40 Premium WordPress Portfolio Themes to Impress Your Clients

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A portfolio website is one of the must-haves for a freelancer. Either you are just starting or already a veteran, a portfolio website is needed because it will give your clients first-hand information about the quality of your work. It also gives you the chance to impress your clients without even opening your mouth.

For starters, you have a lot of options where you could put up your portfolio. We have:

But of course, you would want everything to look and feel professional. Hosting your portfolio on a free service doesn’t really exemplify that wanting.

That is why I personally recommend you to host your portfolios, pay the upkeep and use WordPress. WP is one of the best services when it comes to content management. Yes, WP is mainly known for blogging, but it’s pretty flexible that you can create almost everything out of it, a portfolio site would be a great example.

Now, of course, you will need themes to make your website look better. Thank us later but we had that covered for you. May I present you 40 beautiful WordPress portfolio themes!

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30 iOS Apps You Should Have This Year

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As a designer, developer or a freelancer, we always look for those tools that can make our work easier. No doubt these kinds of tools are installed in our laptops and desktops, but what will you do when you are on-the-go and want to edit a couple of lines to the code? Or you saw an idea that you want to capture instantaneously?

This is the time when an iOS device comes in handy you. iOS, as we all know, is an operating system manufactured by Apple Inc. used in mobile devices. Although iOS apps have to face a lot of competition with the free Android apps, still, iPhone is considered the first choice for designers.

Why iOs is the preferred system:

  • It’s about the whole design
  • Think about the functionality

It doesn’t matter if you want to sketch on the move, or you are looking for a perfect app to help you out in your daily routine. You can use iOS apps to manage your projects, time and money for you.

To make your search easy, we have collected 30 iOS apps that you shouldn’t miss out as a designer, developer or freelancer.

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What You Should Know When Choosing the Best Web Host

Posted in HowTos, Quick Tips, Tips, Tools, Usability3 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

Every designer or  developer who has worked with websites knows the importance of hosting. Web hosting is among the top important things that you have to consider before starting the website creation. Selecting a really good web hosting company can do your half of the work.

Many people talk about how a website should be designed or how to hire the best designer but, the importance of having the best web host is often not considered an important topic to discuss.

So, why do designers and developers need a web host?

  • Assurance. In order to make your website go live on the Internet, web hosting is required. If you think that registering for a domain name is enough than you are mistaken.
  • Accessibility. Having a website hosting company will make it sure that your website is accessible by everyone around the world. You can surely design a website but if you don’t have a web host, no one can access your website.
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Browser Wars: Why Can’t There Be Just One Web Browser?

Posted in Tools, Usability, WordPress3 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

A few years back, the Internet was left shaken by the Browser Wars, or the competitions for the top spot in usage share between web browsers.

It all started when Microsoft Internet Explorer took Netscape Navigator’s spot as the top browser during the late 1990s. It continued when IE lost its dominance over the emerging browsers Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. That followed a lot of debates on which browser is really the best among the rest.

They say that the browser wars are now over and peace has been achieved in the browserdom. Some people will ask, “Who won?”

Well, I, for one, don’t care who won. I am not really that interested. I personally think that the browser wars started because of one thing: marketing.

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50 High Quality Premium Fonts for Every Web Designer

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Designers know the importance of fonts in websites; they spend a great deal of time in searching for the best fonts to put in their websites. Stylish and natural fonts are the most common styles used in creating an attractive website.

No doubt, free fonts are sometimes of high quality, but, in most cases, they are not up to the mark. Especially if you are working on a big designing project, considering high quality premium fonts is the best option.

I would recommend that you to use premium fonts in the situations where you are designing a website for the client so that your work looks totally professional.

In today’s post, we are featuring top premium fonts to help out the designers who are wasting their precious time in searching for finest fonts. All these fonts are of high quality and can be bought in a very reasonable amount of price.

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Quiz: What’s Your Web Designer/Developer Personality Type?

Posted in Freelance, Tools, Web Design3 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

Web designers and developers, like most people, are unique in their different ways. Some designers exemplify this uniqueness in their designs, others, in their work habits. That’s what makes them exciting people.

Although 1WD does not invite stereotyping, we thought of this fun little quiz to help you know what personality type you possess as workers of the Web. We hope that through this quiz, you will be able to understand your work and design habits to become a better person, if not, a better designer.

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15 Marketplaces to Buy Premium WordPress Themes Reviewed

Posted in Themes, Tools, WordPress3 months ago • Written by 7 Comments

WordPress is a powerful tool to make your blog or website run perfectly. However, if you want to stand out among thousand other websites and blogs, you need some elegant themes. You can certainly create unique themes for yourself. But if you don’t have appropriate knowledge of HTML and CSS, I would recommend that you find a marketplace in order to buy premium WordPress themes.

What are the perks of having premium WordPress themes?

  • You will find highest quality themes that are professionally designed
  • It will improve the appearance of your website or blogs
  • It will also expand its  functionality
  • It capture the visitor’s attention more
  • Increase the traffic on the website or blog
  • It brings some fresh changes if you want to boost business performance

Therefore, in today’s post we are going to review top WordPress themes marketplaces that will help out bloggers, designers, and developers to generate traffic to their sites and sell their work easily.

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What is the Best WordPress Framework to Use?

Posted in Themes, Tools, WordPress4 months ago • Written by 3 Comments

Designing a WordPress theme can be very time-consuming, not to mention difficult and stressful. But there are some that use a Theme Framework. Before having ideas on what the best WordPress Framework, let’s begin by understanding what a Framework is.

Over the years, WordPress theme developers have created schemes and processes to make their work faster and easier. Some start by creating an HTML template and then build the WordPress code around it. This can prove to be very stressful, noting that you have to re-write codes from HTML to PHP, but others just find that easier.

On the other side of the moon, designers start with the rudimentary WordPress codes and build their design around that. For them, this increases the speed of the coding process because they just type in a language that WordPress automatically understands.

And finally, there are those who, in the most efficient way possible, start with a Theme Framework.

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Officiating an Office: Tweaking Your Workplace Productivity

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                Workplace \work●place\ noun : a place where work is done.

The Merriam Webster definition says it all: A workplace is basically the spot where you do your ‘thing’. This only means that a workplace is the magical place where you do your stuff. In this area, you enter into the zone, be productive, creative, technical and well, uh… a little less distracted. Of course, a workplace won’t be a workplace if you will play around and be lazy (might as well call it laze-place). How can you improve workplace productivity?

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Cherry on Top: Cherry Framework Review

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WordPress theme frameworks are overwhelmingly available and famous nowadays because most designers find them easy to use, functional yet fully customizable. Using child themes that are supported by the parent framework, ‘personalized’ themes have become more attainable. There is a new framework in town- the Cherry Framework. This article is basically a Cherry Framework review.

Now, most theme frameworks come in premium versions, meaning, you have to pay some bucks just to get your WordPress site personalized. However, the spending doesn’t end there. After buying your framework, you would still be troubled by the child themes that you are going to install. Most of these child themes are not free.

TemplateMonster unleashed a new product called Cherry Framework, a theme framework that would suit all your personalization needs. The best part of this particular framework is it is free, along with some child themes!

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