WordPress Wp_Nav_Menu with Icons and Active Item Highlight

Posted in HTML & CSS, PHP, WordPress3 years ago • Written by 15 Comments

WordPress is a great tool, for sure, but as many other CMS’ it drives us into an “all standard” way of thinking, that is, you design things thinking that every element has to be identical to his brothers, same color, same style, same size.

How many WordPress sites with pretty menu icons do you know (with wp_nav_menu, not “static” menus)?  How many of them use a different color for some categories? Well, these little things make a big difference.

This time we will learn a simple way to customize our WordPress menu, without losing its wonderful admin options. We will be doing:

•   Home link in our wp_nav_menu that always gets current blog url
•   Customize each menu item as you want
•   Put pretty icons in our menu
•   Active item highlight

From now on, it is useful to have a little understanding about what wp_nav_menu is, and if you have a blank WordPress install, it is time to play with it ;)

So, let’s rock!

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Brilliant Japanese Product & Packaging Design

Posted in Inspiration, Showcase3 years ago • Written by 18 Comments

It’s been more than a month since the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. It is one of the most devastating natural disasters of the century, having caused thousands of deaths to our brothers and sisters in Japan.

On a lighter side, let us remember what the crazy creative Japanese brought to the world. They are innovators, not imitators. One great difference I saw between Western and Japanese package and product design is the amount of energy and life found in the latter. Most Western packaging appeared limited, merely ‘contained’ on the canvas or package. Whereas Japanese design is more alive, spirited and energetic. Japanese packaging is created not to just contain the product, but has a unique soul of its own. It’s easy to tell–most of the packaging and product designs are based on nature and all things cute. In fact, they go through lengths to add tiny details like faces, eyes and smiles to products to make it more ‘kawaii’. Charming mascots, sweet characters and happy faces definitely sell in the company, and cute characters will definitely lure consumers into buying their products.

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Great Art Movements That Inspired Modern Web Designers

Posted in Showcase, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

The first modern designers are, of course, inspired by traditional and classical art. We designers, as a whole, get our ideas of beauty and aesthetics from by viewing paintings, sculptures and artworks from the most powerful art movements in history. Here are among the top art movements in the 20th century that helped shape how we view art and beauty.

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WordPress eCommerce: Pros & Cons, Resources & Tools

Posted in Plugins, Themes, WordPress3 years ago • Written by 18 Comments

With advances in technology, the world truly has become a global village. One of the major advancements in recent years that has brought us even closer is eCommerce; eCommerce enables individuals to purchase anything from any part of the world at any time. One just has find what they want online and from there you’re almost assured to be able to buy that item from the comfort of your own home. eCommerce can be made effective by good marketing strategies, kick-ass advertisements, great product endorsements, and awesome plug-ins.

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Worldwide Graphic Design: How Different Nationalities Design Part 2

Posted in Showcase, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

You asked for more, so you got it. We’ve covered Latin American, Middle Eastern, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese graphic design. It was a beautiful introduction to art from our brothers who speak different tongues. Graphic Design can be dramatic, emotional, powerful, romantic, serene, political or even all of the above.

Now we’re going to cover lesser known, but still equally powerful and equivocal graphic design from around the world. This time we hand the floor to Scandinavia, Israel, Russia and Africa.

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Best Password Management Softwares for Free

Posted in Freebies, Showcase3 years ago • Written by 15 Comments

Remembering passwords, without a doubt, is one of the most difficult tasks. Passwords are the key to every valuable service you use on the web and they cannot be compromised. Forgetting your passwords result in time consuming retrieval, because you have to go through all the verification processes to get your password back. Of course, every problem has a solution. In this roundup we will share some of the best free password management software that you can use to store your passwords securely.

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Bullet Proof Guide: How To Make Money From Your Blog

Posted in Blogging, Web Design, WordPress3 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

More and more people are trying to earn online – there are millions of  new blogs, start ups and applications already and many more are being created each day! While there are so many people working online, only some of them are  profitable ( I mean really profitable – not just making their living)!

In this article I wanted to scratch the surface about several well known, and not so well known, monetization techniques that you could implement in your own business. Even if you don’t have your own business blog yet – no problem, because even a simple understanding  how other people earn online will be a great help to boost your confidence to start! Yes, online business can be very profitable if you follow certain rules to monetize your site!

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55 Super Powerful jQuery Navigation and Menu Plugins

Posted in Plugins, Showcase, Tools, Usability, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

Navigation is one of the most important elements in web design. It has to be neat, usable and creative at the same time in order to not scare your visitors away. jQuery is one of the most powerful tools to enhance your navigation and make it stand out. With jQuery you can bring together both the creative and usable. This article will cover 55 fresh and superb jQuery plugins that will make your menus look awesome. Note that all of the listed plugins have been released in the last six months.

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Presenting the Great New Features of WordPress 3.1

Posted in News, Web Design, WordPress3 years ago • Written by 30 Comments

Folks at WordPress have just released WordPress 3.1 (Code name “Reinhardt”), 14th version of World’s most famous and award-winning publishing software. This release has some fantabulous features like Internal Linking and a WordPress.com styled admin bar on front end which makes it very easy to visit most used features of back-end. Read on to have an overview of some major features of this release.

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Graphic Design Examples Worldwide: How Nationality Reflects In Artworks

Posted in Showcase, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 23 Comments

Graphic design is a lot like languages. It’s an identity; beautiful and enigmatic. Graphic design varies from culture to culture, influenced by a country’s culture, history and way of life. Just like art and music, graphic design aesthetics differ from culture to culture. There may be common elements found in a culture’s graphic design, not found in other cultures and vice versa.

We’re all very familiar with graphic design from the west, particularly in the US and UK. I will discuss and showcase graphic design from around the world, from the most interesting cultures: Latin America, China, Japan, Middle East, India and the Netherlands. Graphic design from these areas is a bit different, but still very aesthetically appealing.

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