30 Premium Must-Have WordPress Plugins

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Who doesn’t love WordPress? According to Wikipedia, WordPress is used by more than 18.9% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. This is how popular WordPress is. From a tiny nice blog for yourself to a professional complete E-commerce site for your company, WordPress rules the Web.

WordPress is no longer just a blogging platform when it comes to its features. Talk about new and exciting functions- and it hasn’t stop evolving yet!

So, what exactly does WordPress must have to transform it into a fully-fledged functional site? If your guess is plugins, you’re absolutely correct!

In today’s post, we will explore 30 premium must-have WordPress plugins categorized under social, security, e-commerce, sliders and galleries that you will surely love for it is worth every penny.

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Typography Designs Using CSS3 and Lettering.js

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Web typography has become even more popular on the Internet in recent years.  In the past, this was ignored, but with the different screens nowadays, this is an essential topic that should be dealt with. These days, with the options to use Web fonts like Google Fonts and Typekit, you can achieve cross-browser, stunning and high resolution web texts without worrying the screen sizes.

However, with all these available technologies, there’s a key ingredient missing for typographers: Kerning.

Kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font. Thanks to the power of CSS3 and jQuery, it’s now possible to structure a well-designed typography with complete control of the text and animation quickly and easily.

Today, I’ll show you how to create stunning typography designs with CSS3 and a jQuery plugin called Lettering.js, a simple, lightweight, and easy-to-use jQuery plugin that gives complete control on web typography.

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30 Inspiringly Beautiful Web Designs

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It’s inspiration time! I know how you all want to see amazing showcases of beautiful web designs so, I have collected another batch of inspiring and beautiful web designs for you,  guys. These websites have made my eye pop for a while. Looking at them really inspire me because they embody the latest design trends while mixing with traditional design norms.

I hope that through these great examples, you will get some ideas on how to design your website. I personally handpicked these because I believe that they are trendy and that means they are what your clients are looking for! So, sit back and scroll down for this is going to be awesome!

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Anatomy of Effective Landing Pages

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Designing effective landing pages is a powerful and efficient way to attract sales, clients and income to any business entity. Also known as the lead capture page, this unique online marketing tool is one of the best ways to talk your visitors to either subscribe to your newsletter, buy your product or register for a webinar.

Designing a landing page is not a simple task.

Why?

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30 Premium WordPress Blog Themes

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Blogging has been transformed into a whole new level. Because of the advent of newer ways to optimize the blogging experience, the art of blogging is now becoming a great way to share what you know, feel and experience.

Of course, one of the things that attract regular subscribers to a blog is its visual appeal. With content being the pinnacle of must-haves in a blog, visuals come in second. Without a very visually appealing design, a blog would just be, as WordPress says, Just Another WordPress Site.

That being said, we collected 30 of the best and premium WordPress blog themes. I assure you that these themes are the most trendy and savvy themes you would see. Here they are!

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What is the Best WordPress Framework to Use?

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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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50 Beautiful Web Typography Examples

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We all love beautiful web typography because it can convey the message we want in a very artistic manner. As the world of web design evolves, the use of letters and words to send a message has become more efficient and more beautiful. Many websites usually pair big and bold colors or photographs with the beautiful use of letters.

We looked for some websites where you can get some great inspiration for your designs. These are examples that tell you that letters are never boring; it could even make the design beautiful. So, here they are!

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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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11 Minimalist Office Setups

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Less is more

This quote is becoming more sensible, especially for designers who have adapted the minimalist design approach. Over the years, minimalism, or the act of putting away irrelevant things to make space for the relevant ones, has become a regular part of every modern design principle. As web designers, we too, practice the same maxim. In fact, we even want to make this philosophy for living our lives. We strive to achieve such state that we even want our office setups or work space to reflect what we believe in.

For one, having a minimalist design in your office setup has its advantages:

  • It makes us focus more on ‘work’ than goofing around
  • It lessens the distraction and makes you think that you have fewer tasks to accomplish
  • It is beautiful to the eyes
  • You can actually make a small room bigger
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30 Stunning WebGL Examples and Demos in Action

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WebGL(Web Graphics Library) was released  on the Web early last year. Its ability to use HTML5 Canvas elements to generate graphics dynamically made it easy for web designers and developers to create smooth 2D and 3D effects. Here are some WebGL examples and demos you should look at.

WebGL is a branch of OpenGL based on OpenGL Embedded Systems (ES). It is a JavaScript API for drawing 2D and 3D graphics in a compatible web browser of an HTML5 canvas without the use of plugins.

This Javascript API is managed by the consortium of non-profit technology Khronos Group and work together with Mozilla Foundation. Since early 2009 they develop prototypes and deploy such technology.

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