.

Stability, Uptime and Frequency of Modifications

I cannot recall Elance’s site crashing or becoming inaccessible for noticeable periods of time. Bugs are also rare; while I may complain about the development team’s design prior­ities, their quality assurance is very good.

Elance takes the site down for maintenance usually on a weekly basis; this is most often done late in the evening Pacific Time (US) on Wednesdays.

The development team at Elance seems to perform wholesale redesigns of large portions of the site on about an annual basis. These are announced with much fanfare by Elance management, but usually get a mixed reception. The changes usually do introduce new features, many of which are important, but also annoy many established customers for three reasons. First, any time changes are made to a site, this moves users out of their “comfort zone” and they must spend time getting familiar with how the site now operates. Second, as described above under “Form Versus Function”, it is common for the “enhance­ments” to be anything but. Finally, many users feel that Elance is spending too much time on “putting up new wallpaper” and not enough dealing with issues like policy violations.

Security

Elance had a very high-profile security breach during the summer of 2009; hackers were able to exploit a security hole and gain access to a large amount of customer data. To make matters worse, much of that information was then used by the thieves to populate a competing site called “OutsourcingRoom.com”, leading to a great deal of confusion on the part of freelancers who received email from that site.

To its credit, Elance acted very quickly to plug the breach, and instituted enhanced security measures. They also took legal action to have the pirate site shut down, which appears to have worked. I’m not aware of any other security issues since this incident, nor of any similar events before it.


Previous Topic/Section
Elance - Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
Previous Page
Pages in Current Topic/Section
12
3
Next Page
Elance - Feedback System
Next Topic/Section

If you find The Online Freelancing Guide useful, please consider making a small Paypal donation to help the site, using one of the buttons below. You can also donate a custom amount using the far right button (not less than $1 please, or PayPal gets most/all of your money!) Thanks for your support -- it's hard to make a living writing free material these days.
Donate $5
Donate $10
Donate $20
Donate $30
Donate: $



Home - Table Of Contents - Contact Us

The Online Freelancing Guide (http://www.FreelancingGuide.net)
Last Site Update: October 21, 2011

© Copyright 2001-2011 Charles M. Kozierok. All Rights Reserved.
Not responsible for any loss resulting from the use of this site.