Choosing a WordPress Theme: Free or Premium?

Posted in Themes, WordPress2 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

Perhaps one of the most striking features of WordPress is the easy availability of themes. Take a look at any of the other CMSs – be it Joomla!, Drupal or Textpattern – none of them comes even close when it comes to the availability of ready-made themes and templates. Not only does WP have numerous free themes to its merit, it is also well supplemented for by several Premium theme providers.

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A Handy Guide to Better User Experience

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 3 Comments

In simplest terms, UX, also known as user experience or user usability is the way most basic users feel about using an application, a program, a website or anything. User Experience is based on the reactions and responses the user performs and provides. While it can seem related to gaining feedback, it is actually not the same. User Experience is meant to understand and make the user reach the “final goal” which is defined by the owner of the product. Whether this goal is getting the person to subscribe to your newsletter, or make him buy  your new t-shirt, the main goal of the owner is to make the user’s way as easy and hassle free as possible. There are many factors which can influence a user’s experience with your system/product. The following are some of the most important factors.

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The Wizard of Design – Piet Zwart (1885 – 1977)

Posted in Inspiration2 years ago • Written by 1 Comment

As it happens with all geniuses ,Piet Zwart didn’t get the sort of recognition that he deserved. He was a rebel during his days and did not want to follow the set rules for design back then. Working late nights and swimming against the tide were his passions. His work covered a wide spectrum of industrial design. Alongside, Piet Zwart spent a lot of time excelling in the world of photography and typography. This article is a small tribute to one of the geniuses of the design industry. A human being who gave new meaning to the world of design and didn’t even ask for anything in return. I am sure that right now Piet Zwart is busy redesigning heaven!

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How Ruben Gamez Turned Bidsketch Into A Successful Online Business

Posted in Inspiration, Interviews, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

Ruben Gamez is the solo founder of Bidsketch , an online proposal software website for web designers.  In only a year and a half, he managed to take Bidsketch from  a humble side project that he started while having a full-time job to a full-time business that allowed him to quit his job and enjoy the freedom he has always desired. How did he do that? Today, Ruben shares his story with 1WD readers.

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5 Easy Steps on How to Deal with Online Stealing

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

Dealing with thieves in real life is bad, but meeting them online any better. Having the things you’ve been working on for a long time stolen — sucks. In this article we’re going to review some very effective ways how you can fight online stealing, mostly relating to websites. The things which have to be considered as stolen must be related to the website concept, layout, functionality and features. Content should also be considered, however it is much harder to prove that a custom post belongs to you — it should be identical (copied) in order to prove that the original content was posted on your website. For domain names, there is just a single way on how to show that you’re the only person who has the right to use a name in the domain — trademarking the domain! A great example is how Facebook has tried trademarking the “face” word in the online world, by this starting a “domination” on the internet.

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6 Must Read Tips Before Registering a Domain Name

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

There are many things a web designer has to think of when designing a website. Moreover, if he has full responsibility, he has to come up with a good domain name as well. Although many think it is not so important, the domain name is as important as your company name, the website or the Facebook page. Having a good domain name will many times not only bring you more traffic, but also make your webpage easier to remember – and this brings traffic too.

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Stop Designing User Experience! I Mean It!

Posted in Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 21 Comments

User Experience this! User Experience that! Stop it, will you? There’s plenty enough research done about User Experience . Now, can we please start designing? The problem with the Internet is that literally anything can go viral in no time. Same has happened with the keyword User Experience (UX as the nerds call it). Wasn’t aesthetically pleasing design the end goal for every designer? Then, from where did this term UX find place in our brains and how come it dominates our thoughts? Isn’t an aesthetically pleasing design that delights our user enough to keep them riveted?

Well, lots of questions there. I might be acting a bit extreme but I am a bit upset. I am upset with the trend that has forced an average designer to read tons of content about User Experience just to understand whatever it is. For me, UX is totally unrealistic. And whatever is unrealistic cannot be designed. Let me prove my point!

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ThemeShock Giveaway – 10 Winners of The Shock Bundle Containing 107 Premium Themes

Posted in Freebies, Icons, Templates, Vectors2 years ago • Written by 45 Comments

Today we are unleashing the beast of all giveaways: 10 Winners of ThemeShock’s Shock Bundle with a total worth of $1290! What’s inside the Shock Bundle? Ready yourself to be super shocked!

WordPress ThemeShock offers useful free (and premium) collections of WordPress themes, quality icons (more than 30,000), html/css templates, vector characters, logo templates, web design sets and more, as well as WordPress related articles on their blog. Seriously, you will be amazed with its free bundles.

Its premium product is called The Shock Bundle, which comes loaded with 107 premium WP themes (with a “full of features” framework), 20,000 icons from its partner site: Iconshock and over 28,000 additional icons (14,000 Android, 14,000 iPhone icons, 427 credit card icons and 150 social icons), 75 css/xhtml templates, 50 web design sets, 25 vector mascots sets, 500 logo templates and even more!

Wow!

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Make Everyone Jealous with Green Themes, Palettes and Artworks

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

Soon you’ll make everyone green with envy by showing off your newfound knowledge of this month’s colour! Read on for some interesting bits of trivia, tips, puns and finally, as always, a showcase with a little something for everybody. Enough beating around the bush, let’s get to it!

Other color of the month you might enjoy:

December - Colour Chronicles: Bold Brown
January - Colour Chronicles: Brilliant Blue
February - Set Your Website on Fire with Red Themes, Photos, and Palettes

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Market and Sell Your Digital Goods the Right Way

Posted in Showcase, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 3 Comments

In previous years, digital marketplaces have evolved significantly. Day by day, more and more designers, developers, photographers and musicians of all levels have started to begin their experiences with  marketplaces and selling digital files online.  These ‘stock markets’ represent a good source of revenue for people of all skills, from beginners to advanced, that is why if you have not started your adventure with these places that are great for generating income, you should consider it right now.

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