Category “Wordpress”

WordPress Templates Vs Custom Themes – What To Choose

Friday, 17 March, 2017

Whether you’ve just started using your WordPress website and are searching for the right design or you already have one and simply want to update its looks, finding the right WordPress theme can be a tricky business.

Choosing between custom themes and ready-made templates may boil down to a number of available resources, but the cost difference is hardly the only issue. It’s important to look beyond than just the price and focus on all factors that should shape the final decision.

It’s more than a simple price issue!

Granted, the price is a rather important aspect to most people. Custom designs or custom themes can end up costing thousands of dollars, while premium themes cost way less, with the price ranging from $50 to a couple hundred dollars. Costs are simply what they are, costs. What about those in a position to afford custom themes but aren’t completely sure whether it’s worth it? If that’s the case, then you need to consider the following factors before you start making your decision: experience, support, and updates.

  • Experience refers to any practical experience the author of the theme has had in the past. Make sure to check for any previous work, as well as any reviews and always choose the most reputable authors. That said, there’s nothing wrong with being new to the scene, but most people are reluctant to work with someone without any previous experience.
  • Support offered by the author is important in case something breaks or you want to further tweak and customize the theme.
  • Finally, always make sure you’re getting a theme which is regularly updated, or else you risk the theme eventually “running its course”, which could lead to security issues.

Experience

When you’re deciding on a custom WordPress theme, it’s important to properly evaluate the authors’ experience. This means going through portfolios and references, as well as talking directly to the author about the costs, process and the general timeline. An experienced designer should easy provide you with the information regarding the methods and standards they’re using, theme’s plugin compatibility as well as any ongoing costs. With custom designers, their experience should be apparent and any and all issues addressed and publically documented.

Another excellent experience indicator is the status in the WordPress theme community. Customer rosters, as well as comments and reviews, should also be considered. The same standards should be held for WordPress templates. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean that it should be held to a lower standard. If you really like a free theme but aren’t able to verify the author’s experience in any way mention above, then it might be best to look for a different WordPress theme.

Support

What if you want to change your theme and let’s say use a different font? Or perhaps your theme has crashed after playing around with the code. Or you simply want to add some functionality and don’t know whether the theme supports it? This is where support becomes a factor. Fortunately, most custom theme designers and theme vendors offer lengthy documentation for all their themes, as well as a help center or a discussion forum available for members only. All this support should and often does dome free with the theme you’ve purchased. This is the type of service you should normally expect from investing in a custom or premium theme.

On the other hand, free themes represent a large gray area regarding support. If you’re getting your theme from the official WordPress theme directory, make sure to check whether the author is responding to questions in the support section.  Although most providers of free WordPress themes monitor and track any support requests they get, you should verify it before investing. Support for custom themes generally depends on the provider, however, there’s a good likelihood that you’ve had to spend additional funds on support in the future.

Updates

Finally, the last thing you should consider is how often do designers update their themes in order to keep up with the latest instance of WordPress. Failing to do so can lead to some serious consequences including loss of your website’s functionality, as well as various security threats. When it comes to custom themes, you should consider discussing with the designer whether the initial investment includes ongoing updates. If not, that is an additional cost you need to worry about. Free themes and templates, however, may or may not receive updates so make sure you’ve verified whether a particular theme you’d like to use is up to date before actually using it.

The bottom line

Whether you’ll focus your efforts on finding the best free theme or you’d rather fork out the cash for a custom web design, it’s more than just price when it comes to making that choice. Consider the pros and cons of both when it comes to the experience of the author, ongoing support and future updates. If it all fits the bill, then go with the custom theme. If you are satisfied with what the free theme has to offer, verify it and enjoy. Yes, money does matter, but in the end, all that matters is that your theme is supported, updated and above else, secure.

This guest article was written by, Sam Cyrus who is the CEO and co-founder of GWM Sydney SEO Services, a Digital Marketing agency from Australia. Sam is also a creative writer and likes to share his insights on entrepreneurship, business, online marketing, SEO and social media. He currently collaborates with Nirmal Web Design Sydney.

 

10 Best Responsive WordPress Themes for 2016

Thursday, 14 January, 2016

Planning on developing a new WordPress website? Well, you probably be looking for a theme that best suits your website requirements and needs. As a matter of fact, WordPress has proven to be the most popular and most preferred content management system since its inception in 2003. Nearly 24% of websites are powered by WordPress today and the number is still growing. With the popularity of WordPress being growing with the passage of each day, new themes are being developed by WP contributors and volunteers around the world.

Therefore we have pulled together some of the best responsive WordPress themes to help you develop an attractive and fully-functional websites.

Sparkling

Sparkling
Make your website sparkle with this modern, stylish and sophisticated WordPress theme. Sparkling theme is developed using latest bootstrap technology. The theme boasts of responsive design layout and makes your website device-friendly. The theme also features a handful of outstanding features such as full-screen slider. Sparkling comes loaded with many amazing plugins like W3 Total Cache, SEO by Yoast, Gravity Forms, contact form 7 etc.

Moesia

Moesia
Moesia is a powerful WordPress theme that has a beautiful design and impressive features. It is a business theme which helps you build an attractive website. The theme features a parallax background color and image amalgamated with animated effects. Additional features include Google Fonts, animations and much more.

Activello

Activello
Activello is a versatile, stylish and modern WordPress blog theme ideal for photography blogs, travel blogs, personal blogs, fashion blogs, food blog and other magazine style sites. The theme is developed based on the latest bootstrap frontend framework. Activello features a responsive layout and highly customizable design. The theme supports various popular plugins including Jetpack, W3 Total Cache, SEO By Yoast, Gravity Forms, Contact Form and much more.

Unite

Unite
Unite is an impressive WordPress theme that has fully responsive design layout. The theme is developed using the latest bootstrap 3 and offers user-friendly and minimalist framework for the website. The theme has highly customizable layout and allows you to customize certain aspects such as fonts, navigation bar, footer and much more.

Vantage

Vantage
Vantage is a stylish, minimalist and modern responsive ecommerce WordPress theme ideal for developing business websites. The theme boasts of outstanding features that can be found only in premium themes. The theme comes with drag and drop page builder that helps you create webpages easily and conveniently. Vantage also comes integrated with WooCommerce to help you develop online store for your business.

Semicolon

SemiColon
Semicolon is an impressive and beautifully designed WordPress theme. The theme has magazine styled design which makes it ideal for create different types of blogs. Semicolon has a responsive and highly customizable layout. It supports 2 menus – a social menu and a primary navigation menu.

Opulus Theme

Opulus
Opulus Theme is a versatile, modern and responsive WordPress theme that adapts to different screen size. The theme is built using bootstrap front-end framework. The theme comes with theme options that let you customize certain aspects of the theme including design, colors, fonts and much more.

A1

A1
A1 is a fabulous WordPress theme with one-click installation feature. The theme has been downloaded more than 14,000 times. The theme is extremely lightweight and has ultra fast loading speeds. A1 is SEO-friendly, user-friendly, responsive and highly customizable theme. The theme comes loaded with many SEO friendly plugins and supports other popular plugins. Additional features include 6 pre-defined color schemes, preferred Google fonts and much more.

Mystile

mystile
Mystile is a clean, modern and responsive e-commerce WordPress website that is available absolutely free of cost. Mystile is a Woocommerce integrated theme, which is designed with unique layout idea for developing business websites and ecommerce sites. Additional features include custom widgets, threaded comments, custom page templates, several color schemes, custom homepage and much more.

Wootique

Wootique
Wootique is a stylish and minimalist Woocommerce integrated WordPress theme. The theme is developed by WooThemes. The theme boasts of a responsive design layout and makes the website look presentable on all devices. The theme also features CSS3/jQuery featured content slider.

These are some of the most popular WordPress themes. Choose a theme as per your requirements and needs and make the most of WordPress.

This guest article was written by, Emma Watson who is a passionate WordPress developer who likes sharing her knowledge about latest advancements in the world of web development. She has more than 5 years of experience in the field and is currently working at Wordsuccor Ltd. – a reputed WordPress Web Development Services. If you’re looking to hire WordPress developer, then Emma can prove to be an intelligent choice.

11 Ravishing and bold wordpress themes for you

Sunday, 8 September, 2013

Looking for a dynamic and winsome WordPress theme? Bored of all the trash that they put in the name of interesting and compelling templates for your WordPress sites or blog? You may have stumbled at the right place as below we are going to discuss about some of the actually most brilliantly designed and functionally bulletproof WordPress themes. If you are freelancer, an active blogger, a design professional, or a corporate business owner or agency, you should definitely follow the post. Who knows, you might actually be looking at a brand new theme for your blog or website.

Here we have collected more than 10 Exceedingly Bold and Ravishing WordPress Themes for you to download. All these themes are linked to its original source. All these themes have its own copyright terms of usage, please read this terms and conditions before you download these themes for personal and professional use.

1. Jade by Restored 316


Jade carries a perfect mix of simplicity and style and allows the users to own an intriguing website or blog seamlessly. The theme is completely responsive and works perfectly well with a number of mobile and handheld devices and conventional desktops and laptops. It contains 6 different options for layout and 7 different color scheme options, and provides a lot of options for the users to experiment and customize the same.
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2. DW Argo


DW Argo by Design Wall is a bewitching and fully responsive theme available for design professionals and owners of online magazines. It is a compelling WordPress theme which allows the online magazines to shine out in terms of content display and aesthetics. The theme has a herd of interesting features like off canvas navigation, sticky header, easy digital downloads and a lot more.
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3. Ajeeban


Ajeeban boasts of a par excellent responsive excellence and is the best fit for your blog or website. The theme in itself is mesmerizing of the sorts and breath taking, besides there are various options available for the users to fully customize the aesthetics. Its responsiveness allows it cast a beautiful visual spell on various handheld devices, and it comes in three different color schemes, to allows the users to play with the aesthetics. Lastly, it contains all the powerful features prerequisite for the modern day theme, such as masonry and jQuery powered grid systems, custom menus and sliders, message boxes and a lot more.
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4. Frame


A photographer’s delight, Frame is a photography WP theme and encompasses amazing features for image galleries, efficient and self guided administration, color management and extended documentation etc. The theme is powered by HTML 5 and CSS 3, and comes with complete platform responsiveness and retina ready display. It includes various other features like Ajax contact forms, masonry style galleries or portfolio pages and advanced grid systems etc.
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5. Craft WP Theme


One of the preferred choice for design and creative agencies, Craft is fully responsive and retina ready WordPress theme ideal for graphic designers, freelancers, various design professionals amongst others. The theme is built by the combined power of CSS 3 and HTML 5 and entails all the modern day features like graphics with high resolution, advanced option panel, masonry style of blogging, Ajax pagination and portfolio pages and a lot more.
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6. Big Gallery Photograph – Portfolio WP Theme


As already being indicated in the name, this is a brilliant choice of WordPress theme to highlight and showcase the images and pictures on a grand scale, which has been made possible with the creative and well though after use of JavaScript and CSS3. The theme is cut out for photographers and those who wish to highlight their work via images and pictures, as the theme takes care of the same and allows different sliders for the website owners to choose from, and ensure that the theme isn’t cut short or stretched etc. Users can also auto adjust the images, if they so shall desire. And since we are talking about your desires here, you have complete liberty to play the slideshow, play music or switch it off, as per your likings.
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7. Nocturnal


Nocturnal is one of the renowned names in the audio or music category of WordPress themes, and is a much preferred choice of various music bands, Disc Jockeys and nightclubs etc. The theme renders full support to custom font library of Google, offers a unique slide out widget panel and comes with up – Down – Right – Left arrow key support. Besides, we have the sturdy Ajax functionality to take care of the pagination and full screen image in the background.
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8. Origin


Origin is a fun to visit and engaging theme for our WordPress users. It is able to engage the users and inspire them to unravel the depths of the website, based on its grid based imagery system. Also, the theme is entirely responsive and functions smoothly on various smart phones and handheld devices. The best feature of the theme is that the multiple images which it displays can be used actually tell a story and increase the engagement and excitement levels of the users in the myriad endeavors of the business. The theme is best suited to meet the requirements of artists and photographers who needs to showcase their work, or for the bloggers and those involved in communication etc, in order to improve the engagement levels of the users.
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9. Agency Pro


A stunningly beautiful theme for WordPress websites, Agency Pro allows the users to amply showcase their multifaceted attributes and skills, team and other hobbies. The minimal and focused design is the best strength of this website, and it gives a professionally cut out and focused appeal to the business. Besides, the theme is laced with various other significant features like a slick and feature rich full width slider, a 100% percent responsive outlook giving it maximum exposure on smart phones, tablets, desktops and other handhelds, and a lot more.
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10. Jarvis


Jarvis is a brilliant responsive and one page parallax theme which is an ideal match for building a strong and bold cooperate identity and brand image. Interestingly, it is quite a favorite of corporate agencies, self assured freelancers and nonprofit organization. Besides, this astonishing theme is also jam packed with various essential features such as – 12 different homepage styles, six different styles of navigation, total background support for videos and a subscription support for Mail Chimp.
And lastly, the BONUS that you have been waiting for:
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11. Mila


And well, who does not like a bit of a bonus, a supplementary addition to the list? And actually, although our list was previously complete, the moment we laid our eyes on this petite little beautiful WordPress theme, we just could not stop ourselves from including the same. Mila is a well optimized masonry based WordPress theme, which has gained a lot of acclaim for providing excellent user experience. This fully responsive theme allows the website owners to fully broadcast several pages, and also give them enough liberty to deactivate the same at any point. The theme options allow the website owners to opt for a different page layout each time they desire.
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And End Note
So now we have done our bit and the ball is in your court. Do let us know your thoughts and perceptions about these themes that we share, and perhaps share with us your experience in using the same, in the comments section below. We shall wait for your comments.

This guest article was written by Mike Swan, who is a specialist Web Designer at Markupcloud Ltd. a PSD to HTML Conversion Company. He possess a huge experience in technology domain and loves all things comes under web Design niche. He is trying to spread his intangible knowledge to maximum people he can, in order to make a parallel platform.

How to fix wordpress security issues & vulnerabilities

Thursday, 25 July, 2013

WordPress is the most commonly used blogging application today and it provides a great platform to all users who want to express their thoughts through the blogs. Being such a popular content management system, its security vulnerabilities are also popular among webmasters. The WordPress users are always concerned about it and it has become a prickly issue now a days. WordPress websites has now become more victimized for its security vulnerabilities, but does it mean that WordPress is not at all secure? Do people have to stay away from using WordPress because of these security concerns? Certainly NOT. Just like any other CMS system, WordPress installations also have its own security concerns, but still it is the highly preferred blogging application worldwide among the masses. To not to be the victim of hackers, as a webmaster you just need to educate yourself about wordpress security.

This article is going to present you with some important tips to improve wordpress security, and about various security plugins that can protect your WordPress site from possible hacking attempts. All these tips presented are simple to make and it will make sure that you have a pleasant and trouble-free blogging experience.

First, we will look at some key security tips and then we can look into some plugins that can secure your WordPress blog even more.

Some security tips that can help

Given below are some important tips to improve your blog’s security.

Choose a strong password

Do not opt for some silly usernames and weak passwords. Make your login credentials as complex as it can, so that the hackers should have a tough time in finding it. It may look like a simple tip, but the fact is most of the attacks are happening because of weak login and passwords. Hackers can easily crack simple passwords. A strong password must include some special characters, symbols, numbers, Upper and lower case letters. Also you must make sure that you change your password too often.

Set a limited login attempt

Generally, the hackers try to login to your account through different tries using different combinations of usernames and passwords. Finally at some point, they will get it correct. Therefore, it is necessary to restrict the number of login attempts to your blog admin using a plugin. When the hacker tries to login more than the limit you set and all the attempts go unsuccessful, they cannot do anything than to leave your account.

Always have an updated version

You should make sure that your wordpress installation is up to date. Most of these updates contain important security patches. Themes, plugins everything should be up-to-date. You should refrain from downloading free themes and plugins from other unofficial sources. It is advisable to download plugins and themes only from the official WordPress repository.

Delete unnecessary clutters

You should conduct occasional clean up activities in your account, by removing all unwanted plugins, themes, spam comments and trackbacks etc… It’s always good to keep your account clean, simple and less prior to the hackers.

Backup your site

Always have a backup in your personal PC or at different server, so if your site is hacked, you can simply restore it in no time from the backup and go ahead.

Free CDNs

CLoudflare and Pagespeed service by Google are the two popular free content delivery networks (CDN) that are efficient. CDN blocks all the unnecessary traffic to your site and ensures proper security.

Configure .htaccess

WordPress security will be at its best through configuring .htaccess (HyperText access). It lets you override your server’s default setting for the directory that has this file. With this, you will have limited file access ensuring proper security. However, configuring .htaccess is a serious task and if you are not well in coding, then go for the plugin named WP htaccess control directly from the WordPress repository. .htaccess configuration for WordPress security is a big topic and you have to gain proper knowledge about it before attempting.

These simple steps can help you prevent possible hacking attempts. However, the hackers are continuously working to steal your identity and benefits. To stay ahead in the race, you need to be little more updated. The following plugins will help you in the process by quickly fixing all hidden security vulnerabilities.

WordPress security plugins

Here are some useful WordPress plugins that can help you improve your wordpress website’s security.

WP security scan

This plugin is for checking your site for the presence of any security exposures and suggest some corrective actions based on the results.

WP-DB manager

This plugin is for managing your WordPress database. It maintains backups, repair and optimizing works of your databases automatically.

6scan security

Even before the hackers achieve the security loopholes of your site, this comprehensive plugin works beyond the protection rule to find out whether your site has any security loopholes for the benefit of hackers or not.

User locker

Assign the number of times you can perform a login attempt to a site through this plugin. If the limit is exceeded, the account will get locked automatically. You can unlock by contacting administrator with your personal and confidential info.

Limit login attempts

Similar to the previous plugin, it also limits the number of times the user can try login with unsuccessful attempts. After the limit, the IP address of the trying user will be blocked for further attempts. The user will be informed about this too.

Bullet proof security

This plugin prevents your site from major kinds of hacking attempts that include RFI, XSS, CSRF, CRLF and Base64. No manual installations are needed and the plugin will configure itself.

Antivirus

It is an antivirus plugin used to protect your WordPress blog from all security issues, malware protection and spam issues. It will scan your site and send the reports directly to your mail daily. In presence of any virus or malware, the plugin will delete the same and clean up your account.

BBQ – Block Bad Queries

This plugin avoids unnecessary URLs that are being posted on your site. Similarly, the long strings that exceed the 255 characters limit are also avoided.

Bad behaviour

This plugin is used to avoid spam links being send to your site. It also avoids the spam readers to visit your site and read your content. If used with a better spam protection service, you can expect the best results from this plugin.

Wordfence

It is a free security plugin. You can use it for virus and malware scanning. It also acts a perfect firewall for your site. You can perform scanning of your site for virus detection in a high frequency range and for many number of times being a premium user of this plugin.

This is a guest post by Janice Noel. Janice is a wallpaper enthusiast and collects wallpapers for her websiteCulLogo.

Creating Mobile-Optimized Websites Using WordPress

Tuesday, 31 July, 2012

The latest and the trendy topic of discussion in the web design world are about creating mobile optimized websites. Finally, after enough experiments and trials the secret is revealed so that people can whet their skills and develop mobile friendly websites with no trouble. A mobile optimized website will offer the same smooth surfing experience enjoyed in a desktop computer in a mobile device as well. It is no more a tough task to create a mobile friendly website which will meet handheld design norms and standard, however you need to know the nuts and bolts of web UI development. WordPress is unquestionably become the best CMS system of modern time, it provides better SEO and user friendliness than any other Content Management System. Today, most of the websites are created using a desktop computer or a laptop, its design and layout will be as per desktop standards and it may not look good on a mobile or tablet device through moderately smaller screen size.

This is the most significant factor which has lead to the development of techniques using which you can make your website or blog mobile friendly. You can easily build a beautiful mobile friendly website with all modern features by following few essential steps. In order to achieve this, you would require few plugins which would be virtually performing the tasks in a better way. It is mandatory that the person whoever is designing the website must have some basic HTML / CSS knowledge.

While surfing the internet on your mobile or tablet device you must have come across websites that contains too much of data. These websites gives the readers an unpleasant feel as they have to zoom in and out each time to view new sentences in new lines. To move from one corner of the web page to the other, the readers have to scroll for a long time which frustrates them. Every website is required to be reader friendly so if a reader is wasting his/her valuable time in just scrolling, zooming and performing other crappy stuff then they will leave those websites and shift their focus to the competitor website which is mobile friendly. As the number of mobile internet users is tremendously increasing day by day, people tend to access several websites through their mobile. Therefore you will have to make sure that you are capable of building a website that is mobile friendly which would enable a reader to go through all the content easily.

With the help of some plugins or special themes we can facilitate smooth navigation around the website and provide better user experience, here is a collection of some cool wordpress plugins and themes which will make your job much easier. Among these few are free and few others are paid premium versions.

WPTOUCH


WPtouch automatically converts your WordPress website into a mobile application-like theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects when it is browsed through most popular mobile web browsing devices such as iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm Pre/Pixi and BlackBerry OS6.
The admin panel lets the user customize many aspects of its look and feel, and deliver a fast, user-friendly and stylish version of the actual site to visitors who browse the site through a mobile device. All these things are possible without modifying a single bit of code of your regular desktop theme.

BUDDYPRESS MOBILE


plugin is an essential plugin if the website is operating on Buddy Press. What is the use of this plugin? It provides a guard that none of the website’s functionalities are missed while viewing in mobile. Like other plugin even this consists of options to change color, theme and style.

WORDPRESS MOBILE PACK


Another versatile wordpress plugin is known as WordPress Mobile Pack, as the name implies it is a plugin for creating WordPress friendly websites for mobile users. The WordPress Mobile Pack is a complete toolkit to help mobilize your WordPress site. It has a mobile switcher, themes, widgets, and mobile admin pane. The mobile switcher can be used to select themes based on the type of user that is visiting the site, a selection of mobile themes, extra widgets, device adaptation and a mobile administration panel to allow users to edit the site or write new posts when out and about.

Wapple Architect Mobile Plugin for WordPress


Wapple Architect Mobile Plugin for WordPress is a plugin that allows you to mobilize your blog in minutes.

Every single mobile device is detected and all aspects of your blog are tailored to the visiting handset. Sites aren’t dumbed down to the lowest common denominator but instead use the features and functionality that advanced phones offer. Devices are detected by using Wapple’s advanced web services instead of relying on inferior 3rd party tools. If you view your blog with a brand new, never before seen handset, it’ll still work perfectly! Any theme you’ve installed and have styled for web will be carried across to mobile giving you a consistent look and feel for each and every one of your visitors.

MOBIFY


Mobify is a premium wordpress plugin which extract elements and styles from your desktop site—order, arrange and present them to create a mobile site. It Manage resources, load only essential content, images, scripts and CSS for maximum performance. Works with any CMS or e-commerce backend. Mobify is built with open web standards such as HTML 5, CSS and JavaScript. It runs on Mobify Cloud with tools and services that ensure world class performance and reliability.

Orion Responsive Theme


Orion is a fully responsive theme ideal for design agency website, designer portfolio etc. Orion theme has a light, clear, minimalistic design and complementing typography. The homepage features a jQuery slider for featured posts. Theme supports wordpress 3 features like custom menu, featured thumbnail etc.Theme also comes with a theme option page. There is a widgetized section below the image slider which holds the “Services widget”. This is a custom widget built into the theme to showcase your services on the homepage just like any professional website.

Leon WordPress Theme


Leon is a fully responsive wordpress theme from web2feel. That means the theme adjusts itself to the resolutions of a monitor down to the mobile phone screen. So the theme will have a different layout while viewed on a computer screen, on a tablet or on a mobile browser. This will be adjusted automatically. Thanks to the awesome Skeleton framework . Apart from that the theme is WordPress 3 ready, and has custom menu feature, featured thumbnails, widgetized sidebar and footer, theme option page etc.

GridPhoto


GridPhoto is a fully-responsive HTML5 grid-based theme for photographers and photography lovers. The design is automatically resized based on the width of the screen. This means your photos will look great on all mobile devices, including the Iphone and Ipad. It uses the GPL license so it’s free to modify and share with your friends.

In brief, if you want to make your website or blog mobile friendly then there are four vital methods to follow. Those are… using plugin, using responsive themes that are inbuilt in certain plugin, using separate mobile themes that are available these days or by using the existing theme itself by making them responsive. Among these options you can choose an appropriate one depending upon the requirements, budget and other factors which influences your decisions. Out of the four options most of the users prefer responsive themes that are inbuilt in certain plugin. Considering the various options and limitations you can choose the best solution for building your Mobile-Optimized Websites Using WordPress.

This guest post was written by Debarshi Ghosh Dastidar who is associated with WebCreation US which is one of the best phoenix web designers. To know more about them follow them on twitter @WebCreationUS

My first wordpress plugin – Delicious Bookmark Button with realtime bookmark count

Saturday, 17 July, 2010
delicious bookmark counter button with total bookmark count

del.icio.us needs no introduction, and if you still do not use delicious bookmarking service, there is something obviously missing in your life! Delicious is a famous social bookmarking site that has achieved rapid popularity and growth ever since it was being purchased by Yahoo Inc in 2005. Delicious is my all-time favorite bookmarking service. Many features have contributed to this, including the website’s simple interface, human-readable URL scheme, a novel domain name, a simple REST-like API, and RSS feeds for web syndication. Hence I was really particular about placing a delicious badge in my blog from the very beginning.

As part of my recent blog redesign I’ve searched many places for a nice looking delicious bookmark button which can also display the total bookmark count just like the tweetmeme button. I wanted a button that blends along with other bookmarking buttons such as twitter, digg, facebook etc. A significant amount of my time was spent on googling and browsing through the wordpress plugin directory, but I never found what I wanted.

So finally, I’ve decided to create my own wordpress plugin. After going through some beginner level tutorials on wordpress plugin development nuts and bolts, I have created what I exactly wanted. I am really really happy, that I have become the proud owner of a wordpress plugin 🙂
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