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Freelancer acquires vWorker

Today I’ve received an email from Freelancer.com letting me know that they have acquired vWorker.com (RentACoder for older freelancers). I was quite shocked by this news as I never expected that a big site like vWorker will be bought. But life goes on and nothing stays the same forever. I have to say that so far I really enjoy Freelancer’s interface a lot more than vWorker. It’s clean, it’s modern and it’s logical. Even after the face lift vWorker did some time ago the site looked dated and wasn’t very intuitive.

I am still waiting for Freelancer to import my project ratings, I hope they will do it soon. Without rating is really really hard to get a job on a freelancing site. But while I wait for them I’ve already made a bid to check the process. So far I like what I see, it seems very clean and intuitive. I’ve also checked the taxes (10% for free account and 3% for premium) which are not that bad.

One thing that drives me nuts is the “Skills” section. Although I have checked many skills it only displays 5 for my Freelancer profile, while for my Employer profile it displays a lot more. I don’t get it. I’ll probably contact their support, maybe they can enlighten me.

The Portfolio section is beautiful, I cannot even compare to what vWorker had. It’s exactly what you need to display your work.

I’ll update the article as I discover more things (hopefully pleasant) on Freelancer. Meanwhile if you need my services you can click on the button bellow and give me a job on Freelancer.com

LE: One day later and I have all my ratings and projects imported. Good work Freelancer!
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vWorker(RentACoder) is using cloud infrastructure

Astonishing! Who would have thought they are so advanced in this domain?

Stop reading here if you don’t want to read a rant!

Although this is hardly news there are bits that still puzzle me. For example why did the choose the VMWare and not the Microsoft solution? They are Microsoft fans since forever, even using IIS as web server. I remember the `good old days’ when they were struggling with a very performant MSSql server that wasn’t able to use 8 cores(or it was 8GB RAM? who cares) and they had to upgrade to Gold Membership to patch it.

Another thing I have noticed is that they are using blogger as platform for their blog. But but … Microsoft is going to use WordPress as I found out in this article.

Is the marriage between Ian and Microsoft going through a hard time? Who knows …

On an ending note I find the site interface one of the worst and is it just me or the whole site moves very slow?
P.S.Don’t close my vWorker account!!!