Update #4

It's Friday again and another exciting week passed.

Learn more about my app for charities, a new article about confusing IT terms as well as an email client, which allows you to work more efficiently.

Wellfunded - a fundraising app

Since many years I am a committed volunteer in a charity, which helps people in Kenya get a better life. Because of this I know what is needed to get the funds for bigger projects and give the donors the information they deserve. A couple years ago I developed a little WordPress plugin for this charity, with which people could donate on specific items for a project. Last year I developed an extended prototype as a SaaS-application, decoupled from WordPress. Now I want to take this further to a solid, easy-to-use fundraising app, which simplifies
  • creating project specific donation campaigns
  • receiving and managing donations
  • as well as informing the donors about their impact
for charities.

As I want to put as much focus on the donor-side of things, I will provide
  • an easy way to donate online
  • a way to donate specific items for projects
  • easy accessibility to personal information about project specific donations
This week, I started the development and want to document my progress in an online journal, which details what is needed to develop, maintain and market such an app and what decisions I have to make along the way. 
If you want to follow along, please subscribe at https://wellfunded.ch

UX Designer, Full Stack Developer, Wireframes? What is it all about?

In the world of IT services there are many field specific terms and job titles and there are more almost daily. Many of them just get invented for the sake of it or get used for many different things. Often, even two IT specialist define the same term differently. You can loose the overview very fast and even become confused with all these terms and job titles.
I plan to write an article next week, in which I want to shed some light on all these terms. I will explain what the different abbreviations stand for, what they generally mean and when they are used. The terms in my list so far are:
  • UI Designer
  • UX Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Visual Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Mockups
  • Wireframes
  • Interactive prototypes
  • Backend Developer
  • Frontend Developer
  • Full Stack Developer
If you stumbled upon other terms and job titles, which only causes confusion for you, please tell me about it and I will try my best to explain these as well.

Tip of the week

This week I suggest you an email client, which I use since almost one year myself. It's called Polymail – https://polymail.io – and is available for macOS and iOS. It can be used as an alternative to the standard Apple Mail program.
There are mainly three functions, which make the app indispensable for me:
  • Swipe-Actions: With a swipe to the left or right you can mark an email as read, delete it, move it to a list or delay it for later. With this it's very easy manager your emails and to reach inbox zero.
  • Read later: Very often I do not have the time to answer an email right away. With this function, I can choose at which date and time the email should reappear in my inbox as "new" again – exactly then, when I have the time and attention to answer it properly.
  • Contact details: This is a view with all the details about the sender or recipient of the email in question. Especially handy is a list with all the past emails with this contact and another list with all the attachments from any of the emails of this contact. This way you easily find the things you're searching for.
There are many more interesting functions like "send later" or "email templates", but these are only available in the paid Pro version. If you want to give Polymail a try, you can use the following code after installation to gain one month of the pro version for free:
Thanks for reading.
And now off to the week (...end, sorry for delivering late...)!
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