DesignM.ag » WordPress http://designm.ag Articles and Resources for Web Designers Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:01:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 15 WordPress Themes That Will Rock 2015http://designm.ag/wordpress-2/15-wordpress-themes-that-will-rock-2015/ http://designm.ag/wordpress-2/15-wordpress-themes-that-will-rock-2015/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:39:50 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=119627

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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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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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Picking an absolute favorite wasn’t easy, but I finally settled on X Theme because it’s the most versatile of the lot – a rather unfair observation, since Themeco’s customer service and devotion to web designers are equally compelling arguments.

X Theme is not a template. No way. It’s a conglomerate of individual designs that are up for live editing. Themeco named them Stacks, and vows to create Stacks until kingdom come. Right now, you can find four of them in the vaults – Integrity, Renew, Icon, and Ethos – plus 30-something demos. In a few days, the existing set of demos will see some updates, and you can have a look at some new ones as well.

Themeco Extensions are a more recent update (starting with X Theme 3.0). And you can do so much with these custom made and adjusted WordPress plugins. My favorites are Video Lock, Smooth Scrolling, Content Dock, Custom 404 and MailChimp Integration. The 15 Extensions are free, forever updated, and forever augmented!

 

BeTheme – Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

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Getting constant automatic updates to your WordPress theme is paramount. Muffin Group adds weekly updates to BeTheme, so it’s a good call to trust their theme with your client projects.

Another unwritten rule when working with WordPress themes is that they should allow you to integrate a variety of plugins. BeTheme checks that box, too. I can tell you for sure that theme users may integrate plugins like MailChimp, Yoast, WP Mobile Detect, bbPress, and Contact Form 7. Check out the 70+ demos.

Moving on to features unique to this multi-purpose theme, you’ll love the fact that it has 3 different page building options: with shortcodes, the Muffin Builder, or Visual Composer. So, you can choose the road most traveled, or try a new approach. Even more interesting, BeTheme lets you create a unique layout for every web page.

 

Qards

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The next recommendation is slightly different. It deals with the WordPress themes that you’ve already installed, and isn’t an isolated solution per se. Qards is a plugin, a page building plugin. The large-impact plugin can be used to change anything about your website, no matter which theme you’re using. The fact that it simplifies that task to a great degree makes it a tool worth buying.

Imagine that you could work up a glorious interface design without getting anywhere near coding. Would you fancy that? With Qards, you can just add your website content directly. Simply put cards into place, and you’ll be alright. Qards also opens an in-line editor to change your cards completely.

 

Brand.ed

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In these times, professionals from every industry have to communicate their own personal brand to potential employers and clients. So, when you’re designing someone’s portfolio website, you play a big part in translating their unique identity online.

A theme like Brand-ed has unlimited color options, an icon set, and a live page builder to help you do that. You can also use a horizontal parallax effect, and the popular plugin Slider Revolution to create a visual user experience.

 

Divi

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If you’re after a WordPress theme that’s easy to work with, yet doesn’t withhold the coding part – might as well give Divi a chance. It’s the most impressive theme created by Elegant Themes so far.

Option number one is to choose pre-styled layouts and create your website. Option number two is to actually mix Divi’s modules yourself, and obtain a unique layout every single time. The modules are accompanied by a built-in CSS box.

 

ROSA – An Exquisite Parallax WordPress Theme

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Parallax backgrounds, animation transitions, and effects have established themselves as solid trends in the web design landscape during last year. They’re still very effective in terms of user experience, so it would make sense to adopt a parallax WordPress theme.

Rosa is a flexible solution, insofar as you can use it to craft photography websites, portfolios, or restaurant pages. It helps construct beautiful menus, and include OpenTable reservations for restaurants. You can use Rosa to create full-screen image galleries, and even add some fabulous typography animations.

 

Codilight

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When the time comes to create blogs for clients, the main idea is to let the content shine through. So, you don’t have to place a lot of emphasis on graphic design, and complex navigation is out of the question. Codilight is perfect for this type of projects, because it offers a clean-cut design, a code-free environment, and multiple theme options.

I particularly recommend Codilight for product, technology, and review websites. Trust me, you are going to appreciate the built-in review system provided by FameThemes.

 

Kallyas -Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

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Experiencing ease of use with a WordPress theme is a top priority for web designers. Only themes that have quality support and crystal clear documentation fall into that category. Kallyas is one of them, so feel free to use it for virtually any kind of project.

Kallyas has a great page builder, and tons of shortcodes that you can use. Besides, working with this theme means that you can install any language, and tweak colors as you wish.

 

Royal – Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

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Who could say no to a majestic theme like Royal? Since it’s actually comprised of over 60 individual themes, you can see that it has many uses. The page builder from Royal is pure delight. In addition to that, 8theme included a set of custom shortcodes and widgets in their theme.

Even more importantly, Royal Theme has a wicked awesome Installer feature that can help users come up with a website in under 10 minutes. Remember this Installer, when you feel like your time is running out.

 

SnapShop – Responsive WooCommerce WordPress Theme

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E-commerce projects require that you pay attention to making visitors’ stay on the website as welcoming as possible. If they’re using a mobile phone to navigate through your web store (and most likely, they are), make sure you give users a fast checkout process without any irksome sign-in requests.

SnapShop is a top-class theme for online shop creation. Some of the things you can do with it include pinning product images (WooMapper), previewing products with a Pinterest-like function, and filtering products smoothly.

 

Impreza

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Impreza is a universal WordPress theme with 430 Font Awesome Icons and 20 pre-defined balanced color styles. It gives you the option to add horizontal/vertical parallax backgrounds, and video backgrounds in the formats mp4, ogv, or webm. Impreza has a prompt customer service, and is useful for portfolios, WooCommerce projects, or company websites.

 

Ultimo

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Ultimo is also great for e-shops, albeit only for Magento e-shops. It’s very fluid and it sports an advanced admin panel where you can go to customize everything down to the final detail. It’s immensely popular, despite being slightly more expensive than other themes. That’s because Ultimo has a fluid grid system and is multistore-ready.

 

WooPress

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8theme has done a stellar job with WooPress. It’s obvious from the first glance that WooPress follows the now mainstream trend of flat design. You can use this theme to construct trendy-looking web shops, regardless of their nature. Plus, users consistently reported that working with WooPress is a breeze.

 

Opus – Multipurpose Business WordPress Theme

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One more theme you might like to try this year is Opus. Take a mental note to use it the next time you’re setting out to design a business website, portfolio, or blog. You would enjoy operating its WYSIWYG, drag-and-drop page builder. Opus unlocks 100 shortcodes for your convenience, too.

 

Circle Flip – Responsive WordPress Multipurpose Theme

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As I already mentioned, flat design is ubiquitous nowadays. Nowhere is this direction in web design more visible than in Circle Flip. You can reach out for this theme when constructing magazine blogs, and relish in the simple page builder. Circle Flip also gives you the opportunity of assessing it with full demo access, before you buy.

 

Conclusion

It seems that WordPress themes are evolving, and they’re evolving fast. In 2015, great things will happen. We should be expecting to see more advanced features packed into premium themes as this year unfolds. Now, nothing stands in the way of web designers as they craft websites effectively and get more productive.

 


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Examples of Websites Created With the Royal Themehttp://designm.ag/wordpress-2/examples-of-websites-created-with-the-royal-theme-2/ http://designm.ag/wordpress-2/examples-of-websites-created-with-the-royal-theme-2/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:00:36 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=119148

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My experience with the latest theme from 8theme, Royal, was more than satisfactory. I was quite impressed about this premium, multi-purpose theme, and wish to pass it on to the rest of you. Every designer would enjoy creating WordPress websites through with the help of this theme.A Majestic DifferenceRoyal is a responsive, rock-solid theme based on Twitter Bootstrap. An advanced theme panel is ready to appease even the fussiest creative who happens to chance upon it, and all users are entitled to free updates for the entire duration of their lifetime.Royal has a stellar documentation, plus video tutorials, in order to help you get a full understanding of everything that Royal can do. My favorite part was finding out that a cluster of premium add-ons - which, taken together, add up to $119 - are wrapped up with this theme at no extra cost.What kind of website are you up to, next? Royal Theme can handle anything you throw at it! For E-commerce sites, you can choose from a selection of shop page layouts, and display the desired number of products in a row. Furthermore, you are able to customize the product page layout, as well as the tab on it. The images of your products can also be customized to various dimensions, zoom in, and react in a certain way upon hovering: be masked with information, swap, or the images slider kicks in.This is but a glimpse of Royal Theme’s true potential. I wouldn’t expect you to take my words of praise at face value, so feel free to check out Royal Demos, as shown below. You’ll find it as good as I did.

E-Commerce

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My experience with the latest theme from 8theme, Royal, was more than satisfactory. I was quite impressed about this premium, multi-purpose theme, and wish to pass it on to the rest of you. Every designer would enjoy creating WordPress websites through with the help of this theme.

A Majestic Difference

Royal is a responsive, rock-solid theme based on Twitter Bootstrap. An advanced theme panel is ready to appease even the fussiest creative who happens to chance upon it, and all users are entitled to free updates for the entire duration of their lifetime.

Royal has a stellar documentation, plus video tutorials, in order to help you get a full understanding of everything that Royal can do. My favorite part was finding out that a cluster of premium add-ons – which, taken together, add up to $119 – are wrapped up with this theme at no extra cost.

What kind of website are you up to, next? Royal Theme can handle anything you throw at it! For E-commerce sites, you can choose from a selection of shop page layouts, and display the desired number of products in a row. Furthermore, you are able to customize the product page layout, as well as the tab on it. The images of your products can also be customized to various dimensions, zoom in, and react in a certain way upon hovering: be masked with information, swap, or the images slider kicks in.

This is but a glimpse of Royal Theme’s true potential. I wouldn’t expect you to take my words of praise at face value, so feel free to check out Royal Demos, as shown below. You’ll find it as good as I did.

E-Commerce

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Toy Store

 

 

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Travel

 

 

Corporate

Green Corporate

 

Gym

 

Creative

 

App Page

 

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Fashion

 

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Coming Soon

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Food

 

Royal Company

 

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Elegant Themes – Full Collection of WordPress Themeshttp://designm.ag/wordpress-2/elegant-themes-full-collection-of-wordpress-themes/ http://designm.ag/wordpress-2/elegant-themes-full-collection-of-wordpress-themes/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:56:03 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=118367

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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!

Divi

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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. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Enjoy!

Elegant Themes – WordPress Themes

Divi

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Nexus

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Vertex

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Fable

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Foxy

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StyleShop

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Nimble

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Lucid

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Fusion

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Explorable

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Flexible

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Chameleon

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Aggregate

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Origin

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DeepFocus

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Evolution

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eStore

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SimplePress

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Gleam

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Nova

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TheStyle

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Harmony

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Trim

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InStyle

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Feather

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Envisioned

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Sky

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LeanBiz

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Modest

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TheSource

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Memoir

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Magnificent

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Notebook

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Webly

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MyCuisine

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Convertible

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ElegantEstate

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eList

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Boutique

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DailyJournal

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LightBright

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InReview

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AskIt

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Event

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DailyNotes

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MyProduct

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DelicateNews

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TheProfessional

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TheCorporation

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Glider

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OnTheGo

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Resume

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PersonalPress

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Minimal

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13Floor

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Polished

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Lumin

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Glow

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BusinessCard

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eNews

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ePhoto

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MyApp

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LightSource

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eGamer

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ColdStone

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eBusiness

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eGallery

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Basic

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Bold

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ArtSee

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eVid

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WhosWho

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Cion

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CherryTruffle

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Deviant

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EarthlyTouch

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Grungemag

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Influx

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StudioBlue

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PureType

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Quadro

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Simplism

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TidalForce

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Wooden

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InterPhase

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BlueMist

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BlueSky

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Tips & Tricks for Managing Efficient WordPress Websiteshttp://designm.ag/wordpress-2/tips-tricks-for-efficient-wordpress/ http://designm.ag/wordpress-2/tips-tricks-for-efficient-wordpress/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:01:37 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=84715

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One of the easiest CMS engines to learn is WordPress. They have a free service where newbies can sign up to learn the system without committing to a full domain name. Once you get a personal server there are many additional benefits, however it can become more confusing to manage an entire WordPress website. Thankfully there's a ton of resources online for learning how to utilize WordPress to its fullest potential.

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In this guide I want to share a few tips for managing your own efficient & speedy WordPress website. The system may seem confusing at first but it's really easy to learn with a bit of time. Practicing the backend will make everything else a lot easier to grasp, and this includes customizing plugins or theme files.


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One of the easiest CMS engines to learn is WordPress. They have a free service where newbies can sign up to learn the system without committing to a full domain name. Once you get a personal server there are many additional benefits, however it can become more confusing to manage an entire WordPress website. Thankfully there’s a ton of resources online for learning how to utilize WordPress to its fullest potential.

wordpress 3.9.1 update admin panel refresh screenshot

In this guide I want to share a few tips for managing your own efficient & speedy WordPress website. The system may seem confusing at first but it’s really easy to learn with a bit of time. Practicing the backend will make everything else a lot easier to grasp, and this includes customizing plugins or theme files.

Mastering the Admin Panel

Each individual section of the WordPress admin has a lot of features to master. Even just the posts & pages section has a number of boxes which are typically hidden by default. This is the same for almost every part of the WP administration panel. You can toggle these interface boxes from the “Screen Options” tab located in the top right corner of most pages.

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But even more important menus to understand are located at the bottom of the navigation list. Appearance, Tools, and Settings have a lot of sub-menus which are essential to use WordPress properly. Some WordPress plugins will append their own menus onto the navigation so it helps to know how the default functionality works.

Because WordPress is constantly releasing newer versions you have to keep yourself up-to-date on the latest changes. There are plenty of websites online which talk about WordPress updates and how you can utilize new features to their fullest potential. All of the various settings & menus will be important whenever installing a new WordPress website.

I would recommend creating a sandbox environment where you can demo these menus to see how they influence the WP installation. Try using a local PHP/MySQL server on your machine or even create a hidden subdomain on your own website to install a generic copy of WordPress. Then you can change settings or install new plugins/themes for a test run without damaging your live site.

Debugging Problems

The more you interact with WordPress the easier it will be to solve complicated problems or error messages. All you really need is Google and some good researching abilities to find a solution. Most problems have already been discussed on the WordPress support forums or similar forums like WordPress Stack Exchange.

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But as you get comfortable with PHP errors you won’t always need to search Google for a solution. Even if you never plan to write your own PHP code it helps to understand what certain errors mean and how to read through existing theme files. Most problems will stem from a small bit of code in your theme or some activated plugin, so there may not always be a solution online.

Another part of debugging is trying to fix problems on the frontend. For example if your page titles are not working properly, or if the sidebar widgets appear empty when you have them setup in the admin panel. These kinds of problems often require checking many solutions to ultimately unearth the culprit.

WordPress News & Blogs

I mentioned earlier how there are so many blogs directly related to WordPress resources. The post content often includes a myriad of topics like premium themes, news updates, tutorials, or even reviews for new updates or plugins. If you want to familiarize yourself with WordPress spend a bit of time reading through any posts that catch your interest.

WordPress has grown into a large CMS with so many different topics. Custom Post Types are one broad area that requires a lot of research to fully comprehend. But working with a large CMS offers great solutions if you know how to use them.

Also since the team is frequently putting out updates you might find yourself falling behind the curve quickly. Spend a bit of time each week or each month just reading through interesting articles. Over time you’ll find certain blogs that you really enjoy and might continually visit for helpful information.

Here’s a small list of WordPress-related blogs to get you started:

Keeping it Clean

It’s easy to get caught up in all the fancy new plugins and features within WordPress that you might end up clogging your website. This is when you’ll notice database queries lagging and overall page loading times increasing. Try to use a minimum number of plugins without too much duplicate functionality. Also keep your theme files orderly and easy to read.

One of the biggest reasons for a slow-loading website is a reliance on too many external files. Plugins often require their own CSS/JS files which get included into each page as a separate HTTP request. This is how so many websites end up bogged down and running very sluggish over time.

An efficient WordPress website just needs to be streamlined. This makes publishing content easier and maintaining the website a lot more straightforward. This doesn’t mean you should avoid complex themes or multiple CPTs for the sake of simplicity.

Just be sure to organize everything so that you can easily understand how it all works and where to locate problems as they occur.

Helpful Resources

I’ve included some helpful articles and online webapps directly related to WordPress management. These tools range from cheatsheets to code generators, along with other nifty content for WP enthusiasts. Be sure to bookmark your favorites so you don’t forget about them!

Generate WP

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Themergency WP Generators

online webapp themergency wordpress generator code

WP Recipes

wp wordpress recipes snippets code

WP Snipp

wp snipp wordpress snippets website code freebies

WordPress Cheat Sheet

wordpress cheat sheet free website cheatsheet

WP Plugin Generator

wp wordpress plugin code generator plugins freebie

WordPress Tuts+

wordpress tutsplus website tutorials blog

Closing

Aside from mastering the administration panel WordPress has a lot to offer technical webmasters. If you can learn some basics to PHP coding it’ll be easier to customize themes, write your own plugins, and rebuild your own functions.php file. I hope these tips can provide a solid base for anyone pursuing WordPress as their primary CMS.


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