The Year of High Expectations – Taking Web Design to the Next Level

 

The last few years have changed the way we look at website design and resources for web design. Our industry has evolved at a fast pace, by first launching trends, then quickly adopting them as standard procedure, and even unifying them in single powerful solutions.

Take multiple device responsiveness, for instance. You remember how big of a deal it was just a couple of years ago. Well, right now, no self-respecting creative would have it any other way. Besides, type kits have become more accessible for WordPress users who need to stick to small budgets. And these marks of progress hardly begin to cover the whole picture.

 

2015 – Innovative and challenging

In terms of website design, large image or video backgrounds continue to be intensely sought-for. We can expect to be met with revolutionary techniques for fast-loading image optimization, and responsive re-sizing. Also, consider the role of coding taking a backseat to streamlined design when it comes to professional website creation. Shortcodes are becoming hugely popular. Frankly, it can be stated that the front office has recently been claimed by designers with themes and platforms that generate clean code and provide loads of shortcodes.

2015 is going to raise the bar even higher, as designers are forever looking for solutions that cover as many loose ends as possible. Hence, WordPress themes that are complete with all of the aforementioned capabilities will receive a lot of attention.

 

The Curious Case of X Theme

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15 WordPress Themes That Will Rock 2015

E-commerce, portfolio, blog, single app or product presentation, company presentation – these are just a few of the website types you’ll have to get up and running this year. So, in 2015, web designers need to work with the absolute best tools.

The goal is to deliver top-notch results easier. Premium WordPress themes can help you cut down on the time you spend honing beautiful websites. In other words, they’ll make you more productive in the long run. You just have to know which themes serve your purposes better. If you’re interested in evaluating your options, you’re in the right place. I’ve compiled a roundup of 15 promising themes that you need to hear about.

 

X Theme

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Your Stop For Black Friday Development Deals Is Right Here

For all of you out there surfing for the perfect Black Friday deal we bring you the most amazing deals for web development tools you’ll find anywhere. Take a breather and have a look.

1. X by Themeco

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We’ve always been accustomed with the very best releases from Themeco and now they’ve done it yet again with the new 3.0 release. Their one and only X theme is all the rage when it comes to flexibility, aesthetics, functionality and good taste. Moreover, it comes with four different stacks that allow you to select from multiple designs with just the click of a mouse. The Integrity stack astonishes with clean and elegant lines, thus being best suited for business or creative sites. The Renew stack rocks the trendy flat design and goes perfectly well with creative personalities and websites. The modern blogging networks inspired Icon, a stack with a minimal style that can be customized to suit all preferences. Lastly, if you want to create cool magazine or newspaper sites, choose the Ethos stack. What’s really amazing about Themeco is that they’ve come up with an unsurpassable offer: if you purchase one Themeco X license for your projects, with each purchase you make you will get all stacks, the Live Previewer and many more benefits: the 3.0 release comes with new extensions as well as beautiful WordPress plugins which excel in functionality (for example e-mail integration with MailChimp and marketing tools such as video lock and content dock). Check out all the perks by clicking the link below.

Link for offer: http://theme.co/x/

20 Awesome Tools for Web Development

The Internet is more accessible now than it ever was. You can go online straight from your handheld, browse it from your laptop as soon as you sit down in a coffee shop and surf it at leisure from your own home. Naturally this has put quite some pressure on the shoulders of all web developers and designers out there. They now have to produce both engaging and memorable websites and layouts for them that would scale to any resolution. Luckily there are a number of tools and services out there that were designed especially to make their life easier. Here are out top picks.

Gridgum

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Optimize Your Team Collaboration with These Top-Notch Tools for Creatives

The best part about being a web designer or a web developer is that you make it your job to create something from scratch – which is more than most people can say. We relish in our creative freedom, that’s why at first we get the feeling that administrative tasks are toilsome and more than we signed up for.

Still, in time we learn that project management and effective collaboration are vital to our practice, and so try to master them. Specialized software is here to save the day. I compiled a list of 15 solutions that were engineered with the needs of creative professionals in mind. You can read all about them, below.

Paymo

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Premium Plugins That Web Developers And Web Designers Would Find Useful

In the field of website creation, there is very little we can do nowadays without plugins. Web designers and web developers require the best resources if they are to reach the best outcomes in projects for their clients.

While the markets are swarming with helping tools for many purposes, the measure of their efficacy lies in the eye of the beholder. In other words, premium plugins are perceived as useful by professionals who seek and testify to their unique blend of features. I called on a general search for outstanding plugins, and found that 16 solutions rise to the occasion. They are as follows.

LayerSlider Premium Multi-Purpose Slider Plugin

Showcase – Beautiful Websites Built With the Be Theme

Be Theme is a multi-purpose solution produced by Muffin Group. You probably heard mention of it in many communities that deal with web design and web development. Loads of creative professionals have chosen to work with this theme, and so confirmed it as an uncomplicated way to come up with dazzling websites.

 

Expect Powerful Features

I encourage you to give Be Theme a shot, and when you do, brace yourself for an eclectic blend of features. To begin with, you are welcome to browse through more than 50 demos, and choose any of them to install in a one-click process. Apart from demos, Be Theme is stacked full of shortcodes (200), layouts, grids, and headers, not to mention that it also clears the way for users to meddle with CSS and JS.

 

One of my favorite parts of working with this theme is freedom of choice. You can forge websites using the builder from Muffin Group, or turn to the Visual Composer – whichever feels more comfortable. The Visual Composer plugin is included with Be Theme at no extra charge, and so are other premium WordPress plugins, like Slider Revolution and Layer Slider 5. On top of everything, this theme comes with lifetime updates, and is coupled with dependable support.

Monarch: The Leader of a New Generation of Social Plugins

Each and every one of us comes across interesting pieces of information in our daily news feed, or as we are casually surfing the web. At times, we even feel the urge to share some of those articles, videos, images, etc with the people we know. We can either act on it or not, and if we do, the social media buttons present on that web page might really come in handy; with a special emphasis on ‘might’, because those buttons may not exist, or they may be appear to be irksome, or difficult to reach. In that case, it takes less than a second to decide whether we are better off without following or sharing anything further.

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