Are eCommerce Multi-purpose Themes the Latest Trend?

by iulian

June 18, 2015 in Wordpress

Online shopping has been with us for some time, and more recently, the number of online shoppers doing their shopping from tablets and other handheld devices has increased to the point where they are rapidly becoming a majority.

WordPress themes’ initial focus was on being used as website development tools with the PC in mind. The increased use of handheld devices has however ushered in a new trend that featured responsive WordPress themes that were not only multi-browser compatible, but cross-platform compatible as well.

An even newer trend is now taking shape in the form of themes that specifically address eCommerce requirements. While multi-purpose themes can often suffice, themes that are focused on eCommerce are often the only ones that can meet the challenge of providing end users with realistic and user-friendly online shopping experiences.

What eCommerce Multi-Purpose WordPress Themes Bring to the Table

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Design Methods & Best Practices for Parallax Website Layouts

by Jake Rocheleau

June 16, 2015 in Web Design

All of the many trends in web design have their own best practices and provisional guidelines for creating a great design. Although many rules are borrowed from traditional art, these techniques differ in the realm of digital design. When people are expected to interact with your design you’ll need to approach each problem from an experiential viewpoint.

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Parallax web design is a tricky subject because it encompasses many different ideas. But most of these ideas follow a similar trajectory of dynamic navigation, fluid content, and visualized ideas. This post delves into some practical methods for crafting usable parallax layouts that people will enjoy. At times it can be a balancing act but once you have a direction the whole creative process becomes much clearer.

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Pre-made WordPress Layouts – A Valuable Asset for Any Web Designer

by iulian

June 4, 2015 in Wordpress

A pre-made layout does not have to have the exact design you have in mind. Its design in fact may not even be close, but it is nevertheless a starting point, and one that can get you off to a quick start and enable you to complete your project in less time.

A pre-made layout also serves as a wonderful idea-generating and brainstorming tool. That is its real intent. You may have already had a good page layout idea in mind, but with the help of one of these layouts, you find you now have an even better one. Better overall results, obtained more quickly, can translate into your ability to take on even more projects, which in turn means greater customer satisfaction and more money in your pocket.

 

Getting Started with Pre-made Layouts

Browse the layouts illustrated here and you will see how they can help you get a head start on your project. Change an image, change a title, create your own Nav buttons, and you can end up with a unique page that is every bit as elegant and modern as any of those shown below.

Try editing any page, and you will quickly discover the meaning of the word versatility, when it comes to using pre-made layouts as web design tools. As you will soon discover, making these changes most often involves little more than a few clicks and/or drags and drops.

Note: These pre-made layout examples come from Be Theme.

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36 Inspiring Website Layouts for Books & Libraries

by Jake Rocheleau

June 3, 2015 in Web Design

From online startups to book swaps and public libraries, there are thousands of unique website ideas dedicated to books and authorship. In fact many authors will create their own personal website to advertise their novel(s) or writing work. But style & aesthetic is very important when it comes to designing a classy layout.

The examples below are hand-picked from all over the web related to books and libraries. Some websites are newer while others have been online for years. But you should notice that the most well-designed sites tend to follow similar guidelines for basic interface design. Try to pick up on these ideas and it’ll be much easier to implement them into your own design projects.

Oyster Books

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