Archive for May, 2013

30May

The key problem for web designers and site owners is creating a profitable online store that will uplift the business conversion. The choice of the self-sufficient shopping cart is of the far importance here, but it’s not really easy to stop on the one.

All of you have certain requirements when it goes about choosing a shopping cart, and while checking out its features, you can come to the right conclusion which one you need. Besides the general info about each one, it would be useful to analyze its:

merchant interface
customer features
customer reward features & marketing tools
SEO features
payments
shipping
security

Checking out all these features that a shopping cart can provide, you can easily make the decision. All the mentioned above points you can find in the following table – the cheat sheet for those who are looking for the perfect eCommerce solution. Following it attentively, you’ll find the answers for the questions:

Which shopping cart you need to start a powerful store and thus increase your sales?
Which one will be secure?
Which one can allow you to speed up the purchase process and offer your clients pleasant shopping experience?

The list that you see below compiles the answers for all these questions. Being aware of all, you can stop on the one you need and make use of all its advantages.

Try not to overlook the short descriptions and advices in the sheet below. You can see them while hovering over the exclamation marks. Now you’re ready, please welcome the cheat sheet of eCommerce platforms: osCommerce, Zen Cart, Magento, Prestashop and OpenCart.

* exclamation-mark Mouse over this icon to read the hints and advice.

 
General Info
Release date (year) 2000 2003 2007 2007 2009
Language PHP PHP PHP PHP PHP
Source Code provided Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Administration Area Features (Merchant Interface)
Product Import/Export No Free addon Yes Yes Yes
Inventory management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Statistics / Sales Reports Yes Free addon Yes Yes Yes
Stock Control Yes Free addon Yes Yes Yes
WYSIWYG Editor No Free addon Yes Yes Yes
Free/Paid store templates Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple store management No Free addon Yes Yes Yes
Backup & Restore Tools Yes Free addon Yes Yes Yes
Error Logging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Customer Features
29May

We all know a lot about the advantages of responsive design. It gives the ability to make site accessible from various handheld devices. As a result, more viewers can visit it thus uplifting the conversion of the site. All this is good, but it is only one side of this problem. Having a site adjust to any screen resolution is a must-have point for site owners, but there is something else behind it. To understand it deeply, you should know a bit more about including the list of its minor cons. Let’s enumerate the main of them:

• You need a lot of time to code it.
• It is expensive. And if you have a low budget, perhaps, it’s better to utilize it for other points of building a site.
• It takes longer loading time.
• It’s not easy to adjust the titles, descriptions etc. on mobile phones. All it goes about SEO.
• Such sites aren’t viewed by search engine crawlers as separate mobile sites. That’s the reason they shouldn’t be viewed as a tactic to rank your website.
• According to the latest researches, people use 1024px resolutions and up, and this speaks not in the favor of responsive design.
Some users without technical knowledge will not understand the difference of layouts on different devices.

responsive layout

28May

We are glad to inform you about the fresh release of Free Website Template from TemplateMonster that is off-the-peg theme for bringing law business online. It can be used for a variety of lawyer, attorney websites, thus driving more clients to the company.

This solid design can make people trust in the company and its ideas. Being created in soft colors, it sets the serious tone for the website. Large photos in the top jQuery slider attract attention to the representatives of the company. The featured blocks placed below focus on the services that are offered. Even the heavy-content site will be nicely displayed with the help of this template. Its unobtrusive style is a good choice for building a confindence-boosting web presence of the law company.

Free Website Template for Law Company:

Free-Website-Template

To download the whole package of this template, visit the Free Website Template for Law Company 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 Law Company with PSD files (18,3MB)

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.

22May

Twitter Bootstrap is one of the hottest trends on the web for today. CSS and JavaScript files that constitute a Bootstrap framework make your job done faster and easier – this is the slogan of Bootstrap. Its 2.0 version offers 12 column responsive grid, that facilitates the mobile support of the Bootstrap sites.

If you’re lucky to know all Bootstrap features and how it works, you can create stunning designs. If not, here is a compilation of well-done tutorials for you to learn about it and how to start with it. The documentation of this work is easy-to-perceive, every designer and developer could ever dream about such a well-structured info. Of course, sometimes you need the additional explanations for some reasons: the visually presented facts can be understood easily and some of the detailed tutorials show the process from the more convenient for perception point of view. So, you are here now to get a bunch of good Tutorials on Using Bootstrap, and you’re welcome to check them out.

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Bootstrap – Up and Running

You’ll learn how to get Bootstrap up and running from this tutorial.

Bootstrap – Up and Running

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Bootstrap – Creating a Portfolio Page

If you’re going to create a design portfolio page, this tutorial is for you. Everything is clearly explained with text and code samples.

Bootstrap – Creating a Portfolio Page

16May

What’s difficult in designing a menu for mobile design is a small size of the screen. The idea is to arrange everything intelligently, and thus facilitate the users’ interaction with a site. The way menu is organized determines easy and intuitive navigation throughout the website. Much attention should be paid to designing a menu and all that buttons in order to make the site work.

The following post is focused on such elements of navigation in mobile interface as menus and buttons. Here you’ll see the existing examples of Menus And Buttons in Mobile Design cool execution and wise implementation in the layout. Hope, this post will inspire you for your own great designs.

A bit more inspiration is waiting for you in the post dedicated to Search Forms Solutions in Mobile UI.

Menus

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The Rooms

The Rooms

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Login Mobile

Login Mobile

15May

The ideas worth spreading – this is the key point of TED, a small nonprofit community. Technology, Education and Design – this is how you can transcribe this abbreviation. It started in the early 1980 as an opportunity to connect all those who were passionate about speaking.

The coolest thing about TED is all that interesting experiences and ideas that people share in short talks. And of course, the quality of speakers. The variety of subjects covered in these talks is immense: internet marketing and advertising, industrial design, graphic design, etc.

Today we want to focus on web design TED talks that will reveal interesting and inspiring ideas from this sphere. So, choose a comfortable seat and enjoy.

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David Carson on Design + Discovery

David Carson will tell you about his ideas concerning the emotional response to design and about the artist’s intuition. He advices to take into consideration the personal perspective to achieve the original approach to work.

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Don Norman: 3 Ways Good Design Makes You Happy

Happiness is the leading point of creativity. It helps solve problems easier, work better and succeed. This is what you’ll find in this talk. You’ll be interested in three emotional cues that a well-designed product will evoke according to Don Norman’s idea.

14May

What’s new for today? A fresh freebie for restaurant website. If you’re going to set up one, feel free to check out this Free Website Template from TemplateMonster in visually rich design with acute attention to images. That’s what you need to present a restaurant business online.

Let’s see what’s inside. The elegant style is focused on showing the refined visuals of the menu. Large slider in the top attracts attention, and the featured blocks with the special choices make the visitors interested in what the cafe offers. The set of 6 pages offers you to place all the information you have to make people familiar with the place this site promotes. Easy on the eye in sappy colors, this template invites the audience to taste the delicious food and drop a visit to a restaurant.

Here is free template live demo to see this theme in action.

Free Website Template for Restaurant Site:

Free Website Template

To download the whole package of this template, visit the Free Website Template for Restaurant Site 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 Restaurant Site with PSD files (25,4MB)

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.

8May

Keeping up with the latest trends in the sphere of your work is its important part. To stay in touch with all these novelties, you have to find the way of getting familiar with them. What way of comfortable absorbing of information do you know? One of the most convenient is listening to podcasts. This experience can be very useful, ‘cause you get the desired information while doing a lot of other things you need. Let this collection of sites with podcasts for designers and developers be a good experience that will result in productive work. Here they are – Podcasts for Web Developers and Designers with short descriptions for you to choose the ones you like.

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99 Invisible

All the episodes here are 15-20 minutes length. The most important is all that detailed information is explicitely explained in each of them.

99 Invisible

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Data Stories

These podcasts cover data visualization, infographics, story telling, and any kind of work with data. If you’re involved somehow in this sphere, this site is for you.

Data Stories

7May

Today the quantity of eCommerce solutions is a huge one. You choose the one you need according to your needs, paying attention to what the creators offer to you. Of course, it’s hard to stop on one of them, but sometimes you need to do it. Let’s see what are the most popular platforms for today:

According to this year survey of eCommerce sites – Alexa Top 1 Million ranking, Magento featured 26% of all eCommerce websites.

Zen Cart, for example, lost nearly 2,000 site, and got the 4th place in this list.

On the 2nd place set VirtueMart.

The last month the rates of Prestashop (+14%) and Opencart (+39%) have increased a bit.

A wide variety of eCommerce designs are presented at TemplateMonster.com, and you can choose the one that fits your needs from this variety. They meet high standards both in terms of functionality and trendy layouts. This team keeps an eye on the latest events in online world, and your interest in its products is of high importance for them. To offer you exactly what you need, TemplateMonster starts a survey too see what eCommerce products you want to find at this site.

So, what are your preferences when it goes about eCommerce products? Which are your favorite ones?

3May

Being responsive is a must-have thing in today’s life, especially when it goes about web technologies. We accept everything not only from the desktop screen, but from various handheld devices, that’s why responsive design is in a great need. There are two ways of how to get a responsive site – to build the one from the ground up or turn the existing static one into it. Both variants are good. What are the possible transform options that may come in handy in this process?

CSS
Plugins
Frameworks
Grid systems

In the following post we’ll consider the latter three points, checking out which you’ll be able to convert or start the responsive site.

Plugins

Isotope

Here is the jQuery plugin for creating magic layouts. Among its advantages is the simple syntax that helps to build dynamic layouts. It allows to reveal and hide items with filtering, re–order items with sorting.

Isotope

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BreakPoints

Breakpoints.js is a free javascript plugin that allows you to define breakpoints for your responsive layout which will turn on custom events when browser enters and/or exits that specific break-point.

BreakPoints

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