Archive for March, 2013

28Mar

We are happy to cherish all web design enthusiasts with a new freebie from TemplateMonsterFree WordPress Business Theme. It’s a good theme for making your visitors focused on your business ideas. This contrasting design is perfect for starting up your business online and gaining more interest of your clients.

Here is the attractive to eyes layout with acute attention to the details. Use it to bring life to your ideas, and stand out among others. Apricot and brown colors create a pleasant tone and a warm welcome to the clients. This layout is good for even a content heavy sites, ‘cause it features the wise arrangement of all content blocks. The visually effective slider in the header is a good place for presenting the key points of your company. Try it for communicating your business goals, and winning the clients’ interest. Free template live demo will show this theme in work.

Free WordPress Business Theme:

To download the whole package of this template, visit the Free WordPress Business Theme download page at TemplateMonster and type an email address that you want the free template package to be delivered to (don’t forget to uncheck the newsletter subscription checkbox in case you’re already subscribed, otherwise you may not be able to download the zip file). Feel free to use this template for your business, but you cannot resell it as a template.

Download Free WordPress Business Theme(18,6MB)

IMPORTANT NOTICE:TemplateMonster does not provide support services on free templates – including this one. We only provide support for the products that are being purchased from TemplateMonster. Our free templates are produced according to the latest web standards and we’ve been trying to make the process of working with them as easy as possible, so for people with minimum web development experience it should be easy to work with them. However, if you don’t have any experience, we recommend you to refer to the tutorials or community forums on how to work with platforms that each respective template is made with, or to hire someone to do the job for you.

20Mar

Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? There is no strict answer for this question, but one thing is for sure – skeuomorphism imitates life in all the details. It’s a design trend that shows objects close to their real life analogues. In such a way it makes them familiar to the viewers that can act with them as they do in the real life. When the user sees the button in skeuomorphic design, he pushes it, when a switcher – turns on/of, etc. Elements look like objects from real life, and that’s why are inviting for the audience. For example, Apple widely uses this principle in its iOS devices, and all of them are immensely popular for the crowd.

All of you are familiar with audio and visual skeuomorph in design. The first one are most audio effects that accompany your operation with some elements of design (camera, calculator, buttons, etc). The latter are all that textures that are used to make objects close to life.

If you think that skeuomorphism is only a web product, you’re mistaken. There are imitations in the real life too. The fake leather, the hubcaps of wheels in cars (resemble earlier wheel construction), electric chandeliers that look like real candles, etc.

Of course, as each trend, this one has its pros and cons.

Pros
Users feel comfortable with it, it is quite engaging, really sells, it is appealing to the viewers and acts as a good communicator.

Cons
It overlooks functionality, it can confuse, good only for certain sites.

And that’s not all. More about this creative design trend you can learn here. If you still have question about:

• History of Skeuomorphism
• Types in Web Design
• Pros and Cons
• List of Free Skeuomorphic Textures
• Examples of First Skeuomorphic UI’s
• Real life examples of Skeuomorphism

feel free to check it out. Being interactive, this infographic will show you everything in creative manner. Revealing the hidden of information will be a captivating journey that you can start just now. Click the objects placed on the shelves, and see what happens. Her you’ll see thefull version.

Interactive Infographic about Skeuomorphic Design
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19Mar

We know how to help you organize all your business information in the right way. Free Joomla Business Theme from TemplateMonster – this is what we offer you for setting up a solid website and communicating your ideas effectively.

This theme will show you how a business company can offer services faster through its design. The presence of blue color in this layout creates a positive effect, ‘cause it’s known as a color of reliability. It’s rather important for making your client believe in your company and winning their trust. The simple structure of the content makes all the information readable and easy-to-perceive. You’ll notice blocks with images that present services above the main content blocks, and widgetized footer below it. Neat typography and minor graphic elements contribute to the overall good presentation of your business ideas. The theme is responsive and is compatible with Joomla versions 2.5.0-2.5.6, 2.5.7.

If you want your business create strong and calm impression, try this free theme as its basis.

Free Joomla Business Theme:

To download the whole package of this template, visit the Free Joomla Business Theme download page at TemplateMonster and type an email address that you want the free template package to be delivered to (don’t forget to uncheck the newsletter subscription checkbox in case you’re already subscribed, otherwise you may not be able to download the zip file). Feel free to use this template for your business, but you cannot resell it as a template.

Download Free Joomla Business Theme (53MB)

IMPORTANT NOTICE:TemplateMonster does not provide support services on free templates – including this one. We only provide support for the products that are being purchased from TemplateMonster. Our free templates are produced according to the latest web standards and we’ve been trying to make the process of working with them as easy as possible, so for people with minimum web development experience it should be easy to work with them. However, if you don’t have any experience, we recommend you to refer to the tutorials or community forums on how to work with platforms that each respective template is made with, or to hire someone to do the job for you.

15Mar

Usually, the showcases of hosting websites focus on the analysis of the best sites that offer the most affordable hosting services at the lowest prices possible. The lists with descriptions help to find out which one is the most feature-rich, reliable and mostly used. We’ll also work with the list of best host providers, but they will serve you as the examples of the efficient hosting designs that sell.

So, how can a web hosting company sell services faster through its website design? What are the most usual design elements that make such a site efficient and drive move customers in? Let’s enumerate the key aspects and design elements that make hosting websites effective:

  • Toll free technical support number in the header for the immediate reach.
  • Number of new customers or hosting domains.
  • Large banner with the main services and price info. The price is marked with the larger type and is usually placed in a separate block. Effective sign-up button is also to be found there.
  • Blocks with the views of additional services for clients (reselling, VPS).
  • Separated areas of information concerning migration process and site creation.
  • Block with SimpleScripts for free installations of CMS engine (with large icons).
  • Large action buttons that are impossible to miss.
  • Back money guarantee notification.
  • Block of information about awards.
  • Testimonials of the happy clients or short description of the company are welcome.
  • The main emphasis is put on the visual presentation of services and prices.
  • Dual color scheme with the presence of trustworthy blue or its shadows.

NB: For those who are interested in designing his/her own hosting website, the collection of premium quality solutions, WordPress hosting themes, will come in handy.

And now check out how the mentioned above features are implemented in the following designs of the most popular web hosting providers.

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Host Gator

This one is the best of the best according to the numerous ratings. And you can notice here the design that works and features all the mentioned above points. Of course, it is the price, the quality of services and the superb customer support that makes it so popular. But the way it presents all this is worth your attention and the highest reviews.

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Blue Host

The second example shows us the site of the reliable hosting provider with rich features and FREE domain forever offer. It’s website in a laconic design and easy on the eye color scheme (with the emphasis on blue, and it is seen from its name) presents all the services in the readable and clear way.

14Mar

All of us have read the celebrity mad libs. It’s a kind of short interview aimed at finding out some interesting facts about people. These sheets are usually posted in some magazines, attracting a number of visitors to view the point of a talk.

What is actually a mad lib? It’s a word game that was invented in 1958. It looks like a phrasal template where you need to fill the gaps with certain words and get the original story.

Is it only a game? No, some time ago this term was used in web design when Jeremy Keith made such a form for his site Huffduffer. His idea was to create the “human-friendly” sign up form, staying apart from the usual ones. Some time later this site showed the increase in conversion by 25-40%.

Do others use it? Yes, and one more time yes. The practice of using this form in sites gave the increasing number of unique visitors. Implementing this kind of form instead of the usual one, the site owners made people interested in this unusual design.

Made lib designs presume not only contact forms. Today’s designs show a number of examples of another cases of its usage. Of course, among them are original pages with the Mad Lib game, sign up forms, sometimes log-in forms, and even search forms. Isn’t it cool?

What does Mad Lib give to website designs?

At first, it’s originality. What else can engage the visitors, but not the unusual way of presenting a content? And what’s more important, it does make you to read the text.

Any drawbacks?

As each design trend, it has some cons. In this case these are the limitation of usage: it’s not always easy to create them and it requires the understanding of the language.

In any case, these is much positive feedback from using Mad Lib elements in website design. The only thing you have to remember is that the use of native language really matters.

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Work Food Out

Good example of human-centric design. You ask the visitor to log in using a polite address. It’s rather pleasant to accept this request.

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Vast

The example of a contact form that is really interesting to use for the search. This site offers to find the desired items in the style of a mad lib game.

7Mar

What is WordPress Child Theme?

It is the theme that possesses the functionality of the parent theme which is a core. The child theme can be modified according to your needs. In order to change the style of this theme, you take the style files, overwrite properties and leave other files unchanged.

How to Get a Child Theme?

Use FTP (or other file management application from your host) for creating a directory, put a correctly formatted style.css file in it, and that’s all.

You’ll notice the child theme by the “Template: parent-theme-dir” header. When creating a child theme (everything you need is a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS), you’re able to modify the styling and layout of a parent as you like, the files of the latter one will remain unchanged. Even when the parent theme is updated, all your changes are saved.

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Go to the WordPress folder wp-content/themes to find the child theme in the separate folder. Its name can vary, but the folder should contain the file style.css (the only required file of the child theme).

1Mar

What are the main rules of UI? It should be simple, intuitive, consistent, and, of course, appealing. The visual aspect with all the graphics, animations, colors, etc is also of the great importance. When these points are observed, the site gains much more attention of the publicity.

To learn more about today’s progressive stream in UI design you can study a number of books dedicated to this topic, but it’s really much better to see the case studies of the existing sites with all the detailed descriptions that can help get familiar with the adaptation of the UI principles. Looking at the projects from the perspective of UI design, you dive more deeply in its essence and understand all its principles much better. After getting acquainted with these well-crafted case studies, you can escape all the missteps in working with your own projects, learn how to create the right interacting with the users and increase their so-called satisfaction from your site. See more while browsing this compilation of UI Case Studies.

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Design Case Study: iPad to Windows Store App

Following case study would be really useful for every designer familiar with iOS, since by the time you scroll the page to the end, you’ll be able to apply iOS design principles for Windows Store Apps.

UI Case Studies

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Grooveshark – UI Case Study

Here is the analysis of the well-known application Grooveshark. It is done from the perspective of an average user to find out all the main points and see whether it is really user-friendly.

UI Case Studies

1Mar

Bootstrap hit the market in 2011, and caused a real craziness all over the web. People started creating Bootstrap based websites, and today their number grows. What’s the secret of its popularity? This sleek intuitive and powerful front-end framework makes life of web masters much easier. If you look in it deeper, you can find the following great features inside:

– Easy-to-use navigation toolkit;
– Wide management instrument for image and video content;
– LESS for preprocessing CSS;
– Responsive design and lots of other cool things.

That’s about Bootstrap itself. And what makes Bootstrap themes undoubtedly powerful? Here are the main three of them:

  • Framework + child theme.
  • Cherry themes are presented in several archives: one includes framework files i.e. parent theme, another one – child theme files. Child theme inherits functionalities of the parent theme, and allows you to modify it by adding any possible functionalities.

  • Easy sample data install.
  • You don’t need plenty of time for the installation of such a theme. All files needed for adequate template display are installed in three steps.

  • Framework update.
  • When it comes to maintaining these days, a self-respecting company should provide its customers with updates of software or any other products. The same principle works with Cherry themes, once you install the framework, from time-to-time you’ll be able to install updates of the frame. Programmers are working daily and nightly to improve Cherry framework functionalities, by the time major update is ready you’ll be notified within your WordPress admin panel.

Let’s see the way all these features are implemented in themes. Do you like them? Have a look at this collection of Cherry WordPress Themes, and think about how you can start a good site on their basis.

Want moreCherry WordPress Themes? Don’t stop, and go on searching the desired one!

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Entertainment Theme

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Photography Theme

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