Should You Develop a WordPress Site for a Client From the Ground Up or Use … Ekhm … a Helper?

Every designer has his/her habits…

Maybe it’s this one type of shadow effect that you like putting on most sidebar elements.

Or maybe it’s the way you’re separating the breadcrumb links.

Anyway, there’s always something.

But what if we take it much further, and much broader? Namely, should you be using a placeholder WordPress theme when building sites for clients? Or should you start from scratch and build your way up, element after element for each client project individually? (more…)

WordCamp Europe 2014 (#wceu) Day 1 – Here’s What’s Going On

– Sep 26th –

This year’s WordCamp Europe started a bit earlier than expected. Even though the official green light was given this morning (Sep 27th), things actually started happening yesterday evening.

That being said, the agenda wasn’t particularly tense as the most popular hashtag apart from #wceu was … wait for it … #beer. People seemed to be reaching out to other like-minded WordPress enthusiasts in hope of having a quick meet-up and talk some WordPress things over a nice cold beverage.

Fast forward to today’s morning.

– Sep 27th 8am –

Just like planned, the registration started at 8am, and the table looked quite impressive with all the name badges (sorry about the pic quality): (more…)

Determining the Best Placement for Your Social Media Icons

How many websites have you been to where you’re searching for social media buttons and just can’t find them? Then, it’s not until you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page that you see them nestled in the footer. Sometimes, they’re so tiny they might as well not even be there at all.

Social media is too large and too important to relegate to the bottom of your clients’ sites. It deserves a prominent position somewhere. It doesn’t have to be in your face, but it should definitely be eye-catching and easy to find. Basically, if a site visitor likes your client’s content and wants to follow them on Twitter or Facebook, they should be able to do that without having to hunt around for the icons or links. (more…)

6 Best Parallax WordPress Themes

Just to bring you up to speed, parallax design is a combination of parallax scrolling (the one where background images move by the camera slower than foreground images) and single-page design. This creates a really cool illusion of depth on a 2D web page. And if you combine it with flat-design elements … oh, that’s the stuff!

Anyway, here’s our list of the top six parallax WordPress themes on the market today: (more…)

How to Put Together a Mobile First, Performance Orientated WordPress Theme [Part 2]

If you’ve scrolled down to see what’s in store here, you may be wondering whatever happened to points 1-5.

Ah, right, to find what the answer is, you should take a look at the first part of this mini-series.

In short, what we’re after here is giving you a guide on how to build a high performing mobile theme for WordPress. It may not seem like it at first, but the challenge is actually bigger than most people think.

After all, the general belief is that you only have to make the theme responsive and, voilà, it’s mobile-optimized, right? Well, not quite. So without further ado, let’s get right back on topic. (more…)

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…)