All free: Cool Bootstrap theme – LightYear

As I was browsing Reddit today on r/web_design a nice looking theme cached my eye. At first I was skeptical because the title of the reddit post was a typo and when I visited the blog the title was the same. But needless to say I wanted to give the folks at designforhope a little link love so here it is. Good luck on your endeavors and many happy clients.

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3 ways you can promote your design related article in 2014

Since my last blog post, I wondered where can I promote my articles so they can receive quality link love and a few visitors to interact with. I searched the Internet and all that I found were articles written 3-4 years ago. That doesn’t help us very much, so I decided to make a new small list with links that will definitely help with your next article.

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Free: 5 wedding photographer blog templates that kills the opposition

Widely – Photography portfolio wordpress template

Made by: Themeskingdom
Rating: 4.5 Stars Date added: 24 Oct 2011

Widely, a great photographer showcase wordpress theme developed by the team at themeskingdom. You can configure this easily to become a full wedding photography blog with a few easy customizations. I recommend using a child theme to change the css and appearance so when new updates come you are good to go. It’s warm open colors make it perfect for a wedding photographer blog.

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  • Responsive
    • The responsive layout that will adapt to your browser screen size.
  • Free
    • This template is free. You can download it right away.

Hatch – photographer portfolio theme

Made by: AlienWp
Rating: 4 Stars Version: 0.2.9

Hatch is a beautiful wordpress theme suited for photography and wedding themed photography studios. It’s clean and minimalist layout makes it perfect to keep the visitors eye on the projects that are presented. It features also a pro version and a child theme. With a little bit of customization, this would become a great photography blog for weddings.

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  • Responsive
    • The responsive layout that will adapt to your browser screen size.
  • Free
    • This template is free. You can download it right away.
  • Theme customizations
    • This theme is customizable trough wordpress theme options.

Unite – responsive wedding photography template

Made by: Colorlib
Rating: 4.3 Stars Version: 1.4.5 works up to wp 3.9

Unite is a clean, minimalist, uber-responsive wordpress theme made by the guys at colorlib. It’s white colors and feel make it one of the most beautiful wedding wordpress theme. You will have theme options, retina ready display, responsive menus, custom menus and widgets and many more. Also you have integration with WooCommerce plugin for photo selling options.

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  • Responsive
    • The responsive layout that will adapt to your browser screen size.
  • Free
    • This template is free. You can download it right away.
  • Theme customizations
    • This theme is customizable trough wordpress theme options.

June – wedding photo gallery wordpress theme

Made by: Fabthemes
Rating: 4 Stars Added: 17 Sep 2012

Fabtheme’s June is a responsive wedding gallery theme perfectly suited for aspiring photographers who specialize in the wedding industry. The clean, warm feel the theme gives is perfect to showcase your work. It features theme options, custom menus and widgets, a responsive view and video tutorials.

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  • Responsive
    • The responsive layout that will adapt to your browser screen size.
  • Free
    • This template is free. You can download it right away.
  • Video tutorials
    • This theme contains video tutorials on how you need to set it up.

Match Light – wedding photography theme

Made by: Dovethemes
Rating: 4.5 Stars Updated: 14 Apr 2014

Match light fits perfectly into the wedding gallery, photography blog, travel blog kind of site. it’s minimalistic nature and well placed elements showcase your work in a perfect light. It features responsive layout, theme options, custom widgets and menus, custom fonts and much more

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  • Responsive
    • The responsive layout that will adapt to your browser screen size.
  • Free
    • This template is free. You can download it right away.
  • Theme customizations
    • This theme is customizable trough wordpress theme options.

Here is a eCommerce WordPress theme that will save you hundreds – GoodStore

Posted on: 07 apr 2014
Available at: ThemeForest Marketplace
Posted under: WooCommerce Envato rating: 4.8 Stars Changelog: Changelog Price:  55$ 
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Today I was asked by a client if I could set him up with a great ecommerce website next to nothing. So I did what every great and busy developer does, checked themeforest for a nice ecommerce theme. I came up with GoodStore, a outstanding wordpress eCommerce theme integrated with WooCommerce.

Tought process

Here is my tought process of choosing GoodStore as my nr.1 WordPress wooCommerce theme. When the client came to me, he wanted a nice and cheap eCommerce solution, but also wanted a place where he could blog about clothes and jewelry that the famous people are wearing.

Imediately I made a simple connection, a nice WordPress theme integrate with wooCommerce. So I fired up google and looked at what the trends are when it comes to a ecommerce platform, and I found this article written by Adrian Try in Envato’s trend spotting blog.

Adrian talks about a poll made with envato marketeers and users to vote the best 4 ecommerce platforms for 2013 – 2014. The one that stood out was WooCommerce with a staggering 48.02% followed by OpenCart with 12.78% and Magento with 12.33%.

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Imediately I made my decision and opened themeforest for a nice theme. First I got to the eCommerce category on the marketplace clicked on the WooCommerce subcategory and made a filter to sort the items by price to see which is the cheapest available. The price was starting from 45$, not bad for early project. But then I wanted to see the popular ones and sort trough a rating filter. Immediately GoodStore caught my eye and I saved the link to it.

Then I wanted to see a list with the most sales from them all and made a sale filter. Right on the first page, there was GoodStore with 477 purchases (at the time of the writing), a reasonable number of sales illustrating that it was popular.

I really wanted to see this template that was at a very good price (55$), very popular with the user rating (4.8 stars) and was racking near 500 sales.

Why I made the decision to choose GoodStore

With the research done, I was ready to see what the template had to offer, and I was stunned. Right off the bat, the creator of the theme, jawtemplates who in fact is a elite author on the themeforest marketplace offered Free theme and demo content installation. BOOM 1 day of work done.

Notable Features

Next I wanted to see the various features the author was offering so I made a detail explanation below.

16 predefined business styles
The first thing that I saw when I opened the preview was 16 predefined customizable styles. It ranged from a clothing store to a business ecommerce style. This alone saved the client hundreds of dollars in customizations and saved me valuable time in doing them.

Revo Composer
In the theme description I saw that the theme was supporting RevoComposer, a nice drag and drop page builder for wordpress specifically configured to work with GoodStore. You can drag and drop to build your pages, live preview on every component, save your configured presets and more. Another hundred bucks saved by the client and a few hours of work for me.

Sliders and SEO
The theme is packed with Slider Revolution and jAW premium slider another 30$ save at this point. Easy configurable plugins. Also the theme was uber-ready to work with Yoast’s SEO plugin bringing you clients from day 1.

Tutorials and new features
In the new updates, jawtemplates added a new lookbook slider, catalog mode and product bundles. Also I was pleased that there were video tutorials so I can configure everything as fast as possible. Another few hours saved on my part.

Mobile view and retina support
I was pleased that there was a uber-responsive layout for all pages and all graphics and text was retina ready.

Next I want to show you a list of small (but important) features that the theme provides.

Features

  • WordPress 3.6+ ready
  • WooCommerce 2.1+ Ready
  • Compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Opera 13+, Internet Explorer 8+
  • 15$ saved – Revolution Slider included and supported
  • Mobile friendly and responsive design
  • Fullwidth and boxed variation
  • Catalog mode
  • 4 Styles of Product preview
  • Ads Management, 8 positions by default. Possibility of banner’s placement between posts!
  • 3 Blog styles & 4 Post Formats (Portfolio, FAQ, Testimonial, Team)
  • Simple one click build in plugins updates
  • WPML Ready (.po files included) – Localize and translate
  • Support for all 600+ Google Fonts
  • 300+ vector icons
  • Premium slider for posts and products
  • Various plugin support
  • Easy to customize style and colors
  • 50+ shortcodes
  • Retina ready
  • 2 types of responsive menu
  • Advanced Layout options for Blogs, Categories, Products, Search, Archives…
  • Free Lifetime updates!
  • Child Theme included
  • Multisite support
  • Social sites features implemented
  • Support for Facebook comments
  • Jaw Menu plugin

Conclusion

With 55$ spent, I have saved me 20h of work I would have spent customizing the look and feel of the theme and the client a 1000$. So I recommend buying this, it will save you hundreds or maybe thousands of $$.


Effortless CSS Animation Transition ideas that you can do in 10 minutes

Today we take a step back from the featured templates of wordpress and magento and do something a little different. Css3 animations are rapidly taking over the web in the last years replacing the jQuery solutions that are so well embedded into our lives.

Today I will show you that you can have beautiful animated elements without the need of javascript. Don’t get me wrong I love javascript but sometimes it’s way better and faster to use a simple css3 solution.

Responsive css3 form animation

For a first stop, we look at a simple css3 responsive form I made with Foundation in 10 minutes. It works right out of the box and you can use it everywhere you like inside your project.

See the Pen Form animation css3 by Alex Grigore (@Bobyo) on CodePen.0

Let me know in the comments below if you would like a Sass version of this.

Icon love css3 animation

Next we have a pen by kuus in which we have a nice animated add love icon. A perfect solution that you can copy to a social button or a interaction graphic.

See the Pen Animated font icon button by Alex Grigore (@Bobyo) on CodePen.

To stay in the icon animation area, I’ve prepared a pen that works perfectly with every Font Awesome icon out there. With a little bit of Sass magic we are able to animate them very easily. Just hit “RERUN”.

See the Pen Simple font awesome animation with css3 by Alex Grigore (@Bobyo) on CodePen.

Social media

For the social media enthusiasts, I have found a css3 animation widget made by mariusbalaj that illustrates a css3 folding follow widget. It’s beautiful animation fits perfectly into any area that you would like to promote your social presence. It was made with css3 transitions, a google font and icons were provided by Font Awesome.

See the Pen Follow Widget with Folding CSS3 Animation by Marius Balaj (@mariusbalaj) on CodePen.

Animation coolness

For this last example, we picked a variation of an idea originally made by Mary Lou on codrops and then remade by Jupiter St John that illustrates a peephole style animation for a particular product or service you might implement. It’s slick animation will grab your attention and customizing it will not take you more than 10-15 minutes of work.

See the Pen css3 animations coolness by Jupiter St John (@jwebcat) on CodePen.

I hope you liked the collection of very slick animations and you will find a good use for some of them. Let me know in the comments below your variations for these snippets.


Spotlight view: Fluid Responsive Multipurpose Magento Template – Kallyas

Posted on: 24 April 14
Available at: ThemeForest Marketplace
Posted under: Magento Envato rating: 5 Stars Changelog: Changelog Price:  90$ 
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Kallyas is one of the most beautiful magento themes on the themeforest marketplace, built with Boostrap 3 and compatible with Magento 1.7.x and 1.8.x. It was developed by SW-THEMES, a TF elite author that has racked more than 100000$ in sales alone.

When you first enter the demo page, it captures your eye and makes you focus on the various products that are featured using one of the 6 available sliders (iOS Slider, revolution etc).

The magento theme is designed with a responsive view in mind. It has a fancy admin module that will allow you to change everything in a matter of minutes. It’s multipurpose feature is perfect for any kind of online store you might want and it’s a great starting point for any project you might want.

The theme includes a few extensions including magento free blog and ajax price slider that will help you spice up and grow your revenue and sales.

Uber-responsive layout: Kallyas looks amazing on any mobile device and since it’s retina ready you can give your mac and ipad users a unforgettable experience on your brand.

Unlimited: You will have access to unlimited homepage variations, unlimited headers and unlimited color variations perfect for anyone who likes to tinker stuff around. Also you have over 10 extensions already integrated in the app, over 5 premium sliders and a one click install complete with the demo shop.

Free installation: Are you worried that you won’t be able to set it up on your own domain? No worries, the guys at SW-THEMES will install everything for you completely free.

Features

  • Magento 1.8.1 Ready!
  • Responsive layout & retina
  • Unlimited Color variations
  • Easy to install demo site
  • Category banners
  • Custom Blocks
  • 6 Homepage Layouts including Full Screen mode
  • Revolution Slider($15 value)
  • iOS Slider($12 value)
  • Magento Ajax Navigation Extension Integrated
  • Magento Ajax Cart Extension Integrated
  • Touch Friendly for all Mobile Devices
  • 300+ Admin Features
  • Social Bookmarks for Products
  • Customizable Product Image Ratio
  • Awesome Price Slider
  • One Page Checkout
  • SEO ready
  • Ajax Customer Login
  • Mega Menu
  • Fast Support & Regular Updates

Spotlight view: Responsive Wedding Photography WordPress Theme – Vellum

Posted on: 31 dec 2014
Available at: ThemeForest Marketplace
Posted under: Miscellaneous Envato rating: 4.5 Stars Changelog: Changelog Price:  60$ 
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Today we bring up to the table a very beautiful wordpress photography template, named Vellum that was created by the mastermind Parallelus, a Power Elite member of the ThemeForest wordpress marketplace with over 1mil $ in sales on the marketplace.

This is a excellent template for photography blogs, resort & spa business, real-estate websites, wedding photography professionals. It’s clean and intuitive layout makes it one of the best premium templates you can buy. Vellum includes many premade design styles that you can choose from based on the business you are focusing on.

Vellum is also SEO (search engine optimization) optimized to bring you clients from day 1 you are going live with it. Also it includes many other premium style features that you might like. One in particular that we liked was the layout change that went very quickly thanks to the Uber menu, slider revolution and visual composer plugins

It includes 12 unique starter kits that allow you to build your site literally in under 10 minutes. It features a one click demo install so you don’t have to worry with tedious configurations.

Uber-responsive layout:Vellum is is a fully ultra-responsive layout that gives a native app feel when you navigate trough it on your phone or tablet. It’s retina ready so you got that covered for any ipad or mac users

Drag and drop content: You will have the ability to use a very cool plugin that will allow you to drag and drop content on your site. With visual composer plugin you can drag and drop content anywhere you want and build your site in minutes without the need of remembering pesky shortcodes or option settings.

Features

  • Ultra responsive layout
  • Parallax backgrounds
  • Mega-menus powered by UberMenu
  • Sliders made with Slider Revolution
  • Content build with Visual Composer content builder
  • SEO optimized
  • Modern blog layouts
  • Custom post formats
  • Sortable portfolio
  • Blank page templates
  • Drag and drop layout manager
  • Contact form builder
  • Sidebar generator
  • Unlimited home page variations, headers, footers, layouts, color choices
  • Unbranded white label admin
  • Self-hosted HTML5 video player
  • Custom audio player
  • 500+ Google Fonts
  • Retina ready
  • Translation ready (.po/.mo files)
  • Demo content included
  • All Photoshop files included