How to Put Together a Mobile First, Performance Orientated WordPress Theme [Part 1]

In its core, putting together a WordPress theme is a rather simple task. WordPress delivers a really friendly environment and makes it clear which PHP functions to use for what purpose along the way.

However. Even though it’s simple, it’s far from easy, and especially if you want your theme to be mobile-optimized.

There’s a range of unique issues that you ought to overcome if you want to end up with a quality product that loads fast, operates in a predictable way, and (what’s the most important thing) is user-friendly and accessible to people using different devices and screen sizes. (more…)

5 Best Lawyers WordPress Themes

Lawyers WordPress themes is a niche that’s a bit underserved in the online. I mean, even though there is a number of great themes available, most of the actual lawyer sites out there tend to look rather outdated, uninviting, or even overall strange.

So today, let’s take a look at some of the top lawyers WordPress themes that will bump any lawyer’s site up right back to the 21st century. If you’re a lawyer looking for a great design, the themes featured on this list will give you not only this, but they will also help you attract new clients, showcase your professionalism, and also turn your site into a modern online business card. (more…)

How to Simplify the WP-Admin to Get It Client-Friendly

As a WordPress designer, you usually have to tackle many challenges along your way through a given project. But quite unfortunately, more often than not, those challenges don’t go away once you deliver the site to your client.

The thing is that clients are not always WordPress savvy, especially if it’s the first time they’ve become a website owner.

As a result, they will struggle with a lot of tasks, starting from simple post publishing, to uploading media, to “what’s the difference between posts and pages?”, to “why all those people submit comments about Viagra?”, and so on and so forth. (more…)

Here’s How to Be the Worst WordPress Designer on the Planet (In 8 Steps or Less)

Hey you, bad guy (or gal), this post is for you!

If you want to be the worst WordPress designer on the planet, search no more! This is the only guide you’ll ever need.

Here’s how to achieve your majestic goal in eight steps (or less!): (more…)

The Truth About Content Sliders – Are They Any Good?

I’m sure you’re fairly familiar with content sliders. In short, it’s those things that clients always want on their sites to make them more “dynamic” and “alive.”

And sure, to some extend they do that. After all, sliders introduce movement, and movement means life. But are sliders actually any good? Should we use them on the sites we’re building just because clients ask us to? Should we use it on our own sites? Or maybe they’re just landfill.

Well, let’s find out. (more…)

10 Best Drag-and-Drop WordPress Theme Builders (Or Let’s Make it 14! – UPDATE)

Some of us, quite frankly, don’t know how to code and don’t have the time or resources to learn the skill. But we still want the ability to create a quality website from start to finish, without the need to hire a sub-contractor web developer, don’t we?

Luckily for us, there are solutions out there that can make our lives a lot easier. And as you can see in the headline, I’m talking about drag-and-drop theme builders. Of course, those tools are not always applicable to every project you’re building. But when they are, they will make your work a lot faster. (more…)

How to Enable Author Bio Boxes on WordPress

An author bio is now an accepted trend on the web, especially on multi-author sites. It establishes reputation and trust, which isn’t quite there when all you know is the author’s name. It can also make the reading experience more personal.

But a good bio box should be eye catching and attractive. It doesn’t help to have a bio if no one notices it. So here are the possible ways to make it work:

Enabling author bio with plugins

The easiest way to make and display an author bio is to use a plugin. You may be giving up a bit of control that programming provides, but it is probably the most efficient option nonetheless. Here are three of the best ones: (more…)

This Is How You Get Stunning Content Presentation on a WordPress Site [Codeinwp Roundup 001]

Is it just my impression or do people generally don’t care that much about the so called “content blocks” on their WordPress sites?

Where by “content block,” I mean the main block where the actual article or blog post is visible.

For instance, even if you look at the official theme gallery at WordPress.org, you’ll see that most theme designs are focused primarily around headers, sidebars, and occasional backgrounds. Whereas the content blocks are mostly all Arial 14px, probably with no image styles.

Well, that can’t be right. After all, the content block is where the majority of your visitor’s attention is focused, so we owe it to them in a big way to make those content blocks as stunning (and readable) as possible. (more…)

5 Best AdSense Themes – Optimized WordPress Themes

If you’re reading this article, you most likely want to start earning money from ads on your site through AdSense. Great. The main problem you’re probably having is that you’re not sure where to put ads, and even if you do, your theme may make it troublesome. It would be a lot easier if there was a theme out there optimized for AdSense, so you didn’t have to do all the hard work. You’re in luck, because there are many themes out there that are optimized for AdSense. I’m going to list 5 well-made themes here. (more…)

The 6 Step Process of Designing a WordPress Site From Top to Bottom Quickly (& In a Way That Your Client Will Love)

Some designers hate WordPress.

They say WordPress limits their creativity.

They say it’s not really as easy to use as some think it is, and that clients tend to be very confused when interacting with it.

They say it’s difficult to convert a modern design into a usable theme.

And, here’s the kicker, they are right.

At least partly.

WordPress is not perfect as a web development platform, especially when working with clients. That’s why we need to adapt a certain approach if we want to make them happy (read: so they will pay us). (more…)