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All You Need to Take to Build Great Websites in 2019 One or More of These Top-Rated WP Themes

WebAppers.com - 17 janvier, 2019 - 16:14

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If you haven’t already, it would pay to check out the WordPress CMS. Same goes for the seemingly unending number of supporting themes. The WordPress CMS is the most popular website-building platform of its type on the market. Choose one or more of its supporting WordPress themes. Then, your ability to consistently put award-winning websites in place increases dramatically.

You probably don’t want to go down the entire list of WordPress themes currently on the market. That would take weeks, if not longer. This is time better spent getting your 2019 website building off to a quick and rousing start.

Check out our short reviews of 15 of the best WordPress themes currently on the market. They should make your search easy. It can take a little time to select among top-quality candidates, but it’s time well spent. Finding just the right theme to fit your needs is essentially guaranteed.

That said, let’s get on with it.

 

1. Be Theme

There’s nothing wrong with building a website from scratch using code – if you’re quite capable of doing so. Even then, as a seasoned website builder, you’re likely to take advantage of any website-building tool or template you can get your hands on to shorten your workflow and produce a better product.

A case in point is Be Theme. It’s library of 400+ pre-built websites can be a Godsend for top-tier professional designers and beginners alike. Be is loaded with powerful core features, including the aforementioned pre-built websites you can install with a single click. There are 40, and they include the Muffin Builder, Layout and Shortcode Generators, shortcodes, design elements, a new Header Builder, grid systems, a powerful Admin Panel and on and on.

Be is responsive, SEO-friendly, retina ready, and above all fast and reliable.

And, if you don’t feel like coding, you don’t have to. It’s not necessary, and this WordPress theme you’ll be able to deliver quality websites in hours, to the absolute delight of your clients.

 

2. Bridge

Bridge is a highly popular creative WordPress theme that has tons of design options, and the flexibility that goes along with it allows you to create exceptionally beautiful websites to showcase your creative talents and instincts.

With Bridge’s more than 376 and counting premade websites, it’s no problem to find a perfect match for virtually any business niche or website type to get a web design project off to a roaring start. You can even pick and choose design elements from multiple demos and drag and drop them into place with the ever-popular Visual Composer page builder.

There are plenty of other features included in this package that’s designed to make your website-building experiences easy, fun, and problem free – including the ability to get a website up and running without having to rely on writing even a single line of code.

 

3. Brook

Efficiency, diversity, and creativity are three characteristics the developers of Brook, the multipurpose creative WordPress theme, have emphasized since day one. The result is a premier dedicated website-building theme that brings equal advantages to both professionals and beginners alike.

Brook is capable of serving any purpose, due in large part to its 30 professionally designed and crafted homepages addressing a wide range of business types and sectors. Brook is also noted for its squeaky-clean code that enables users to create fully responsive and fast loading websites.

Moreover, there are plenty of stunning features that would take users by storm namely one page navigation, one page menu, mega menus, infinite scrolling, off canvas menus, full-width image and video background sliders. More are awaited to be explored in Brook.

In addition, the package includes a nice selection of powerful plugins that are integrated into the theme. They include but are not limited to the WPBakery Page Builder, WPBakery Clipboard, Revolution Slider, Font Awesome 5 Pro, WooCommerce, MailChimp, etc.

 

4. Uncode – Creative Multiuse WordPress Theme

A good way to determine how a WordPress theme can help you is to see what other users have been able to do with it. Uncode gives you that opportunity by providing an inspiring creative showcase of what its users have accomplished.

This creative multiuse theme provides exactly what you need to initiate a blog site, create a stunning portfolio, or display a product line – all in just a few hours, and without any need for code.

 

5. Kalium

A host of layout designs, richly designed theme options, and drag and drop content building elements and concept designed demos characterize Kalium. This popular, highly rated multipurpose theme places at your fingertips everything you need to showcase your work as you’ve always wanted and intended to do.

Premium fonts and plugins are included in the package and Kalium’s frequent updates ensure constant and continual improvement.

 

6. TheGem

This versatile, responsive, and high-performance WordPress theme is noted for its modern design and its wealth of versatile and flexible features and tools. TheGem is looked upon by many if not most of its users as the ultimate multipurpose WordPress toolbox.

To say that TheGem allows anyone to build anything may sound like a bit of a stretch, but it’s essentially true. With your innate creativity and a creative toolbox like TheGem – you can build whatever you can envision.

 

7. Avada WordPress Theme

Avada’s professionally designed demos coupled with a host of design options lets you create virtually any design you can envision without having to put up with the bothersome restrictions some themes impose on you.

This WordPress theme has been a #1 seller for the past five years for several reasons, including the fact that its users love it.

 

8. Real Homes

You’ll find plenty to like about this #1 ranked, 4.66/5-star rated real estate theme. The Real Homes WordPress theme is delightfully easy to use, its advanced property search feature can be easily customized to fit its user’s business model, and the same is true for its property listings features.

Users and their customers also benefit from Real Home’s frontend major payment gateways and property submission capability.

 

9. Grenada – Creative Ajax Portfolio Showcase Slider Theme

It makes sense that the best way to create a stunning portfolio website is to select an elegant, innovative, and minimalist WordPress theme that’s more than up to the task. Grenada is precisely that. Grenada allows you to create a portfolio simply by choosing your favorite layout and building on it.

It’s fully responsive, and its features include a set of creative portfolio sliders, Ajax page load, and Visual Composer. It is also Gutenberg compatible.

 

10. Houzez – Highly Customizable Real Estate WordPress Theme

Houzez has become the go-to WordPress theme for realtors and real estate agencies for a variety of reasons. It has all the features and functionalities a realtor requires whether in the office or on the go.

They include advanced search capabilities, property listings options, a super-efficient property management system and customizable drag and drop modules that allow users to match Houzez features to their business models.

 

11. ForumPress

ForumPress brings to the table something most WordPress themes lack; the ability to easily integrate forum features and functionality into a website. ForumPress is powered by the bbPress forum plugin that allows this #1 ranked WordPress forum theme to easily set up a forum to match your user community as well as your company brand.

 

12. KnowAll

A responsive and fully featured knowledge base theme for WordPress? Yes, we are talking about KnowAll. It makes sure that you concentrate on what you do best – your business. KnowAll takes care of all the customer support related stuff.

KnowAll is your perfect companion in business that will provide support to your customers even when you don’t have the time for it. It includes all the necessary features that you might need for running a successful knowledge base.

 

13. MOVEDO – We DO MOVE Your World

Movement captures attention; whether it’s real or apparent. Modern clipping animations and ultra-dynamic parallax are only a couple of the engaging special features MOVEDO brings to the table.

If you’re stuck in a design rut or are looking for a way to add a little spark to your web creations, get on board with this motivating and enlivening WordPress theme.

 

14. Schema

If incorporating SEO principles and practices into your designs continue to be a challenge, or you simply hope your design will somehow pass muster with the search engines you should look into Schema and what it offers.

The Schema theme should be in every web designer’s toolbox as it efficiently and effectively leads search engines through your site to show them what they are looking for.

 

15. Pofo – Creative Portfolio, Blog and eCommerce WordPress Theme

Pofo provides all the features and tools you’ll ever need to create stunning portfolios to showcase your work. In spite of a focus on portfolio design, Pofo is a multipurpose WordPress theme that you can use for any other website project.

It’s simply that the website you build for a business or corporation will have much more to offer if it includes a portfolio that can convert a visitor into a buying customer.

 

Conclusion

There are so many WordPress themes on the market, including more than a few very good ones. Then, it’s all too easy to tire from the search and settle for something that “works”.

We selected 15 of the best themes on the market today. This will make your search for one that best fits your needs as easy as possible. Any one of these should serve to get your 2019 design projects off to a roaring start.

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How to Design a Folder with a Cool Retro Light Leak Effect

Noupe.com - 9 janvier, 2019 - 09:44

Using retro aesthetics in your design doesn’t have to mean adding 70s hippie graphics or neon lasers from the 80s.

You can incorporate elements of the past in much subtler, more meaningful ways.

For instance, this folder design for a fictional animal shelter simulates the “light leak” effect you might get when using vintage analog cameras. It’s an understated look that evokes a sense of nostalgia and sentimentality without beating the viewer over the head.

This tutorial will show you how to create the same design. Once you’ve mastered the light leak technique, you can work it into a design of your own.

You’ll need the following before you begin:

  1. Download the folder die cut template. (Scroll down the page and click “Download template.”)

2. Open Photoshop. Click File > Open to open the folder template in Photoshop. Keep the settings in the Rasterize EPS Format window as they are and click the OK button.

3. Using the Rectangle Tool (U), create a rectangle that covers the left and right panels of the folder. In the Properties Panel, set the Stroke to 40px and select the option shown in the screenshot so that it will appear on the outside edge of the rectangle.

4. Using the Crop Tool (C), cut the canvas down to the rectangle’s outline.

5. Choose Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color and press OK. In the Color Picker window, select white.

6. Now we can delete the rectangle and move the solid white layer underneath the dieline layer. Name the layer with the lines “Dielines” and lock it by pressing the lock icon on the top of Layers panel; this way you won’t move it accidentally.

7. Drag the image of the young golden retriever to the canvas.

8. Enlarge the image as shown and flip it horizontally using Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.

9. In order to fill the extra white space on the bottom and left sides, select the left side of the image using the Marquee Tool (M) and enlarge it to fill the remainder of the left panel using the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T). Then, use Cut (Ctrl+X) and Paste (Ctrl+V) to separate this part of image to its own layer. It will automatically be named as Layer 1.

10. Create a copy of Layer 1. In the Layers Panel, move Layer 1 and its copy underneath the layer with the dog photo. On the canvas, move Layer 1 to the right bottom corner in order to fill the white space there.

11. Create a mask on the dog photo layer by pressing the appropriate icon on the Layers Panel.

12. Use the Gradient Tool on the mask to make the bottom edge softer so that it blends with the rest of the image.

13. Open the image of a running dog. We’ll need to separate the dog from the background. Choose Select > Select and Mask. Then, using the Quick Selection Tool, select the dog. Make sure Layer Mask is selected in the Output Settings area and press OK.

14. Right-click on the layer and choose Duplicate Layer. Make sure that your project’s name appears in the Document dropdown and press OK. Move the dog to the center of the back panel.

15. Select all layers except Dielines and Color Fill 1 and convert them into a Smart Object by right-clicking and choosing Convert to Smart Object.

16. Choose Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map and press OK. Choose the “Violet, Orange” preset.

17. Using the Brush Tool, draw at the center of the mask to make the gradient more transparent as shown in the screenshot.

18. Change the blending mode of the Gradient Map layer to Screen with 65% opacity.

19. Using the Gradient Tool, create a gradient with black at the bottom and white at the top as shown in the screenshot.

20. Change the blending mode of the gradient to Overlay with 70% opacity.

21. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Photo Filter. Press OK.

22. Using the Brush Tool, draw on the Photo Filter mask to make gradient more transparent at the center as shown in the screenshot.

23. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves. Press OK. Set the curve as shown in the screenshot.

24. Create a rectangle using the Rectangle Tool (U) that covers the whole canvas. Set the color to the following: C71 M72 Y61 K84

25. Using the Marquee Tool (M), create a selection that comprises nearly the entire width and height of the image. Go to Select > Modify > Feather and set the Feather Radius to 100 pixels. Go to Select > Inverse. Click on the mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

26. Change the blending mode of this rectangle to Linear Burn with 37% opacity.

27. On the left side of the folder, create a rectangle using the Rectangle Tool (R) and set the color to: C13 M86 Y0 K0

28. Change the blending mode of this rectangle to Linear Burn with 100% opacity.

29. Import all fonts into the project (as well as the company’s logo). Place the logo and add text as shown using the Horizontal Type Tool (T).

Your design is now complete!

You can download the final PSD file to check it against your own work and use this mockup template to display your finished product.

Have you used a similar light leak effect to create your own cool design? Share it in the comments below!

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5 Most Necessary Steps to Make Your App Financially Stable

Noupe.com - 1 janvier, 2019 - 14:13

Among the millions of apps across app stores of different platforms only a few enjoy financial stability and actually are run like a serious business.

A recent report by Gartner makes this known truth even more explicit for our knowledge. Only 1 percent of all the mobile apps are actually successful as far as business revenue and stability is concerned. This alarming fact may be disheartening enough for you but nevertheless, it can surely make you understand some serious factors concerning the success of mobile apps as a business.

Those days are gone when mobile apps used to be taken as lightly as a special endeavor. Now with staggering development cost and gruesome marketing maneuvers you just cannot afford to consider apps without a specific business and financial goal. While most apps remain unsuccessful and a select few get overwhelming success one can take this as a serious opportunity as well. There must be some sure and already time tested formulas that make some apps join this sleek lane of success and stability.

Let us decipher and analyze some ways that have the potential to make your app successful.    

1. Platforms

These two are the foremost considerations for analyzing the factors related to the success of few apps and literally overwhelming failure of most apps. As a platform, iOS is still ahead in respect of greater presence of revenue earning apps followed by mobile browsers and Android respectively. Though among the first three, the gap is closing at rapid speed. Windows phone and Blackberry still offers a little scope for making apps survive on the revenue earned from these platforms alone. A cross platform development approach with focus on native and device specific user experience is still the winner compared to expensive native development or so called one-for-all cross platform development.

2. Distribution and marketing of apps

More than 99% apps lack a proper distribution and marketing strategy and as a result they just do not reach their target audience. If your audience just does not know your app how can they show interest in it, better still download it? You cannot get a million downloads overnight or within just a month. You need to work for it well in advance. Most apps do the mistake of undertaking marketing maneuvers at the time of launching the app and naturally after months of their launch they struggle to cut deeper in audience response. On the other hand, most successful apps run their marketing campaign with a goal to build up expectation from their target audience well before the launch date and so when the app is actually launched in app store it immediately gets considerable viewers and downloads. Press and media release gearing towards the app launch is a good marketing strategy. Creating content in social media, influential review blogs and guest posts is another strategy that garners huge success.

3. Categories of apps

Obviously, some broader categories of apps make far better business than others. Though you cannot always change your deliverable focus as per this factor it is worth considering for measuring the chances of various app categories. Enterprise apps, business and productivity apps enjoy the highest revenue followed by other categories. In the second tier health, fitness, communication, and social networking apps enjoy greater earning than other app categories. These first 4 or 5 categories together consist of the most successful and financially thriving apps across the app stores. With other positive factors boosting the chances of your app category cannot be a major concern, but still, some categories enjoy better revenue earning potential than others.

4. Engagement and retention

This obviously depends on how better you have distributed your app and garnered response from audience. Once your app slowly reaches certain level of downloads and user base getting feedback from users and engagement with them will further add more value to the app and help you retain your user base over a long time. There are some important factors to observe on a regular basis. For instance, pay attention to the number of people using your app on a regular basis and the percentage of users who after using the app a few times just did not open it for a long time. Remember, in app universe most apps that are not visited or used frequently run the risk of getting deleted and losing users. Getting the user attention on a continuous basis is the key to your success in retaining users and growth.

There are other important aspects to observe in this regard as well. With the Flurry Analytics tool, you can easily see the parts of your app that are used most. This type of analysis would further let you see the typical user behavior and the way they expect the app to get better or user friendly. If there is any scope of introducing a new feature or app content is lurking behind the surface it can be observed and analyzed with tools like this. In an ever changing mobile environment, the user preference cannot be static and naturally every time you have to look out for new scopes of developing the app to address emerging user needs and choices. This continuous feedback and engagement is the key to retain your existing users and expand the user base at rapid speed. This has been a persistent success factor for almost all the major successful apps till date and you cannot afford to ignore it.

5. In-app tactics that pay in the long run

If you have several apps under one roof, promoting each other in a contextual manner becomes easier. Otherwise partnering with well known apps with related niche can also pay you great result. To conclude we must refer to some successful in-app tactics that can help you build revenue or downloads in quicktime. Incorporating app discovery links within the app content and usage pattern is a great way to promote another app and garner downloads. For instance within an education app, you can easily create a user link to another student friendly productivity or notebook app. Utilizing and analyzing the user data you can further customized promotion of app for respective users.

Bottom Line

In spite of huge growth in the use of mobile apps for most apps the competition is continuing to get tougher every day. Naturally, without stringent and methodical focus on growth, retention and user preference an app does not stand a chance of getting enough revenue to sustain as a business. The above mentioned tactics decided upon the common success factors of major apps can help you take sure footed strides in app universe.

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