WordPress is the most popular platform for websites available nowadays. Creating and managing a website on WordPress is by far the simplest process available for both experienced users and for beginners.
One of the best things about WordPress is that, due to its popularity, a very diverse array of plugins has been created in order to make the lives of WordPress users easier. There are plugins for WordPress for virtually any need you might have.
But seeing as there are so many of them out there, it can sometimes prove difficult to navigate through all of them and find the ones that will truly be useful for your website. So we thought we might help. We took a look at some of the hottest WordPress plugins available right now and we put together a list of the 10 best ones.
The same team that created the amazing WPJobBoard and WPHelpDesk plugins has released WPAdverts, a classifieds plugin for WordPress. This plugin will turn your site into a professional classifieds website in no time. WPAdverts will work smoothly with any theme that runs on the latest WordPress version and has a One Click Installation process.
Chances are you know what to expect when you see a file name with an extension like JPG, GIF or even PNG. You know when you open that file, you are going to be presented with an image of some sort. What about when the file name is accompanied by the extension SVG? Just what the heck is an SVG, anyway?
Scalable Vector Graphics. Okay, now you know everything you need to use SVG file everything you need to use SVG files. Go out and fruitfully populate the world with your genius.
Yeah, now you see why your enjoyment of image files has never really been noticeably compromised by ignorance of what letters like JPG and GIF actually stand for. Clearly, it is not enough to know that SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics.
It may not even be enough to know that SVG files are preferred among web designers because they can be easily scaled to look good on computers running a host of different resolutions. Or that SVG files offer significantly more accommodating than the more rigidly constricted JPG.
You will definitely want to understand that SVG files are not exactly ideal for pixel management. Graphics involving sophisticated vectoring, sure, but if all you expect from an image editing program is to turn red eyes blue, you might want to reconsider the advantages that come with working with Scalable Vector Graphics.
It is no secret that CSS frameworks have been the cornerstone of web design for many years now, but, in the age of responsive design, a framework’s value has multiplied. A well-designed CSS framework or boilerplate can reduce the designing process tremendously by saving time spent on the development phase, while ensuring that your website is rendered properly on all devices.
However, with so many choices out there, choosing the right framework to build upon can be difficult.
CSS frameworks are divided into two distinct categories based on their complexity: simple and complete frameworks. This distinction is totally subjective, however, and does not mean that one is necessarily better than the other. It simply means that they offer different solutions, depending on the complexity level or flexibility required for a particular project.
Fortunately, there are a number of leaner alternatives to Bootstrap and Foundation. Most of them contain just the right amount of tools and styles for the fledgling designer, while at the same time offering expansion capabilities to match your growing needs.
Pure.css is incredibly small. All the modules contained in the set take up only 4.4kb of space when minified and gzipped. Designed primarily for mobile devices, the designers felt it was important to keep the file size as small as possible. And by restricting your usage to a single subset, you save even more space.
WordPress developers as well as site owners have a toolkit of plugins that they use regularly and these are the backbone to every site. Besides those there are also smaller plugins that offer neat functionality to solve issues that you may have with your site.
This article will focus exactly on that, showcasing WordPress plugins that have been released in the last few months and which can help your WordPress based website to offer a better functionality for your users and also for yourself as site admin, even though they aren’t as big as a cache or SEO plugin.
Details make the difference between a good site and a great one so make sure you pay attention to these WP plugins that can make your site better.
Share Buttons & Analytics by GetSocial is a free WordPress plugin that enables trackable social sharing on your site. Supporting shares in over 10 major social networks, it allows your visitors to share your content, but they also track their actions such as how many shares have been made, how those shares are generating traffic to your site, and how that traffic is converting into more sales or subscriptions.
It’s important for us web designers to stay up to date with the industry that we are in and with the new resources that are created on a regular basis.
It’s not something easy, because most of our time is spent working and delivering to our clients, not researching for whatever tools and resources our colleagues have been releasing to help the community.
If you’re a DYW subscriber, you probably know about this series of articles. If not, this is my tools and resources shortlist that I make over the course of three months (usually). It has been a while since I did an article of the series because I was busy working on two great UI kits: Ace for iOS 8 and Vonn for Android (material design). These two have taken a lot of my time in the last few months and I barely had the chance to search for resources.
However, now that the UI kits are done, I have had the time to catch up to the interesting and especially useful resources that our fellow colleagues have created. This article contains what I found useful and hopefully what you will to. If there’s a particular type of resource that you want me to look out for in the future articles, let me know.
An extensive CSS reference with all the important properties and info to learn CSS from the basics.