Articles tagged as ‘WordPress’

40+ of the Best WordPress eCommerce Themes

While there are plenty of options available when choosing an eCommerce platform, the possibility of using WordPress for eCommerce has become more enticing in recent years due to continued development of plugins and themes. Today there is no shortage of quality themes that can be purchased, or in some cases downloaded for free, to use WordPress for powering an eCommerce website.

One of the main benefits of having WordPress as an eCommerce option is that so many users and developers are already familiar with WordPress, so the learning curve can in some cases be shorter than with another platform. Another advantage is that WordPress is free to use and can be hosted anywhere. Many of the leading eCommerce options require your site to be hosted with them, which can be a good thing, but it’s not what every user wants.

Having a custom theme designed and developed is always an option, but the improving quality of available premium themes makes it possible to start a professional-looking eCommerce site with very little upfront investment. In this post we’ll showcase more than 40 eCommerce themes for WordPress, and every one of them sells for less than $100.

Some eCommerce themes come with their own eCommerce functionality built in to the theme, but most are designed and developed to integrate with one or more of the leading eCommerce plugins for WordPress. Those plugins include WooCommerce, Jigoshop, WP e-Commerce, Cart66, and Easy Digital Downloads.

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Gather ($49)

Gather is an extremely well-designed and responsive theme from ThemeTrust. It comes with an extensive list of features and integrates with WooCommerce.

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Choosing WordPress Hosting

Choosing the right host for a website can be a difficult decision, but it’s critical to the performance and stability of the site. When it comes to sites that are powered by WordPress, sometimes a few additional factors play into the decision of which host to choose. In this article we’ll take a look at some of the hosting options for WordPress-powered websites and blogs, and we’ll also look at some things to consider when you’re deciding which host would be right for you.

Basic Hosting Options

To start with, let’s take a look at the different options that are available when you’re looking for WordPress hosting.

Regular Hosting

WordPress can be used on just about any server with just about any host, so your options are quite vast. Using WordPress for your website doesn’t require you to choose a host that specifically serves the WordPress community.

Most hosts include Fantistico, Softaculous, or some other similar tool for easily installing CMSs and scripts on your server. This means that with most hosts you can easily install WordPress in a matter of just a few minutes without touching any code or doing any manual setup.

Two of the most popular companies for low-cost shared hosting are Bluehost and HostGator. Both offer easy WordPress installation and are good options if you are looking for low-cost shared hosting.

Bluehost

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Technical Details to Consider Before Starting a Membership Website

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.

aMember

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30 New Themes for WordPress Users and Designers

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.

Evangelist
Price: $59
Available at: ThemeFuse

Evangelist

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The Best WordPress Themes for Wedding Websites

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.

Premium Themes:

Marriage ($40)

A responsive theme available at ThemeForest.

Marriage

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Free Resources for Creating a Flat Design

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.

UI Kits

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.

DesignModo Flat UI

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33 New WordPress Themes for Your Websites and Client 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!

Hayden
Price: $49
Available at: Theme Trust

Hayden

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25 WordPress Themes with a Flat Design Style

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

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.

Venture

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30 New and Fresh WordPress Themes

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.

Hayden
Price: $49
Available at: Theme Trust

Hayden

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27 WordPress News and Blog Themes

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

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.

Lifestyle

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