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How to Optimise PDF Files for Search Engines – and Visitors Alike

13 novembre, 2015 - 15:00

HTML pages are not always better than PDFs. In certain areas of application, PDF files are generally preferable. When it comes to allowing the user to print something or scrolling through a catalogue, PDF files have their advantages. However, there is the problem that search engines are having a hard time crawling through PDF files. Additionally, the readers sometimes don’t know how to react to this kind of content. There are a couple ways to upload and share PDFs, either on their website or through a third-party provider service like FlipbookPDF. How you end up tying in the PDF files is your decision. In this article, we want to give you some advice that is supposed to help you create successful PDFs for search engines and viewers alike.

PDF Search Engine Optimisation

PDF files should never replace HTML websites since they rarely rank well for important keywords and it usually takes too long until the data has loaded. PDF files are larger than HTML files with the same content. However, when the PDFs are of high quality and contain properly optimised content, they will also be found well via Google. In the following, we will deal with the optimisation of PDFs for search engines.

Always Create the PDF Files in a Text Editor

Creating PDF files in a text editor allows for the crawling of its data and thus the inclusion in the ranking. Search engines also have trouble reading images and graphics which is why it’s important that the text is actual text and not added as text on graphics.

There are many good and comfortable text editors. HTML editors can be used as well. Recently, we have introduced you to HTML editors for Windows and for Mac OS X. Those who own a Mac, can also use the Markdown writing program Ulysses.

Filling in Description and Characteristics

Before saving your PDF, you should fill all important fields like title, author, subject and keywords. That maximises the chances of Google crawling and ranking your ressource.

Follow a Few Simple SEO Rules

When creating your PDF, you should keep an eye on some simple SEO rules. Content should be written around the keywords that you want to have ranked. There is no difference to normal websites. Also, the PDF should have a keyword-related file name as well as keyword-related titles and subtitles.

Avoid Duplicate Content

The SEO rule that prevents you from duplicating content also applies for PDF data, so avoid to duplicate content in HTML and PDF files. Search engines are not able to tell the difference and thus aren’t able to know which of the two ressources is important for the ranking.

Optimise Images and Graphics

Images and graphics should always be optimised before being integrated into a PDF. The image material should be cut to the correct, sufficient size and optimised for use on the web. Here, programs like Photoshop or Gimp can be used. Other options are online tools such as TinyPNG and JPEGmini. Another important aspect is the correct completion of the Alt and Title tags of the pictures. This enables the search engines to recognize and index your photos in the PDF. Alt and Title tags should accurately describe what can be seen on the graphic and what it is used for.

Constructing Internal Links to the PDF

To generate more traffic to the PDF and increase the credibility (and the rank) in search engines, you should create a couple internal links to the PDF. The PDF itself should also link back to relevant pages of your website so that the readers can easily navigate between website and PDF.

Important: Use SEO Friendly Titles and File Names

A descriptive title and a good file name that contains keywords are another important parameter. Just like the title of an HTML page, the topic of the document should be evident from the title. With a descriptive title, you make sure that the PDF doesn’t show up as in the following and that nobody besides you knows the content.

Creating User Friendly PDFs

After optimising your PDFs for search engines as good as possible, you can start polishing them for a positive user experience. First, work on the loading time of the document to prevent readers from cancelling the download prematurely. The document should also be found after the download and besides a clear file name, there is another way we can achieve this.

Pay Attention to a Small File Size of the PDF

Keeping the data size as small as possible is important. Chances of the download being cancelled are significantly lower when the file has been polished in that regard as it loads much faster. Thus, it is recommended to use as few graphics and images as possible and to tweak the used images before tying them into the PDF.

Let the PDF Open in a New Tab

Some users simply can not find downloaded data on their PC. Opening the PDF in a new tab instead of downloading it seems to be a good solution. As soon as the file has opened in the new tab, the user can download it from there. As the browser doesn’t need to be left in order to read the file, your chances of the website being used in the future rise.

Consistent Branding

A consistent branding of your PDF files is the key to more successful PDFs. The use of your corporate design is mandatory in the creation of PDFs as visitors can instantly see where the downloaded file is from. In addition, the file gains visual credibility in comparison to a normal PDF.

Design Your PDFs to be Navigable

Interactive and easily navigable PDFs satisfy the readers. Simply create a PDF in the way you would want such a file to be. When you can search through a PDF or when it offers a working forward and backward navigation, users are more likely to read the whole document. Perfectly designed PDFs can also increase the reputation of a website as readers reward effort.

One Last Hint

Make sure your PDF files are write-protected. When you miss out on that, anyone can edit your data, add own links or upload it on their own website. Without write-protection, anyone can use your work and pretend it was theirs.


Sometimes PDFs are the best way of giving information to your target group. When you pay attention to the above-mentioned simple SEO and usability rules, the chance of your PDFs being ranked higher and being more popular increases.

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15 Free Google Tools You Should Use

12 novembre, 2015 - 18:00

Google offers much more than just its well-known search engine. A wide range of free tools can make your life as a blogger or webmaster a lot easier. Google offers tools to improve the SEO characteristics of your website, others to improve your productivity and some even to earn money. In this article, we will introduce you to some of the best free Google tools that you should know and use.

1 – Google Analytics

Google Analytics is the most popular service for website analysis. It helps you understand and analyse the visitor flow on your website. By now, the code that has to be integrated into your website can be adjusted to meet even the strict German data protection regulations. It only needs to be extended by a small snippet so that no IP adresses are collected. Here is an example:

2 – Google Search Console (former Webmaster Tools)

Google Search Console is one of the most important tools for a webmaster. Here, you can discover how Google sees your website, but the tool offers much more information. The Console shows you errors on your website, which keywords were used to access your website and much more. The large scope of features makes the Console one of the must-haves for website owners.

3 – The Custom Search Engine

The circuitiously named “Google Custom Search Engine” is a tool that you can use on your own website. Here, the Google search replaces the search option of your website and offers the well-known precision of the Google search engine right on your blog. Additionally, you can earn money off of the Google search engine as some of the search results are Google Adsense advertisements. Many websites use the Google search, we here at Noupe, for example.

4 – Google Tag Manager

The Google Tag Manager is a really useful tool. Many websites use a couple different analysis softwares to be able to test and analyse the website in a very detailed way. However, with every added software comes a JavaScript snippet that has to be integrated into the website and each snippet loads an external script. This will get messy, annoying and slow after a while. Do you see where I’m going with this? The Google Tag Manager connects all snippets to one single code snippet which then only needs to be added to the website. Without having to touch the code in the website again, you can now add or delete further analysis providers.

5 – Google Page Speed Insights

This tool helps you optimise your website’s speed. Enter your (or any other) URL, click “analyse” and you’ll instantly receive the results. These are then divided into results for mobile and those for desktop. The higher the score of the website the better. The improvement suggestions that you receive after the test are really useful. This way, you can build your optimal, fast website step by step.

6 – Testing Optimisation for Mobile Devices

With this tool, you can quickly detect if a certain website is optimised for mobile devices. Nowadays, mobile sites are gaining importance as a lot of visitor traffic is coming from tablets and smartphones. These users should be offered a very well optimised website. That’s why a test with this tool is basically always useful. After the test, the tool provides extended information.

7 – Google Adwords Keyword-Planer

The Adwords Keyword Planner is a really good tool even for people that don’t use Adwords advertisements because it allows you to find out which keywords and keyword combinations are searched for in Google search. When working with this tool, you can optimise your blog entries much more precisely according to the keywords that are actually searched for.

8 – Google Insights and Trends

Google Insights offers a suitcase full of tools that give you an insight into Google search. Track the newest search trends and use Google Correlate and Google user surveys via Google Trends. Simply enter a keyword to track how the term develops. Compare a keyword to another, to see how the user interests develop. Overall, this tool collection offers a really good opportunity to optimise your articles for Google search effectively.

9 – Google My Business

Google My Business helps your company to a better online visibility. With Google My Business, your company is more present on the internet. Your customers can easily find your website and your company in Google search, Google Maps and on Google+. Once entered, you will be found throughout all Google services.

10 – Google Drive

Google Drive is the direct rival of Dropbox, so basically just another cloud provider. Here, you receive 15 GB of storage when signing up for a free account. You can then save all files like photos, videos and other data. These can then be shared at any time and you can access your files from any place in the world. There is an app or application for every device you use.

11 – Google Photos

In case you want to confide your photos to a company, meaning you want to save them in a cloud, you should definitely consider Google Photos because Photos gives you unlimited storage for your photos. One restriction: When you want to save your photos in original size, the photo storage is calculated against your Google Drive quota (meaning a maximum of 15 GB in the free plan). However, when saving your photos in high quality, you have unlimited storage. High quality equals about 16 megapixels.

12 – Google Alerts

Alerts are a handy thing. Alerts are alarms that can be set up specifically. With Google Alerts, you can let yourself be informed when your company or website is mentioned somewhere in the depths of the web.

13 – Google Keep

The best way to keep and organise your blog ideas is a good notes app. Google Keep works on your smartphone, tablet and computer. Content that is added to Google Keep is synchronised on all of your devices so that your memories, plans and ideas are always available. There are apps for Android, iOS, Chrome and as a web version.

14 – Google Fonts

Google Fonts has developed to become one of the most important ressources for designers. By now, you can choose more than 700 web fonts to use on your website. This way, the boring default fonts can easily be exchanged for a web font.

15 – Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a service that allows for easy communication. You can send text messages and have video or phone calls via Hangouts. Group chats are one of the special aspects when it comes to text messages. With Hangouts on Air, you can stream live conversations worldwide. One app per device is needed. These are available for Android, iOS and Desktop.

Some Extra Tools

Of course, there are more tools in the Google universe. Presenting all of them would blow the scope of this article, though. That’s why we simply linked a couple more interesting Google tools below.


Google offers a plethora of useful and free tools. Many of them are already quite popular, but not always actually used. However, you should especially look at the tools that help optimising your website as they could be a deciding factor in whether your blog will gain popularity in the future.


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Social Media Self-hosted: Neosmart Stream

11 novembre, 2015 - 20:00

A website without an integration of multiple social media channels is hard to imagine nowadays. Facebook and Twitter offer interfaces and plugins that allow users to integrate profiles and pages into their own website. Furthermore, there is a number of services that incorporate a multitude of social media channels at once without a lot of effort. The service neosmart STREAM is one of them. However, it is not a typical cloud service, but a solution for self-hosting.

Downloading and Installing the Package

One thing in advance: Neosmart Stream is available as a free and a paid version. In this article, we will only show you features that work with the free variant already. This is how to do it:

First, the round about 1,5 megabytes large ZIP archive has to be downloaded, unzipped and uploaded to your web space. The service requires PHP starting from version 5.3 as well as the library cURL. Both is included in most hosting plans which means that, as a rule, the service can be used without any preparation in advance. Upon first access from the browser, some rights have to be adjusted, and an admin password needs to be set for administration.

Afterwards, you will find an interface similar to a content management system from which you can then access different social networks. Now you got the opportunity to integrate posts from Facebook and Twitter into your website.

Accessing Facebook and Twitter Posts

No knowledge of the respective APIs of Facebook and Twitter is needed to integrate the two networks via net smart STREAM. To access a Facebook page, you only need to enter the ID or the name of the page. Following that, you only transfer a so-called access token. You can receive it by granting neosmart STREAM access to your account in the Facebook app.

Setting up the Channels

Afterwards, you decide how many Facebook posts should be pulled over into your website and if only your posts or also other people’s ramblings should be displayed. Via a live preview you can directly see the results.

The Twitter integration works similarly. First, however, a Twitter app has to be set up to gain access to the tweets on your profile. Access tokens and access secrets as well as consumer key and tokens then need to be integrated into neosmart STREAM through the created Twitter app. Successful connection to the network is signalised by a status display.

Adjusting the Appearance via Themes

The service comes with a bunch of themes that allow you to alter the appearance of your articles the way you desire. A live preview instantly shows you how your profile and page posts will be displayed.
Choosing a Theme

In total, there are five free themes available. These are activated via a simple click. If you like it more of your own style, you can create a personal theme from scratch as well. A guide to what files a theme needs to contain and how it is designed is included in the documentation. Of course, you can also choose one of the existing themes as a starting point for your own. Since the entire service is hosted by you, you have access to all files, and thus, you can adjust them the way you want to.

Integrating Social Media Plugins

Once you connected the social networks to neosmart STREAM and chose a theme or designed the appearance, you can now embed the plugin in your website. There are several options available. The most common will be the standard option to integrate the plugin via Iframe. The measurements are transferred via the <iframe> element. The content itself adapts accordingly.

Alternatively, you can add the plugin via PHP. To do so, all you need to do is include a couple lines of PHP script into the web project. A requirement is, of course, that you set up the read-write permissions correctly to be able to access the index that contains the neosmart STREAM files via PHP.

Creating an Individual Channel

When Facebook and Twitter aren’t enough, you can also set up a personal channel. To do so, you need to enter a so-called NSS file as the URL for your new channel. NSS is an XML-based format that is similar to the RSS format. Via NSS you can transfer articles to the service.

This way, you edit the content directly in that file and then send it to your website via the neosmart STREAM plugin.

Free and Paid Plan

The neosmart STREAM service with all the above-shown features is free. The paid plan costs 99 Euro per website and contains a couple more features. For example, you can integrate Facebook features such as the like button, or Twitter’s follow and tweet buttons.

Also, the logo of the service is not displayed in the paid version. In the free version, it stays visible in the widget created by the plugin.


neosmart STREAM is easy to use and can be set up quickly. Those who don’t design and program a lot themselves and who don’t want to deal with Facebook and Twitter’s APIs will find a proper solution here. By the way, there is also a plugin for WordPress users to further enhance the use of the service in world’s most popular CMS.


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Tridiv: Useful CSS3 Editor for 3D Objects

10 novembre, 2015 - 14:00

The design possibilities of CSS3 are diverse. Thanks to the “transform”-feature, not only animations, but also elements can be displayed three-dimensionally. With a few tweaks, three-dimensional objects can be drawn and arranged in space. With a little JavaScript, 3D animations are possible as well. The web application Tridiv provides a graphical user interface that allows for the creation of these three-dimensional CSS3 objects.

Creating and Editing Simple Shapes

Neither HTML5 nor CSS3 are capable of creating complex CSS3 objects but at least simple geometric shapes can be built quickly. For this, a few HTML elements and a little CSS3 are sufficient. Tridiv provides such basic shapes. Possible options are cuboids, cylinders, prisms, and pyramids. Depending on their shape, they are put together by a varying amount of„<div>“ elements. Every element represents one side of the shape. Via CSS3, these shapes are arranged three-dimensionally to each other.

To do so, you have to create a space, using „transform-style“ and the feature „preserve-3d“, in which the elements can be placed independently from each other thanks to the „translate“ options.

Editor with Four Views

Tridiv provides a working surface on which the 3D shapes are placed. The arrangement of the individual „<div>“ elements of a shape is taken care of by Tridiv. However, every form can be edited via different controls such as input and selection boxes. Size and colours as well as opacity can also be defined freely.

Using Images as Texture

Instead of painting the sides of a shape with just one colour, an image can be used as the texture. When doing that, you can either choose one image for all sides, or different images for individual sides.

Image as Texture for the Sides of a 3D Shape

Image files are not uploaded but transfered as a URL. The images you want to use have to be on the web already in order to be useable. Pictures are spread over the respective side and distorted if necessary.

Arranging Shapes in Space

The editor offers four different views of the working surface. The first displays the shapes in 3D view. The other three show the shapes two dimensionally on the three spatial planes. This way, elements can easily be rotated on the plane of the x- and z-axis, the z- and y-axis as well as the x- and y-axis.

Although the individual forms are kept very simple, more complex 3D objects can be created by putting together multiples of the basic shapes. The examples on the website show that even an X-Wing from good ole Star Wars can be created with a bit of HTML and CSS3.

In 3D view, the angle can be altered in any desireable way. This allows you to take a look at the shape from every side. Auxiliary lines help you orientate and tell you where the pivots are located.

Preview and Integration

You can easily switch between editor and preview using a switch. The auxiliary lines are not shown in preview. There are two ways to integrate the 3D world into another project. For one, you can copy the HTML and CSS3 source. Then, you will not have an interactive view of the 3D view, however. This means that moving the 3D object will not be possible.

X-Wing Made With HTML and CSS3

However, there is the option to integrate the 3D view using iFrame. This comes with the advantage that you can move the 3D view freely via drag and drop. Additionally, it is possible to enhance or shrink the view.

No Sign Up Needed

What is especially notable, is that no registration is needed in order to use Tridiv. Even saving projects is possible. These are not saved on, for example, a user profile on the web but in the local browser storage.

The disadvantage of this method is, of course, that after reinstalling the browser, the saved projects are lost. But since all projects are also saved by the server, every project can be accessed by its own URL.


Tridiv displays the technological possibilities of 3D animations with HTML and CSS3 nicely. Many options are certainly more of a toy but here and there, it is possible to create and design simple 3D shapes for your own projects. The operation is simple and intuitive. Give it a try!


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CSSgram: Instagram Image Effects in Plain CSS

9 novembre, 2015 - 13:00

CSSgram is a tiny CSS library that allows you to apply 15 filters that you already know from Instagram to any image you want. If you like this type of image modification, you can grab it without hesitating. Using neat image effects doesn’t get easier than that.

CSSgram: 1kb Small Powerhouse for Your Images

Una Kravets from Austin, Texas is responsible for the small image effect powerhouse. CSSgram is distributed under the liberal MIT license, which means it’s free for private and commercial use and can be downloaded on Github. The CSS library is in active development that is, however, currently slowing down due to a small attack on the repository. This only affects the future perspectives, though. The CSS library as is works really well and reliably with its current equipment of 15 filters.

You already know the provided filters from Instagram. If you like the vintage look of the default Instagram filters, CSSgram is the flexible filter engine for your website images. CSSgram uses CSS Filters and CSS Blend Modes, so you can already imagine that it doesn’t work with all browsers. It does work perfectly fine on Chrome starting from 43, Firefox from 38 and up, Opera from 32 and Safari starting from 8. The Internet Explorer is excluded. However, this is no big deal, as the worst case scenario is that a filter is not applied to the image and the image is displayed in original state.

On the project website, you can view the filters in all their glory and see the difference between original and filter instantly on hover. Here are some of the available effects applied to an example image:

CSSgram: It’s This Easy to Apply a Filter

Even when your are not a webdesigner but more of an ambitious site operator, you won’t face any problems when using CSSgram. First you need to integrate the library into your project. It works like this:

1 <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/vendor/cssgram.min.css"/>

That’s almost it. Now all you need to do is equip the respective image with a class that defines the filter, like this:

1 2 3 4 <!-- HTML --> <figure class="aden"> <img src="../img.png" alt="" /> </figure>

Or Easier:

1 <img class="aden" src="../img.png" alt="" />

When you want to restrict yourself to one effect only, you can use an even smaller CSS library that only provides this one effect, e.g.:

1 <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/vendor/aden.min.css"/>

CSSgram also offers another flavour for those that prefer Sass. Here, effects are defined via @extends. The Sass variant also offers single files per effect.

In the end, I cannot bring forward anything against using CSSgram for pretty image effects. Let Photoshop be Photoshop and filter a couple neat images. This is easy, fast and non-destructive. Have fun!


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Cartoon: Always Someone Cheaper

8 novembre, 2015 - 10:00

As a freelancer, you have made this experience more often than you liked to. No matter what you offer and to whom you offer it to. There is ALWAYS someone cheaper. It is like a law of nature. As sure as day follows night each of your offers is doubled by a cheaper one. Keep calm. I know that the other offer is not really cheaper or at least not only cheaper in price. It is more in the way that today’s cartoon depicts:

By the way, we have more cartoons for you here.

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Instead of Bezier Curves: Beautiful Drawings using Spiral Tools

7 novembre, 2015 - 15:00

Those using Illustrator or a different vector program can’t avoid bezier curves. They allow the user to draw curves in any form or shape. However, it needs practice to be able to draw well-shaped curves. Especially when drawing letters like the curvy S, it is not easy to set the starting point so that the curves are proportioned correctly. That’s why there are drawing and writing programs that offer an alternative to bezier curves. The best-known should be the Spiral Tool of Inkscape. Spirals help to create harmonious, curved paths quickly.

The Problem with Bezier Curves

The way bezier curves work can be explained quickly. At the two ends of the curve, there are so-called control polygons. These are vectors that describe the course of the curve. These polygons allow for the creation of many entirely different curves. Those who tried to draw a semicircle via bezier curve know how difficult it is to place the control polygons accordingly. Drawing an S-curve or a spiral is similarly difficult.

Bezier Curves Drawn in Illustrator

A steady course is a particularly important factor when creating harmonious fonts. As it’s hard to draw trails like that using bezier curves, software developer Raph Levien has developed the so-called spiral paths as an alternative to bezier curves. Spiral paths are created by choosing multiple spots towards which a single or multi-curve or spiral is supposed to orientate itself.

When creating a simple C-curve, three spots have to be defined. The first and the last spot define beginning and end of the curve and the remaining spot determines the radius of the curve. This way, complex curves can be drawn on the base of circular trails.

Use in FontForge and Inkscape

As spiral paths were mainly developed for font creation, they are utilized in the font tool FontForge for example. FontForge is free software for the creation of fonts. It is possible to create both bezier curves and spiral trails using so-called spyro points. It is possible to switch between bezier curve and spiral trail mode at all times.

Trail Drawn With Spyro Points in FontForge

Even an existing bezier curve can be edited as a spiral path and vice versa. The advantages that spiral paths have over bezier curves become evident quickly after working with them.

The vector editor Inkscape also supports spiral trails. The application, however, does this a little differently from how it is used in FontForge. First, a standard bezier curve is drawn which then transforms into a well-shaped spiral. The result can thus only be seen when the path has been completed. However, you can edit the finished spiral effect afterward.

The spots of the spiral trail can be moved to adjust the length and the course of the path quickly.

Drawing a Spiral Trail Via Freehand Line

The option to draw a spiral in Inkscape using the freehand tool is interesting. The tool allows you to draw lines as if you were using a pen. That’s why the drawn contours are scrawly and shapeless most of the time. In combination with the spiral trail mode and a prior defined smoothing, however, curves can be created quickly and efficiently via a freehand line.

Spiral Trail Drawn in Inkscape Via Freehand Line

The smoothing expects a value between 0 and 100. The freehand line remains untouched at 0. Every freehand line turns into a straight line at 100 percent smoothing. Values between the two allow the user to create more or less complex curves at will.

Conclusion and Related Links

Spiral trails can not only be helpful when creating fonts but also when designing logos or creating diagrams. It’s definitely worth looking into the specific tools of FontForge and Inkscape.


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Fast and Free: How to Create Images for Social Media – Using Pablo v2

6 novembre, 2015 - 13:00

Small helpers that allow you to create social media images fast and easy are in high demand. Very recently, we introduced you to a lot of these tools. Of course, Pablo, developed by Buffer, was on that list as well. Recently version two of this convenient image service has gone online. Today I want to show you all there is to know. By the end of the article, you will be able to call yourself Pablo, should you wish to…

Throwing Together an Image for Twitter or Facebook in No Time!

First things first, it is important to say that there are much more powerful tools than Pablo. Recently, Sven Lennartz presented you Canva, which we use here at Noupe. We are so convinced of it that we are using its paid premium version. Even the free version of Canva will be sufficient in 95% of all use cases. So why would you look at Pablo in the first place?

Pablo’s primary appeal is definitely the complete reduction to the essentials. This way all of Pablo’s features can be learned in under two minutes. The first result can be downloaded even faster as Pablo immediately starts with an appealingly designed quote suggestion in front of an impressive scenery. Pablo has a thing for quotes. He has a lot of them in store, and you can browse them via „Shuffle Quote”.

A Couple Backgrounds and Quotes – Here’s Your Social Image

Pablo has about thirty different backgrounds to offer. These can be transferred to the current edit with a simple click. Via „Upload an Image”, you can upload your own images and use these as a background. When doing that, you should make sure that the pictures stay usable in multiple different resolutions. Pablo only makes a rough distinction, dividing „Tall” (for Pinterest), „Square” (for Instagram) and „Wide” (for Facebook and Twitter). You can not influence the focus and the cut of the images. This is why generic images without a clear topic focus are recommended.

A very reduced set of effects allows for a slight customisation of the effective social media image. „Contrast” lays fog over the background to make it easier to read the text. „Blur” uses a very strong diffuser that makes the background image transform into a mix of colours that doesn’t resemble the original image at all. A click on „Black & White”, you guessed it, takes away the colours of the background and leaves greyscales.

A text is added to the center of each image. While you will always receive a quote suggestion at first, you can freely edit it. The text can be moved around via drag and drop. The entered text can also be formatted. You can choose between ten completely different fonts. Furthermore, it is possible to set the text to bold or italic and to choose between small, medium or large font size. Pixel values can not be selected or defined. The design has to be done by eye measure. The text can be set in white or black. White text is recommendable for most of the stock images.

Clicking the button „Secondary Text” will have a second text field pop up that contains the exact same formatting options as the first.

Adding a personal logo is also an interesting option that can be accessed by clicking the „Custom Logo” button. Clicking it opens the file selection dialog. Here, you can choose a JPG or PNG. Unfortunately vector formats don’t work, which will be placed in the center of the background after having been uploaded.

Important: Make sure that you don’t click the slider button, but actually click on „Custom Logo”. Surprisingly, clicking the slider itself doesn’t open the upload window.

Once the logo is uploaded, two more controls are displayed below the button. The top one allows you to change the size of the logo in pixels. The position of the logo is set manually via drag and drop.

Important: If you want to temporarily fade out the logo during editing, for example for visual review, it will disappear permanently after clicking the button which means you would have to recreate it completely.

The bottom slider called „Radius” allows you to round the edges of the uploaded logo. However, this is only recommendable on JPGs, as the radius will affect all free edges of a PNG. The effect resulting will not be desired in most cases.

That concludes Pablo’s scope of features.

To finish up, you will have to decide what should happen to your instant masterpiece. Via „Share Your Image”, you can directly move it over to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or into your Buffer. As you probably would have guessed, clicking „Download Your Image” will start the image download. The file name can not be edited and will always be pablo.png.

The image is always delivered as a PNG which is why it’s obviously not a lightweight, given the photographic backgrounds choosable. My test image had 1.3 megabytes. This means you should shoot it through a minimizer before using it.

Another note for Buffer users and those that want or don’t want to use it: While you can sign in to Pablo with your Buffer account, this is in no way necessary or useful. The tool’s entire scope of features can be used without registration. Even uploading custom images or logos doesn’t require an account. Now you could hope that uploaded images and logos are saved for registered users. While that would surely make sense, it’s not the case. Even loyal bufferers always have to start from scratch.

In its result, Pablo stayed true to its strongly reduced scope of options in version two. There are way more powerful competitors, but none that leads to similarly fast results. So whenever you want to quickly decorate a quote to send through your channels, visit Pablo. That guy is really fast…

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November or Never: 20+ Free WordPress Themes to Make Your Blog Shine

5 novembre, 2015 - 15:00

Only a few weeks to go until Christmas. High time to brush up your blog and let it shine. To get you going we are happy to present you this month’s collection of WordPress themes, featuring incredible combinations of styles and unique suitability for particular types of industries or businesses amongst them companies, magazines, photography, art, fashion, beauty, editorial, magazine, agencies as well as multi-purpose ones, and even creative new concepts. To add to the fascination, we have a thoughtfully curated bundle of startup WordPress Themes for you. Go ahead and check them all out!

All these themes are free though some have commercial variants available. We stated that where applicable. Enjoy!

Portra: Responsive Horizontal Photography Theme

Created by: WPShower
Features: horizontal scrolling layout, clean and responsive layout, automatic image rescaling, two custom menus, photography-focused.
License: Free for personal use

Soltech: Business Blogging Theme

Created by: MagPress
Features: responsive layout, soft dark scheme, regular post-container cards, left and right sidebar, top navigation bar, posts page pagination.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL)

Neon: A Dark and Purple Glowing Theme

Created by: ThemeShock
Features: responsive layout, dark scheme, customizable header, footer, sidebars, grid layout and slider, several background textures.
License: Free for personal use

Corporate Flat Theme

Created by: EVision Themes
Features: child-theme compatible, flat style, responsive layout, 24/7 support, mobile friendly, widget-ready, high-resolution
License: Free for personal use

Bulan: Clean & Minimal Blogging Theme

Created by: Theme Junkie
Features: responsive layout, three homepage variations, Retina-ready, several post/page layouts, three custom widgets, pop-up gallery, detailed image Exif data, smart 404
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL)

Neverland: Personal Blogging Theme

Created by: G3Themes
Features: responsive and clean layout, postcard-like containers, right sidebar, full-width header image, top navigation bar, post pagination
License: Free for personal use

Silvia: Clean Fashion Theme

Created by: Theme Junkie
Features: adaptive grid gallery with full-screen slider, CSS hover filters on thumbnails, top navigation, and search bar
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL)

Writr: Minimal Blogging Theme

Created by: WordPress
Features: minimal style, six different color palettes, subtle CSS effects, left sidebar navigation bar, mobile friendly, single column posts layout with featuring identifying icons.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

Aron: Responsive Multipurpose Theme

Created by: Arinio Themes
Features: multiple-page, clean and responsive layout, full-width slider header, hover highlighting containers, bottom navigation bar.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL)

Minamaze: Clean Multipage Theme

Created by: Think Up Theme
Features: responsive layout, SEO optimized, ten widgets, social media icons, retina ready,
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL)

New Maxx: Versatile Blogging Theme

Created by: Kopa Theme
Features: responsive layout, customizable sidebars, theme options page, Kopa galleries compatibility, mobile friendly.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL)

Henny J: Clean Blogging Theme

Created by: Malvouz Designs
Features: clean style, multi-page and responsive layout, big feature images, right sidebar, blogging-focused features.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL)

Zerius: One-page Parallax Theme

Created by: Themeisle
Features: one-page layout, parallax effect, CSS transitions, WooCommerce-ready, custom content blocks, modern browsers compatibility, team section.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

ClassyLite: Business Theme

Created by: CodexCoder
Features: fully responsive, flat design, Bootstrap compatible, featured slider, portfolio section, service section, WPML supported, and blog page layout.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL)

Resi: Clean Photoblog Theme

Created by: ModernThemes
Features: clean and responsive layout, flexible thumbnails grid, mobile-friendly, up-front updates, Google font selector.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

MinimalZerif: Clean Blogging Theme

Created by: WordPress
Features: one-page layout, parallax effect, WooCommerce-ready, custom content blocks, filled icons, testimonial containers.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

Transcend: Clean Business Theme

Created by: CPOThemes
Features: responsive layout, slideshows, galleries, videos and more media embedding, WooCommerce-ready, complete layout control, subtle CSS effects.
License: Free for personal use

BeAgency: Freelancer Portfolio Theme

Created by: MoMo
Features: responsive layout, Google-verified mobile friendly, WordPress 4.0 and PHP 5.3 compatibility, modern browser compatible, WooCommerce-ready
License: Free for personal use

SportsMag: Magazine & News Theme

Created by: AccessPress Mag
Features: news-focused, posts grid layout, featured posts at the top, top filtering bar, subtle CSS effects, latest news animated text.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL)

Azeria: Full-featured Blogging Theme

Created by: Tefox
Features: Mobile-friendly, four widget areas, several languages supported, WooCommerce and portfolio downloadable packages, responsive layout.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL)

Gateway: Mobile-ready Theme

Created by: RescueThemes
Features: header image upload, widgetized areas, logo image upload, comprehensive documentation, rescue shortcodes and Jetpack plugins are recommended
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

Startup Themes: Curated List

Created by: ByPeople
Features: curated list, regularly updated, over 30 themes currently, one-click bundle download, several styles, subscription and comment options.
License: Free for personal use

It’s November or never. Now make your move. Which one is your favorite?


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20+ Fresh Free HTML, CSS, PSD Templates: November 2015 Edition

4 novembre, 2015 - 15:00

We are back! This month we are throwing an amazing round-up collected across the internet containing cutting-edge featured web templates in several appealing combinations of flat, minimal, and clean styles as well as amazing layout distributions and creative ideas at you. Also, find fantastic GUI packs in Sketch and PSD formats that are completely suitable for any type of project like gaming, eCommerce, social networking, tourism, and more. No need to wait anymore, take it all for free!

Remember: All of the listed resources are free. But free does not mean free no matter what. We have noted the license if given or stated what free in the given case means. Before you use one of the resources in a commercial project make sure to visit the creator’s site and double-check the license to avoid problems before they occur.

Maxima: Responsive Business Bootstrap Template

Created by: CKThemes
Features: Responsive layout, Bootstrap 3 created, FontAwesome Icons, contact form, portfolio section, modern browsers compatible.
License: Free for personal or commercial use

Alabanda: Clean & Minimal Business Web Theme

Created by: AristoTheme
Features: Clean & minimal style, mobile friendly, sign up modal, CSS effects, multiple purposes, Sketch 3 version included.
License: Aristo Licence

Interface Decorating Halloween Multipack

Created by: DesignShock
Features: 4 Different Styles, vector format, 150 icons and avatars, generators for both cute Halloween characters and multiple scenarios.
License: Free for personal use

Inkallicons: Free Ink Line-traced Vector Icons

Created by: IconShock
Features: 150 free icons that feature a nice line style traced with an ink-like look and feel, as well as minimal effects that give it certain realistic appearance.
License: Free for personal use

Kreo: One-page Flat Web Template

Created by: Styleshout
Features: One-page layout, sticky top navigation bar, subtle CSS animations, bold design, retina-ready, Ajax forms, modern browser compatibility, Flexslider.
License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

Trans: Free Minimal HTML Template

Created by: Blazrobar
Features: Multi-page layout, full Responsiveness, full-width page layout, flat style, sign up section up on the main body.
License: Free for personal and commercial use

Maven: One Page Resume Web Template

Created by: TemplateGarden
Features: One-page template, Bootstrap-built, parallax effects, sticky top navigation bar, progress bar for skills, experience timeline section, filled & line icons.
License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

Creative: Minimal One-page Bootstrap Template

Created by: Start Bootstrap
Features: Fully responsive, one-page template, hover effects, FontAwesome Icons, sticky navigation bar.
License: Apache 2.0 License

Stylish: Fashion Flat Bootstrap Template

Created by: W3layouts
Features: Fashion-focused, multipage, full-width automatic slider header, parallax effects, responsive tiles layout.
License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

Rissner: Industrial-suited Flat Bootstrap Template

Created by: W3layouts
Features: Single page, Bootstrap-ready, left sidebar template, flat design, mobile friendly, cross-browser compatible, responsive layout.
License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Advent: HTML5 Template

Created by: Styleshout
Features: Fully responsive, modern design, Mailchimp-ready Ajax subscription form, FontAwesome icon fonts, jQuery countdown timer, Owl Carousel.
License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

Nerdial: Flat Mobile App Sketch & PSD UI

Created by:  uiSurf
Features: 8 app screens, Sketch3 crafted, Photoshop CC compatible, flat style and line icons, map, friends near me, left sidebar menu, chat, and more screens.
License: Free for personal and commercial use

Kateing: Minimal UI Kit for iPhone

Created by:  Lev Pirogov
Features: Sketch format, 22 screen compositions for image editing app, chat with and without keyboard, friends near me, contacts, news feed and log in, fonts included.
License: Free for personal use

Shopping and Social UI Kit

Created by: Bradley Bussolini
Features: Flat style, navigation bar, rounded corner cards, weather, social cards and icons, charts, line icons, and more.
License: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International

Funtique: Game-inspired PSD UI Kit

Created by:  Jayvee D. Enaguas
Features: Main menu composition, common buttons, cartoon style, social buttons, tooltip, loading bar, includes font in TTF format.
License: Attribution requested upon commercial use

Monica: UI Kit PSD

Created by: EvickAgency
Features: Photoshop format, clean and minimal style, vector forms, fully layered, ochre scheme, several sections, and different container layouts.
License: Free for personal and commercial use

DYK: Blogging Photoshop UI Kit

Created by: Rahul Das
Features: InDesign & Photoshop crafted, 100 PSD files, 13 homepage variations, 1920×10000 pixel dimensions, easy customization, extended documentation.
License: Attribution 4.0 International

Let’s Go: Travel App UI Kit for iOS

Created by: Gouse Mohammed
Features: Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator developed, line icons, flat dark & purple style, 6 different screens, travel & tourism related.
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

KaporShop: Clean ECommerce Website PSD Template

Created by: Smitexpert
Features: Clean style, round framed team photos, full-width header, top search bar and shopping cart, adaptive gallery grid.
License: Free for personal use

A Clean Landing Page PSD Template

Created by: Gilberto UX
Features: Clean style, grayscale scheme, filled icons, up-front contact form, logo and gallery spaces, location map at the bottom, as well as contact info.
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

Travel-related Website PSD Template

Created by: Haris Imran
Features: PSD format, Playfair Display and Open Sans fonts, fully layered, purple & dark color palette, Iconography icons.
License: Attribution 4.0 International

Now go and create. There should be something for everybody. Which one is your favorite this month?


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