Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Site

Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Site

Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Site WordPress is the blogging software of choice for many bloggers. If you use WordPress, it is essential to use the right plugins to make your site run at its best. Most of these plugin choices really depend on what you are trying to accomplish. Below is a list of essential WordPress plugins to use in your site. WordPress Seo by Yoast I love this plugin for SEO. It almost makes it too easy. When you are working on a new post, you can compare it against Yoast’s checklist. It will tell you what is missing, what could be better, and gives you an overall synopsis of how good your article is. The plugin makes suggestions and is a good way to make sure that you have done all you can to make your post as SEO-friendly as possible. Alternatives are SEO Ultimate and All-in-One SEO Akismet Akismet is a life saver. If you hate receiving spam and having it blasted all over your site, Akismet is a must-have for your WordPress site. The total number of spam that Akismet has thwarted on Creative Beacon since its beginning is 74,190! Think about having to do that manually. It would literally be an around-the-clock job to monitor the site. Akismet is one of the most essential WordPress plugins. ManageWp ManageWp is a service more than a plugin. It uses a plugin called the Worker plugin to work its magic. You can do so much with the service, though. if you run more than one WordPress site, you can log into all of them from ManageWp’s...
Woo Free Website Template

Woo Free Website Template

Woo Free Website Template of the Week More and more web designers are offering free website templates to promote their services. This can make competition between designers a little tough, but it also provides a wealth of excellent resources for designers to draw from. These resources can save us a lot of time, while avoiding reinventing the wheel on a day-to-day basis. This week, I am sharing the Woo free website template by Styleshout, which is a great one page template for designers. It is simple, but it’s well built, with a few extras that you’re sure to love. Sometimes it’s the small things that can make all the difference. Let’s take a look at the Woo free website template and why it made the cut. Woo has a dark, bold header section. It  delivers a great message and gives you the opportunity to place a call to action to visitors immediately. Also, I love how the graphics slider in from the side. It’s a nice added touch. With the right graphics, you can really pack a punch as soon as the page loads. The layout is simple, with alternating text and images. The little extra touch here is that when you hover over any of the images, there is a nice zoom effect that calls extra attention to each image. The Woo free website template comes with pre-built pricing tables, too. This makes it perfect for a landing page where you offer different levels of service. Imagine offering packages to your clients that they can choose from, depending on their needs and their funds. This takes the guess...
10 Awesome jQuery Mobile Templates For Your Consideration

10 Awesome jQuery Mobile Templates For Your Consideration

jQuery Mobile Templates In this rapidly flourishing mobile world, it is important to embrace a powerful and a smashing mobile presence. Today, almost everyone carries a smart device that lets them access the Internet and reap the benefits of outstanding applications to accomplish a task easily. Keeping this fact in mind, businesses are increasingly embracing a suitable mobile application to reach a wider audience base to benefit their organization. If you are also one of them, who are seeking a prolific platform that can help them establish a surefire mobile solution, jQuery Mobile templates are the most preferred choice. It is an excellent framework that helps develop fabulous mobile web solutions. Since, a ravishing mobile presence has its own significance, this framework allows one to design a worthy interface design for his mobile web application. This HTML5 framework is compatible with a plethora of mobile platforms and browsers. Moreover, it comes complete with a slew of resourceful HTML elements that allow one to efficiently design an astonishing template. You can integrate sliders, captivating icons, fluid menus (for an easy navigation), and so forth in your jQuery based templates. This can certainly help you captivate your potential viewers and drive greater conversions and sales. We already have an overwhelming list of ultimate jQuery Mobile templates, from which you can choose a suitable one to beautify the visual appearance of your website. To help you make an appropriate choice or to get inspired for creating a stunning web design, here are a few of the smashing templates designed via the jQuery Mobile framework. Minio Mobile Minio Mobile is a mobile template...
Single Page Sites Vs Multi-Page Sites

Single Page Sites Vs Multi-Page Sites

Single Page Vs Multi-Page Sites We are all familiar with multi-page websites. They are everywhere. Most businesses have a lot of content that they need to break up into manageable chunks, so it is important to divide them up into separate pages. Other sites have less content, so single page sites are ideal, because they can display all of the content on one page, so the user doesn’t have to flip through different pages just for a little content. Single Page Sites Single page sites can be fun and creative. With the influx of parallax scrolling and single page sites that use creative animation to display content, you can divide small bits of content to create a beautiful and fun site. The problem with single page sites is that if you have multiple topics to discuss, placing them all on one page may be bad for SEO. This is because the relevant content is muddied up with the other topics on the page. If you have enough in-depth content to create another page, it may be a good idea (seo wise) to create a multi-page site. The other side of this is that if you have a lot of content, such as text or images, it might be good to break those up into pages as well. Many people don’t like to have to scroll and scroll to find what they are looking for. You can solve this issue with a good anchor menu that automatically brings you to the topic you are looking for. Multi-page Sites Multi-page sites are great for a lot of content. You can break...
Four Ways a Virtual Tour Benefits Your Business Website

Four Ways a Virtual Tour Benefits Your Business Website

The Benefits of A Virtual Tour It can be challenging to engage customers online through text and graphics alone. Luckily, virtual tours are a simple and affordable way to provide potential customers with engaging content. Here are four ways a virtual tour can benefit your business. A Virtual Tour Improves Visualization Photos can provide a snapshot of your business to online customers, but a virtual tour can provide a 360 panorama view. When customers view a web design that incorporates a virtual tour, they will feel like they’re right there in person. This enhanced experience is more likely to resonate with your customers, and they will be more likely to trust you because they can see that you haven’t just staged some photos to make your business look better than it actually is. This improved visualization is much more likely to get a positive reaction from your customers, whether it is in the form of repeat contact or setting up an appointment for further discussion. A Virtual Tour Increases Exposure Internet search engines generally rank websites with varied types of content higher than those that include text or photos alone. By using a virtual tour website template, you will position your website to get better rankings in search engine results. When your website is ranked higher, it will be viewed by more people and will be more likely to be shared via social media and other online platforms, which will increase your website traffic even more. Interactive Content With virtual tours 360 degrees of your business are easily accessible by online viewers. This interactive content is more likely to...
The Difference Between Web Designer and Web Developer

The Difference Between Web Designer and Web Developer

The Difference Between Web Designer and Web Developer Do you know the difference? I recently received a question via LinkedIn and thought I would share it with you. Tymothy is learning how to code and learned that there is a difference between the two, he just doesn’t understand what it is. Here is his question in its entirety: “Howdy do there, I follow a lot of the work that you tend to post online and they all have been very helpful. I just have a question for you if you would be so kind to shed some light on the subject. I am currently teaching myself coding now in hopes that I may obtain a job in that field so I am trying to figure out what is the difference between Web Designer and Web Developer. I always thought that they were the same thing but to my understanding I am wrong on that. Care to share some light on the subject?” That’s a great quest Tymothy, and I’ll break it down by briefly defining what they do, and then explaining things in further detail. The Role of Web Designer A web designer is usually skilled in the art of design itself. They usually (or more recently) started in the print design field and were taught the principles of good design. They learned Gestalt theory and learned how to arrange elements to complement each other. I started out as a print designer, and learned design theory. I learned how important it was to give plenty of negative space, kern type, understand color theory, and everything else that design encompasses....