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20 stunning corporate WordPress themes

Entrepreneurship is a very trendy word and more and more people, especially the young ones are very attracted by the core values of the entrepreneurial spirit. The main idea of capitalism is to let people make profit from their business. In my humble opinion, entrepreneurship is the modern shape of the “old” capitalism. Altogether, we have passed a devastating economic crisis and people are very careful when investing money. In other words, any mistake may be deadly for the profitability of a business.
The online environment is already a business environment and the web designers doesn’t create websites just to look wonderful and be efficient. The new websites must be profitable! Of course, it’s not an easy job to do it!
For your inspiration we collected 20 stunning corporate WordPress themes. All are very carefully selected, but if we missed your favorite corporate WordPress then please let us know and it will be added into a next post.

Craft

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Craft is a theme that will make you say “wow” no matter the device used. The first thing to notice at this theme is how the menu is changing depending on the display size; I like very much how the theme looks for smartphone and tablet. Secondly, the theme is multipurpose and it’s suitable for any kind of businesses. Thirdly, the design is very clean and modern, definitely must have features of a corporate WordPress theme.

Final

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The ones interested in a very modern corporate WordPress theme must check Final. It’s very recent launched, but I bet that it will be a best seller. It comes in eight versions and all of them are modern, clean and complete.

Crystal

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The features of this corporate WordPress theme speak for themselves: almost 1000 subpages, 7 editable headers, 11 types of post page, 5 types of blog page, WooCommerce support, Revolution Slider, full responsiveness and retina ready. Beside these, the extensive use of white creates a special relationship with the viewer and overall this theme will play a big role in attracting more clients.

Diamond

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Diamond is a very interesting corporate WordPress theme that is extremely customizable and it’s suitable for any kind of business, both for large enterprises to individual freelancers. The theme has a custom sidebar manager and a visual composer and practically any pixel may be tailored according to the needs of the user.

Boson

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Achieving this theme is a very smart idea because it’s one of the most beautiful one. Boson is very customizable, the user may select from boxed or wide layout, there are tons of webpages to select from and most important for corporate WordPress themes, it’s SEO optimized.

Magnet

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Magnet is a theme that can’t be ignored. Firstly, it’s touch friendly so the smartphone or tablet users won’t have troubles accessing it. Secondly, it comes in four different versions (Creative, Business, Parallax, Catalog) that are wonderfully designed. Thirdly, the customization options are high advanced- the user see in real time how the buttons may be tailored. Obviously, there are many other cool options, but these would be discovered by you!

Flap

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Flat design is maintaining its top position in the preferences of the users and many WordPress developers create awesome flat based themes. Flap is one of them and it is very suitable for any kind of business project. It’s appreciable the simplicity of the theme, but at the same time, it is very complex. The buyers have tons of pages to select from and this is a guaranty that the website made up using this theme will be a huge success.

Flatweb

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This theme stands apart due to the beautiful color scheme used and due to the nice timeline styled blog. Another original feature of this theme is the use of sliders that give a plus to the dynamism chapter.

Gabby

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Initially, I thought that Gabby is just a great corporate WordPress theme that deserves to be added into this honoring collection. Likely, there is another feature aside the good design: the impressive customization settings. Try it to make a complete idea about!!!

Jomelle

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Jomelle is a theme that is multipurpose: it may be used for corporate purposes but also as a portfolio or a blog. It’s simple, visually appealing, and it’s designed having the user in mind. The abundance of white space is another plus and it helps a lot the visitors to focus on the content.

Arkitekt

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Arkitekt is specially destined for architect businesses, but it may be easily tailored for other kind of business projects. The sliding effects are the most attractive part of this theme, while the font used in the header menu is the poorest choosing. Anyway, in just few seconds it may be modified.

Human

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Human is a very simple theme that is perfectly matching for a creative agency. Everything is reduced at the minimum, just to assure a good experience for the users. Despite of its simplicity, the creators worked a lot and paid great attention to any detail. As an example, please notice the difference of the menu in mobile display and in other formats. (If you didn’t notice, see the menu that is white for smartphone displays – to be more noticeable, and black in the rest of cases).

Troia

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Troia may be used both as a one page or multi page website. The color scheme is really wise selected: the background is white and the various items are black or yellow- the most powerful contrast. Of course, this fact substantially contributes to a better experience for the users.

Adv

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Adv is a multipurpose one page WordPress theme that will impress any potential customer with the nice hover effects and the dynamism of the various items. Besides that, it can’t be neglected the quality of the design- simple, but effective.

Torque

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Torque is a great corporate WordPress theme that may be equally used as a portfolio, a blog or a business website. The multiple tailoring options are the ones that assure the universality of the theme. The single constant element is the beauty of the design!

Doors

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Doors is a one page WordPress theme that expresses modernism, freshness and high standards and all these features are capital for a corporate theme. Another plus of the theme are the CSS animations and transitions- congratulation to the coder!

Embrace

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A mega menu is useful even for corporate projects, even though these are specific to online stores. A huge problem is the rendering of mega menus for smartphones. If you want to see a successful transformation then you should check Embrace, a corporate WordPress theme. Obviously, this theme has many other cool features that “forced” me to add it in this list.

Event Me

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The landing page of this theme is unusual, but it might be very useful in some cases. Promoting an event- a product launch, a met-up or a new business conception is something mandatory in the corporate world and this theme is specially created for these situations. The counter is beautifully designed and surely will captivate the attention of the viewers.

Official

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The power of example is colossal and the developers of Official knew it; they created no more than 20 demos based on their theme. In other words, the users may see 20 examples of how to use this theme. Check them and let us know your favorite one!

Better

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Minimalistic approach is suitable for any kind of websites, including corporate ones. Better is a minimalist theme that is destined for business purposes; for the ones that are in love with extreme simplicity it is the best solution.
I hope that these themes impressed you and maybe you will use one of them for your corporate website. It will be great to know which one is your favorite!

20 wonderful WordPress themes for photographers’ portfolios

An image makes more than 1000 words. This statement proved itself to be true for many times. No matter how precise spoken or written words can be, an image “speaks” directly to the viewer.
There are areas which are even more challenging when is about creating images.
Photography is one of the examples. The art of painting delighted people from the oldest ages across entire history. Even nowadays the painters are highly appreciated. But there came a moment in history when capturing an image wasn’t a subjective issue anymore.
Later on the new art of photography evolved becoming more and more complex. We have nowadays art galleries for painting, for photography or better than we could have been imagined years ago galleries for painting and photography combined.
But today came earlier than expected. The speed of evolution caught everything in its whirlpool and changed the world. Nowadays, no matter the area of interest you are in you need to have at least a decent online presence. The requirements are set even higher for those who need by nature of their work to expose themselves and their creation.
Creating portfolios was necessary from the first freelancer. The need to present work in order to get appreciation and later a new job became mandatory in online environment.
When creating this particular type of theme, designers are easily conquered. The task of creating portfolios for photographers is both challenging and satisfying. The design must rise to the artwork’s level presented but still must emphasize it.
An image makes more than 1000 words was the statement I started with. That’s why I invite you to watch, admire and analyze a few WordPress themes for photographers’ portfolios.

SQA

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SQA is the type of portfolio that everyone should start with. The many choices for presenting the photos make this theme very suitable for any designer that needs to create a portfolio or even for a photographer. Very important to mention… it gathers the technical requirements that any theme should have; it’s retina ready and fully responsive.

Bleecker

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Bleecker theme is perfect for those photographers who want to present a classy look. Mobile touch optimized, retina ready and fully responsive it connects classy with modern for an amazing portfolio theme.

Santino

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Santino is the complete choice for any photographer. It contains many features that will delight the viewers but most of all the galleries and the effects are stunning. It certainly adds value to any portfolio.

Darkroom

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Minimal, responsive, with fullscreen slideshows, videos and woocommerce ready, Darkroom suites perfectly for the common saying “less is more”. According to many customization options provided, Darkroom is literary more.

Phototastic

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Phototastic is another theme suitable for a photography portfolio. Any option you’ll have for the homepage you will be delight the viewers form the very beginning. You will delight them even further with many gallery choices you’ll have.

Leepho

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Leepho is all about the photos. With only a few options for gallery display it still emphasizes what is really important – the photography.

Oyster

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Oyster comes with unlimited capabilities being yet easy editable. It comes with so many customization options that you can say it is itself a portfolio. Creating a portfolio will be an easy task with this theme and satisfying as well. Any photographer willing to use it will be amazed by many choices will have to present his/her work.

Fullscreen

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FullScreen is a beautifully responsive photography / creative portfolio theme. With rather a minimal design it is built around the idea of simply presenting photos as they are, with not many other features included – a brave idea that surely pays off.

Azura

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Azura is built on the same idea as FullScreen but to another level. It offers so many customization options for galleries that can’t be missed by any photographer.

Blend

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Blend is a fullscreen photography theme which is designed to focus on displaying photos. The fullscreen slider can be nothing but success when is about photos.

Objective

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Objective is a one-page portfolio and photography theme with fullscreen slider. It’s such a beautiful constructed theme that you won’t even notice the minimalist design. It sure looks very complex when you take advantage of many customization options.

Jkreativ

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Jkreativ is not especially designed for photographers’ portfolios but it is a more than complete theme. Ultra multipurpose is the description of the creators and it sure acts according its description. A theme that gathers more themes couldn’t miss our list.

Pure Photo

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Pure Photo was created as a multipurpose theme but it suites especially for professional photographers, designers, video designers and studios. It has everything a photographer might need for a professional presentation of his/her work.

Kubb

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Kubb is a flat and responsive theme with a clean design which will be a great solution for any portfolio. The many choices for portfolios will surely attract the photographers.

BRMSL

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BRMSL shows from the very beginning that was especially designed for presenting photos. With this idea in mind, designers’ work couldn’t be above perfection so it stays simply perfect.

Photogenic

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Photogenic is another theme created for showcasing photos. As it was especially designed for such a purpose, the result couldn’t be other than amazing. The social plugin for Instagram helps also amateur photographers to showcase their photos.

Devendo

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Devendo is another flat portfolio theme that will delight by itself the viewer and then by the multiple ways of emphasizing the art showcased. Any theme that offers more for the price of a single theme surely deserves any customer attention. The photographers will certainly have an eye for this.

Photex

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A portfolio, even a good one, needs a good presentation. An expert in visual arts, as a photographer is, will sure appreciate the Photex theme. Built for one purpose only, seems a very good option for any portfolio.

The Gentleman

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The Gentleman theme comes like many other multipurpose themes with the great advantage of having other features included. If beyond photos showcased, the owner needs other features to complete his/her portfolio, The Gentleman theme is a perfect option.

Grafika

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You might have noticed that fullscreen themes are my weakness. Grafika is not an exception. It keeps the standards to a high level for showcasing photos, which make it another theme that couldn’t be missed form our collection.

An image makes more than 1000 words but still feel free to express your opinions on this post. If you have other themes suited for photographers’ portfolios that you want to bring to everybody’s attention, let us know. Also feel free to share this post with your friends.

20 fresh wonderful Tumblr themes

Tumblr is a fascinating microblogging platform and the huge number of users is the most convincing evidence to make everyone take it into consideration. Despite of Tumblr popularity, the name and the story of its creators are less or more famous.David Karp is Tumblr founder and CEO; he is only 28 years old and he didn’t graduate the high school! Yeah, Karp dropped out the high school at the age of 15 years old. It’s unbelievable how he and his parents give up to everything in order to construct and market a microblogging platform. Fortunately, Tumblr is a huge success and he is one of the youngest famous entrepreneurs.
The web designers couldn’t stay farther from this network and created themes to enhance the Tumblr accounts. Of course, it was a good idea because lot of people wanted to customize their accounts. In present, more and more designers create impressive Tumblr themes and people buy these almost instantly.
We previously showcased impressive Tumblr themes, but now it’s time for a fresh set of 20 wonderful ones. The collection is made up from fresh themes, so you may purchase one to enhance your Tumblr account!

Flud

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Many designers are against hamburger menu, but still none come with a better solution. Flud is a great responsive theme but it has a defect. I think that the hamburger menu from the right part of the header is too small when it’s rendered on desktop format. It’s a personal opinion and I am really curious to know your opinion about. Except this fact, the theme is well-designed and get the greatest mark at the cleanliness aspect.

Eris

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Tumblr main aim is the wide spreading of information using a concise, simple and intuitive platform. It’s said that an image is worth 100 words, so a Tumblr page sharing impressive images is the climax of this idea. Eris is a practical good looking example of this idea. Obviously, it’s suitable for photographers’ portfolio.

Creeps

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Creeps is a responsive and retina ready Tumblr theme. It supports all type of Tumblr posts and it has widgets that show the latest activities on social networks as Instagram and Flickr, Disqus comments, and the documentation is well written. At that, the theme is suitable for any kind of project so it deserves its place in this collection!

Admiral

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Admiral is a complex masonry layout based theme. It supports all types of Tumblr posts, but also the users are able to submit posts or ideas, the search form is awesome, off-canvas content and free future updates are just a part of the Admiral features and these must convince you to pay attention to it.

Politicize

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Politicize is another complex Tumblr theme that is looking almost similar to a WordPress one. It’s designed for politic parties or public personas and its structure is complex due to the fact that it must cover all the aspects specific to these projects. As example, this theme includes a donate button, a RSS feed, “team” and “About us” sections that are uncommon elements for Tumblr pages.

Prospekt

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Prospekt is built using a unique Masonry layout. The innovative idea is the fact that the user may double the width of some posts in order to highlight the importance of these. The theme is very customizable, but I like very much the current dark style that pleasantly emphasizes the content.

Inferno

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Low poly backgrounds are very used this year and if you want a trendy theme, then Inferno may be a solution. Infinite scrolling, the full tailoring of the header, sidebar portrait and background, the multiple typography options are some interesting features of this quality theme.

Quila

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It was impossible not to add in this collection a minimalistic theme. Quila is a black and white minimalistic theme that is very suitable for blogs because the design is specially created for the perfect reading experience.

Visto

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“Simplicity is the essence of happiness” is the slogan of the header and I really appreciate this idea. Visto is a theme suitable for blogging as the previous one, too. Altogether, the style of Visto is way more warm and happy. I think that this theme is a source of making everyone feel better and in addition to proper content the success is guaranteed.

Mars

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Mars is a Tumblr theme that is destined for portfolio projects. The style is very joyful and the colors are playing a big role in making this theme visually appealing. It’s responsive and retina ready, so the users will have the same enjoyable experience regardless the device used.

Vesper

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Vesper is the standard Tumblr theme for photographers. It is dedicated to exhibiting photos…nothing more or less. The theme is simple, but it doesn’t mean that it’s incomplete, it just let the photos specking for themselves.

Agency

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Agency is built using Bootstrap which isn’t something common, but the final result is really cool. Another unusual feature is the video background, but it looks cool, too. It’s a complex theme and it is aimed for business purposes.

Gradiente

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Colorfulness and cleanliness are somehow two opposite concepts and I thought until I saw this theme that their combination isn’t a good idea. Gradiente is a theme that made me to reconsider this idea. It’s fabulously how a theme may be full of colors, but in the same time very clean. It will be much better to check yourself to see this theme!

Oblivion

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Oblivion is the perfect choice for journalists. The posts may be featured and added into categories, the infinite carousel is main piece of the theme and the tag cloud is assumed from WordPress. It’s a very original theme and it will work as a magnet for users.

Dining Around

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Warning: this theme isn’t suitable for blogs and it’s not recommended to check it if you are hungry. Just kidding…yeah, the theme isn’t suitable for any type of blogs because it supports only text posts; even the developers mentioned this fact but it’s the best theme for a food blog. It’s impossible not to remark the wonderful design and the care for details, i.e., the users have the possibility of printing the recipes.

Edge

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Edge is a very elegant and modern theme. The flat design based layout and the cool sliding effects immensely contribute to the modern look of the theme and surely attract the eyes of the readers. The theme is very customizable, so the ones that want to more powerful express their personality must be happy with this theme.

Amanra

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Amanra is built on Isotope grid and it looks really great. The beauty of colors and the boxed format of the posts are two big advantages of this theme. Of course, there are many other interesting features and I think that you should consider this theme as a reliable solution if you want to personalize your Tumblr presence.

Moveone

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The ones that have a startup and want to have a standing apart Tumblr theme should visit Moveone. The flat design, the complex structure, the multitude of widgets and the truly awesome sliders will impress the potential clients. It’s not an exaggeration to state that this theme has the potential to increase the profits.

Hyperion

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Hyperion is a very simple theme and its design makes the reading a real pleasure. The background is white while in the header are used darker color and in this way is assured a smart color balance.

Moa

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Deliberately, I let this theme at the end of this collection. The idea behind Tumblr is to build a simple, concise and interesting online presence. This theme is 100% a practical example of Tumblr mentality and I consider that it will became a hit in the Tumblr themes marketplace.
I hope that these themes would be appreciated by the readers and it will be great to have a feedback from you. Do you have a Tumblr account?

20 amazing creative Muse templates

Adobe Muse is one of the latest products released by Adobe. The main aim of Muse is to allow full liberty to the designers. The coding part of a website works as a huge obstacle for the most creative designers. Also, a lot of time and resources are wasted in creating the code and correct the inevitable mistakes. The Internet is full of website builders and the teams behind these firmly state that these are able to replace the work of a designer. Unfortunately, the reality is crueler and at the moment, no website builder can substitute the imagination of a web designer. It shouldn’t disappoint the fans of website builders, sooner or later the technology will evolve and some future tools will simplify the job of a web designer. The website builders and Adobe Muse have the potential to make way simpler the website creation.
We treat extremely serious the Adobe Muse evolution and we gladly announce you that it’s on a very positive trend. The Adobe experts are constantly bringing improvements and the web design community pays closer attention to each new edition. As a result, the Muse templates became more and more attractive and it’s matter of time until the clients together with the designers will intensively use Muse templates for new websites. In the past, we exhibited showcases of Muse templates; now it’s time for a new set of fresh and creative templates. All of hand-picked and no doubt this collection will convince even the most reticent ones about the Adobe Muse potential. Enjoy them and don’t forget to let us know which your favorite is!

Meton

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Booker

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Creando

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Mansur

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Flatline

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Photography

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Instrumental

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Raaga

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Trance

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Mercury

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Saturn

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Fairview

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Sevon One

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Over the Clouds

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Shift

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Movement

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Andromeda

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Football

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Vintage

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Levity

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How to create the focal points of your layouts

Every web designer is aware that each work created must have some focal points- the places that should attract the eyes of the viewer. This article comes at your rescue and it offers you a few pieces of advice that will help you figure out which are the things you should do when creating something like this. However, before actually creating the focal points, one should take his/her time in order to analyze the project and realize what matters the most, where should these be placed or what is the color that would make this grab the attention.
Anyway, I will cut it to the chase and in the following lines I will present the most important factors that one should take into consideration when creating these important features. If you will follow these steps and if you will be serious about creating something really helpful for your users, then you will definitely be successful in this task.

Illustration

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The graphics of your website are important, especially because they will make your audience notice the most important points. Not to mention that these are very entertaining and relaxing, and at the same time they offer your webpage an appealing and interesting look. Besides being attention grabbers, the illustrations also have the purpose of explaining the users the steps of various processes, and therefore you should not miss the great opportunity of including these “multi-tasking” features.

Another thing you should take into consideration is the fact that in case you must create a hierarchy of focal points, then illustrations will definitely help you achieve this goal. When creating this hierarchy the web designer should arrange the points of interest, depending on their importance. Therefore, a bigger illustration should be used for the most important matter, while some little ones should be saved for the other points that follow in rank.

Buttons

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The most popular attention grabbers nowadays are the call to action buttons. People love these and they usually love to click them, just because they are curious to see certain photo galleries, restaurant menus, store offers, and so on. Besides that, they are very easy to spot: they are big, and they often come in red. So, placing buttons on your website will definitely catch the eye of your audience, who will become intrigued and curios. Just remember that famous line that Dee Dee (Dexter’s Laboratory) used to say: “What does this button do?”

Long story short, it would be a shame not to include buttons on your website because they are very effective: they are visible, people are accustomed to them and also, they offer valuable info to the visitors. However, web designers should be careful. It is not a secret that once people find that something is effective they tend to overuse that certain item. As a result, less is better in this case, otherwise your buttons will no longer be effective and useful.

Simple decoration

It goes without saying that simple decorative elements will help you put the emphasis on the most important points of your webpage. And, especially that these days people love minimalist and clear websites, you will have the chance to make your projects modern and useful at the same time. Everybody knows that the best way of creating great effects and of drawing the attention towards the most significant issues could be made through the use of colors and positioning. Certain techniques you could use in your advantage would be: the color contrast, the arrangement of the focal points, depending on their size or the utilization of various minimalist features.

Therefore, you should definitely think about the simple decoration, because your users love it (it is simple yet appealing), it is not time consuming (it helps the website load fast) and it will definitely play an important role at accentuating the most important and significant items of your website.

The whitespace

If you want to use as little effects and features as possible, and if you want to rely on the power of the whitespace, then you will definitely manage to draw the attention of your readers towards the focal points. Actually, it is important to realize that the whitespace has quite numerous advantages and that it represents a great manner of creating your focal points. In case you wonder why, then you should know that a white and clean space will make it possible for the visitors to notice and observe the features that are crucial for your website and that will help them achieve their tasks faster.

At the same time, if your website has plenty of white space, it means that there are fewer elements. As a result your readers won’t have to go through exhausting searches, in order to get the things they need. Obviously that this also means that you will gain loyal visitors, because usually people are more satisfied with a website that emphasizes the most important factors, without causing them too much stress.

The typography

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Of course that, certain parts of the text of your website must be accentuated and thus become focal points. This is possible, by using a special typeface and by playing with the font size, the text color or the spaces between characters and lines. Ways of transforming your typography into a focal point would be, for example: using red (which is definitely an attention grabber), increasing the font size when necessary, even to certain extents of adopting a huge typography, or simply writing in bold or italic.

Anyway, one should not forget about this important manner of creating a focal point, because texts and their typography could really add a nice effect to your website and they could represent important attention grabbers.

In the end, it is important for web designers to think about this matter deeply, because people need to be guided when coming across new websites that might entertain or inform them. So, create focal points for your website and you will benefit from numerous advantages.

20 amazing WordPress themes for travelling projects

Our presence in the online environment is mostly related to work. That is a fact no one can deny. There are aspects in this work that refer to creativity, fun and entertainment but this isn’t a rule or the main reason for us being here.
Sometimes though, being a designer, no matter if you work for a company or as a freelancer, turns to be a really entertaining job. I think many of you found at least once that working for projects that require creativity could be fun. That must have been the feeling of those who created themes for travelling projects.
Although a sensitive job, which needs an attractive seriousness, creating themes for travelling projects is always a stimulating job. The amount of information is usually huge and amazing structures are needed to make all the information at hand.
When is about travelling people need a preview of the memories they are about to share, that is why another aspect, not important but mandatory is the photo area of a theme.
Covering such a huge area, this topic is better illustrated by the creation itself. In order to support our opinion, we invite you to analyze, to admire the following WordPress themes. You will find more than information and pictures.

Trendy Travel

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Paradise Cove

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Libro

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Royal

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Monarch

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Wildcat

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Welcome Inn

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Love Travel

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Nation Hotel

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Bed Breakfast

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Vierra

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Book Your Travel

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Soho

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Viva Hotel Premium

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Anchor Inn Hotel

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Tour Package

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Grand Hotel

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Royal Gold

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Dignitas

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Paradise Hotel

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Most likely you were impressed by the mixture of business seriousness and creativity. We are quite sure that you were inspired either to travel, or to create a theme for travelling projects of your own.
We are also sure that by “travelling” on the Internet you found many other interesting WordPress themes for travelling projects. They can compete to these from the list or they can join to fulfill all the demands, that is why we invite you to share with us your opinions and with your friends our post.

20 themes, templates and plugins for a creative agency website

Internet is no longer a place for information exchange, even though this was the initial purpose of the Internet creators. Nowadays, the online environment is turning, more and more, into a realm of entrepreneurs. Altogether, the Internet is an unlimited informational resource and all of us are free to use it. The huge Internet growing positively affects our daily life and we should be thankful to the ones that realized this fact: the web designers.
The websites wouldn’t look so beautiful unless the web designers worked hard to satisfy the client’s requirements. People constantly need more and better websites, which means that the designers work under huge pressure, almost on a daily basis. The competition amongst web designers is pretty harsh and it determines that only the best to survive in this field.
A capital reference for any designer or creative agency is the portfolio. It’s a website or a social media account where only the best works created are showcased. In fact, a portfolio is the identity card of the designer/creative agency. No doubt, a single modest item added into the portfolio has the potential to “convince” people to search for other solutions.
If you want to create a portfolio or the actual one doesn’t look good then we have good news for you. We created a list of 20 themes, templates and plugins that may be used for a portfolio. Each item from this list was carefully analyzed; therefore here is the crème de la crème!

Vesa

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One single page websites are very appreciated by the average Internet users, so having a portfolio based on this idea sounds as a good solution. Vesa is a great WordPress theme, Bootstrap based, retina ready that is very customizable. It’s suitable for modern creative agencies and personally, I think that is one of the most attractive theme released this year. What do you think? Am I right?

Strap

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Strap is a WordPress theme designed for creative agencies, too. This theme is very nice and funny, therefore it’s recommended using it only if the core values of the agencies don’t require a more formal approach. Even though the theme is funny, it doesn’t mean that the team that developed it isn’t serious. They fully deserve our prides because the theme is very complex and good looking.

Lion

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Lion is a WordPress theme that comes in seven different skins and I’m sure that its features will convince anyone that it is a very reliable solution for a good portfolio: drag & drop builder, normal or one page format, vertical or horizontal header, full width or boxed design, many cool sliders etc.

Brackets

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A good portfolio should let the user focus on the items showcased rather than impress with its various effects and animations. The ones that embrace these ideas must look closer to Brackets – a WordPress theme that is discrete and simple.

Studio9

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Studio9 is the prototype of a good looking complete portfolio. The cool flat design reveals the modern approach of the team while the “About us” page creates a more personal relationship with the potential customers.

Metroid

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Metroid is a very simple Metro style based WordPress theme. It’s more suitable for freelance web designers because it’s extremely simple and it looks very similar to a v-card. In spite of its simplicity, any potential customer may have a clear idea about the skills of the designers in just few seconds.

One

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One is a very modern and elegant website template. In addition to a good looking layout, there are other features as HTML5 video sliders and full screen players, Google Maps API support, Font-awesome icons that made it stand apart from other templates.

Xstream

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Xstream is another modern website template. Its customization options are endless, the creators presenting five different versions of this template. The landing page is Metro inspired and it definitely gets a good mark at the originality chapter.

Superme

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Superme is a website template created for the ones that don’t have web design skills or/and don’t have too much time to create and maintain their portfolio. The landing page is a huge grid of images featuring the previous works. Simple, but effective, isn’t it?

Jolly Folio

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This website template impressed me due to the smart use of negative space and the big, bold and readable typography. The template may be used for multiple purposes, but it’s the most suitable for creative agencies.

Jana

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Jana is an example of good design. This template is made of the “classic” components of a portfolio, so you may think that it has nothing special. Altogether, if you choose to see the life preview, you will be amazed by the design aesthetics. In conclusion, I added it here!

Eshra

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Eshra is an Adobe Muse template that is more suitable for freelancers that are passionate about photography. The black and white color combination creates a special atmosphere that will impress the customers. It comes in three versions: Static, Fullscreen Video and Fullscreen Slider Background and all of them look pretty good.

Portfolio Muse

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Portfolio Muse is a very standard, but pleasant portfolio that seems more suitable for individual freelancers. The flat design and the parallax effect create a modern and dynamic approach while the simplicity of the template will create the idea of a pragmatic and efficient freelancer. Under these circumstances, it’s almost sure that the clients will contact the respective freelancer.

CCSlider

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A good modality of impressing the potential customers is the use of an attractive slider. CCSlider is a really stunning plugin that provides the user with a huge array of sliding options. You may check the demo to see the effects and I am sure that you will be fascinated by it!

Cube Slider

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Cube Slider is a plugin that creates a 3D sliding effect. By installing this plugin you will add a plus of dynamism and originality to the website. Let’s hope that the customers will resist to the sliding temptations and will focus on the items exposed.

Contact Form

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Let’s suppose that the works showcased in the portfolio convinced the potential customers to ask for your services. Don’t you think it would be a pity if they changed their mind due to a poor contact form? It won’t ever happen if you install this plugin; it creates a beautiful contact form that is connected with Google Maps.

Premium SEO Pack

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No matter how visually appealing a portfolio is or how well done are the projects exhibited, without being on the first positions in the search of the clients everything is in vain. SEO Pack is a complete plugin that will help in making your portfolio way “friendlier” with the spiders of the search engines.

SEO Studio

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SEO Study is another plugin that helps the users to obtain a better search engine positioning. It contains 32 tools for better optimization as Estimate PageRank, Analyze Links, Website Speed Test, and Check Headers so it’s obvious that it’s a powerful plugin that shouldn’t be missed.

MyMail

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In order to let people know the latest offers & news, it’s a good idea, from time to time, to send them an email. A newsletter plugin may resolve this fact and MyMail is one of the best solutions. It has tons of options, including a complete analyze of the newsletters sent.

Social Media Tabs

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Finally, the last item from this list is a plugin that will help the portfolio owners to have a solid social media presence. It’s one of the most complete plugins that is very customizable and no doubt, it manages to satisfy everyone’s tastes.
If you want to create a stunning portfolio, I hope that these themes, templates and plugins will be useful for you. It will be great to know if any of the above items helped you in creating a new one or if they have improved your existing portfolio.

20 extremely useful plugins for an online store

Creating and maintaining an online store is a common but challenging activity. The Internet is a place for businesses and the online stores are the most obvious evidences. The statistics reveal that more and more entrepreneurs will invest in various online affairs. It means that the web designers must treat more seriously how to design websites particularized for e-commerce activities. Even though the ecommerce is a pretty new area, the www is full of online stores. The competition is very harsh and it’s extremely difficult to resist in such a “digital jungle”. Altogether, there are many entrepreneurs that have made substantial profits.
The success of an online store is dependent on two major facts: the prices & quality of the products sold and the design of the selling platform. While the prices and the quality of the products sold are the decision of the store owner, the design of the platform is debatable. A good design is subliminally associated with a reliable store and it significantly affects the profitability of it.
Of course, the design of any website must always be tweaked and we propose you 20 useful plugins for an online store that will enhance the experience of the potential buyers. No doubt, by installing these the profits will grew, therefore look closer to them!

Zetta

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First of all, a profitable online store must assure a pleasant environment for purchasers; they must have at hand every product. A good navigational menu is one of the most important factors that contributes to the easiness of finding the desired product. Zetta Menu is a great plugin that allows creating a mega menu that will be very useful for the clients.

FH Mega Menu

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FH Mega Menu is another option for creating a complex navigational menu. The specificity of it is the concept behind- it’s created for handheld devices. It’s useless to mention that nowadays more and more people use handheld devices to access Internet, including online stores.

Percentage preloaders

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All the buyers have a common feature: the lack of patience. In many cases, a single second makes a huge difference. Altogether, in order to convince people about the quality of the products are required high quality images which implies a longer uploading time. A good compromise solution is the use of creative preloaders as this plugin does.

Paypal Shopping Cart

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An attractive shopping cart will make people use it, therefore the chances of having profits are increased. I appreciated very much this shopping cart, it’s simple, discrete and good looking!

Latest News

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Latest News is a plugin that will help very much the store owners to display the latest discounts and offers. Definitely, it won’t annoy the viewers, because the animation options are truly eye-catching. In this way, even the more distracted users will notice the news and discounts.

JNewsbar

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Another modality of letting people finding out latest offers and discounts is the use of a news bar. JNewsbar is the perfect plugin for this thing and it may be fully tailored to the store owner requirements.

Glass Case

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Glass Case is a very useful plugin for any type of online store. It offers tons of solutions for zooming the images. I recommend checking the preview offered by the creators to make your own opinion. It’s useless to mention how important is for a customer to have good zooming options- it’s an option that demonstrate the quality of the products.

Dramatic Zoom

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This plugin is dedicated to create a better zooming experience too. Altogether, it stands apart comparing with other plugins; the zooming effects are really cool adding a plus of dynamism to the website.

Speedo Slider

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Speedo Slider is a plugin that will captivate the attention of the purchasers. Once installed this plugin, the admin have the possibility of showcasing a collection of images (new products, discounted items, various news). The sliding effects are very interesting, so you should try it!

Pieces

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An original design for an online store is almost mandatory. If you want to have an original slider, then Pieces is a good solution. It contains tons of effects and all of them very original. I consider that this plugin is very suitable for stores selling tech products, auto items or gadgets.

Pinch Zoomer

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The mobile users shouldn’t be ignored and this plugin is specially created for them. It’s touch enabled, but it also works when scrolling, so it may be used by the desktop users.

Countdowns

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Making people curious is a trick that works in the area of ecommerce. This plugin creates a nice countdown and it may be used to inform people about your new promotional campaign. It’s good looking and surely some visitors will come back to see what’s new.

Led Time Panel

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Led Time Panel is another countdown that will delight the viewers. It reminds of the huge neon banners from the cities. It’s a subtle effect that may subliminally influence the purchasers. Anyway, the overall design of the countdown is attractive!

Sky Forms Pro

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Personally, I think that the users are afraid of completing forms. These items are “innocent” but make people run away. The main problem is that the user must take action to complete a form. It might be the laziness, the lack of trust or the designers must create better forms. A single thing is sure: by using this plugin, all your forms would look impressive.

Smart Forms

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An online store owner must constantly impress the customers. Flat design is the hottest trend and it’s recommended adapting the online affair to this trend. Consequently, this plugin create wonderful flat forms. It has tons of options and surely some of the forms may be suitable for your store!

Sign In / Registration Form

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This plugin creates very discrete and pleasant flat sign in/registration forms. These comes in two versions: normal and pop up. In fact, the forms has nothing special, but the good aesthetic and the discretion convinced me to add into this list.

Album Grid

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Some entrepreneurs are more extravagant and prefer expressing their ideas into the design of the online stores. This plugin may be used to create an album grid with the images of the products. Check the preview offered by the plugin developer to see it in action!

Accordion slider

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Accordion Slider is a plugin that without any doubt will impress the customers. The accordion sliders are modern and people like them, therefore this plugin is perfect for a modern store.

Hotspot Map

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Hotspot Map is a plugin that may improve the relationship seller-client. By installing it, the user adds various notifications that are displayed when the client is hovering a specific zone of an image. It’s simple and effective!

Super Social Share

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Super Social Share is a plugin that let the customer to share a specific page or a product. Social media and ecommerce are interconnected entities and any successful online store has a strong social media presence.

I hope that all these plugins will help you becoming more profitable; give them a try and you won’t waste your money. Do you have other plugins useful for online stores to share with us? Please let us know which your favorites are!

Wait, You Have to Update Your WordPress Plugins?

hackerWe’re about to blow your mind, so make sure you’re buckled in. Are you ready? Are you ready to have your world rocked and turned upside down? If you have plugins installed on your WordPress site, make sure to update them. I know, it’s mind numbing, right? Apparently, not everyone updates their various programs, plugins, and themes as often as they can and, as a result, their sites can be at risk.

PC Mag was one of the mainstream news outlets to tackle the case of the out-of-date WordPress plugin, identifying five plugins that you absolutely must update right now. And when we say now, we mean stop reading this article, update the plugin, and then come back to our site. Wash, rinse, repeat.

The first was MailPoet, which is suffering from a “remote file upload” flaw. As one security expert told PC Mag, “This bug should be taken seriously; it gives a potential intruder the power to do anything he wants on his victim’s website. It allows for any PHP file to be uploaded. This can allow an attacker to use your website for phishing lures, sending spam, hosting malware, infecting other customers (on a shared server), and so on!” That does not sound like a plugin that should remain vulnerable.

As we saw recently, TimThumb suffered from a vulnerability that, according to our original article on the topic, “leaves many websites vulnerable to exploits that allow unauthorized attackers to execute malicious code.” The critical issue, the WebShot function, is turned off by default, so the problem might not be extremely critical. However, if you use TimThumb, now is the time to update it.

About six weeks ago, an issue cropped up with All In One SEO Pack that allowed hackers to change the SEO functions of a website, which could leave you in hot water going forward. There were also issues associated with All In One SEO Pack surrounding Java code and passwords. According to PC Mag, the most recent version of All In One SEO Pack is 2.1.6, so make sure to upgrade to that.

wordpress logoPC Mag also highlighted a recent issue with the Login Rebuilder plugin. The news site explained that the flaw “would allow attackers to hijack the authentication of arbitrary users. Essentially, if a user viewed a malicious page while logged into the WordPress site, attackers would be able to hijack the session. The attack, which didn’t require authentication, could result in unauthorized disclosure of information, modification, and disruption of the site.” Version 1.2.3 appears to be the most recent rollout available.

Finally, PC Mag pointed out an issue with the JW Player plugin. The video-oriented plugin could be your downfall if it’s not updated as, according to the site, “Attackers would be able to remotely hijack the authentication of administrators tricked into visiting a malicious site and remove the video players from the site.” PC Mag recommended upgrading to Version 2.1.4.

How should you protect yourself from these malicious streams of vulnerabilities? It’s simple: update your plugins and update your themes. Also, PC Mag and other sites we perused stressed the importance of checking through various directories and looking for files that are out of place. Rather than just assume everything on your computer and on your site is running as normal, take some time to poke around and make sure every file and every plugin seems to be in order. You’ll be happy you did.

Rest assured that if we find any more security issues related to WordPress, we’ll keep you posted here on ThemeSquirrel.

20 stunning sliders to impress your visitors

The huge endeavors of the web design community sometimes act as a boomerang for its members. The websites are looking good and are satisfying the highest demands, therefore any new website should be crafted, at least, at the same standards. Under these circumstances the role of a web designer is pretty ingrate, he must always work better and better. Taking into account that the competition is really fierce, I guess that no one should envy a designer.
Altogether, maintaining the high standards might not be enough! It sounds crazy, but it’s true! The Internet is full of quality websites and people consider these being the norm and not the exception! As a result, a website must be original. The next logical question is to ask yourself how to create an original website.
Unfortunately, no designer or blogger may provide a solution to create an original website; there are only generalities and nothing more. The single resource of originality is the mind of the designer. In conclusion, only you are responsible for the originality of the website freshly launched.
Because I believe I might have disappointed you, I have created something that will make you a little happier. I made a list of 20 stunning sliders that aren’t totally unseen, but yet these are rarely used in spite of their top quality. It’s enough to install these and the chances of having a more standing apart website are considerable higher!

Gold Slider

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Gold Slider is a responsive slider that is suitable for blogs. It handles four articles in a sliding area but it might be customized to slide more posts. Personally, I think that the variant with four post is the best solution. It adds a high level of dynamism and I think that the viewers will be impressed by the dynamic effects of the slider.

Layer Slider

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It was aforementioned that the sliders from this list aren’t very popular, but Layer Slider is really famous. Still I added it here because it has so many impressive sliding effects, that are hardly used. Practically, this slider offers hundreds of impressive effects to a website owner. I tried various solutions for some minutes and I didn’t finish all the possibilities. (Warning, it’s addictive!)

Seria

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Seria is a jQuery vertical slideshow plugin that is very discrete, simple and pleasant. It may be used for displaying products, photos, news or blog posts. It’s responsive and retina ready, therefore your mobile visitors won’t encounter any issue.

Background Pro

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Making frequent design changes isn’t a very good idea, but from time to time is better to bring something fresh. This plugin is the perfect solution: it creates a slideshow of images that may work as a background. Once these images are wisely chosen, the activation of this plugin will really enhance a website.

Skew Slider

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Skewslider is a plugin that will surely make your website stand apart. The images showcased are skewed and it also adds a plus of dynamism. The plugin may be easily customized according to the website owner’s needs; so you have all the reasons to try it.

Infinity Slider

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A part of the sliders aren’t fully responsive and this fact affects negatively the mobile users. Infinity Slider is specially created for the mobile users and in addition to that it works perfectly for desktop users, too. Besides that, it has tons of effects to select from and the custom possibilities are endless.

Fullscreen Background Slider

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Fullscreen Background Slider is a very powerful plugin that helps the webmasters to make the websites backgrounds more attractive. There are some solid reasons to add it in this list: 36 animation effects, 20 build-in patterns, customizable animation time, responsive and mobile friendly…Pretty convincing, isn’t it?

Storyline 3D

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Storyline 3D Slider is relatively new to the market, but I am sure that it will be a big hit. It’s one of the best plugins that create 3D effects and beside that, the customization options are endless. 19 color schemes, 8 scroll and 6 slide effects are enough to offer tons of standing apart sliding effects.

Mighty slider

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Mighty Slider is very complex, before finding out about it I was not aware of the fact that there are so many sliding possibilities. It works even with videos, YouTube and Vimeo, it is device friendly & cross browser and it’s fully responsive. Check all its sliding options and surely it will be your next acquisition.

Banner Rotator

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This plugin is perfect for the situations when the webmaster wants to display quotes or testimonials, at the same time it’s also suitable for images. It’s simple, discrete, responsive, and it has the potential to enhance a website.

jQuerry Banner Rotator

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jQuerry Banner Rotator is a plugin that impresses due to the nice transitional effects and due to the powerful customization system. The user has the possibility of setting a timer, a different transition per slide and many other features that will make the website stand apart.

Filter Slider

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This plugin was added into this list because of the cool effects – it displays when hovering the image. The idea is simple and pleasant: when the user hover an image, it’s rendered a sepia, grayscale, light saturate etc. version of it.

Rollbar

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Rollbar is a very discrete but effective plugin. Once installed, it replaces the standard browser scrollbar. It sounds strange, but it’s very efficient. Instead of scrolling an entire webpage, the user just scrolls a couple of images or slides. The plugin is responsive and for small displays it may represent a very efficient solution.

iCarousel

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The plugin is very suitable for modern and tech inspired websites. iCarousel is a lightweight jQuery plugin that creates wonderful carousel showcasing images. It has touch, mouse and keyboard support, it’s responsive, it works perfectly both on iOS and Android and it’s extremely easy to customize. I think that by checking the live preview you will be captivated by the effects.

Melon HTML5

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This plugin works as an emulator; if you need to display images as an iMac, Mac Cinema, iPad or iPhone then it’s the best tool. It may be tailored to the user’s needs, including the effects of the images displayed.

3D slider

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The entire web design community considers that the dynamism is a feature that will be dramatically improved in the next years. An important role in making more dynamic websites is reserved for sliders. Featured 3D Slider is a slider that will surely improve the dynamism of the website…please check it yourself!

Feature Slider Plugin

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Feature Slider Plugin is another slider that obtains a good mark at the originality and dynamism chapter. I think that is suitable for tech related websites or for the situations when the main public target is constituted from young people.

Blades 3D

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Blades 3D is another very original plugin. The images are flipped using 3D effects, but it may be available in the “classic format”, too. The flipping effects are very attractive and surely the viewers will be captivated by these.

Super 7

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I purposely let at the end of the post the most impressive slider. Super 7 is a much appreciated plugin and it has the “power” to considerably improve the layout of a website. The huge advantage of this plugin is that the customization options are unlimited.

I hope that those needing a sliding plugin will find this post very useful. The sliders may significantly improve a website and it’s a big mistake to neglect them.