WordPress Plugin Development from Scratch, Part 2/4: Integrate Slider

Posted in Plugins, Tutorials, WordPress1 year ago • Written by 30 Comments

In the first part of our WordPress Plugin Development Course for Designers we learned about the importance of WordPress plugins for designers and its base structure. Today we are going to talk about the core WordPress theories and techniques required for creating design focused plugins.

Our final goal is to learn WordPress plugin development while integrating a jQuery slider into WordPress from scratch. Throughout this tutorial, we will be learning the necessary coding techniques using sample slider as the example. By the end of this tutorial, you will have a simple template which is common to most of the design based plugins.

Voting for the slider is still going on and SlidesJS is heading the list. So we will be using SlidesJS the slider for explaining necessary codes in this part.

So let’s get started.

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WordPress Plugin Development from Scratch, Part 1/4: Basic Structure

Posted in Plugins, Tutorials, WordPress1 year ago • Written by 51 Comments

I assume that you are a freelance designer or someone who work full time as a designer for a web design agency. Most of web designers are used work with static website design.

Now the question is: do you have a future as a static website designer?

The answer would probably be no since most clients and companies are planning to convert their websites to work with a CMS like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal.

WordPress is becoming the new static web site.

WordPress integration is simple enough that almost anyone can setup a WordPress site with an auto installer program. Unless you are familiar in working with a CMS like WordPress, you will definitely face issues moving further as a freelance designer.

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Create Your Responsive WordPress Site In Less Than 5 Minutes + Bonus Tutorial

Posted in HowTos, WordPress1 year ago • Written by 34 Comments

In this video post I will guide you through the whole process of how to create a responsive WordPress site without you touching a single code. Well, at least for the first part.

The first video focuses on how to setup a responsive WordPress site using Bluehost as your host, and along with it is a special discount for 1WD readers. Second part is a little more technical where I will teach you how to create a child theme for the WordPress theme called Responsive and basically redesign the whole theme to your liking.

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2012 was a Great Year for WordPress Development, How Will it Fare this Year?

Posted in News, WordPress1 year ago • Written by 21 Comments

2012 is long gone. The past month was slightly busy owing to happenings here at 1stWebDesigner (stay tuned, we got a lot coming your way!), and as February begins, I have decided to take a look at how 2012 was, as well as what 2013 has in store for WordPress!

Now, before I actually start ranting about how good or bad 2013 is going to be, let us spend some time taking a look at 2012.

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Jumpstart Your WordPress Career – Your Essential WordPress Toolkit [Video]

Posted in Tips, Tools, WordPress1 year ago • Written by 39 Comments

The Business of WordPress Design using WordPress – Video Three

Hi Gang! In this video we’re going to put together the five essential tools you need to succeed using WordPress.

Fortunately, they are all free or of little cost, so you don’t have to have much money to get started.

The important thing to remember when assembling your own toolkit is the fact that there are no “proper” tools. Rather, much like craftsmen of old, you may have a unique preference for certain tools than other designers or freelancers. That’s OK!

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[Infographic] The State of WordPress Themes: Current Trends And Classifications

Posted in Themes, WordPress1 year ago • Written by 49 Comments

WordPress is the most popular CMS out there. It powers a good number of websites and blogs, and owing to its popularity, the number of extensions and themes that are available for WordPress surpasses those of any other CMS by a mile.

Speaking of WordPress themes, the market is filled with options. You have free themes, premium themes, themes created by design agencies, themes created by casual designers just to kill time, themes created with passion and, sadly, themes containing spam and shady links. However you look at it, I guess the point is clear:

WordPress themes = way too many!

In this article, we shall be taking a look at the current state of WordPress themes. 

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The Business of Freelance Design Using WordPress

Posted in Freelance, HowTos, Tips, Web Design, WordPress1 year ago • Written by 114 Comments

Take a few minutes with this video so that we can get to know each other. :-)

It is my goal in 2013 to teach you the Business of Freelance Design. That is to say, how you can make your passion into your livelihood.

Specifically, I’m going to share with you my six years of online experience, helping thousands of customers to monetize their talents and turn their dreams into reality. Freelancers such as yourself are incredibly gifted in design and are very creative, but notoriously weak at maximizing the return on their time invested. We will change that together.

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42 Picture-Perfect Premium WordPress Themes for Photographers

Posted in Showcase, Themes1 year ago • Written by 8 Comments

Nowadays there are a lot of people in love with photography, which probably explains why Pinterest, Instagram, and other photo websites have become popular. In fact, photo websites are a growing niche. It doesn’t take much marketing; really, all you need to do is to have great photos to share and social media accounts.

So, how do you start your first photo blog? Well, we’ve gathered only the best premium photography WordPress themes for photographers to choose from!

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How to Create a WordPress Reward for Tweet Plugin

Posted in Coding, Tutorials, WordPress2 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

As a website owner or blogger you need a good number of subscribers and followers to be successful in the social media world. Many websites provide freebies such as eBooks, Icon Packs and Plugins in exchange for emails. Getting people to tweet your content is another trending method to get more visitors to your site. In this tutorial, I’ll be showing how to create a WordPress reward for Tweet plugin to increase the tweets on your content while satisfying everyone!

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75 Impressive and Powerful Premium WordPress Themes From 2012

Posted in Freebies, Templates, Themes, WordPress2 years ago • Written by 22 Comments

Looking for a great website? Maybe a convenient solution for a client? WordPress is one of the most powerful CMS solutions out there and people with demands choose it for their website because of it’s flexibility, customizability and almost unlimited range of features.

WordPress doesn’t associate with just a blog anymore – it’s used by businesses, nonprofits, creatives and sellers. Different types of websites require different types of designs and that’s where WordPress is forthcoming. You can apply almost any design to it and customize it for your needs. Most of the people choose to use premade themes which are easy to customize, remake and adjust. If your wishes don’t stretch further than a personal blog then it’s better to go for a free theme – we recently published a roundup of high quality free WordPress themes from 2012.

However, if you know your website is going to need some more advanced features it’s better to consider purchasing a premium theme. Premium themes come in high-quality, they’re packed with tons of features and you can customize them to suit your needs. For this roundup we’ve prepared 75 impressive and powerful premium WordPress themes that are sorted in categories.

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