40 Incredible Premium Portfolio WordPress Themes to Make You Stand Out

Posted in Themes, WordPress3 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

Having a well-designed and demonstrative portfolio is crucial especially if being an artist is your only livelihood. It often happens that talented designers can come up with a fantastic design but don’t know how to turn it into a functional website. And it’s the other way around for developers. What to do if you’re a photographer who needs to show of his work but have no clue about websites and don’t want to pay through the nose for a portfolio? This is another niche where theme marketplaces come in aid. At theme marketplaces you can purchase fully-functional, well-designed high-quality portfolio themes dirt cheap and not worry about all the coding stuff. This article presents 40 incredible premium WordPress themes to make you and your work stand out.

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Graphic Design from Around the World 3: Developing Countries

Posted in Showcase, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 7 Comments

The third part of the series ‘Graphic Design from Around the World’ will feature graphic design from ‘developing countries’. There is no single definition to what a developing country is, and the list may vary greatly. Some developing countries may have high standards of living, while others vice versa. These countries are not as well represented in many aspects because of their so-called status–may it be politically, socially or culturally. Even in designs, most of the famous graphic designers hail from first world, or developed countries. There is much debate and criticism on the term ‘developing country’, but let us not discuss it in this article. The countries I will discuss here are from the list of the World Economic Outlook Report by the International Monetary Fund; and thus following the ‘Western model’ of economic development.

Part 1 | Part 2

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20+ Best Marketplaces Where You Can Buy And Sell High Quality WordPress Themes

Posted in Themes, WordPress3 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

WordPress, undoubtedly, is the most popular blogging platform around the web. Hundreds of blog posts are being published every day and more and more people are choosing WordPress as their blogging solution. But what if you have no basic knowledge of HTML and no clue how to set up a WordPress theme? Don’t worry, there’s no need to be a coding guru to own a splendid and cutting edge WordPress blog.

This post examines the top WordPress theme marketplaces where you can get high quality, unique and professional WordPress themes for incredibly low prices. All the themes are easily customizable and come with free support. So whether you’re just a beginner and considering starting your own blog, an experienced user looking for a new theme, or a small business company that needs an inexpensive, yet efficient website for your business, continue reading to find the top places to purchase amazing, high-quality WordPress themes for unbelievably low prices.

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WordPress Plugin Development – Relate Posts as a Series Part 2

Posted in Coding, PHP, Plugins, Tutorials, WordPress3 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

So, we started our dive into WordPress plugin development with the first part of this tutorial where we talked a little about planning, basic plugin structure, custom post types, metaboxes and how to add custom functions to WordPress’s defaults actions.

Today we will talk a little more about metaboxes and jQuery, shortcodes, and front-end functionality.

All these things with a pretty practical example of how to make a plugin that will relate posts as a series.

So, let’s rock!

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7 Alternate Uses of WordPress Aside from Blogs

Posted in Blogging, Tips, WordPress3 years ago • Written by 24 Comments

WordPress is mainly used for blogging, but you can actually use WordPress for other purposes. This is the beauty of WordPress, it is so flexible that it has several alternative uses, even for people who aren’t that technical. It is easy to customize and presents your content in a very appealing manner with thousands of themes and plugins available for use.

In this article I will briefly point seven alternate uses of WordPress aside from using it as a blogging platform. There are only seven examples but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for other purposes. So, I hope you will enjoy this article and share your thoughts!

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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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