Archive for April, 2013

30Apr

Let’s hit up this Tuesday with elegant and stylish goodie that is intended for beauty sites – Free Website Template for Spa Salon from TemplateMonster . If you’re looking for a perfect dress for a beauty salon, massage salon, beauty parlor, beauty spa, manual therapy website, consider this theme from professional designers. It’s completely free, and this fact doesn’t effect its quality in any case.

The delicate tone of this template in pleasant to eyes purple color invites the viewers to start a trip around the site. The set of pages allows you to display all the information about your services, show the portfolio and get people interested in your business. The large background image complements to the whole visual attractiveness of this design. You can change it into the one from your portfolio. Before you start, make a short virtual trip around this theme with free template live demo.

Free Website Template for Spa Salon:

Free Website Template

To download the whole package of this template, visit the Free Website Template for Spa Salon 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 Website Template for Spa Salon with PSD files (58,6MB)

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.

25Apr

In a competitive web space, whatever brings in more customers and leads to conversions is gold. After all, many business owners know the top priority is the customer, and catering to their needs is essential. Multivariate testing is one website optimization technique that business owners can employ in creating an optimized user experience that leads to sales, subscriptions, and sign-ups. You’ve probably heard of or participated in these tests without realizing it. For those of you unfamiliar with this tool, I’ll cover it more in-depth here to get you started on the path of making smart decisions in terms of your online marketing.


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The Website Optimization Process

The web changes at a rapid pace and so do the technologies that reside on it. Understandably, you’re going to have to make some changes to your online marketing and web presence to keep up with the growing trends. In meeting needs of an expanding landscape, you may encounter some positive and negative feedback once changes have been implemented on your own site. For this reason, webmasters do testing on sites so they can minimize the risks while going through the process so they can follow a more step-by-step procedure. There are a number of tests available for these purposes, such as A/B testing and multivariate testing. Both enjoy widespread use in the industry and have their respective advantages and disadvantages, which we’re going to cover next.

24Apr

It’s not polite to make people wait, but it happens that you need to. If your page is too heavy and needs some time for loading, you have to make the viewers know that in several seconds the process will finish. Tiny bars, circles, fade away elements – you can use whatever signs you want, to mark the loading page. CSS animation is what you need for creating the mentioned above loading signs. Pure CSS will be enough for bringing into life the desired animation. Showing such animated elements in motion to the visitors is like saying to them “wait a bit, everything happens in a moment”.

But how to create nice with the pleasant to eyes animation effects? CSS Loading Animation Tutorials will show it to you set by step. The wise advices from professionals is what you exactly need to make a good loading animation.

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CSS3 Loading Animation

CSS Loading Animation Tutorials

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Creating Loading Animations Using Only CSS3

CSS Loading Animation Tutorials

23Apr

At a certain stage of website development some site owners realize that it’s time to start a shop based on the already existing website. Generally it’s not that easy to fulfill, but the market offers dozens of solutions to make this work. Plugins for WordPress are widely used for converting it into a solid eCommerce solution. This content management system is mostly known for its blogging advantages, but don’t underestimate its abilities. Using various plugins, you can easily create eCommerce platform built on WordPress. Most of them are free of charge, though, there are still some you have to pay for. It’s up to you which one to choose. The list below will show you the top 5 WordPress eCommerce Plugins. Two of them that are considered to be the leading ones – Jigoshop and WooCommerce are featured at the beginning of the list.

But are the plugins the only way to get the well-done eCommerce site? Of course, not. You can easily use ready-made WordPress eCommerce themes based on the functionality of Jigoshop (one of the top plugins for the present time). They are Responsive Jigoshop easy-to-customize themes and provide you with the powerful set of features (descriptive product pages, decent navigation, well thought-out layout) you need to start your online shop and get maximum benefit out of it. The list of such themes you can find at the end of the post.

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Jigoshop

Here is the plugin designed specifically for WordPress and its called Jigoshop. Among its peers it stands out due to extensive functionalities and minimum of headache. Easy to use, secure, highly customizable, great support – this is what makes it so powerful.With the help of Jigoshop you can start an online store in no time.

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WooCommerce

You will certainly enjoy the ease of learning and working this WooCommerce. This free plugin integrates with the standard WordPress themes (Woothemes). Its layout resembles the one of WordPress admin panel, and that’s makes your work with it ease.

18Apr

The design is like a melody that you play. The right hand produces the melody, the left sets the rhythm and tone. In other words, the right one plays the leading part, and the left one is underpart. But you need both of them to play a beautiful piece of music. The same happens in design. There are main and minor parts in it, but each little element plays an important role, and sets a tone of the whole concept.

Today we’ll focus attention on the background as a part of design, namely the grid paper background. It’s a trend that is quite popular for the present time and can be observed in a number of designs. It looks unobtrusive, doesn’t interfere with the layout and the style of the site, and can be used in all types of sites. Whether you have a business web presence, your personal page, apparel store or blog of artworks, you can use the grid paper background to create clean look, and make the main content part look attractive against it.

In the post below you can see the nice examples of the grid paper background usage in IT business websites, advertising agencies, cloths stores. And a little present for you will be a set of free grid patterns that you can download, and use for decorating your own design works. Among these textures you can find the ones that are used in the examples of the sites from this collection.

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Tapmates Inc.

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Solo

12Apr

Responsive website design is a good tone of today’s web, and the demand for it is going to become even more intense in the nearest time. Most designs that you can get all over the web are adaptable for different website layouts. That’s good when the job for you is already done. But what can be done to find out whether your design is really responsive. A lot of designers face a problem of testing when the design is done. Tools to Test Responsive Websites is what you need to see how you design is displayed at different screen sizes. The simpler is the process of testing, the more convenient the tool is. Some of them are completely free, the others are not, but all of them are good for testing. Let’s see what these tools offer you.

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Responsinator

To test your design using this site enter URL, and see how it looks as being put in frames of mostly used smartphones and tablets (iPhone, iPad, Kindle and a number of Android phones).

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Jamus

The site is intended to show you the process of testing in the way “everyone gets”. It’s the clearest site where you can test your responsive design in various screen widths.

10Apr

The motto of every successful designer is “never stop learning”. It works at the first stage of your career and it helps improve your existing level of knowledge. Bearing it in mind, you can achieve great results. If you are a beginner, find out some time to learn a bit more. If you’re a beginner who is interested in jQuery, spend this time on the useful resources that will help you grow all the must-have developer’s skills. These websites offer you all kind of stuff that deals with jQuery: tutorials, articles, tips, techniques, codes and whatever you need to master it.

Here I’ve compiled this list of the useful Sources to Learn jQuery that can help you become a real jQuery ninja. If you have you own, let’s check it out. If you run into some unfamiliar sites, feel free to add them to your list.

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Learning jQuery

You’ll learn a lot from the masters of jQuary: useful tips, techniques, see the professionally done tutorials and a lot of more.

Sources to Learn jQuery
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jQuery for Designers

The aim of this project is to teach the designers with a little programming experience to add some simple, and even more complicated effects to their pages. The main goal is to make them understand what they are doing. All the stuff that includes tutorials, demos, screencasts, codes, etc you will find here.

Sources to Learn jQuery

5Apr

Today there is a huge number of web application frameworks that are designed to support development of dynamic websites, web applications, web services and web resources. Bootstrap has proudly taken the place of one of the greatest frameworks on the design market. Since it’s release in August, 2011, Bootstrap has undergone enormous changes and turned from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. But as always there is some more space for improvements which is why ever and anon his fathers release significant updates.

All web enthusiasts have been expecting the Bootstrap 3 release since December, but it is not announced still. You can check out the official preview site for Bootstrap 3 to learn more about its forthcoming launch. Just for today it can be said for sure, that the new version will drop some of the existing functionalities and gain the greater ones like improving responsive CSS, and centralizing community efforts. It is going to be “mobile first” and it means mobile friendliness from the start. Another fact about Bootstrap is its mostly flat design.

To make your anticipation of Bootstrap 3 release more pleasant, check out the existing Bootstrap themes here.

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Night Club Template

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Religious Template

3Apr

If your relationship with WordPress reminds a bad romance, don’t get upset. Here you will find some tips on how to get it better. If you want to learn how to create WordPress business themes, allow some time for reading this post featuring Photoshop Tutorials dedicated to this theme. The designers have taken their secrets public, and you can learn about them checking out the tutorials below.

This post will be helpful for all those who don’t have years of designing experience. Such tutorials that show everything in details are a great way to start and learn more about design tricks. All this will help you create your first WordPress business themes, and, perhaps, share your experience with others in some time. Are you ready to start with it? Don’t hesitate!

PS. People differ, and not all of us are ready to spend 1 hour or even more for mastering these tuts. For lifehackers TemplateMonster offers the ready-made WordPress business layout that are already designed by skillful professionals with all you needs in mind.

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Corporate WordPress Style Layout Tutorial

Good tutorial about creating a corporate WordPress styled layout. .PSD files are attached.

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Create Business WordPress PSD Layout

Learn how to create the contrasting business WordPress layout for your website. Can be also used as a corporate layout.

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