Entries Tagged as 'WordPress'
Membership websites are often considered one of the best approaches for making money online. The recurring revenue generated by a successful membership website is an obvious reason that these sites are so desirable, but the truth is that running a membership website is not easy. Many customers are hesitant to sign up for on-going payments, so you’ll need to offer something that makes the recurring fee a worthwhile expense for your members. And in order to keep members you’ll need to work to add new, and valuable, content on a regular basis.
While getting and keeping members is certainly a challenges, it’s the technical aspects of setting up a membership site that present the biggest problems for most entrepreneurs who are looking to go this route.
A membership website needs to be able to do a few key things:
- Allow new members to sign up
- Process payments at the time of sign up and any recurring payments
- Integrate the member accounts with the appropriate payments
- Restrict access to protected content for anyone other than active logged in members
- Provide active logged in members with the appropriate access to protected content
There are obviously other functions as well, but these are the basics. So if you want to start a membership website, how do you go about getting this set up? Of course, you could use a custom solution, but that would be very costly and/or time consuming. For the vast majority of people setting up membership websites the best option is to use an existing script or plugin that provides all of the needed functionality.
Finding the right option to power your membership website can be a challenge, but the good news is that there are more quality options than there were just a few years ago. Here are some of the leading options:
aMember Pro – aMember is a powerful, feature-rich solution that can integrate with a wide variety of content management systems. It’s probably the most popular option, in large part because it can be used with WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, phpBB, vBulletin, and much more. The down side of aMember is that it can be a little complicated to set up and it can be much more than is needed for some projects. The current cost for aMember is $179.95 for lifetime access with 6 months of free updates.
In recent years as it has become easier and less costly for people to set up their own websites, more and more websites have been used for providing information about weddings. Because WordPress is free and simple for anyone to set up with most web hosts, it is naturally a popular choice for engaged couples wanting to provide information regarding their wedding.
Wedding websites typically include many of the same features and content types, including bios of the couple, engagement photos, directions to the wedding and reception, hotel information, and sometimes the option to RSVP through the website. Sites are also used in some cases to showcase wedding photos after the big day to share them with attendees and those who were unable to attend.
With WordPress, setting up a basic website to provide this type of information is pretty simple, and a number of themes have been developed specifically with weddings in mind. These themes often include some enhanced functionality, and they typically feature a design that fits well with wedding websites.
In this post we’ll take a look at 18 WordPress themes that are great options for wedding websites. Most of them are premium themes that must be purchased, but there are some free themes included as well.
A responsive theme available at ThemeForest.
WordPress users know that there is no shortage of themes available to use for your own websites and for client websites. With new themes being released on a daily basis it can become a real challenge to stay up-to-date and to know what is available. Our goal with this post is to showcase a number of recent theme releases that may be of interest to you.
Whether you are looking for a theme for your own website, looking for a theme to use on a client’s website, or just interesting in seeing what new themes have been released, you should be able to find something of interest in this collection of themes. You’ll find 30 different themes here, along with pricing information and where you can find them.
Available at: ThemeFuse
Flat designs are taking over quite quickly it seems. I doubt anyone could argue against it being the latest and greatest for (fairly) new trends on the web, in mobile devices, and even in print. The simple description for a flat style of design is one that lacks 3D effects, such as bevels or drop shadows.
The stylistic details of a flat design can vary somewhat, just as with most design styles. Usually, though, a flat design is quite minimalist with primary-ish colors and lots of “white space”. The font is usually thin without too much flare. Boxes and buttons are, of course, without strokes or 3D effects. Some flat designs do contain shadows, but these are usually flat-ish as well.
Whether you are new to flat design or simply need some fresh, new resources for your next project, most should be able to find a few items below to help. The list below is divided into 5 categories: UI kits, icons, templates, WordPress themes, and tutorials. The best part? All are free. The ones that specifically mention “free for commercial use” are noted as well. Have fun browsing and be sure to let us know of any other amazingly free flat resources.
A UI kit is a user interface collection that comes with all the parts and pieces you need to design your own website. Usually they are PSD but sometimes will come with other components as well. While you can use the color scheme in the file, you can create your own color scheme. They also come with patterns, brushes, and much more. Hence, UI kits save a web designer a lot of time, improving workflow and decreasing time spent on projects.
WordPress users benefit from a huge selection of themes that just keeps growing. New themes are released every day. If you are a WordPress user yourself or if you are a designer/developer that uses WordPress for client websites, there are probably times where you need to find an existing theme that will meet your needs rather than taking the time and going to the expense of creating a custom theme from scratch.
In this post we’ll showcase a collection of more than 30 new themes that are worth your attention. These themes may be a good fit for a project you’re working on right now, or they may prove to be useful at some point in the future. These themes come from a variety of different designers/developers. Many are available at marketplaces like ThemeForest and Mojo Themes, and others are sold at the theme shops of the designer/developer. Let us know what you think about these in the comments below!
Available at: Theme Trust
The flat style of design is obviously a popular trend right now (see our post 33 Examples of the Flat Web Design Trend). If you’re interested in having a site or blog with this trendy look getting a custom design isn’t the only option. There are a number of WordPress themes that feature a flat design style, and more are being released frequently. In this post we’ll showcase 25 different WordPress themes that use a flat style of design.
Venture is a stylish and responsive business theme from WPZoom. This theme includes features like a built-in portfolio, a full-width slideshow, custom widgets, menu management, unlimited colors, shortcodes, a theme options panel, and more. Venture can be purchased for $69 and currently includes 1 free bonus theme.
New WordPress themes are released every single day. Those who use WordPress to power their websites and blogs can benefit from the enormous community that has grown around the popular open source content management system. You can find a quality theme to use WordPress for just about any type of website. The huge demand and high competition means that theme developers have to put a great deal of emphasis on the quality of their themes if they want to be successful, and this obviously benefits users of those themes.
In this post we’ll showcase 30 recent theme releases that are worthy of a little attention. You’ll find themes from several different theme shops, as well as others from marketplaces like ThemeForest and Mojo Themes.
Available at: Theme Trust
Although WordPress‘s massive popularity has led to all kinds of specialty themes and the possibility to use the CMS for just about any type of website, there are still tons of great themes for powering a blog or a news-based website. With thousands of WordPress themes available, finding the right one for your blog can be a challenge. In this post we’ll showcase 27 different themes that are perfect for blogs and news sites, and if you are in need of a theme hopefully you will find something here that can meet your needs.
Lifestyle, from ThemeFuse, is a beautiful theme that will give your blog a great colorful look. Lifestyle includes features like shortcodes, dynamic sidebar widgets creation, jQuery lightboxes, an admin dashboard panel, and more. You can purchase Lifestyle for $59.
WordPress is an incredibly popular CMS for a number of reasons. It’s free, open source, powerful, and it can be used for a wide variety of different purposes aside from a traditional blog or corporate website. One of the best ways to see that potential for flexibility is to take a look at the different types of themes that are available. You can find quality themes for all kinds of different purposes, which makes WordPress even more useful.
In this article we’ll showcase 27 examples of specialty WordPress themes. Here you’ll find themes for question and answer websites, job boards, crowdfunding sites, directories, deal sites, and much more. Hopefully it gives you some ideas of what is possible.
Explorable, from Elegant Themes, is a location-based theme that pins your posts on a map. It is a great option for travel blogs, travel guides, and local business directories. It uses a responsive design and also includes functionality for user star ratings. You can get access to Explorable with a $39 membership to Elegant Themes (also includes access to more than 80 other themes).
There are a lot of different factors that help to make a blog successful, and reader engagement is one of those factors. A blog that has a high level of reader engagement is likely to receive a lot of quality comments from readers, and a blog that gets a lot of comments is likely to benefit from that high level of engagement.
The commenting functionality was a key issue in the rise to popularity for blogging several years ago. Visitors who were accustomed to reading static pages with no option to leave their own feedback typically appreciated the opportunity to interact with the blogger and other readers. Over the past few years it seems like more of this discussion has shifted to sites like Twitter and Facebook as many blogs have seen a decrease in comment activity. However, the opportunity is still there for blogs to benefit greatly from an active comment area.
In this article we’ll take a look at the different commenting options that are available to bloggers who are using self-hosted WordPress to power their blogs. Most of these options are also available for other blogging platforms as well.