If you spend much time in the world of web development you are bound to hear about numerous places to purchase themes. I’ve always been a fan of Elegant Themes because of the value you get for the price. They have a membership model where you pay a yearly amount and get access to every one of their themes. As you know if you navigate the other theme shops available on the web you will find that most of them require you to spend $30-$100 to purchase a single theme. With Elegant you receive all 87 themes for as low as $69 per year. It’s very nice flexibility and allows you to keep your site fresh all the time. Another way that I have seen people use Elegant is for their clients. For a one time fee of $249 you can get lifetime access to all their themes. If you have clients looking for several concepts for a new site this gives you a quick way to deliver high quality themes to make sure they keep coming back. We’ve compiled their entire collection below. Enjoy!
Are you one of those people who hate to wait in lines to bill your purchases? Well, wait no more, as iPad and Wi-Fi based Point of Sale systems are now here to stay. iPad POS systems are the wave of the future and they offer multiple benefits that will streamline your billing process by as much as 60 percent. The business website Entrepreneur, states that retailers have yet to jump on to the handheld POS system but its popularity is a given. In fact, the Alabama State University Stadium was the first to incorporate the virtual billing system for its concession vendor service during the first game of the year. The handheld billing systems made it possible to clear a record 5721 sales in the matter of a few hours. This rapid billing system impressed other stadium owners as well and handheld billing systems may be expected to be implemented at all major stadiums in the US. Although this does seem impressive, is it really possible to phase out the traditional billing register and use only tablet-based systems?
Point of sale (POS) software is making the world of sales significantly easier. With a quality POS system you can significantly increase revenue, reduce overhead, and grow your business by putting funds more toward where they are needed to make your business run more smoothly. By quickly giving you solutions to problems with inventory management, loss prevention, planning for the future, reducing labor, improving vendor relations, and directed marketing you and your employees will have more time and money to spend focusing on what your business was created to do.
Keeping track of your inventory at all times is one of the most important things that a business can do. In fact, retailers lose $224 billion due to excess inventory and $43 billion from not having inventory in stock. Many POS systems take much of the guesswork out of your inventory by continually tracking what you have and what you’ve sold. Obviously, there will still be times where you and your employees will have to manually count inventory but the need won’t be nearly as frequent.
When you first set up an online store, you may be happy just to have all of the work to get the store up and running done. Maybe you think the work on your site is finished, and now it’s time to shift to fulfilling orders and taking care of customer issues. It’s not that simple. When your store is brand new, it’s not time to stop working on your site. In a way, you’re just getting started.
Analytics are Important
Once your store is up and running, you can start figuring out how your site really needs to be set up. Until people actually start interacting with your site, there’s no way to tell how all of the pieces are working or what can be improved. You can use good eCommerce principles to get started, and that will certainly give you better results than having no idea what a good eCommerce site needs to look like or how it needs to work. But what you really need in order to make your site as profitable as it can be are eCommerce analytics.
I think it’s obvious by now that ‘flat’ is not just a new design trend or style that will go away next year. It’s here to stay and I think it’s great.
The idea behind what we call ‘flat design’ is to remove the noise. This means anything that is not necessary to a design. Things like heavy gradients, not-so-subtle drop shadows, 3d graphics, and the heavy use of skeuomorphism, can be replaced with more muted color schemes, solid colors, and a stronger focus on typography – a flat design focusses on the essentials.
In this post we have collected a total of 35 great WordPress themes that sport a flat design style. I hope you enjoy this post, feel free to chime in via the comment section!
Choosing a hosting company that suits your needs can be a daunting task. Anyone who’s ever switched from one host to another knows that it can be a tedious process and it’s just plain annoying to do. So, choosing the right hosting company from the get go, one you will possibly stick with for years, is critical.
All hosting providers are not created equal, some are better than others, some have features better suited for your needs, and some even a better reputation than others. Depending on what you intend to do with your hosting account or server, there’s a lot of questions to ask yourself before you settle on one:
- How much traffic will you be getting?
- How much bandwidth and storage will you need?
- How many domains and/or sub-domains will you be hosting?
- Will you host only your own sites or your client’s sites as well?
- Ecommerce website? Do you need SSL?
- Will you be reselling hosting to your clients?
- Do you even need hosting? Would all-in-one solutions like SquareSpace, WordPress.com, Tumblr or Virb be enough for you?
- Does the host offer any type of discount if you purchase hosting for multiple months or a year?
- Do you need shell/ssh access?
- Do you need a domain? Some hosts offer a free domain name when you purchase a hosting plan.
- Do you need to be able to choose your OS? Linux or Windows?
- Do you know what runs the HTTP server? Nginx, Litespeed, Apache, Lighttpd?
- Does your website or project require you to deploy scripts like Ruby on Rails?
- How comfortable are you updating your server? Should you go with a fully managed or an unmanaged solution?
- Will you need to manage your hosting account on the go? Does the host offer a mobile app to manage your account?
- Are you comfortable installing a CMS like WordPress yourself? If not, does the hosting company provide one-click installation?
- Do they offer 24/7 support? Email, phone, support tickets, live chat?
- Where do you want your server to be located? Do you need a CDN?
- If you’re moving to a new host, will that new hosting provider help you move your files and databases over? Is there a fee?
- If you choose a small plan to start, will your hosting company let you upgrade to a bigger plan or server? What are the costs associated with this?
- Are there setup fees when you open a new account?
- Does the web host offer some guarantee when it comes to uptime? What’s their check interval?
You obviously don’t need to answer all of those questions. But try to answer as many as you can, it should help paint a clearer picture as to what you might need to look for in a provider. If you don’t know what Apache, Ruby or SSL is, chances are an unmanaged dedicated server is not for you and you should probably aim for a cloud hosting solution or a managed VPS. Don’t forget to get in touch with the hosting company you’re looking to signup with and ask any question you may have, and test their level of support and responsiveness.
There’s a million hosting companies out there, so selecting the one you will give your business to is no easy task. Thankfully we’ve selected some of the top ones that have a focus on designers, developers and creatives, and we have all this right here in a handy list. Check out the features of each provider and then make your choice. I hope this post helps you make the daunting task of finding a hosting company easier.
While a responsive theme is not the best choice for every website, most will benefit from a responsive layout. A responsive theme assures that no matter what browser a viewer sees the website in, they will recognize not only the website itself but also have the same layout. Many designers and developers today believe that if you need a different layout for your site, then you should offer an app, rather than a different mobile website.
Responsive layouts also cut down on your design time drastically. After all, you only need to create one design! We have further helped you cut down on your time by doing the research for you and compiling 30 of the best responsive WordPress themes out there. The list below includes a variety of layouts for different industries and purposes. If you don’t find what you need here, you may want to check out our list of Artistic Themes or maybe our collection of Grunge-style Themes. Have fun exploring!
The ‘flat‘ design style is one we hear about everywhere now, and I believe it’s here to stay. I don’t see flat design as something trendy or flavor-of-the-month – rather it’s what design should be; focussing on how things work rather than how things look, keeping things clean and minimalist.
So, we decided to create our very own UI kit, it’s called FlatPix and it is available to purchase exclusively through the DesignM.ag network.