Category: WordPress Web Design Guides

How to Create a Local Search Directory Like Yelp on WordPress

TL;DR: Yelp is a huge website / web service offering a ton of features and serving millions of visitors. This you surely do know… However! It turns out that you can create a local search directory like Yelp on WordPress. Here’s how – all done from top to bottom and without touching a line of code. Enter Colin:
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Inside the Dev House: How We Handle Automatic Theme Deployment for LITE and PRO WordPress Themes

As you would imagine, theme development is something we do quite a lot of here at the company. With around 4-5 new theme projects in the works at any given moment, and 49 themes in our directory in total (which means active maintenance and further development of those as well), we have our hands rather full. (more…)

How to Create a Physical Product Marketplace Like Etsy (on WordPress)

TL;DR: “WordPress and eCommerce”? Who would have guessed just 5 years ago that this would be a viable possibility. Surely not anyone in my university class. Nevertheless, we’re here. And WordPress is now perfectly capable of handling an eCommerce business of any type, basically. So to check the extent of that, we’re looking into the topic of creating a physical product marketplace like Etsy … all on WordPress. Here’s Colin’s take on the topic and his exact step-by-step process:
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How to Optimize Your ThemeForest Landing Page (Item Page) – Elite Authors Chip In

When first jumping on the Envato train as a theme author, no one really knows where the rails are heading. There are no manuals or steps to follow that would guarantee the success of your ThemeForest themes. What’s even worse, the word goes that for those too late to the Envato party, the train has long left the station. (more…)

12 Things We Need to See From WordPress Page Builders in 2017 + Who Already Gets It Right

 This is a guest post by Ann Taylor. 

A question “Do you like WordPress page builders?” is somewhat similar to what if Dumbledore asked “Do you love Harry Potter?” If you are Hermione, you answer is yes. If you are the Dark Lord… Well, you get the idea. It’s the same with so renowned WordPress drag-and-drop page builders – whether you like them or not generally depends on who you are. (more…)

Why Your WordPress Site Should Have Sticky UI Elements, and How to Create Them

 This contribution on sticky UI elements in WordPress is by Lexie Lu. 
There are some mixed feelings when it comes to sticky UI elements. Some say that they — which can include everything from social media sharing options to company information — make for a bad user experience. However, even the detractors concede that these can be highly effective design choices when done right. (more…)

Accelerated Mobile Pages for WordPress: What You Need to Know

Ever since the latter half of 2015, the concept of Accelerated Mobile Pages for WordPress as well as other website technologies has been in discussion. Web developers, WordPress people, SEO experts, and everyone else associated with content creation or management has been talking about the AMP Project.

But what exactly is the AMP Project? We know that “Accelerated Mobile Pages” refers to something that can, well, accelerate your pages on the mobile. Ideally, a website using AMP should load faster and provide a better UX overall as compared to one that doesn’t use AMP, all other things being constant. (more…)

Beginner’s Guide to Learning JavaScript as a WordPress Developer

 This is a contribution by Sufyan bin Uzayr. 
If you have been following the happenings in the WordPress community for the past couple of months, you might already be aware of the rising importance of JavaScript.

First up, the WordPress.com desktop app, Calypso, departed from the standard PHP route and has been coded using JavaScript (something CodeinWP talked about recently). And if that was not enough, in his annual “State of the Word” address in December 2015, Matt Mullenweg kept it straight and simple: (more…)

Why PSD to HTML Is Not Dead (Even in the WordPress Age)

 This is a guest post by Robert Hapiuc. He was the one responsible for designing the main CodeinWP website. 
“Come on, man, who needs PSD to HTML if I can just get a free WordPress theme and have a site launched in minutes?!” – is likely the response you’re going to get from anyone working with websites.

But would they be right? Is PSD to HTML really done?

Or maybe we’re missing something here… (more…)

What Most Web Designers Have Wrong About WordPress Theme Hierarchy

WordPress theme design can at first seem rather daunting; even for seasoned web designers. The simplest of themes seem to be made up of multiple files that are somehow interconnected.

But the good news is this: There is a logical system behind the confusion. If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and learn a little PHP, you can turn your static HTML designs into dynamic WordPress websites.

You could of course use our services instead, but we like to give you a choice!

In this article I want to start by focusing on the key mistake that most would-be WordPress theme designers make when it comes to working with the WordPress theme template hierarchy, then go on to give you a broad overview of how WordPress themes should come together. (more…)