DAILY NEWS AND REVIEWS OF THE WEB TEMPLATES INDUSTRY

21Nov

TemplateMonster keeps on rocking the web with all new freebies. This week is no exception. Get ready to meet the freshly tailored WordPress Freebie for Photographer website. Functional and visually appealing, the theme was built for photographers, service providers or other creative personalities who want to showcase their stunning products and services online.

Just cast a glance at its main page. Opposed to elegant dark grey background, the top slider, thumbnails and photo gallery look very eye-candy. Featuring visually appealing layout, the design can be the perfect match for promoting photography, beauty, fashion, dating or wedding sites on the web. If you are working in the different field, you can adjust the given freebie the way you need with built-in customizer.

The designer of this template offers to play with contrast and make use of vivid coral hues for highlighting meaningful areas on the site as well as separate different content blocks. The background is dark, which makes photos placed above it more vibrant.

Since the template is primarily intended for art & photography website, the main focus is put on the visual part. Once reaching the site, users will be introduced to the full-width slider showcasing the most recent projects. In such a way, you can set the right tone for your website and dip every viewer in the creative atmosphere of your photo studio. Scrolling down the page, one can see small thumbnails accompanying featured text blocks. ‘My exhibitions’ box is highlighted with bright coral color in the background and features bold preview images, which gives users clear understanding of what they’ll see when clicking the ‘read more’ button. The theme comes with audio player and video integration, which allow presenting your works in a more engaging way.

The rich functionality of this theme combined with visually appealing presentation and fully responsive nature will be enjoyed by both site visitors and its owner. Just give it a try and discover its full potential.

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21Nov

Online shopping is in trend today. Many shift to the web since it’s a more convenient way of finding the stuff that meets your requirements and budget. One can order something from abroad or at a discount, which is a great profit making decision. Taking this into consideration, everyone involved into buying and selling, should run a business webpage.

The competition is tough, so making a website user-friendly, simple and intuitive is highly important. There are many ways to attain the desired results, but one of the most effective ones is picking the right jQuery plugins that will save you tons of time, help engage more buyers in, as well and deliver better user experience.

People like everything that can be downloaded free of charge. In fact, the free nature of some solutions doesn’t mean that they lag behind premium equivalents in any way. Many of them boast similar functionality and let you add & manage shopping carts in websites hassle-free. There are plenty of free jQuery plugins for ecommerce site available on the web. But how to choose the ones that really work? Basically, this is the reason why we have decided to share this post. In order to help you with decision-making and narrow down the list of solutions to consider, we provide our chart of the 10 best free jQuery ecommerce plugins. These will help you implement, validate and maintain your shopping cart based online shop, as well as provide the end user with enjoyable shopping experience.

Take your time and enjoy!

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Cloud Zoom is used by many of the high profile real estate sites. As its name suggests, this is a popular fly-out jQuery image zoom plugin that is fully responsive and super fast. It will make your images even more impressive across devices.

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13Nov

The end of the year is always busy. We consolidate the results of our work, review what made the past year so remarkable and get ready to meet new challenges. It’s a busy holiday season as well, and TemplateMonster couldn’t have missed an opportunity to treat you with something special. So, get ready to participate in our End of the Year Giveaway! Starting from November 11 till December 30 you have an opportunity to win one of the SEVEN last-gen gadgets that will make all tech geeks jealous.

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8Nov

Are you in search of the best template to build your restaurant with? Do the themes you’ve found look boring and cost a pretty penny? Don’t give up! Here is an awesome solution that boasts great design and can be downloaded toll free. Traditionally, bi-weekly we release a new free theme that each of you can grab without any hidden charges. So, please welcome the brand new Free WordPress Template for Restaurant Site.

The design is sappy and complete, exactly what a professional restaurant site should look like. It incorporates all the required pages that are so important to better introduce visitors to your business. Here you can see a content-rich main page that doesn’t look cluttered thanks to its smart structure. What is more, menu, ’About us’ section and Contact form are all at your fingertips. A review page is one of the indispensable elements of such resources since here your visitors can find out what other people who have ever visited your place say about cuisine, atmosphere, services, etc. This is one of the strongest points that influence decision-making.

Being the perfect fit for any food and drink related website, the offered design combines style and functionality is a stylish manner. Here you will find blog and portfolio options for better visualization, audio and video integration, lots of custom widgets for commenting and social sharing, as well as Accordion, Carousel, Isotope gallery scripts. The design is powered by the latest Cherry Framework version 3.1.4, which makes it extremely easy to install and use. Both site owners and online visitors will enjoy how intuitive the layout is.

Nothing can compare with watching the design in action. You are welcome to see it live by clicking the demo button below.

NOTE: TemplateMosnter has applied changes to the procedure of Free Themes download. Now all of them can be found among the rest of premium themes on the official website. Downloading any of the freebies, you will not have to enter either credit card details or your billing address. Just click and download. Mind that you can benefit from this as well. By creating an account at templatemonster.com you will be able to enjoy several benefits, like regular updates on the recent blog posts, new promos, themes, etc.

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6Nov

We all know Twitter. Bootstrap is Twitter’s most popular open source web framework. Twitter’s two chief engineers Mark Otto and Jacob Thort on bootstrap twitter spelling tool. Now this is called one of the most powerful CSS frameworks.

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Bootstrap 3 has a ton of features and helpers to speed up front-end development. Sometimes you need something and you end up writing your own custom CSS and JavaScript without even realizing that Bootstrap could have done it for you. That’s not necessarily a problem, but you end up spending extra time on your app or site when you didn’t need to. The purpose of this article is to share the things that I have learned and touch-base on some other things that I have seen people miss about the framework’s capabilities.

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31Oct

Halloween is finally here! The horror is casting its spell, zombies and vampires are walking all around, the gongs of spookiness are heard in the air, and we are starting this year’s horror celebration! Halloween is a holiday that not only kids are anxiously anticipating. Adults also don’t miss an opportunity to gather friends at home and throw a scary party.

In keeping with tradition of treating you with some breathtaking and inspiring stuff, we have taken this year’s October 31st to share some awesome free Halloween goodies for adding an evil charm to your designs. Below you can find a series of creative stuff for your frightful employment, including icons, logos, posters, flyers, wallpapers, and more. Each item on the list available for free and comes in either PSD  or vector format, which allows to edit these and drag onto your own designs and themes. You can get them printed, simply save on your desktop, add to your designs or simply have them stored somewhere on your PC for the next year to come. Scroll down and enjoy the collection.

Have fun this Halloween day, stun the world with your spooky appearance and evil spirit of your designs! Let us know about your celebration and come back to us for more inspiration and helpful stuff!

Happy Halloween, folks!

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24Oct

Online resume can be of great use to job seekers. This allows presenting your skills and achievements in a modern way. It’s trendy no more to send several pages of written text to your prospective employer. Instead, many are shifting to personal web pages. The latter allow to show off you creativity, introduce the audience to your field of work and recent projects, and sell talents fast and easy. Those of you who are looking for the most appropriate way of developing a personal web page that would grab employers’ attention and help you find new job, welcome to our weekly doze of freebies.

Not all job-seekers can build online resume on their own. For many this can be a daunting task that requires much time and effort. For those who have never written a single line of code, it can be too expensive as well. Since custom-made designs cost a pretty penny. We offer you to forget about all that and let your creativity flow with the help of this Free HTML5 One-Page Template.

Have a look at this design. Its minimalist modern layout with clever usage of negative space allows organizing content in logic blocks, making it easier for users to scan the page. Resembling infographic, it lets you place information within one click reach. We offer to welcome users with a full-width slider placed at the top of the page, move to the ‘About Me” section, showcase portfolio, skills, achievements, and work experience. User testimonials significantly help with decision-making. So, adding some vibrant accents you will never lose. The integrated map and user-friendly contact form will make it easier for employers to get in touch with you. Accompanying written data with appealing visuals you can make the design look much livelier and catchy. Make this possible with the help of jQuery scripts like TouchTouch Gallery, Camera Slider, and JQuery Isotop. We believe this is how an online CV of designer, coder, writer, photographer or any other creative personality should be designed.

Is it how you imagined your personal page should look like? Then go to the download page and pick it right away!

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24Oct

Modern customers heavily rely on the mobile web to search for some data, check out hot news, and make purchases. It’s of high importance for contemporary businesses to have an effective mobile presence, so when designing mobile first one should pay special attention to the basic wayfinding concepts, like iconography, circulation systems, and special cues. The way people orient themselves in digital world is not much different from how they do it in real life. So, incorporating wayfinding concepts into mobile designs would be of high importance. In this post we will pay special attention to iconography, its usage and meaning in mobile designs.

Before we move to the investigation of the key principles of iconography, let’s find out what wayfinding is. At the name implies, this is how we navigate the space around us. Various cues, guides and signs help us orient ourselves and figure out where to go next. If you’ve ever visited another country, you should be familiar with how it works. Imagine that you have arrived to a strange city and don’t know how to find the route. What are your actions? I believe the first thing each of you will do is looking around to quickly scan the surroundings, observe which direction the majority of people are walking in, and pay attention to signs and text on them. Things are almost the same in web design. When dealing with mobile web everything should be clear and intuitive, with clever usage of space. Signs should speak for themselves, guiding users to the right direction.

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20Oct

This week we have decided to pay special attention to UX designs. Following our chart of the top 10 must read books for every graphic designer, it’s time to get inspired and have a look at the most effective, professional UX designs.

It’s no secret that with every year the number of people who shift to mobile devices increases at tremendous pace. Whether in business or personal purposes – handheld devices are considered to be one of the most convenient ways of accessing necessary information on the go. If I ask you ‘What is the most widely used brand worldwide?” What would your answer be? More than half of the world owns some product by Apple. Besides having geniuses in design and retail, they also have great design specialists, which makes it impossible for the competition to make any real headway against the company. The latter are of special interest to us today. We’ve come up with 30 best iOS UX designers on Dribble and now we are happy to share this knowledge with you. Keep Scrolling down, enjoy these breathtaking designs, and learn how to develop beautiful mobile user interfaces. Take your time and enjoy!

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19Oct

It’s no secret that a cleverly designed website predetermines the success of any business. Online presentation has become an indispensable part of any marketing strategy that targets to stand above competitors. However, if a website is poorly organized, looks cluttered and not so easy to follow, people will hardly stay on it. The success of any web project hinges on one basic thing – how comfortable users feel browsing it. So, in order to help you develop a resource that would be pleasant to use and bring its visitors some value, we offer you to consider 10 must read books for designers who want to get started and succeed in UX.

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UX Crash Course: 31 Fundamentals

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This is a quick overview of UX design fundamentals. As the name suggests, it’s an online course that contains 31 lessons on how to go from zero to hero as soon as possible. On following the link, you will be redirected to the table of contents where you can find the entire list of lessons you can learn. Start with the introductory ones, proceed to design psychology, visual and functional design principles, and complete test in the end of the course to check your knowledge.

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