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How to Generate Backlinks for Your Wordpress or ClassicPress Site

Backlinks on your Wordpress or ClassicPress site are still one of Google’s top ranking factors and have a significant impact on the success of your blog. Especially when starting a new blog good backlinks are essential in order to ultimately generate income from blogging! There are different ways to get these high quality backlinks for your blog, and I am going to show you a few of them here.

High Quality Backlinks For Search Engine Optimization

The main goal of search engine optimisation (SEO) is to align and adapt web content for Google’s analysis mechanisms. This improves positioning in search results for relevant search queries. Backlinks count as a ranking factor. In simple terms, these links lead users from relevant websites to your blog. Google examines these links to assess the quality of your content. Consequently, your content will appear higher in the rankings than similar content without backlinks.

However, you don’t need as many of these links as you might believe, and quality is what matters. For example, ten or more links from websites that are only remotely related to your blog’s theme can lead to a lower SEO ranking than a single optimised link for your specific topic. This link could come from a recognised institution in your specialist area. Just to be crystal clear: never simply buy a load of backlinks! This violates Google’s guidelines and you’ll probably tumble down the rankings or, in the worst case, disappear from the index.

So, the main goal is to create organic backlinks, i.e. through natural content such as links from reputable websites dealing with the same subject as your blog. Therefore we are now going to explain the best ways to create these links!

Ways to Ensure You Have Quality Backlinks

Produce High Quality Content

Nowadays, consumers and business customers mainly search the Internet or Google for solutions to their issues. They also look for services to meet their needs. In fact, long before they even consider purchasing a specific product or service, they sift through a wealth of information. Only sites that meet a user’s request for information and skilfully match the relevant queries through original content can compete on the web today. Of course, this also applies to your blog posts.

If you want to convince (potential) customers about a product or service – whether you’re selling your own products or services or acting as an affiliate – you must offer just the right information. This must be specific to your target group and the relevant stage in the buying process. For example, a potential client just beginning to look for information needs different details to someone who may have already compared several products. The former will find basic information to be relevant, while the latter may not find it useful since they need content to help them make a decision.

If you manage to engage your audience on all levels, comprehensively meeting every need and offering real added value, they’re highly likely to share your content and, sooner or later, links back to your page or site will be created.

Create a WordPress or ClassicPress Site With Social Media

People are signing up to social networks in increasing numbers. In addition, online social activity is massive these days. Facebook is still at the top. In Germany, 23 million people engage here on a daily basis. So, it’s no surprise that this and other relevant channels like Instagram, Twitter and YouTube have developed into serious marketing platforms.

One of the reasons for this is the huge potential reach of the content. In addition, linking content with social media or sharing it (‘social signals’) has a positive effect on SEO. Google has yet to confirm this, but the very essence of social networks promotes backlinks!

If your blogs have ‘like’ or ‘share’ buttons, your readers can pass on content through their social media accounts. Naturally, your content must completely convince your audience. When this happens and your posts get ‘likes’, you benefit from the potentially enormous reach we’ve just described and the activity of people on social media. With the right targeting, your posts could go viral, i.e. passed on through social media. Then, you can reach many readers who recognise the quality and link your post to their website on the same topic. This will generate a backlink.

Of course, you shouldn’t necessarily wait until one of your readers clicks the ‘share’ button. You can accelerate this process by sharing blog posts on your social media accounts.

Swapping Links

The procedures above are the basics for generating backlinks. Now, we’ll move on to more specialist techniques: You can strongly influence the creation of high-quality backlinks and exchanging links is a common method. However, Google doesn’t approve of this. If you’re subtle about it and stick to the rules (for example, not having reciprocal links on the home page), you shouldn’t suffer negative consequences.

Also, the procedure is very simple: Look for blogs with the same topic or other websites as close as possible to your area of expertise and ask those running the blogs to link a post to one of your articles. In return, you’ll do the same.

Blog comments don’t have the same SEO strength for backlinks compared to the methods described above. Google tends to recognise any non-organic links and evaluate them accordingly. However, studies have shown that backlinks from comments are beneficial and don’t lead to any negative consequences when it comes to ranking the linked page (at least for the time being and if the procedure is correctly followed).

Once again, this is very simple: Look around for blogs with the same topic and comment about one or more posts under a different name. Include the backlink and with few subtleties, your ranking is likely to benefit.

One of the main requirements for effective backlinks in comments is to really read the articles you comment on and to be constructive in evoking answers. A phrase like “great text” with a link will be quickly exposed by Google and ultimately won’t do you any good.

Conduct Interviews

Interviews are one of the more complex methods of generating backlinks, but they also have great potential to actually become one. These question-and-answer sessions and the statements within are generally considered as highly authentic and credible. To get the most out of this, the interviewee should be someone who holds a position of authority in the relevant area. This way, you’ll offer readers, listeners or viewers some real added value. By meeting these prerequisites it’s highly likely that webmasters with sites on the same topic will refer to your interview, generating numerous quality backlinks for you.

Place Guest Articles on Other Blogs

Guest articles have mutual benefits. As the article’s author, you’ll receive an integrated backlink and the host blog will get some free content. Make sure you check out suitable blog topics for a guest article on your individual theme. Review these carefully – use analysis tools to assess whether generating a backlink will really benefit you. Only then should you request an interview. The higher the quality of your blog content or reputation in your specialist area, the greater the likelihood that the interview will be beneficial.

Create a Blog and Offer Downloads

Offering downloads, such as e-books, white papers or software (demo versions), works in a similar way to high-quality content. Downloads should be as specific as possible to your target audience and provided exactly when needed. Therefore, the downloaded files will draw attention to other blogs and websites, which can link these obviously high-quality downloads.

Get backlinks for your blog

Organise Blog Parades/Reviews

To start a blog parade, call bloggers from your subject area to comment on a topic that interests all participants. Bloggers involved in your blog parade will write an article on the given topic, ultimately creating quality contributions where authors link to the organiser. In return, the organiser of the parade can write a summary with links back to the authors.

Use Round-Up Articles

Round-up contributions ask experts (in this case other bloggers) about specific specialist themes and are similar to interviews. You can simply turn the answers into a blog article and provide backlinks to answer your questions. Since well-designed round-up articles convince your readers just like interviews, they tend to receive frequent backlinks.

Create a WordPress Blog and Post Entries in Recognised Blog Lists

Actually, not all backlinks that are purchased or clearly non-organic are bad for your ranking. If you register with your blog in one or more recognised blog directories, the backlinks won’t be as beneficial as in organic content. However, they can certainly give you an edge over competitors who might not appear there. Google can see the added value and benefit to end users in directories where people can find blogs on a certain topic in a compact list.

Conclusion

In addition to generating backlinks, it is also important that they are continuously added without your intervention. Your job is to simply check them regularly. This will allow you to discover sites that report on your blog and that you wouldn’t have encountered otherwise. This makes it much easier to establish contacts and possibly valuable cooperation. To check and control your backlinks, I recommend Linkminer. There are multiple ways to create strong backlinks. The methods I’ve explained in this article aren’t an exhaustive list but could be the most beneficial. Of course, you can’t and shouldn’t use these all at once or you’ll quickly lose track. It is best to start with the basics, i.e. creating high-quality content and broadcasting it on social media. Once you’re initially successful, you can start to expand. If you enjoyed this post, why not check out this related article on How To Build Backlinks in Your Wordpress or ClassicPress Site!

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How To Build Backlinks in Your Wordpress or ClassicPress Site

If you want your Wordpress or ClassicPress site to rank high on Google, you need to take backlinks more seriously than ever before! The era of randomly building backlinks is long gone as Google’s algorithms are constantly evolving to ensure that the highest-quality content shows up in response to user queries. The simple truth is that all backlinks are created unequal. This is why it is now clear that the only way to win the game of building backlinks is with quality over quantity. With that being said, in this guide, I’ll bring you up to speed on the essentials of backlinks and everything you need to know so that your SEO results will skyrocket in as short a time as possible!

Also, remember to check out more SEO practices to further improve your search results.

What are backlinks?

Also known as inbound links, incoming links, or one-way links, backlinks are links from an external website that link back to a page on your website.

You can think of it as a vote of confidence from the site that’s linking out. Meaning the site gives credibility to a page on your site by indicating to search engines that the content on it is valuable. It relays trust and authority and when search engines see a larger site linking to yours, they rank you higher.

Types of backlinks

There are 2 primary types of backlinks with both having a different influence on the rankings of your website on search engines. Here is a brief explanation of them:

Dofollow links

Dofollow links are HTML attributes that tell crawlers to pass authority and SEO rank to the target sites. These backlinks directly influence your backlink profile because they send a signal to search engines to transfer authority to your website. The links usually have the “rel=dofollow” in the HTML code.

Nofollow links

Nofollow links are simply the direct opposite of dofollow links (used to combat SEO spam). They tell crawlers not to pass authority and SEO ranks to target sites. Humans can still interact with the link but algorithms can identify the distinctions and follow the instructions. The links usually have the tag “rel=nofollow” in the HTML code.

Why are backlinks important?

So why are backlinks important and what advantages do they bring to your site? Let’s take a look at a few major reasons!

Referral Traffic

Referral traffic refers to people clicking on a link while reading a post because they seek to find more information. Backlinks help drive steady referral traffic on autopilot, and the best part is that this type of traffic is highly targeted (lower bounce rates).

Brand authority

As previously mentioned, getting links from popular websites can help build the authority of your brand. Not only is the link viewed as a vote of confidence by search engines, but more importantly, it is viewed as a vote of confidence by users. The authority of that website will rub off on you simply by association.

Organic Ranking

Backlinks can significantly help improve your site’s ranking on search engines. Because when Google sees a more authoritative website linking to your website, it suggests that your site’s content is valuable! Therefore placing more weight on it by increasing its rank on search engine results pages (SERPs).

What makes a good backlink?

It is important to remember that not all backlinks are created equally. There are good backlinks and bad backlinks. Good backlinks will help improve your ranking on search engines while bad backlinks can hurt your rankings. Even get your website penalized!

That being said, your goal should be to be able to construct good backlinks and you can do that by taking the following into consideration:

Authority of the site

The quality of a link can be determined by a domain’s authority. The idea here is that the more authority a site has, the more authority it can pass to your site. So a backlink from a site like entrepreneur.com will have a much bigger impact on your site than a link from a relatively unknown blogger. Google knows that getting links from authoritative sites can be very hard, so when it spots such a backlink, it puts a lot of weight on it.

Relevancy of the site

When it comes to building quality links, a site’s relevance also matters. When Google sees a website link to another, it assumes that they are related and ranks such sites higher. If your site is related to health and you link to a site that’s related to cars, it is obvious that they are not related and you may get penalized for this by search engines. In general, you want to get links from authority sites that are closely related to your site.

Dofollow link

We explained this earlier in the guide that a dofollow link is an instruction to search engines to pass authority to another site. Thankfully, most links on the web are dofollow links, but you will generally want to stay away from some sources like blog comments, paid advertisements and press releases as they are usually nofollow links.

Diminishing returns

If you want quality backlinks, you need links from a domain that hasn’t linked to you before. Well, can you link to a site more than once? Yes, you can but the more often you link to such sites, the less powerful the impact will be.

Link anchor text

Anchor text simply refers to the clickable text section of a link, and it is one of Google’s top-ranking signals. Google wants the target keyword to be included in the link’s anchor text, but make sure it is not spammy so you don’t get penalized for it.

How to build backlinks

There are many ways to get backlinks and all do require some level of hard work and persistence. Here are some of the most effective ways of building backlinks:

Guest posting

Guest posting has always been one of the best ways to build backlinks. When you guest post on other sites, you get to appear as an authority and provide value to their audiences. Furthering your influence and reach. It’s always, however, always best to do your research on the requirements for guest posting by sites in your niche. Some sites have a “write for us” page while others only accept proposals to co-author a piece.

Niche edits

Niche edits involve the insertion of your links into quality, aged blog posts or pages that have already been indexed by Google. They are just as powerful as guest posting! As it can help you benefit from traffic that’s already being driven to the page. You can acquire a niche edit by reaching out to selected bloggers in your industry and requesting for your link to be added to it.

Round-up posts

Round-up posts are one of the most popular types of posts because they provide insightful information shared by experts in an industry. You can create your own round-up posts by sending out an email to a number of experts and asking them one question. A single question increases the chance of getting a response. When you’ve published the post, notify them of it and most of them will end up linking back to you.

Industry forums

Another excellent way to build backlinks is to share your links on industry forums. To avoid being penalized for spamming, only include links to your site when you respond to questions other users ask. Don’t just go about inserting your link into every comment. As this could easily pass for spamming. Only respond when it makes sense.

Social media

You can also build links on social media, but you need to first create full and consistent profiles on all the major social media networks. These can include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and more. Once you’ve set up the profiles, consistently share your links on the sites at least once or twice a week.

Conclusion

While building backlinks is important, creating high-quality content is more important because that’s what gets shared!

It’s okay to learn all the tactics of link building but if you don’t have quality content on your site, you may find yourself having to start from scratch again, and you don’t want that.

By putting everything in this guide into practice, you can start building links right away to improve search ranking, leads, and sales! If you enjoyed this post, why  not check out this article on how to Fix the Most Common SEO Issues on Your Site Using 301 Redirects!

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Vue vs Angular Framework Comparison

Selecting a front-end framework can be a tricky and time-consuming process, and many would be developers encounter this dilemma whilst getting “information overload in the process! In today’s article, I am going to quickly compare a couple of JavaScript frameworks which are popular choices, Vue vs. Angular. Let’s look at their history, job market, and learning curve, and other characteristics that will help us determine the winner. After that, I guess, you’ll be able to decide which one to pick for your front-end or full-stack development project.

Library vs. Framework

Let us get the terminology clear before we dive into discussing the features and practical uses of the frameworks in question. Some developers use these terms ‘library’ and ‘framework’ interchangeably, but they’re actually different. A Library is a collection of reusable code that is used to solve common problems.

There are various libraries out there for addressing different problems. For example, we have libraries for performing mathematical calculations. We also have libraries for machine learning, and so on. A framework provides us with a lot of reusable code, just like a library, but it also gives us a structure or a skeleton for application development.

So when using a framework, we have to build our application according to that framework. Frameworks have opinions in terms of how we should structure our applications, how the application should get started, how various components should interact with each other, and so on.

Why Use Frameworks and Libraries?

Angular and Vue are both examples of popular frameworks for building front-end applications. One of the questions we get most often is,
“Why do we have to use a framework or a library to create our apps? Can’t we get by with plain old JavaScript?”

The answer is, “Yes, you certainly can.” But that would be a waste of a lot of  time. Here is the reason. Imagine you want to build a desk. Would you buy pieces of wood and put them together? Or you’d prefer to go to the forest and cut the trees first to get wood? There’s no reason to cut the trees, of course, when there is plenty of wood ready for you to reuse.

We use frameworks and libraries to maximize our productivity and speed up the web development process. There is a lot of code that’s tested and ready for us to reuse without having to reinvent the wheel, in a similar way to some of the well known CSS Frameworks.

The concept with the above is to shorten the development time of a site or app by using pretested and laid out blocks which just make life a lot easier.

Vue.js vs. Angular: Popularity

Vue and Angular are among the top tools used for building web apps these days. But which of the two participating in the Vue vs. Angular duel is better? Let’s find out right now.

We suggest that you look at the results of this StackOverflow developer server in 2019. Here’s the list of the most loved web frameworks.

Angular vs. Vue graph

As you may see, the winner is React, which we’re not going to discuss in this article. But it was closely followed by Vue.js last year, and Angular seems to be losing its popularity compared with 2018.

Still, when it comes to large businesses, Angular is definitely a favorite here. It’s used not only by Google but also by other big companies like Nike, Lego, and The Guardian.

Notwithstanding its being extremely popular with developers, Vue is somewhat neglected by large corporations. Still, it’s gradually picking up and being adopted by more and more companies. Now small businesses like GitLab, Repro, and 9Gag use Vue to create their projects, and chances are other companies will soon follow their example.

Angular vs. Vue: History

Now that you know which of the two frameworks is more popular with developers, it’s about time we took a quick look at their history.

Angular is one of the oldest frameworks. It’s developed by Google and was initially released almost ten years ago. Until 2016, it used to be called Angular.js.

In 2016, the Angular team released Angular 2, which boasted lots of improvements, including the support for Ng Modules. But, in fact, the second version had nothing in common with Angular.js. It’s possible to state that it was a completely new framework. So, to reduce confusion, the Angular team decided to drop the “js” from the original name, and they called the new framework “Angular.” This made a lot of developers unhappy. Their apps, which were developed with Angular.js, had to be rebuilt using the new version. Also, over the last three years, there have been several other releases, including Angular 4 that came out in 2017.

Unlike Angular, Vue wasn’t created by a huge tech company. It was designed by an ex-Google employee six years ago. Presently, it’s maintained by a group of enthusiasts. Even though it’s a new tool, it has gained a lot of popularity over the past couple of years and is on the increase among many web technology outfits due to its clear documentation, which makes it easier to be used by large teams.

Angular vs. Vue: Differences

As you know, Angular is not just about creating and rendering components. Though it has components too and also follows a components-driven approach, Angular has earned the reputation as a complete framework or even platform. It boasts a rich set of tools that help you with developing modern web apps.

All these tools you need for very large apps ship as part of Angular developed by the Angular team. So, you don’t even need to rely on some third-party vendors. Additionally, it uses the native API, HTML templates for the components, and CSS, which you can easily add if need be. On the downside, it uses Typescript as a language, which is pretty hard to master.

Just like Angular, Vue is a complete solution. Though Vue boasts fewer features than its counterpart, this is increasing, for example with the introduction shortly of Vue 3 and the Vue Composition API, and it’s widely used for building UI components in the web application market. It also has routing and state management solution courtesy of the Vue team. Similar to Angular, it uses native API, HTML templates, and CSS. As you see, Vue is quite similar to Angular, especially from the syntax perspective.

6. Angular vs. Vue: Learning Curve

Angular has always been famous for having a steep learning curve because it’s a full-blown framework. In contrast, because Vue is less complex and , it has fewer concepts that you need to learn and understand with less complicated syntax. I would say, learning Vue requires a smaller amount of time and effort than its counterpart Angular.

So, if you’re starting out, I would say – start with Vue. Moreover, it gives you tons more job opportunities Once you learn Vue, if you want to expand your career options or just curious, you can proceed to master Angular.

7. Angular vs. Vue: Performance

We can rightly note that both Vue and Angular offer pretty good performance to users. They might differ on your machine or your exact requirements, or in your web app, of course. But, in general, both tools are darn fast and efficient.

One thing to note, though, according to the benchmark test run on the frameworks in question, Angular was found to be a bit slower. Still, this is hardly surprising, since Angular ships with a pretty big codebase. Consequently, the apps you create with this tool are more heavy and unwieldy. Hopefully, this will drastically become better in the future versions (Angular 7 and higher), where Angular will use a more improved renderer leading to a smaller codebase. If you enjoyed this post, why not  check out this article on How To Build Vue Wordpress Rest API Websites

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Top 30 WordPress & ClassicPress Statistics

As of late 2019, The WordPress CMS platform powers an impressive 35% of the world’s websites. So 35% of every website in existence throughout the world uses WordPress as its content management system. WordPress has definitely come a long way since its inception in 2003. Designed to be a blogging solution to meet the needs of those wanting to share their ideas with the world at large, WordPress has long blossomed into so much more. Now, you can publish blog content, run an online business, open up an eCommerce shop, and everything in between. Additionally, ClassicPress, the faster more secure fork of Wordpress, is gaining popularity and heading towards a million download per year.

Thanks to the free and open-source nature of this platform, WordPress has grown in popularity over the years and has racked up some pretty remarkable statistics for itself. And today, we’re going to share with you the best WordPress statistics and facts that you can use in your own blog content to establish more authority or just use to impress your friends. So, let’s get started.

1. WordPress dominates the CMS market share

It’s not enough that 35% of all websites use WordPress. In addition, WordPress dominates the content management system market share at 61.7%. This makes it the most popular (and widely used) CMS of all for the 7th year in a row.

2. Big name brands understand the power of WordPress

You may be under the impression that WordPress is only for bloggers and small businesses. But it’s not. In fact, some of the biggest name websites in the world utilize the power, flexibility, and affordability of WordPress. For instance, WordPress  powers Facebook Newsroom, Vogue, and The Walt Disney Company, all of which are major corporations with a global presence.

3. To build WordPress was no easy feat

According to Open Hub’s Project Cost Calculator, it took 193 person-years to build WordPress to be what it is today. This includes 718,256 lines of code and over $10 million in expenses.

4. The WordPress platform is always improving

From its launch on May 27, 2003, to just a few days ago on November 12, 2019, there have been 401 updates or brand new version releases of the WordPress core. To say the team behind WordPress cares about new features, security patches, and more is an understatement.

5. People never stop building WordPress websites

As of October of this year, WordPress maintains the number one spot as the fastest growing content management system in the world. Adding to that, 773 WordPress-powered websites are built daily. The next fastest growing CMS is WooCommerce (which is powered by WordPress!) with 381 daily site builds and Shopify in at a measly 193 daily sites.

6. And speaking of WooCommere

27% of eCommerce websites use the WooCommerce platform, which is the free eCommerce plugin that works seamlessly with the WordPress content management system. Behind it are Shopify (18%), Magento (9%), and OpenCart and BigCommerce tying at 3% a piece.

7. WooCommerce holds its own in terms of downloads

If the percentage statistic about WooCommerce above isn’t working for you, maybe the pure, raw data will help. WooCommerce has been downloaded 79,539,671 times and counting.

8. People search for ‘WordPress.org’ a lot

According to Alexa, WordPress.org ranks 716th in global internet engagement. It also boasts a fairly lengthy average time on site per user of 3 minutes. This is pretty good seeing as WordPress.org is mostly a resource website. Other impressive numbers include a bounce rate of 50.9% and the fact that 927,013 sites link to WordPress.org.

9. Web host recommendations are few and far in between

Even though there are thousands of web hosting providers available in the market, WordPress.org only officially recommends 3 web hosts: Bluehost, Dreamhost, and SiteGround.

10. WordPress is linked to much more than a blogging platform

The team behind the open-source WordPress project is also linked to products and services like WordPress.com (the hosted WordPress solution), Akismet, BuddyPress, Gravatar, VaultPress, Simplenote, and of course WooCommerce.

11. WordPress is being actively used by millions

It’s easy to inflate statistics by stating that a piece of software was at one point downloaded a million times, only to find out that the active users of said software is actually much lower. That said, when it comes to live websites using WordPress, you can bet there are over 29 million serving up content to site visitors right this minute.

12. Even new versions of WordPress rake in download numbers in the millions

As of right now, WordPress 5.3 has been downloaded more than 35 million times and counting. If you check out the official WordPress.org counter, you’ll see for yourself. In the time it took me to type these words, the number has jumped to 5,192,671 downloads.

13. When it comes to customization, WordPress is hard to beat

One of the biggest draws the self-hosted WordPress platform has is its ability to be fully customized by people of all skill levels using plugins. And if we’re counting just the official, strictly vetted WordPress plugins found in the Repository, you can find over 55,000 plugins.

14. The WordPress community is just as impressive as the CMS

There have been over 1055 WordCamps spanning 75 cities, 65 countries, and 6 continents since the first WordCamp was organized by Matt Mullenweg in 2006. This robust community of WordPress users working together to network, build, and improve all aspects of WordPress is just another reason why it’s so dang popular.

15. WordCamp numbers never fail to impress

From 2011-2015, there have been 5,856 unique speakers, 7,451 unique sessions, 3,120 unique sponsors of the events, and a whopping 90,000+ tickets sold at worldwide WordCamps. And that was from 4 years ago. Imagine what those numbers would look like now!

16. You’ll find dedication to WordPress at meetup groups

There are over 780,000 WordPress meetup members and 1,600+ groups all over the globe dedicated to meeting up on a regular basis and discuss how you can make the most of your WordPress software.

17. WordPress-related keywords are where it’s at

According to Google Trends, WordPress-related keywords are more popular than terms related to Drupal, blogger, and Sharepoint. In other words, there is a lot of interest in WordPress-related content.

18. Global brands have nothing to lose with WordPress

Thanks to the hardworking translation team over at WordPress.org, WordPress has been fully translated into 55 worldwide languages, with tons more to follow.

19. WordPress Translation Day is a real thing

No, seriously. Every year a bunch of WordPress enthusiasts get together and work on translating the WordPress ecosystem (e.g., the core, themes, and plugins). For twenty-four hours. On a global scale. The most recent WordPress Translation Day boasted 81 worldwide events, 46,653 string translations, and 221 new translators taking part in the fun. Plus, the work performed impacted 71 language locales.

20. Locales (AKA WordPress website locations)

As of now, WordPress’ top locales include the United States (45.6%), Japan (5.7%), Germany (5.5%), Spain (5.1%), and France (3.8%).

21. Part of popular culture

WordPress was featured in episode 5 of Chris Ryan’s Strike Back. And, it was also briefly mentioned on Orange is the New Black, and Lily Allen’s song “URL Badman.” (source)

22. WordPress is a major target and requires proactive security measures

According to one of Sucuri’s latest hack reports, 90% of its security cleanups had to do with WordPress. Of course, much of this is attributable to a lack of security protection, configuration issues, and poor site maintenance. Nonetheless, WordPress is a target because of its popularity. Fortunately at Xhostcom we use ClassicPress which is a more secure version of Wordpress (and faster), for site builds.

23. Vulnerabilities are a thing to contend with

As of right now, there are over 18,000 vulnerabilities in WordPress. 13,000+ of them deal with the WordPress core itself, 2,100+ of them are related to plugins, and 320+ are theme related but ClassicPress removes virtually all the core problems, and is maintained by the ClassicPress team.

24. Themes, themes, themes

When you need to change the look and feel of your WordPress website, you always look to themes first. The most popular themes in the market to date include the premium Avada theme (over 550,000 sales), the premium X theme (over 200,000 sales), and even the free default theme – Twenty Nineteen – which boasts over 1 million active installations.

25. WordPress themes have thousands of lines of code

The popular theme marketplace ThemeFuse claims that each one of its custom WordPress themes has an average of 36,200 lines of code. The comparison used to show you how powerful custom WordPress themes can be is TwentyEleven, having a mere 5,620 lines of code (though that’s still a lot!). Of course, now all themes are the same. But this gives you a good idea.

26. Lots of themes sales doesn’t always = popularity

Though Avada and X have done well, Builtwith will tell you that the top three most popular WordPress themes in use right now are: Divi (14,686 sites), Genesis Framework (11,028 sites), and then Avada (8,344 sites). Of course, these numbers indicate theme usage distribution among the top 1 million sites, but that just goes to show you that sometimes it’s another theme that people actually love.

27. WordPress developers have the potential to do well

When you take a look at PayScale.com, you’ll see that the average salary for a WordPress developer hovers around $50k a year, which isn’t too shabby depending on where you’re located and the cost of living.

28. No matter how hard it tries, spam is blocked

Spam is going to happen no matter how secure your content management system is. That said, if I had to choose a plugin to help me block annoying spam, I’d choose Akismet. Not only is it free, it blocked its 1 billionth spam way back in 2013. Yes, one billionth a.s in ‘B.’ Nowadays, that number is closer to 100 billion. At Xhostcom we have speciality spam system which is 100% effective

29. WordPress stands by it’s open-source reputation

WordPress is not owned by any one company. In fact, co-founder Matt Mullenweg started a non-profit organization called the WordPress Foundation to protect your ability to use the software as you want without restriction. There is also no CEO. Instead WordPress is run by a gamut of volunteer developers from all over the world.

30. WordPress helps you rank

According to Matt Cutts, a man with close ties to Google and its search rankings, WordPress handles 80-90% of the technical aspects related to SEO optimization. In other words, if you want to rank well in search results, WordPress does most of the hard lifting for you. At Xhostcom we have again speciality system  for SEO, and you can see some of its features in the video below.

31. WordPress has your back

WordPress promotes freedom of use, modification, distribution, and speech. In fact, WordPress denied 67% of all DMCA takedown notices filed between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2019 in an effort to preserve people’s freedom to use the platform as they see fit. To put that into perspective, there have been 70,968 takedown notices issued.

Conclusion

As the world’s number one content management system, WordPress has left a huge mark in the digital world and isn’t going anywhere any time soon. It continues to grow, improve, and cater to more website owners each year. Xhostcom use it (or ClassicPress) in bespoke or customized site builds  for businesses around the world along with Vue JS and React.

And with such a strong community believing in the message behind this open-source, highly customizable, and 100% flexible and affordable software, site owners of all kinds and skill levels will be happy to know more impressive statistics just like the ones above are just around the corner. If you enjoyed this post, why not check out this article on how to Setup ClassicPress on Ubuntu at Digital Ocean!

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CSS Flexbox In A Nutshell

As web design trends have evolved since the early days of the internet, there have been different standard ways to arrange elements on a website. CSS flexbox is a relatively new yet powerful way to create layouts and something every web developer and designer should be familiar with. If you don’t know how to use it yet, this in-depth flexbox tutorial aims to change that. The post below will talk about what flexbox is, why it matters, and its underlying concept. After that, we will go over the CSS properties and values associated with flexbox in detail and finish up with an example of a use case.

If you don’t know how to use it yet, this in-depth flexbox tutorial aims to change that. The post below will talk about what flexbox is, why it matters, and its underlying concept. After that, we will go over the CSS properties and values associated with flexbox in detail and finish up with an example of a use case.

What is CSS Flexbox?

Flexbox stands for flexible box. It’s a layout module for CSS aimed at giving you an efficient way to arrange, organize, and size website elements to create highly adaptive designs.

Of course, the technology to place web components on a page is not new. Since the beginning of the Internet, web designers have used different ways to place images, text, and other content where they wanted it to be. However, these were either not suitable for responsive design (tables), were never intended for as a layout tool in the first place (float), didn’t allow you to define equal heights for elements (inline-block), or had other issues.

So, while designers and developers made do for a long time, there were still a bunch of design patterns that were either impossible or needed JavaScript to work. Common examples are vertical centering and equal columns, two of the holy grails of web design.

How is Flexbox Different?

The way flexbox works is quite simple on the surface: You have a container (flex container) with children (any elements contained within, called flex items), which are placed along flex lines.

Lines and items can be manipulated in layout, size, spacing, and more along both the vertical and horizontal axis using a multitude of operators. This allows you to best take advantage of the available space and lets elements arrange themselves automatically according to it.

If that is hard to visualize, here’s a schematic (courtesy of W3.org) to make things clearer:

css flexbox schematic

Still not entirely sure? I can’t blame you. Let’s talk about it in more detail.

The Underlying Concept

As mentioned, flexbox is a whole CSS module, not a single property. Therefore, it comes with a whole lot of its own operators, some for the parent container, some for its children.

To understand how they work, it’s important that you know the concepts and terminology of flexbox, which are displayed in the image above:

  • main axis — This is the axis at which the items are laid out. Important: it can be both vertical or horizontal, depending on the flex-direction property.
  • main-startmain-end — These represent the start and end point of where items are arranged.
  • main size — This denotes either the width or height of the flex items, depending on the direction of the main axis.
  • cross axis — The axis perpendicular to the main axis. Its direction, too, depends on how the main axis is defined.
  • cross-startcross-end — Start of and direction in which flex lines will be filled.
  • cross size — Denotes the other dimension of flex items that is not defined by main size.
  • writing-mode — Allows you to switch the direction of writing from left-to-right to right-to-left or even to vertical. It’s a work in progress with little to no browser support, however, it’s important to know for some of the properties further below.

As you can see, a lot about flexbox is rather abstract and not absolutely defined. Consequently, much of the CSS below is dependent on your setup.

When to Use Flexbox

While you can use flexbox to build entire web pages, however, that’s not the recommended use case. For larger layouts, consider Grid (more on that some other time). Flexbox, on the other hand, is most appropriate for small-scale layouts and applications, such as:

  • navigation menus
  • card layouts
  • media items
  • web forms

Browser Support

Flexbox was first proposed at the beginning of the past decade and recommended by the W3C for adoption in 2012. Since then, browsers have started supporting it and, by now, all modern browsers are able to deal with flexbox.

css flexbox browser support

Available Flexbox CSS Properties

Alright, now that we have settled the theory, let’s see what flexbox can do. With the properties below, you can manipulate your layout both by assigning traits to the container and also to items individually. We will start with the former and then move on to the latter.

flex-direction

This defines the main axis and, as a consequence, the direction in which your flex items are placed. This also allows you to change the order of items, which used to require altering the underlying HTML.

Available properties are:

  • row — The default. Arranges flex items left to right unless you are in a right-to-left environment due to writing mode.
  • row-reverse — Arranges items horizontally but in reversed order.
  • column — The same as row but vertical with items arranged top to bottom.
  • column-reverse — You can probably guess this one. column-reverse displays items bottom to top.
flex direction example

flex-wrap

The default behavior of items within a flex container is to arrange themselves in one row. flex-wrap allows you to change that.

  • nowrap — The default value that places all items in one line.
  • wrap — If a single line isn’t enough, with this, items will arrange themselves into multiple lines from top to bottom.
  • wrap-reverse — Same as wrap but with items ordered from bottom to top.
flex wrap example

flex-flow

This is a shorthand for flex-direction and flex-wrap. Usage:

.flex-container {
  display: flex;
  flex-flow: row wrap;
}

The flex-flow property allows you to define both main axes of the container. The default value is row nowrap, all possible values from the two properties above apply.

justify-content

The next flexbox CSS property defines the item alignment on the main axis. It decides what happens with any available free space and has some control over the alignment when items get wider than their container. Here are the values you can choose from:

  • flex-start — Default value. Items align towards the front of flex-direction.
  • flex-end — Places items at the end of flex-direction.
  • start — Defines the beginning of writing-mode as the starting point.
  • end — Moves items towards the end of writing-mode.
  • left — Aligns flex items towards the left edge of the container. If that doesn’t make sense due to flex-direction, it behaves like start.
  • right — The same as left but for the right edge.
  • center — Items center horizontally.
  • space-between — Distributes items evenly within the container. The first towards the start, the last toward its end with even space between them (hence the name).
  • space-around — Items are evenly placed with equal space around them. Note that it behaves like margin or padding where you have double the space between items as towards the edges.
  • space-evenly — Items reside evenly placed within the container but the spacing between each and toward the container edges is even.
justify content example

Beware that browser support for these values is a bit spotty. For example, space-between is not supported in some versions of Edge and start/end/left/right aren’t in Chrome yet. The safest values are flex-startflex-end, and center.

align-items

This property controls how items align across the cross axis. It’s the equivalent of what justify-content is for main axis. Here are the available values:

  • stretch — Default value that stretches items to fill the container.
  • flex-startstartself-start — Aligns flex items at the start of the cross axis. start and self-start adhere to flex-direction and writing-mode respectively.
  • flex-endendself-end — The same as above but placing items at the end of the cross axis.
  • center — Items reside at the center of the cross axis.
  • baseline — Aligns flex items along their baselines.
align items example

Here, too, it’s important to note the browser support.

align-content

This property is responsible for controlling flex lines if there is extra space available on the cross axis. It’s similar to justify-content. You need more than one row of items for the values below to take effect.

  • stretch — Default value. The lines stretch to take up all available space.
  • flex-startstart — Items align at the beginning of the container. flex-start adheres to flex-directionstart to writing-mode.
  • flex-endend — Same deal as flex-start and start only that items move to the end of the container.
  • center — Centers items on the cross axis inside the container.
  • space-between — Evenly distributes flex lines inside the container with the first row being placed at its start, the last at the end.
  • space-around — Even distribution with even space around each line.
  • space-evenly — Even distribution with equal space around items.
align content example

order

Beginning with this one, the remaining rules all apply to flex items instead of the container. The order property controls in which order items appear inside their container.

flexbox order example

For example, the default value for all flex items is order: 0;. If you want to move a particular item to the front or back of the line, you can do so by giving it a value like 1 or -1. This also works across row or column boundaries unlike row-reverse or column-reverse which will reverse the order per line individually.

Here’s the code for the example image above:

<div class="flex-container">
	<div style="order: 3">1</div>
	<div style="order: 2">2</div>
	<div style="order: 4">3</div>
	<div style="order: 1">4</div>
</div>

flex-grow

Controls the ability for flex items to grow within the container as necessary. flex-grow takes a number that describes a proportion.

Example: if all items are set to flex-grow: 1; they are all evenly distributed inside their container. However, if one is set to 1 and another to 3, the latter will try to take up three quarters of the available space.

flex grow example

flex-shrink

Similar to flex-grow but defines the ability of items to shrink in relation to other items. The higher the number, the more an item will reduce in size and vice versa.

flex-basis

flex basis example

Defines the default element size (height or width depending on the axis). It can be a relative value like 15% or absolute like 30px. Here’s how I achieved the above:

<div class="flex-container">
	<div>1</div>
	<div>2</div>
	<div style="flex-basis: 150px">3</div>
	<div>4</div>
</div>

Other possible values:

  • auto — This is the default.
  • content — Sets the size according to the item’s content. It’s not well supported yet, same as max-contentmin-content, and fit-content that also exist.

flex

Shorthand for flex-growflex-shrink, and flex-basis together. Only the first parameter is mandatory and the default value is 0 1 auto.

<div class="flex-container">
	<div>1</div>
	<div>2</div>
	<div style="flex: 0 0 150px">3</div>
	<div>4</div>
</div>

It often makes sense to use this property instead of flex-growflex-shrink, or flex-basis individually as it applies sensible values to the operators you are not using.

flex can also take initial (adheres to the defined size if there is one), auto (making it fully flexible), and none (making all items inflexible). You can use this, for example, to set some items to a fixed width (via initial) while having others adjust themselves to the available space.

align-self

This allows you to override the alignment of individual items. It has the same values as align-items.

Flexbox Example: Columns with Equal Height

As a last step, we will go over an example of how to use the above. Let’s create a flexbox layout with columns of equal height. You can build it with HTML like so:

<div class="flex-container">
	<div>
		<h2>Column 1</h2>
		<p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.</p>
	</div>

	<div>
		<h2>Column 2</h2>
		<p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.
		Morbi interdum et ex a efficitur.
		Nam consequat elementum tellus,
		at varius lectus condimentum vulputate. </p>
	</div>

	<div>
		<h2>Column 3</h2>
		<p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.
		Morbi interdum et ex a efficitur.</p>
	</div>
</div>

After that, add this CSS markup to it:

.flex-container {
	background-color: #aa278c;
	border-radius: 10px;
	display: flex;
	margin-bottom: 10px;
}

.flex-container > div {
	background-color: #F7941F;
	border: 1px solid;
	border-radius: 10px;
	flex: 1;
	font-size: 20px;
	font-family: tahoma;
	line-height: 40px;
	margin: 10px;
	padding: 16px;
	width: 60px;
}

.flex-container > div h2 {
	text-align:center;
}

And here is the result:

flexbox example case equal height columns

 

Why does this work? Well, the only important parts are actually that the flex container is set to display: flex;, while its children take on flex: 1;. All the other markup is just for styling.

As you may recall, doing this sets flex-grow and flex-shrink both to 1 and flex-basis to auto. As a consequence, all items take up the same amount of space inside the container and their initial size automatically adapts to the available dimensions. The result: effortless columns of equal height.

Flexbox in a Nutshell

In web design, there are many different ways to create layouts and arrange elements. Flexbox is one that has become more and more common. The CSS module offers a lot of benefits, especially for dynamic layouts, smaller page elements, and mobile design.

Above, we have gone over what exactly flexbox is, its abilities, and how to use it. Next time you find yourself wanting use float or inline-block, take a second to think whether or not flexbox might be the better solution. If you enjoyed this post, why not check out this article on how to Add Custom Fonts to your WordPress or ClassicPress Site!

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23 Top Fashion Blog WordPress Themes

There are numerous & limitless ways to approach fashion. Those who want to venture into the artistic sphere that fashion brings can choose from a plethora of different styles and trends to focus on. Whether they want to concentrate on sophisticated and elegant styles, go for daring, bold looks, or take a more casual direction, the choice is entirely up to them. Still, there is one common trend in an internet fashion world today, and that is the rise of fashion blogs and consequently, bloggers’ wish to create a stable, presentable platform in order to showcase their creations in the best light. Therefore, many people opt for fashion blog WordPress themes that are especially tailored to fit every need of up-and-coming fashion influencers.

For this purpose, we have created a diverse list of best fashion blog WordPress themes that will surely be helpful allies on your journey to fashion blogland! Once you decide for your favorite theme, don’t forget to edit your WordPress site so it can shine and take the world by storm in 2020.

1. Mia – Fashion Store Blog Theme

mia

 

Mia is a creative and striking WordPress WooCommerce theme which is packed with user friendly high quality elements, you can be sure that Mia will give your site striking aesthetics and usability and Mia will showcase all your clothing brands and services in the best light. Mia comes with a powerful easy to use options panel that lets you customize the site to exactly how you like it. Unlimited color and font combinations are possible with the theme so you are free to let your creative juices flow.In addition, WPBakery is included into the theme for free, allowing you to have a completely smooth site-building experience.

Features that make Mia the best fashion store WordPress theme:

  • Visual Composer WordPress Plugin Included.
  • Three Drop-down Menus
  • Four Variations of Sidebars
  • Two Types of Big Slider
  • Fully Responsive
  • Multi Browser Compatible
  • Beautiful CSS Effects throughout

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2. Top Model – Professional Agency Theme

Top Model  is a Fashion Model Agency WordPress Theme for sophisticated and demanding portfolio projects. This fashion theme will satisfy your needs if you need powerful functionality along with flexible model portfolio. Top Model fashion theme has very wide portfolio options to help you introduce each model and your fashion projects. Perfectly styled Blog section lets you sell your fashion products – clothes, cosmetics and styling products. Full Events calendar support lets you advertise your fashion events, like fashion shows, exhibitions and photo sessions.

Features that make Top Model the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • Slider Revolution Responsive WordPress Plugin Included
  • Three Drop-down Menus
  • Four Variations of Sidebars
  • Two Types of Big Slider
  • Four Different Animated Types of Infographics

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3. Audrey – Charming Fashion Theme

Looking for a perfect theme that will emphasize the best characteristics of your brand? This modern and sophisticated theme for fashion sites will certainly be able to do so. With a huge assortment of portfolio templates and an attractive set of homepagesAudrey will showcase all your clothing brands and services in the best light.

Audrey contains amazing blog and shop features that will help you sell your creations online with ease. Furthermore, it is also compatible with an extensive number of incredible and user-friendly plugins. In addition, WPBakery and Slider Revolution are included into the theme for free, allowing you to have a completely smooth site-building experience.

Features that make Audrey the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • Slider Revolution Responsive WordPress Plugin Included ($15 value)
  • Three Drop-down Menus
  • Four Variations of Sidebars
  • Two Types of Big Slider
  • Four Different Animated Types of Infographics

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4. Kloe – Fashion & Lifestyle Multi-Purpose Theme

 

Whether you’re a respectable brand name in search of a new, adequate platform to represent your business or a mere beginner who is trying to make a breakthrough in the fashion industry, Kloe will be a perfect fit for you. With its amazing collection of predesigned homepages, you will create everything you want for your blog, portfolio or online store in no time. Plugins included into the theme are some of the most valued and useful plugins in the WordPress world – WPBakery and Slider Revolution. With this powerful addition, you will build a visually stunning blog deserving of presenting your unique fashion style without any knowledge of coding required.

In addition, Kloe’s extensive collection of beautiful blog templates will help you set up your blog with ease. As a result, this may even get your creative streak fired up and inspire you to start writing quality blog posts right away. Start your fashion blogging experience with style by using Kloe!

Features that make Kloe the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • Large Collection of Pages and Layouts
  • Full Screen Select Slider With Parallax Functionality
  • Separate Normal, Sticky, and Mobile Header Logo Versions
  • Carousel Slider
  • 600+ Google Fonts

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blossom

Charming, widely customizable, and full of features, Blossom Fashion Pro is a fashion blog WordPress theme that has won the hearts of many. This mobile-friendly and Search Engine Optimized theme is great for building any kind of fashion and lifestyle blogs and websites.

Starting out with the major talking points, the theme loads super-fast, faster than most of the fashion blogs you find out there. It comes with a lot of options for you – 9 header layouts, 21 homepage layouts, 7 slider layouts, 5 single post layouts, and more. It also offers unlimited color options and 900+ Google fonts to choose from for your fashion blog.

The theme has an advertisement widget with advertisement-ready areas so that you can earn money through AdSense. The WooCommerce compatibility of the theme allows you to sell your own fashion products or affiliate products through your website with Blossom Fashion Pro.

Features that make Blossom Fashion Pro the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • Seo and Speed-Optimized
  • Advertisement Widget and Advertisement Areas
  • Appealing Instagram Section
  • 900+ Google Fonts and Unlimited Color Options
  • WooCommerce Compatible
  • Video Banner
  • Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest, and Twitter Widgets

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6. Allure – A Fashionable Blog Theme

We present you Allure – with this attractive fashion blog theme, you get all that you need and more for fabricating a fashion blog that you’ve always dreamed of. Allure offers you different sets of home pages and blog styles that can be suitable for all your needs. Just one click separates you from fully importing the demo content, which will also allow you easy customization thanks to Allure’s powerful and intuitive options. You will be able to highlight your stylish fashion pieces in a proper way by choosing from three different blog sliders. Just select carousel, grid slider, full width slider, or combine all three!

Overall, with its captivating interface, neat prebuilt elements and a plethora of useful, easily customizable options, Allure will definitely help you out on your way to fashion blog’s catwalk.

Features that make Allure the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • Social Share Functionality
  • Visual Composer for WordPress Included (34$ value)
  • Floating Background Images in Logo Area
  • Parallax Background Images in Content
  • Contact Form 7 Plugin Integration

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7. Street Style – Fashion & Lifestyle Blog WordPress Theme

Even though some people regard fashion blogging business as a superficial or easy job, being a fashion blogger isn’t easy. There are so many different details that you have to take care of – from taking pictures, to showcasing items, to writing. This is why you will need a strong, professional platform that will cover all your blogging needs and let you enjoy your favorite hobby without having to stress too much over creating your website. And this is exactly one of Street Style’s strongest points.

One of many useful characteristics that come with this modern and attractive WordPress theme is a custom lookbook post format. This system will allow you to display annotations on every image in a simple and stylish way. All you have to do is place your mouse cursor on the image and you will be able to read the description under your picture.

Another important aspect of using this theme is a possibility of showing latest posts from specific categories in your sidebar with the help of WPBakery. This plugin is a convenient tool for building your blog pages, and it comes together with Street Style for free. As a result, you will be able to insert all of these elements into your blog page. Last but not least, Street Style comes with MailChimp integration. This handy plugin lets you add subscribers to your blog or newsletter.

With Street Style you can rest assured that you will be fully set on starting your fashion business online in a successful way!

Features that make Street Style the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • 10+ Blog Post Styles
  • 4 Premade Homepages
  • All Theme Options in 1 place
  • Instagram Feed and MailChimp Compatible

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8. Lounge – Clean Elegant WordPress Theme

Lounge is a professional WordPress theme with minimalistic and posh design, suitable for any contemporary business or creative use. With addition of Slider Revolution plugin, 4 fluid AJAX animations and unlimited possibility of adding and creating sliders and Parallax pages, you can mix and match in order to create the design that will best fit the vision that you have for your future fashion blog.

Lounge’s framework is extremely intuitive and easy to use. There are five variations of blog lists that, when combined with sidebar types, give you 20 different layouts for your blog. You can dress your fashion blog to impress by using Lounge!

Features that make Lounge the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • AJAX Animations ON/OFF
  • Slider Revolution Responsive WordPress Plugin Included ($15 value)
  • Easy-To-Use Powerful Admin Interface
  • Three Drop-down Menus
  • Translation Ready

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9. Roslyn – Fashion and Lifestyle Theme for Blog or Magazine

If elegance is an important component of your fashion, then Roslyn is your ideal choice. This chic lifestyle and fashion theme is packed with fully customizable homepages and inner pages, all made with fashion bloggers in mind.

Stylish shop lists and singles come in package with Roslyn which will help you out on your mission to create your personal online shop. Similarly, Roslyn is also adjusted for all those who want to start their own fashion magazine. What’s more, super responsiveness of this theme will display your clothes and accessories flawlessly on any device or screen. Dress up your website to the nines with Roslyn!

Features that make Roslyn the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • 6 Beautiful Homepage Examples
  • Responsive and Retina Ready
  • WooCommerce Compatible
  • Visual Composer for WordPress Included ($45 value)
  • Slider Revolution Responsive WordPress Plugin ($25 value)
  • 8 Distinct Post Layout Shortcodes

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10. Rango – Modern Fashion WooCommerce WordPress Theme

Rango is a great premium Woocommerce theme for all those that have interest in the fashion industry –bloggers, influencers, retail stores, custom brand shops and other similar businesses alike. However, this isn’t just an ordinary theme. It’s also a powerful tool fashioned to perfection and capable of satisfying any sort of vision you may have for your website.

More than 15 demos that come with Rango will help you on your way to online fashion stardom. Each demo has a clean, modern design that will give your fashion blog or online store fresh and unique look. Just choose the demo page you like and start building!

One of more important things when doing online business is managing your personal data successfully. With this in mind, Rango is made to be fully GDPR compliant, which means that your personal data will be easier to handle. Furthermore, thanks to useful addition of Ajax cart plugin, your customers will be able to select items that fit their taste without having to leave their current page. In that way, they will be able to simply add it to their basket in a flash. This feature will surely help you increase sales of your products.

In addition to all mentioned above, Rango is also mobile layout ready, which will give a beautiful interface to your online store or blog on any mobile or high resolution device. Try it today!

Features that make Rango the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • 15+ Modern Fashion Predefined Demos
  • WooCommerce Ready
  • Mobile Version Ready
  • Font Awesome icons
  • Multiple Shortcodes
  • Translation Ready

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11. Chandelier – A Theme Designed for Custom Brands

This elegant WordPress theme is particularly designed for custom brands who want to expand their fashion business online in a successful and effective way. Nevertheless, even if you’re a fashion blogger or a retail store, Chandelier will also work great for you. A nice addition that comes with this theme is its collection of luxurious, custom-made pages such as Luxury, Beauty, Nature, Vintage, Creative, and more. As a result, you will have plenty of freedom to customize your website in just the style that you prefer.

For every fashion brand or designer, one of the most important things is to showcase their stunning, exclusively tailored pieces in a beautiful and deserving way. Thus, full responsiveness when it comes to WordPress themes for fashion bloggers is extremely important. Conveniently, Chandelier is super responsive and fully Retina ready, in turn giving your future website and all its content a proper glow and beauty they deserve when displayed on any type of device.

Last but not least, this theme is integrated with Woocommerce plugin and has a five star support team that eagerly awaits for any question you may have in order to help you out. Try Chandelier and you will be all set for starting new fashion trends!

Features that make Chandelier the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • Extensive Typography Options
  • Various Portfolio Single Layouts
  • Dark and Light Logo Variants
  • 600+ Google Fonts
  • WooCommerce Integration

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12. Ophelie – WooCommerce Theme for Fashion Shops and Brands

All glitz and glamour aside, it is not a secret that fashion industry is definitely no walk in the park. On the contrary – in reality, it is a demanding, unforgiving business filled with competition left and right. That is why, sadly, creative vision and talent often aren’t enough to get your name out there. Luckily, this is where Ophelie comes in. Ophelie is made for everyone who aims to succeed in the fashion business.

This theme has an outstanding collection of premade home and inner pages that you will be able to put to best use. Since Ophelie is Woocommerce friendly, you will be able to create your online shop and display all those trendy fashion pieces that you are so proud of with complete ease.

All shortcodes and features Ophelie has have been carefully crafted with an idea to fit anyone in the fashion world, no matter if they’re a designer, fashion editor, or blogger. So start out your journey today and get your brand name out there with Ophelie’s help!

Features that make Ophelie the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • WPBakery for WordPress Included ($46 value)
  • Slider Revolution Responsive Plugin Included ($26 value)
  • 3 Portfolio List Pagination Types
  • Preloading Effect Choose From 15+ Loader Icons
  • Four Customizable Header Types

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13. Tomas and Daisy – A Stylish Blog For Him And Her

No matter what type of fashion audience you want to attract, Tomas and Daisy won’t leave you disappointed. This sophisticated theme has a dual nature – it gives you an option of choosing from two predesigned skins. You can pick one depending on whether you want to adjust your future fashion blog for him or her. Additionally, this theme comes bundled with different styles and beautiful elements for every category that fit each of the two separate skins. Amazing header styles have an alluring floating feature that will give a new, fun dimension to your fashion blog. Every theme branch also contains fabulous page layouts that will keep your blogging inspiration flowing for sure. A vast number of custom widgets and shortcodes will enable a fast setup of your blog in no time.

Aside from all these convenient characteristics that come with it, this theme does not require any complex or demanding handling in order for you to build a website that you’ve always wanted. The interface of Tomas and Daisy is simple to use, but it is a powerful ally in helping you become a well-respected fashion entity in an online world!

Features that make Tomas and Daisy the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • Two Amazing Theme Skins
  • Instagram Feed Widget
  • Customizable Mega Menu
  • Custom Widget Areas
  • WPML Multilingual Plugin Integration

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14. Byanca – Modern WooCommerce Theme for Clothing Brands

Meet Byanca, a modern and sophisticated WordPress template tailored for online clothing stores, brands and fashion blogs. This theme is Woocommerce-based and contains a broad collection of trendy shop lists. Therefore, no matter what direction you have envisioned for your clothing brand, you will be able to present it to your future customers professionally and with style. This theme also allows your customers to track the status of their items after ordering.

You want to show your high-quality materials that you are so proud of in all their glory? Byanca comes with a set of practical shop elements and layouts that will present your products in full detail. This can be done easily with Product Zoom Feature, which will let users examine the item’s texture and material up close.

Finally, if you purchase this theme, not only will you be able to showcase your items in the best light, you will also have access to Byanca’s excellent support team that will supply you with all information and help needed if you get lost while creating. So do not hesitate and hit the online runway with Byanca today!

Features that make Byanca the best fashion blog wedding theme:

  • One-Click Demo Content Import
  • Large Collection of Practical Shortcodes
  • WooCommerce Compatible
  • Smooth Page Transitions
  • Fully Responsive
  • WPML Plugin Compatibility

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15. inFashion – Fashion Blog WordPress Theme

This theme’s developers have gone through a thorough research of fashion blogosphere, studying diligently and carefully which types of layouts and styles are popular among the trendsetters around the world. As a result, they were able to produce inFashion – modern, clean and striking WordPress template that will take your fashion blog ahead of the curve. Though simultaneously, this theme also possesses a level of flexibility that makes it usable for any other niche.

Powered by ReduxFramework, this theme has powerful customizable options for color, typography, widgets, and more. When it comes to looks, inFashion is definitely a reliable choice. InFashion is fully responsive, so your fashion blog or shop is guaranteed to look absolutely stunning on any desktop or mobile device.

Among other useful features, it also has a Woocommerce support, Mailchimp newsletter subscription and possibility of displaying latest photos directly from your Instagram feed. Become a well-respected blogger in fashion blogging sphere by trying out inFashion!

Features that make inFashion the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • Powerful Theme Options, Powered by Reduxframework
  • Lots of Typography Options
  • Support 9 Post Format
  • Instagram Feed
  • Localization / Translation Support

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16. Capri – A Hot Multi-Purpose Theme

While it may be true that fashion trends repeat themselves over the years, same usually shouldn’t be applied to fashion blogging websites. Having a unique, never-seen-before flair to your fashion-themed website will only prove to be profitable on your mission to attract attention of fashion enthusiasts. Capri is a flexible multi-purpose theme that will surely help you achieve this goal. With a massive number of features and convenient elements made for building, this theme can befit any fashion magazine, online fashion store, fashion trendsetter, editor, or any brand design oriented blog.

With 12 different designs and multiple useful options to choose from, this theme will let you craft fashion blog or shop from your dreams with no sweat whatsoever. A one-click import feature will let you import any one of these excellent-looking demos. In turn, you will have your website ready in mere minutes!

In terms of responsiveness, this theme is fully Retina ready and works great on any device. This will ensure that your customers or blog viewers can experience true quality of your items. Moreover, you will be able to translate your splendidly written blog posts, since this theme is translation ready as well.

All that we listed above is only a tip of an iceberg on the list of things that Capri can do for you. Discover it all on your own and start inspiring others with your passion for fashion!

Features that make Capri the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • Full Screen Select Slider With Parallax Functionality
  • AJAX Page Transitions
  • WPBakery for WordPress ($33 value)
  • LayerSlider Responsive WordPress Slider Plugin ($17 value)
  • 80+ Custom Shortcodes

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17. Hannah CD – Lifestyle & Fashion Blog Theme for WordPress

Just like in fashion, form and function are elements that need to come together and be incorporated into a perfect fashion blog or website. You will get this and more with Hannah CD WordPress template. This theme is perfectly suited for any fashion and lifestyle blogging or clothes & accessories selling business. However, it can also be used for all sorts of other purposes – it can even serve as a one page site or a magazine. In other words, no matter who you are, where you come from or what your approach to style and trends is, Hannah CD can be a theme you always dreamed of.

Sleek and minimalistic, this theme comes bundled with a bunch of useful features. You will have an option of adding individual post slider carousels that can be ordered by most viewed, most recent, most liked, most commented, most selected or best rated posts. If you have any particular items that you want to draw attention to, you can do so by adding custom promo boxes. Afterwards, you can display the newest additions to your collection or must-have accessories above your post or page. Also, there are plenty of widgets to choose from that are already built into the theme. Thanks to this, you won’t have to install any additional plugins to create beautiful, fully functional fashion website or blog.

With Hannah CD, you will be regarded as a true fashionista of blogging world!

Features that make Hannah CD the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • Instagram Widget
  • 15+ Custom Shortcodes
  • Custom Sidebars
  • More than 630 Icons
  • Unlimited Design Color

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18. Woochi – Stylish Fashion WooCommerce WordPress Theme

The name of this theme is almost self-explanatory. This fashion-based trendy WordPress template is fully adjusted for shopping thanks to its latest addition of Woocommerce. This world’s best shopping plugin will allow your customers to purchase any item from a list of articles you’re so proud of quickly and with ease.

If you’re a custom designer brand blog or shop, you will be happy to know that this theme is fully adjusted for best experience of your customers. For example, a 360 degree product viewer will let your customers see your products in complete detail. But this is not all – Woochi also supports size and color variation swatches. With these features, you can swatch your color or size or color attributes of your items with color block.

Nowadays, many fashion and shopping enthusiasts prefer to purchase items that tickle their fancy via mobile devices. This theme’s developers have taken this into account during creation process. Consequently, Woochi is fully mobile layout ready and will look gorgeous on any mobile device. Your future blog visitors will be able to lounge and relax while comfortably browsing through your stylish blog and purchase items directly from their mobile phones.

Features that make Woochi the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • 8+ Stylish Fashion Predefined Demos
  • WooCommerce Ready
  • Mobile Version Ready
  • Yoast SEO Compatible
  • Built with HTML5 and CSS3 Smooth Animation

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19. S.King – Personal Stylist and Fashion WordPress Theme

Are you an aspiring fashion and lifestyle blogger, shop, designer, fashion magazine or a personal wardrobe and fashion stylist? Then S. King is a WordPress theme ideal for you. This beautiful template will make a usually tiring process of building a website into a child’s play, and might get your imaginative gears turning in the process.

Optimized for WPBakery, Slider Revolution, Instagram Feed, Woocommerce and plenty more, this theme has all you will ever need to take your fashion site to a higher level. Lastly, S. King is adjusted for user comfort with features like full responsiveness and Retina readiness.

Try S.King and discover the true appeal of fashion blogging!

Features that make S.King the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • Retina Images Support
  • Flexible Colors & Typography
  • Multiple Blog Styles
  • 20+ Post Animations
  • 750+ Customizer Options

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20. Marni – a WordPress Blog & Shop Theme

When it comes to fashion, there should be no restrictions. Likewise, your fashion blog or store should be able to follow the same philosophy. Whether you want to showcase casual, chic or elegant dressing styles on your website, or even something completely unconventional and out of the norm fashion-wise, Marni will help you do it all, and more. This super responsive and aesthetically pleasing theme is well suited for lifestyle, fashion and beauty bloggers.

Aside from its intuitive and feature-rich interface, users also love Marni for its elegant and minimal layout. As a result, you will be able to present your items or share your impressions about current trends with the world in a smooth manner.

Furthermore, if you are someone who appreciates flexibility, then this theme is definitely a great choice for you. Marni is powered by WordPress’ own Customizer, which contains over 125 options for customizing color, layout, typography, and more. Even before you publish your changes, you can preview them.

Finally, with the help of most popular e-commerce system Woocommerce, you will be able to create your personalized online shop. The shop comes with a minimal grid clean layout that will allow your customers undisturbed and pleasant experience while looking through your items.

Features that make Marni the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • 20+ Header Layout Options
  • 100+ Theme Options with Live Preview Powered by WordPress’
  • 4 Page Templates
  • 9 Sidebars
  • 4 Custom Widgets

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21. Lovely – Elegant & Simple Blog Theme

 

Here we have a charming, fashion-focused WordPress template that was carefully designed to satisfy those from fashion blog world. Despite its simplicity, Lovely still possesses a modern and visually appealing interface that will surely leave a good impression on your future site visitors. You will get 12 different blog layout to choose from, which will help you give a unique signature to your fashion blog. All panel options and homepage layouts are fully customizable, but most importantly, they are easy to work with. Consequently, this will save your precious time and might even inspire you to get creative.

Try out Lovely and start your own blogging fashion show online!

Features that make Lovely the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • 5 Different Home Pages
  • 4 Featured Sliders
  • 12 Blog Layouts
  • 3 Different Blog Singles
  • 650+ Google Fonts

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22. Femme – Online Magazine & Fashion Blog WordPress Theme

Meet Femme – an ultimate mixture of functionality and comfort. This fabulous Fashion Blog WordPress theme is tailored for artistically driven online fashion and lifestyle bloggers. Likewise, it is a great choice for any brand designer or fashion and lifestyle magazine. Since this theme is fully Woocommerce compatible, your online fashion boutique will be fully equipped with all necessary elements for displaying woman garments and other accessories in a stunning and functional way.

A lot of other neat functions come with Femme, such as WPBakery plugin, different blog layouts, Instagram Feed, MailChimp support, and much more. Most importantly, you don’t have to be a professional web developer in order to handle this theme with ease. No coding is required for you to build an impressive fashion blog from your dreams by using Femme. Try it today and see it for yourself!

Features that make Femme the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • Slider Revolution and Visual Composer included
  • Retina Images Support
  • 100% Responsive & Mobile-friendly
  • 20+ Post Animations
  • 750+ Customizer Options

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23. Noemi – Lifestyle & Fashion Blog

This simple and responsive WordPress theme is a good fit for all those who appreciate elegant design and smooth performance. It is created with focus on all those fashion bloggers who like to be as individualistic and independent as possible with their approach to blogging. Noemi is packed with practical options and elements that will significantly ease your blog making experience. Some of them include custom slider, custom colors and fonts, Instagram widget, 12 different gorgeous blog layouts to choose from, and more.

About 75% of people on the internet speak a language other than English, and some of these languages are read from right to left (RTL). For this purpose, another cool feature included into this theme is RTL support. In this way, Noemi will assist you in the process of translating your blogging content to other languages that are characterized by this trait.

In short, this theme has all that is required for an ambitious upcoming trendsetter such as yourself to successfully start their own blog. Discover the appeal of fashion blogging with Noemi!

Features that make Noemi the best fashion blog WordPress theme:

  • Two types of header
  • 12 Different Blog Layouts
  • Custom Instagram Widget
  • Retina Ready
  • RTL Ready

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6 Tips To Stay Healthy as a Web Developer

Life as a web developer can be indomitably tricky. When most of your time is spent sitting in front of a computer, good habits such as eating nutritiously, keeping up with a fitness routine, and even taking care of your mental health can fall by the wayside.

However, making an effort to eat well, stay in shape, and practice self-care can improve your quality of life, both on the job and off. You’ll likely see benefits that affect your work as well, such as increased focus and motivation.

In this post, we’ll discuss some of the challenges of staying healthy when you work in web development. Then we’ll share six key tips for improving your health. Let’s get started!

The Challenges of Staying Healthy as a Web Developer

There are many aspects of working as a web developer that make it especially challenging to stay healthy. Most significantly, the job requires long hours sitting in front of a computer.

Lots of time spent in front of a computer can affect your vision and your sleep patterns. It can also lead to poor posture, which can cause back and neck pain.

Web development may even make it difficult to maintain your mental health. Self-employment and long, demanding hours can lead to a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and burnout. Therefore, being intentional about your physical and mental health is key when you’re working in web development.

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How to Stay Healthy as a Web Developer (6 Tips and Tricks)

Every person is different, which means that advice regarding health isn’t one-size-fits-all. If you’re having trouble, make sure to consult a physician or a mental health professional (since we are neither).

In the meantime, however, the tips and tricks below can help you start forming healthier habits.

1. Use Meal Planning to Boost Nutrition

Many of us go through our days eating whatever sounds good, or trying to throw together haphazard ‘meals’ from the random items we picked up at the grocery store. Without meal planning, it’s almost impossible to keep track of what you’re eating each day.

While you can find meal plans online to follow, it’s just as easy to create your own from scratch. That way you can work in foods you already know you enjoy so that sticking to your plan doesn’t feel like a chore or punishment.

Therefore, consider scheduling some time in your week for planning meals, grocery shopping, and food preparation. You can keep track of your meal plan on paper, on a calendar, or using whatever other tools you like.

To start, simply note what you’ll eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. You can even plan out your snacks if you want to. Just make sure that your nutrition throughout the week is balanced – there should be some variety in your diet, and it should include plenty of healthy items.

2. Schedule Your Fitness Routine So It Fits into Your Lifestyle

Web development can be demanding on your time. It’s easy to believe you don’t have room in your schedule to work out. However, there’s usually more time in the day than you think there is.

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Scheduling your workouts can make it more likely that you’ll actually show up for them. First, you’ll need to find a time that will be relatively convenient for you. For example, perhaps there’s a gym near your office where you can stop on your way to or from work.

Maybe you’d like to get your exercise out of the way and tackle it first thing in the morning, or you might prefer the evening instead. Whatever time of day you choose, the important thing is to stick with it. Working out at the same time every day is more effective than exercising sporadically.

It can also be helpful to incorporate a variety of types of fitness into your schedule. You might plan to run on Wednesdays and take a trip to the gym on Fridays, for example. This is both better for your overall health and keeps your routine from getting too dull.

Finally, if you’re not sure where to get started with your fitness routine or you just need some extra accountability, consider hiring a personal trainer. Just a few sessions with a professional can help steer you in the right direction. Plus, you’re more likely to show up if you know there’s someone waiting on you.

3. Practice Self-Care to Improve Mental Health

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Depression and anxiety can become debilitating, and have an impact on your work and your personal life. For that reason, implementing a self-care routine is key.

First, make sure to set clear boundaries around your time. It’s easy to get carried away with checking your work email outside of office hours, or taking on extra projects when you’re already overworked. Committing to maintaining separate work and personal lives will give you a chance to unwind.

It’s also helpful to create and keep up with valuable relationships. Whether it’s friends, a significant other, or family members, it’s important to have someone you can talk to about anything that may be bothering you, work-related or not.

Plus, studies have shown that interacting with other people on a regular basis can decrease stress and anxiety. Spending time with others in some way at least once a week is not only entertaining but good for your mind as well.

Finally, consider starting up a meditation practice. As cheesy as it may seem, meditating can help decrease your stress and anxiety too. Taking a fifteen-minute break during your workday to meditate can help you recenter, and finish off the day strong. You might also want to take a look at a Yoga Routine for additional stress reduction.

4. Keep Food Away from Your Desk to Avoid Snacking

Whether you work from home, in an office, at coffee shops, or even in a co-working space, it can be easy to fall into a habit of snacking regularly. When food is easily accessible, it’s hard to keep yourself from eating it, especially if you’re distracted by work.

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The simplest solution is to keep food away from your workstation. You can start by clearing out the snack drawer in your desk. If you like working in coffee shops, leave your credit card at home and bring enough cash for just one or two drinks.

If you actually become hungry during the day and aren’t simply eating due to boredom or ease of access, plan out when you’ll have your snack time and what you’re going to eat. Preferably that will involve something healthy, like a piece of fruit or some nuts.

This will help you avoid snacking more than you should, and prevent you from eating mindlessly. Eating at your desk can also decrease productivity, so being intentional when you eat outside of mealtimes is key.

5. Take Screen Breaks to Decrease Tension and Reduce Eye Strain

As a developer, you likely spend at least eight hours a day staring at a computer – more, since you probably use screens outside of your job as well. Taking screen breaks is vital to maintaining your overall health.

First, screen breaks can help minimize the chance of vision damage. ‘Computer Vision Syndrome‘ or ‘Digital Eye Strain’ can result in blurry vision, dry eyes, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain.

It’s crucial to take regular breaks throughout your day to avoid these symptoms and other lasting effects. Every 20 minutes or so, look up from your screen and focus on something in the distance for about 20 seconds.

Additionally, it’s best to take a 15-minute break for every two hours of screen time. This is a great opportunity to get up and stretch or walk around a bit. These short breaks can also help prevent tension from building up in your neck and shoulders.

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6. Go On Vacation or Get Outside to Recharge

In the U.S., most people don’t take all of their vacation days, even when they get paid time off. Our tendency to overwork can have serious negative effects on our physical and mental health, which makes taking time off a necessity.

There is no shame in taking all the vacation days you’re given – that’s what they’re for! If you’re a freelancer or otherwise don’t get paid time off, it’s still ideal to factor some vacation time into your schedule and budget.

Vacations have been found to decrease the risks of heart attack and stroke, as well as improving mental health and productivity. In the long run, taking time off could help boost your career by keeping you healthy, rather than setting you back.

Studies have also shown that time spent outside can help recharge your batteries. Time in nature can improve short-term memory, reduce fatigue, and inflammation, boost your creativity and focus, and have other health benefits.

You may spend your vacation days traveling to National Parks or similar locations. Or you could simply take time over the weekend to get outside and go for a short hike. Either way, spending time outdoors is an excellent way to get away from your screen and improve your health. You can also pick up tips, diet news, recipes and a lot more from Storedetox Health & Fitness Magazine.

Conclusion

Nutrition, fitness, and mental health are all important if you want to excel in both your personal and professional lives. However, there are many aspects of working as a web developer that can make staying healthy difficult.

In this post, we’ve shared six tips and tricks for improving your health as a web developer:

  1. Use meal planning to boost nutrition.
  2. Schedule your fitness routine so it fits into your lifestyle.
  3. Practice self-care to improve mental health.
  4. Keep food away from your desk to avoid snacking.
  5. Take screen breaks to increase productivity and decrease tension.
  6. Go on vacation or get outside to recharge.

Do you have questions about nutrition, fitness, or other aspects of staying healthy as a web developer? Ask away in the comments section below! If you enjoyed this post, and want to get back to the grind nonetheless, why not check out this article on Wordpress Building Trends!

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25 Top Multi Purpose WordPress Themes for Blogging

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A blog is a great way to be creative, grow your brand and show off your writing skills. Of all the possible blogging platforms WordPress is the best. WordPress makes blogging easy and with the help of one of the best blog WordPress themes you can get started writing immediately (almost).

When looking at themes for your blog there are a few key factors to consider:

  • Layout: Choose a theme with a layout you like. If you want a masonry grid layout, it’s easier to pick a theme that has a masonry demo instead of installing a plugin and trying to make it work. Along the same lines – your theme should be responsive to ensure your blog looks great on any device.
  • Post Formats: Find a theme that can handle the media you want to upload. Whether you just want standard posts, videos, image galleries or quote double check that the theme you pick supports those formats.
  • Social Media: Any good blogging theme will include support for social media. Social media marketing is a huge part of growing your blog and online presence, which is why it’s so important that your blog posts are easy to share. A good WordPress blog theme will usually have social sharing options on posts, links in your header/footer and a social “follow” widget.

Those are just a few features we think an awesome WordPress blogging theme should have. Depending on your own needs you may also want a theme with WooCommerce compatibility, built-in ad spots to monetize your blog, an autoplay feature (in you’re thinking of starting a vlog), etc.

If you search for the best WordPress blog themes you’ll likely find thousands upon thousands of results. To save you some time, here’s my list of the best blog WordPress themes to get started blogging. I hope you enjoy them!

1. Total

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The Total drag & drop WordPress theme is a flexible, multipurpose theme perfect for any website design. It’s a top selling theme with over 32,000+ happy customers – which is why we keep recommending it! With built-in responsiveness, RTL support, A11y features, custom post types (portfolio, staff, testimonials), an easy to use page builder, premium animated sliders and more Total is an obvious choice for your blog or web design project.

Total also includes 40+ quick install sample demos, including the Mason and Charlotte blog demos seen above. This way you can simply install a sample demo to have your website started in minutes. The theme includes tons of blog-specific features including columns, lists, news layout, masonry grids and customizable dynamic page templates. Plus social is already integrate – so you can add sharing your posts right from the live Customizer.

2. Newspaper

Newspaper WordPress Theme for Blogs, Magazines

Newspaper is a great WordPress theme for any blog, magazine, news outlet or any other publishing site. As one of the top 10 best selling themes of all time (on Envato), you won’t be disappointed by this theme’s seemingly never ending list of powerful features. Choose from more than 80 demo designs, 810+ ready to use page elements and design templates for blog posts, pages, categories and archives. use the intuitive drag & drop builder (with custom grid and news elements not found in other themes) to easily create one of a kind layout designs. Plus built-in support for AMP, YouTube, Adsense, reviews, bbPress, WooCommerce and GDPR requirements put Newspaper over the top.

3. Activello (Free)

Activello Free WordPress Blog Theme

The Activello theme from Colorlib is a lovely blogging theme perfect for your to start your own website. This multipurpose theme is built on Bootstrap with features for slider, custom copyright, infinite scroll, vector icons, responsive layouts, unlimited colors and more. The theme is also compatible with popular plugins like WooCommerce, Contact Form 7, Yoast SEO, JetPack and W3 Total Cache for added features. Plus it’s completely FREE- what’s not to love?

4. Glamor

A Multi-Purpose Glam Blog Theme

Start your own glam blog with Glamor by QDONOW. This lovely theme offers tons of easy features, like multiple quick start demos (including lifestyle, entrepreneur, mommy, and food blog) so you can have a great looking website in minutes. Then you can customize your site with 800+ Google fonts, custom widgets, featured image sizing, layouts, color options and more. Plus with Glamor you can also monetize your site – via a WooCommerce store and predefined ad banner areas (header, sidebar, footer and below content sections. And if you need help at any point QDONOW offers free installation, detailed online documentation and direct email support!

5. Rosemary

Rosemary Responsive Blog WordPress Theme

Rosemary is an excellent WordPress theme for any style blog. The clean and bright layout is the perfect blank slate for your content and is Gutenberg enabled. The theme includes 5 different blog layouts, a featured slider, built-in color options and a responsive over all design. Rosemary also comes with custom blog widgets for your latest posts, promo box, about me, social media and more.

6. Divi

Divi Multipurpose, Blog WordPress Theme

The Divi theme is a popular and flexible option to build your website or blog. Built on the popular Divi page builder, there are tons of easy page elements to add images, text, skills, headings, email optins, search, shop, testimonials, pricing tables, sliders, portfolio, call to action, blurbs and more. But most importantly – Divi’s default blog is a great base for you to get started blogging. Create a stunning homepage with the builder, then use the post formats support to add your content (complete with images, videos, links or galleries).

7. Wanderlust

Wanderlust Travel Blog WordPress Theme

The Wanderlust blogging WordPress theme was designed to make sharing your adventures easy. Geared towards travel focused blogs or magazines, the Wanderlust theme includes full-width images, 10 post format styles to best display your media (images, video, audio), and a useful Instagram section above the footer to showcase you latest pics. Get started quickly using one of three pre-formatted homepage designs, the get to work adding your posts. Want to add a store? No problem. The theme is also fully compatible with WooCommerce for easy e-commerce options.

8. Mesa (Free)

Mesa Free WordPress Theme

Mesa is a completely free, 100% GPL blog theme for WordPress. This simple masonry blog style theme is perfect for your new blogging endeavor. The theme features simple styling options via the live Customizer (for responsiveness, header, social links, entry style/columns, ad spots, etc), plenty of post formats (standard, image, gallery, video, audio and quote), custom logo upload, built-in footer & sidebar ads and social link options (header and widget). Mesa is a quick and simple way to have your blog up and running!

9. Olsen

Olsen Light Free Blog WordPress Theme

Olsen Light is a lovely free blog WordPress theme you can use to start your own blog. While there is a premium version (which I highly recommend upgrading to, linked to here), Olsen light has helpful features for integrating your social media, displaying an Instagram photo slider, uploading a logo, configuring your menu, and more options in the live Customizer. The theme also comes with blog-specific widgets for an “About Me” section, latest posts and social media. The Olsen theme is also compatible with the Elementor, Divi and/or SiteOrigin builders for even more powerful page building options.

10. Hemlock

Hemlock Responsive WordPress Blog  Theme

Hemlock is a stunning theme for aspiring bloggers. The theme has a unique featured posts homepage slider design to help you better showcase your best content. The theme includes all the features we mentioned that the best WordPress blogging themes should have – like built-in social sharing, plenty of post formats and solid layouts (choose from full-width, sidebar or grid blog). Plus the simple design makes it adaptable for any industry such as  fashion, tech, business, gardening, etc.

11. Amadeus Pro

Amadeus Pro WordPress Blogging Theme

The Amadeus blog WordPress theme is a great choice whether you want to blog as a hobby or to help promote your business. With Amadeus it’s easy to customize the look and feel of your website using the options for unlimited colors, logo, social and layout (all in the handy Theme Options Panel). Add a homepage slider, take advantage of the customizable sidebar widgets and choose your homepage layout (grid or columns) to create your own one of a kind blog. Whilst the authors recommend switching to Neve, it is still available on the site.

12. New York (Blog & Shop)

New York WordPress Blog & Shop Theme

For those looking to build a blog as a business, New York is one of the best shop & blog WordPress themes you can choose. It’s the perfect theme to build an elegant blog to share your thoughts and tips, or to start your own online store with WooCommerce. The theme includes a unique homepage posts carousel, styled widgets (social, about, Instagram, recent posts, etc), two menu areas, a built-in footer Instagram feed grid and customizable copyright text. On top of the amazing blog features, the theme also comes with the powerful Yellow Pencil CSS editor plugin so you can tweak any part of the design with just a few clicks!

13. Essence Pro

Essence Pro Blog WordPress Theme

Essence Pro is a beautiful blogging child theme for the popular Genesis framework. Because it’s built on Genesis, the theme already includes important options for accessibility, custom header, responsiveness, translations, layout options, eCommerce and core page layouts. But what makes Essence Pro unique is the stylish homepage layout with featured image, newsletter optin and layered post grid design.

14. Ink Story

Ink Story Telling Blogging WordPress Theme

The Ink WordPress blog theme makes it easy to share your content. Design options for the theme are all neatly tucked into the live Customizer, where you can make changes to colors and fonts then see them live before you save. The theme’s stunning image grid homepage helps new posts standout, and since the theme is retina ready you can upload bigger, bolder photos.

15. Veggie

Veggie Blogging WordPress Theme

The Veggie Food Blog theme is a beautiful choice to start your own site with blog posts, recipes, video guides or anything else. This responsive blogging theme was created for food bloggers but would work great for any number of blog focuses. Easy customization options for colors, various layouts, page builder support (works great with Elementor, Beaver Builder or SiteOrigin), translation options, RTL compatibility and more all make Veggie a solid theme.

16. Authentic.

Authentic Lifestyle Blog WordPress Theme

The Authentic Lifestyle Blog theme includes 9 different demo designs to choose from to start your blog fast and easy. Pick your favorite with options for blog grid, sliders, styled overlays and more. The theme also has easy optins built-in to customize colors for over 67 theme aspects, header design options (with different menu, logo and social positions), customizable footer modules (add your logo, insert your Instagram, or use widgets), add video backgrounds, create a featured posts carousel and more.

17. Pineapple (Free)

Pineapple Free Tumblog WordPress Theme

Pineapple is a clean and simple tumblog style WordPress blogging theme. If you want to start a blog with just your social links and your content it really is the perfect theme. Pineapple features a clean centered layout, easy post formats (image, video, audio, quote), colorful category tags and built-in social media integration. The theme is also compatible with Yoast SEO (for breadcrumbs), Contact Form 7 and most other popular free WordPress plugins.

18. Peak

Peak Masonry Grid Blog WordPress Theme

The Peak theme is a grid based theme perfect for any online blog or magazine. The theme comes with 2 different homepage options for auto (masonry) or custom (you define image sizes) tiles, post drop cap (on first letter), multiple single post layouts and post formats, a built-in portfolio, mega menu option and even custom page title banners. The Peak theme is also compatible with the WooCommerce plugin – so you can add your own store or share affiliate goods with your readers. Hit the link and search “Peak” to bring it up on authors site!

19. TheBlogger

TheBlogger WordPress Blogging Theme

When considering the best blog WordPress themes we had to include TheBlogger of course. This blogging theme was designed to make (you guessed it) blogging easy. With intuitive Customizer options, built-in portfolio options, parallax backgrounds, intro background video, WooCommerce compatibility, color option, and unique layouts there’s lots to love about this WordPress blog theme.

20. Brittany

Brittany Light Free Blog WordPress Theme

Brittany Light is a traditional blog style layout with left side, single column content and a right hand side bar. But that is exactly what makes this theme great! It has options for custom widgets to add your social media links, newsletter signup, about me section and Instagram feed. The light version of the theme is a perfectly good theme to get your blog started. But if you want more features (like author box, color options, layouts, etc) we recommend upgrading to pro.

21. Let’s Blog

Let's Blog WordPress Theme

The Let’s Blog WordPress makes blogging a breeze. With one click demo import, 300+ theme Customizer settings and options, multiple blog layouts (with sliders, header images, carousels, grids, etc), galleries, custom sidebar widgets and an instant search there are a ton of great features within Let’s Blog so you can create a design worthy of your content.

22. Underwood

Underwood Story Blog WordPress Theme

If you’re looking for a good theme to create a personal blog, you can’t go wrong with the Underwood theme. This modern theme features bold typography, tons of post formats (9 in total for images, audio clips, video, galleries, etc), 3 unique homepage layout styles, WooCommerce support, styled Contact Form 7 fields and integrated social media.

23. Modern Studio Pro

Modern Studio Pro Blog WordPress Theme

Modern Studio Pro is another Genesis child theme. from StudioPress. This means you have all of the same great features you’ve come to love about Genesis, with the added bonuses of some classy styling. This includes custom headers, backgrounds, color styles, page layouts, cusomtizer options, etc. Plus the theme adds 2 homepage widget areas and a lovely centered logo header style.

24. Xtra

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Xtra is a modern multi purpose theme by Codevz with some great features and a huge number of layouts/genres. This means you have all of the same great features you’ve come to love about Wordpress, with well over 80 prebuilt designs to pick from. You can also style your theme using their trademarked Stylekit system, designed for people with no coding knowledge, giving you remarkable flexibility in designs.

24. Bridge

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Bridge is a huge multi purpose theme by which uses both Elementor and WP Bakery page builders, and comes with a staggering 400+ prebuilt demos! It is also bundeled with expensive plugins such as Layer Slider, Revolution Slider, Scheduling and more, so offers huge choice for self builders express their creativity. There are also video tutorials to follow and very good support from the theme authors. With around 27 different blog styles, you are sure to find something you like!

25. Uncode

Uncode

Uncode is one of the best-selling creative themes of all time with more than 60.000+ growing sales, and is jam packed with a plethora of features. It comes with over 70 pre built demos, and also a Wireframes plugin with which you can import independent designs and mock ups. Header builders, Advanced grid system, Content blocks, Adaptive images and a ton of other features make it one of the best all round themes of all time! Fully Woocommerce enabled and Gutenberg ready, it is an impressive way to start your self build project.

Choose One of the Best Blog WordPress Themes & Get Started!

With all of these awesome themes there are only two things left for you to do – pick one and start your blog! If you are unsure whether you can do your site or business justice, then we may be able to help, just get in touch for a chat about you project!

We know there are a LOT of WordPress themes for blogging, but it’s important to choose a theme that’s right for you. Find a WordPress blog theme with solid code, good features and a layout you like. I’ve listed what are some of the best blog WordPress themes. Hopefully there were a couple solid options for your blog here.

Have any questions about the themes listed above? Or do you have a theme we missed that you think should be on our list of the best blog WordPress themes? Leave a comment below! If you enjoyed this post, why not check out this article on Wordpress SEO Do’s and Don’ts!

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20 Best Bootstrap WordPress Themes


As many of you may be aware, Bootstrap is a free front-end framework that consists of tools for creating websites and web applications. It contains HTML and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, navigation, and other interface components, as well as optional JavaScript extensions for navigation, slider, transitions, scroll spy, tabs, alerts and much more.

Bootstrap initially was developed by Mark Otto (@mdo) and Jacob Thornton (@fat) at Twitter as a framework to encourage consistency across internal tools. Now it is open source and is the most popular GitHub development project. Twitter’s no longer associated with Bootstrap since its update to version 2.0.

The use of Bootstrap amongst websites has grown exponentially since its days of inception, and by date, over millions of websites use it, which makes Bootstrap the most popular front-end framework. Web designers know how valuable Bootstrap technology helps in creating eye-catching yet responsive websites based on HTML, CSS, and the extensions of JavaScript. Bootstrap makes front-end web development quicker and painless, especially for beginners.

WP Bootstrap 4 is the ideal starting theme for WordPress bloggers. Version 4.0 is the latest version and uses a powerful mobile-first flexbox grid to build layouts of all shapes and sizes. It’s fast, lightweight, and has full Bootstrap 4 integration. This also means that this theme is mobile responsive, and optimized for SEO standards. On top of that, the theme has had a thorough audit performed by the WP.org team to ensure top-notch quality.

I am a huge fan of this framework although I also use others like UIKit, Susy, Milligram and Bulma (strangely, I don’t like Materialize!) and most developers are familiar with its ease of use and flexibility. Hopefully, you can find it useful as well in combination with WordPress or any other blogging or CMS platform. I’ve looked into the quality of design, the layout, variety, and performance of the themes before adding it to this list. I’m sure these are the best Bootstrap WordPress themes that can take your site to the next level and a recommended starting point for newbies to Wordpress site building.

At the end, I’ve also added on the Avivo VueJS Wordpress Bootstrap theme I built using Gridsome site generator for VueJS, just in case anyone wants to make a foray in to Vue JS/Wordpress (or other backends) hybrids, and which should get you off to a good start, quicker than using just Gridsome on its own. Instructions for that are within the Github download archive Readme.

Kallyas

Kallyas WordPress Theme

KALLYAS is a Bootstrap WordPress theme with a completely flexible, responsive, and mobile-ready layout. It is a multi-concept web design with over twenty main samples and loads more internal page styles. Crafting a modern website does not require much work and effort. KALLYAS has all the required contents predefined for you to put into play out of the box.

Due to the versatility of KALLYAS, you now have a complete resource of web development material for making pages of all styles. From business and blog to online resume and eCommerce, KALLYAS handles them all with ease and comfort. KALLYAS is also lightning fast, fully optimized for search engines, and perfectly in tune with modern web browsers.

GutenX

Gutenx WordPress Theme

Starting on the web is not too big of a deal anymore. With a solid Bootstrap WordPress theme, you can start your online project quickly. If you are interested in launching a blog, do it with GutenX. GutenX is a Gutenberg-friendly tool – hence the name. Moreover, it is also optimized for fast loading speed and SEO. Of course, GutenX also does not miss a completely responsive layout, which just happens to be browser compatible and retina-ready.

All sorts of different layouts await every GutenX user. That said, you have many different combinations that will get you going quicker than you first thought. Additionally, GutenX has all sorts of different header styles, thirteen types of featured posts, sticky menu, and Contact Form 7. You can start sharing your story today and create a strong impact on everyone.

Porto

Porto WordPress Theme

The Porto theme is exceptionally flexible, loaded with amazing customization options for your website. This neat and stylish theme is also built with HTML5 and CSS3 and implements the incredible responsive framework from Bootstrap to be fully responsive and mobile-friendly. Moreover, it gives great support for WooCommerce with all the tools necessary for putting up an online store.

Porto’s versatile design would work well for any kind of business, online store, portfolio, and blog site. With built-in SEO enhancements, Porto is ready to assist your website in climbing the ranks of all the relevant searches.

RAMS

RAMS WordPress Theme

RAMS is a minimalist WordPress theme, which stands out for its exquisite and elegant design. This innovative portfolio theme is ideal for artists, freelancers, and creative agencies who would like to showcase their work online. This theme will certainly save you a lot of time building an outstanding and flexible website.

Additionally, the creators built RAMS’s rock-solid framework using Bootstrap 4 technology. Its fully responsive theme is designed to resize smoothly on different screen sizes and look sharp and clear on high-resolution displays. This flat theme offers unlimited customization possibilities thanks to Visual Live Composer packaged in this theme. It is also WPML ready to help you build a multilingual website.

Bootstrap News

Bootstrap News WordPress Theme

Bootstrap News is a WordPress theme that specialized itself in the media, news, and magazines. It is also the perfect set up to get a digital version of any storytelling writing. You will get awesome content pages, including blogs and contact.

Additionally, Bootstrap News provides a recent post section and separates stories in 4 aspects. These are world news, latest news, editorial, and events. Bootstrap News comes with a cool topbar and a footer that includes social media icons and a header. With this one, you get to put your “front pages on the spot”. Just try out for yourself and get convinced.

Medicol

Medicol WordPress Theme

Medicol is a medical WordPress theme for hospitals, clinics, pharmacy, doctors, surgeons, general physicians, and similar to its kind. This WordPress theme with Bootstrap is compatible with the Elementor Page Builder Plugin. This lets you create a page with its drag and drop functionality. No need to write a single line of coding. Besides that, it contains features like advanced theme panel, call to action, call out section, custom widgets, etc. These features enable you to create a powerful medical website that grabs the attention of any visitors. Medicol is 100% mobile-ready, flexible, cross-browser compatible, and retina-ready.

Kalium

Kalium WordPress Theme

Kalium is a well-thought-out, meticulously handcrafted, exceedingly technologically advanced, and boundlessly creative WordPress multipurpose responsive theme. This powerful theme was created towards creative professionals and businesses—from architectural firms and graphic design studios to freelance photographers, travel journalists, and many similarly creative fields. It’s incredibly powerful when deployed upon websites that must be both entirely professional and inherently innovative.

Kalium is built using the latest and greatest web technological developments. Also, with extensive HTML5 coding and CSS3 styling that produces gorgeous, elegant, and efficiently loading websites. It seamlessly produces impressive pages without any additional coding.

Iziclass

Iziclass WordPress Theme

Iziclass is a colorful and responsive WordPress kindergarten and preschool website theme. This theme is a perfect theme for making child-related websites in a matter of seconds. With Iziclass, you don’t need to write a line of coding to get awesome results. Feature-rich and versatile, Iziclass makes website design simple and fast. The WP Customizer and Rapid Composer allow you to make your website your own with speed and ease.

Iziclass is an easy to approach framework for webmasters from any background. You can reach users on any device and browser with responsive Bootstrap technology. Check out Iziclass today, and let them come.

Bootstrap Lightpress

Lightpress WordPress Theme

Bootstrap Lightpress is a WordPress theme with Bootstrap which you can utilize for building remarkable and eye-catchy personal blogs. It has a 100% responsive and cross-browser compatible layout that works on all devices like a dream. Even when it comes to retina screens, Bootstrap Lightpress makes sure to deliver all the content stunningly all the time.

Additionally, Bootstrap Lightpress is also optimized for search engines and speed. You can now start your project in close to no time, as well as with as little work and energy as possible.

Some of the features of Bootstrap Lightpress are masonry grid, three layouts, profile menu, and back to top button. You will not even want to change the default setting much due to the fact of how pretty, clean, and modern it is.

MediaTel

MediaTel WordPress Theme

Mediatel is a visually aesthetic WordPress theme designed to show video content. It is completely responsive with not only browsers but devices and screens. Also, you will get it with retina ready image quality and an impressive customizer.

You will get compatibility for YouTube, Vimeo, and more. Mediatel has special features such as automatic video thumbnails and video tabs. Some of these work for categories like most popular and recent posts. You will have full decision and liberty on which posts to display. Social media connection for Facebook and Instagram is also provided. Mediatel is also a perfect theme for online streaming, news channels, or online magazines.

WPLMS

WPMLS WordPress Theme

One of the most reliable WordPress education themes, WPLMS offers a unique product. You can also use this theme for school and university websites. The developers constructed this theme using the Bootstrap framework, resulting in an excellent experience for customers and developers alike. WPLMS Education WordPress theme is very powerful, yet it remains extremely user-friendly. Additionally, you don’t need a large amount of programming knowledge to your job done. Surely, this theme is sure to surpass all expectations. Also, it includes Courses, Events, Galleries, a Slider builder, and an expansive library of content. Also, it incorporates useful shortcodes and widgets.

Kokit

KoKit WordPress Theme

There’s no better way of effectively marketing your brand than to have the best digital agency website. Here’s Kokit, one of the finest digital agency WordPress themes you ought to evaluate for your business. It’s a powerful theme built using Bootstrap framework along with WordPress plugins.

Moreover, Kokit also integrates free yet powerful plugins. One that’s worth mentioning is the WooCommerce. It allows you to create a fully functional shop within your website, so selling just about anything is possible.

NewStore

NewStore WordPress Theme

NewStore gives you all the needed tools and components to craft an online store that follows all the latest web trends. It is one of the best eCommerce WordPress themes with a super minimal touch to it. There is no right or wrong answer where you can use NewStore. It could be furniture, apparel, jewelry, bags, shoes, whatever, NewStore is ready for all the challenges you may have for it. With this powerful WordPress theme, you are safe and secure with the establishment of a first-class web store.

Ablogia

Albogia WordPress Theme

If you are looking for a simple and beautiful modern design for your blog, Ablogia is a good option for you. The theme offers you custom header images and logo upload options to make the header section look attractive.

It’s a minimal design to make sure your users have a great experience on your blog and can read your content without any distractions. It can be a really good option for any personal blog or news magazine kind of website.

It’s a clean, minimal, and SEO friendly design that will make sure your content gets much better rankings in Google search results.

Eduma

Eduma WordPress Theme

If you want to create an excellent website that is dedicated to learning, this theme can be your greatest ally. It is surely one of the best education WordPress themes you can currently find on the market. Eduma has a streamlined, practical design that is sure to attract many readers. No coding knowledge is required, and there is no need to hire web development experts.

This Education WordPress theme also incorporates a large roster of premium features, which were added free of charge. Eager students can access the content from their smartphones, tablets, laptops, or desktop computers. As long as it has a screen and an internet connection, it will be compatible with your education website.

Artis

Artis WordPress Theme

Artis is a WordPress theme designed for creative individuals and professionals. The theme is packed with an abundance of demo websites curated for different niches and couples in unique portfolio styles, over thirty portfolio types, extensive customization options, adaptive images for better viewing on smaller devices, an immersive e-commerce experience with the minimal design and much more.

With the inclusion of most of the popular plugins like Visual Composer, Revolution Slider, and LayerSlider, you can rest assured that you will be getting great features with the theme. Again as mentioned, WooCommerce is also seamlessly integrated into the experience along with handy product layouts, Ajax Mini Cart, and eye-catching hover effects.

Blogora

Blogora WordPress Theme

Blogora Theme is a Bootstrap WordPress theme which you can utilize for building remarkable and eye-catchy personal blogs. It has a 100% responsive and cross-browser compatible layout that works on all devices like a dream. Blogora Theme is also optimized for search engines and speed. You can now start your project in close to no time, as well as with as little work and energy as possible.

Some of the features of Blogora Theme are masonry grid, three layouts, profile menu, and back to top button. You will not even want to change the default setting much due to the fact of how pretty, clean, and modern it is. Waste no more time, choose Blogora Theme, and have a page up and running right away.

Gourmet

Gourmet WordPress Theme

Gourmet Restaurant & Cafe WordPress Theme is a sophisticated and innovative website template that you can use for crafting different websites such as restaurant, cafeteria, corporate, business, personal, photography, and even portfolio.

This theme has a one-click demo installer to set it all up. The creators also made this theme with a sleek and easy-to-customize framework and built it on the latest Bootstrap. That way, you can effortlessly build responsive, translation-ready and mobile-ready websites. Additionally, this theme is responsive and looks amazing on any type of device, from desktop, tablets to mobile phones.

Kleo

Kleo WordPress Theme

Kleo is keeping its rich standard on an all-time high for you to make the most out of it when building a job board and freelance services web platform. It only shows that this Bootstrap social network template is the best one out there. Kleo provides flexibility, convenience, and functionality in creating the ultimate online marketplace for job seekers and other creative individuals. Kleo is fun to craft and has tons of documentation and theme supports. Social media’s fully integrated to get clients/followers. Special elements include calendars, a skin editor, and unlimited color options. Featured on the site are unlimited headers and video backgrounds.

Avivo Vue Wordpress Bootstrap

Avivo is a Vue JS/Wordpress Hybrid theme I built using Bootstrap, Bootstrap-Vue, SASS and a couple of other goodies, with the Gridsome site generator for VueJS. Whilst it is configured to use a Wordpress Rest API back end, it can easily be adjusted for other back end frameworks such as Contentful, Drupal, Sanity, Storyblok, Cosmic JS and many others, and is SASS/SCSS enabled. You can check out the live demo here, and download the source files from Github. You will need Node and Gridsome installed on your computer, but otherwise all the instructions are there, along with the test Wordpress Rest API if you dont have one.

Conclusion

No doubt, there are many benefits of using the Bootstrap WordPress themes. First and foremost, you don’t have to hire designers. Hence, it saves a lot of money as well as designing efforts. WordPress Bootstrap themes also save your time that you had to invest in writing pages long designing codes.

Moreover, it speeds up your fresh website development task as it comprises of ready-made coding blocks. It allows creating a prototype of a website quickly and efficiently. Also, it provides a large variety of scripts. And, writing media queries will no longer be a headache.

Furthermore, this responsive grid-based framework assists both amateurs as well as professionals. Likewise, it offers you flexibility for customizing the elements in your theme.

This has been my list of some of the best Bootstrap WordPress themes currently available on the market. If you are going for a WordPress theme as a beginner, it’s better to go for a WordPress theme with Bootstrap because they are more flexible, customizable, attractive, and user-friendly.

I have collected probably some of the best Bootstrap themes available in this post so don’t forget to bookmark this collection!

Use them and let me know about your experience in the comments.

If you enjoyed this post, why not check out this article on ClassicPress, the lightweight bloat free fork of Wordpress which you can also use the above themes with if required!

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Toolset Blocks Quick Review

Have you ever thought of something you’d always wanted to do but gave up on it because it was too difficult? Many people at some point will think of a website that they would love to create but are concerned they do not have the experience or ability to create it.

The good news is that is no longer a problem thanks to Toolset Blocks and Gutenberg. The new WordPress Block Editor, Gutenberg, makes designing your own website much easier and more intuitive thanks to the creation of blocks.

In addition, Toolset Blocks is the perfect compliment to Gutenberg as you can turn a basic website into something far more complex and professional thanks to a number of features such as dynamic content.

Gutenberg

Why Gutenberg is a great option for building websites

Gutenberg has been around for just over a year and has improved significantly making it an ideal platform to build websites on. Below is a list of advantages for using Gutenberg:

Over the past year, a number of great blocks extensions have emerged which enhance Gutenberg and your ability to build custom websites.Excellent functionality for changing content on mobile.Easy to add page content that all websites need including a call to action, headings, testimonials and columns.Easy to reuse components across different pages and sections.

Ability to structure the content in whatever order you like by using the drag-and-drop interface to move blocks around.Gutenberg did have some teething problems when it was first launched but the good news is that many of those concerns have been overcome. There are still some features which are missing but they are all due to arrive in the near future. Even so, you can use Gutenberg and Toolset Blocks together to build everything you could need in a website.

Wordpress

How Toolset Blocks makes it easier to build custom websites

While Gutenberg serves as the body of a great, fully functional WordPress website, Toolset Blocks provides the engine which drives it to become a professional, custom website. Below you can find some of the advantages of using Toolset Blocks.

Dynamic content. Toolset Blocks offers the easiest route to adding dynamic content to your website without coding. Instead of static content, you can make it dynamic which means WordPress will pull the correct content from the database depending on which post type you click. No coding needed. You can build complex, custom websites without even using CSS or HTML. A much simpler website building workflow. Previously, building a website if you did not know how to code would have been far more complicated and costly. You would have had to design your website on one platform and asked a developer to implement it. Now you can add everything yourself to WordPress saving you time and money.

Spend less time reading the documentation. The simplicity of Gutenberg and Toolset Blocks means you do not need to read as much documentation as before to understand it.Fewer third-party plugins on your website. As you can build entire complex websites using Gutenberg, Toolset Blocks and other Gutenberg plugins you need to install fewer third-party plugins to handle the website building side of things. This will reduce bloat and make it far easier to manage your website.A simple interface for website building. With Gutenberg and Toolset Blocks, you will be able to see exactly how everything will look on the front-end as you build it on the back-end.

Wordpress

Why Toolset decided to integrate with Gutenberg

Toolset is closely integrated with all of the major page builders but its developers have now decided to rewrite Toolset so that it runs seamlessly inside the WordPress Block Editor. But why did Toolset make the move to blocks?

Since the launch of Gutenberg many page builders have increased their rate of updates making it harder and harder for plugins such as Toolset to remain completely compatible with them. The simple question is what is more effective? To invest time in playing catch-up with multiple third parties or to improve the current product? 

The result is that clients will be happier with an improved product in Toolset Blocks which will work perfectly with the primary editor for WordPress.

Wordpress

What about the users who prefer to stick to other page builders?

The good news is that Toolset will still be completely integrated with third-party page builders in the near future, however, as each page builder continues to release new features and API changes it can be challenging to keep track of all of the developments. It remains to be seen how long Toolset can continue to improve its product and stay 100% integrated with every third-party page builder out there. You can get more info on Toolset from here! Also, this post on Dynamic Content might clear the air a little!

If you are not a fan of Gutenberg and Page Builders we’ve got that covered, see this post on ClassicPress, the pared down fork of Wordpress which uses just the TinyMCE editor and zero plugins.

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How to Start a Web Design Business

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Many researchers predict the number of web design businesses in the United States will reach 75,531 this year, with an annual growth rate of 6.6%. As a web developer, you’re competing against big agencies as well as freelancers. Although the growth of web development businesses in the U.S. is on an upward trajectory, there is also competition from around the world. If you want to compete against all the other options available, you must consider some factors that help web design businesses stand out from the crowd and gather a loyal group of clients.

Learn Your Craft

Lemonade

The most successful web designers specialize in one or two areas. While they might know how to create parallax scrolling and can deliver that if a customer wants it, their specialty might be in mobile design. It’s essential to not only understand the basic concepts of design, but also to know coding, such as HTML, SQL and PHP. You don’t need a formal education to become a web developer, but you do need knowledge. You can gain know-how from college courses, online courses, self-guided study or hands-on learning where you intern under a more experienced designer.

Wordpress or Jamstack?

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The most commonly used CMS, Wordpress, powers around 30% of all websites online, and is the go to CMS for many web design agencies. Its probably the best option for most business and personal sites due to its extensive customization and 3rd party integrations, and the Woocommerce eCommerce option. However, there are newer stacks which can be useful for smaller of different kinds of site, Jamstack is one of them. Jamstack is an amalgamation of Javascript client side libraries & APIs in an agile streamlined environment and is becoming popular among many developers to produce fast functional websites.

Find Clients

Ebuilder

One of your first steps as a web design business is finding clients. Without clients, you won’t have any income, and your business will flounder. At first, your clients may be small local business owners you know personally and gigs through sites such as Fiverr and Upwork. With time, you’ll develop contacts and receive referrals from happy clients. Ideally, your client base will consist of a couple of big accounts and many smaller accounts. The larger accounts bring in plenty of cash, while the smaller ones keep the lights on and help you if you lose a big client unexpectedly. Tell everyone you know about your new business, pass out cards and network with business owners in your area.

Track Value

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Understand the key performance indicators for your business and ask your teams to work with accounting to track how much time you’re spending on each client versus the money that client brings into your agency. Analyze the cost for each invoice you send to that client. For example, one client might love every design you create and sign off on the changes with only a minor tweak. Another client might hate every design you send their way and ask for revision after revision. The value of the client who rarely asks for changes is higher because they take up less of your time for the same amount of money.

Even though it’s difficult to let those first clients go as your company grows, if you want a profitable business, you must release the smaller clients who are eating up all your time. Each year, take a look at your bottom 20% in key performance indicators. Consider if the client brings in additional people through referrals and the actual cost of doing business with the people in that bottom 20%. Release the ones who are not benefiting your business so you can make room for other, better-paying clients.

Fix Problems

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As your business grows, you’ll run into a variety of growing pains. Every three to six months, look at the efficiency of your operations. Are customers complaining about wait times? You may need to hire another designer to keep up with demand. Are people failing to pay invoices? You may need to go to a model where clients pay 25% up front and then in increments throughout the design process.

Only about half of business startups make it past their fifth year. The most common cause of failure is due to cash flow problems. Pay close attention to money going out and money coming in, and ensure there is a balance between the two. If your employee costs are higher than your income, you’ll run out of money fast. If you’re not quite ready to hire a full-time employee, but you have more work than you can handle, hire freelancers or temporary workers to get you through the growth phase until you can afford to bring someone new into the company.

Develop a Great Team

denzilla

When you are ready to hire people to help you run your business, find the absolute best team possible. While you might not be able to pay workers the same as a large corporation, you can offer other perks a big company might not, such as bringing pets to work or offering extra days off. Create a strong company culture that feels more like a family than work, and you’re more likely to attract and keep top talent.

Improve Your CX

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Customer experience, or CX, is one of the most vital elements in attracting and keeping new customers. Around 67% of consumers say they expect a good experience more today than ever before. Not only should your company’s website draw in the user and keep their attention, but the CX carries on to the customer service you offer once the buyer makes a purchase and how easy it is to work with you. Excellent CX requires attention to detail and ongoing training for your employees.

Grow Your Business

Ayaygood

When you’re ready, growing your business is often as easy as asking your current customers for referrals. Word-of-mouth advertising is one of the most effective ways to reach new clients. If you’ve developed a speciality area, use social media and advertise to that market segment. Keep a close eye on your growth, with the understanding that growth is often a tipping point in cash flow issues, and you should be able to steadily grow your business year after year, making it profitable and secure. If you enjoyed this post, why not check out this article on Building Vue Wordpress Rest API websites!

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5 Tips To Hire the Best Social Media Professionals

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Are you planning on hiring a new team of social media experts? It can be easy to go wrong. There are a lot of so called “gurus” that claim to offer exceptional social media marketing services, but they rarely deliver the services customers expect. If you hire the wrong marketing agency, you may find yourself forking over hundreds of dollars a month to a company that offers little in return.

You need to do your due diligence before hiring a social media expert, just like you would if you were hiring a lawyer, accountant or any other professional.

Here are 5 simple tips to help you maximize your hiring potential to hire the right team of experts to grow your brand through social media.

Do a Competency Assessment, the Same Way that You Would With a Regular Employee

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Opting into assessment testing for potential employees will help you streamline the hiring process. You can use assessments to isolate and target the best characteristics for available positions. This is a great system for finding the right in-house employees. Why not try using an assessment when looking for a social media marketer, too?

You need to know what you are looking for when hiring a social media professional. Jeff Bullas talks about some of the competencies that they need:

  • Conceptual decision making
  • Writing
  • Interpersonal
  • Planning and organizational
  • Technical

Social media marketers need a wide variety of skill sets to thrive in this career.

Interviews and resumes can only scratch the surface of a candidate’s personality. A standardized-assessment lets you compare qualities without bias, and you’ll be able to qualify people based on more than their first-impressions. Testing makes the playing-field equal by safeguarding your business from individuals that may have non-beneficial traits. 

Requiring an assessment test during the hiring process lets you express to the interviewee that it takes more than credentials to be a team-player. It could also help separate less-serious inquirers from dedicated job-seekers. You’ll get more reliable employees in the long-term. It’s not bad to save your hiring managers some frustration in the process as well. To learn more about pre-employment assessments, please visit https://www.berkeassessment.com/.

Multiple Interviews

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One web developer I spoke with tried hiring a social media marketer a few years ago. The marketer seemed promising in her initial pitch, but the web developer later said the arrangement was a “total disaster.” The fact is that she came across well in the first interview, but didn’t perform well later.

Many social media marketers are gifted grifters. You need to talk to them a few times to spot their lies.

Having multiple interviews can really help you weed-out those who aren’t serious about the positions you have available. It can be a huge waste of time to go through the entire process of on-boarding a new employee, and then have them decide to take another offer somewhere else. You need to know that the people you consider for employment are ready to move forward. 

Try incorporating these simple multi-level interview procedures into your hiring process. 

Have all applicants schedule a time to meet during a group interview. Present job responsibilities and standards to the group while collecting resumes. Ask for volunteers to interview first. These individuals are usually going to be your most dedicated applicants. Those who aren’t really interested won’t typically wait around for very long. 

Those who are successfully screened in the initial interview should be rescheduled for a secondary interview a few days later. It may be a wise decision to include a higher-level manager in this final interview.

Ask Consistent And Relevant Questions

You need to know what you are looking for in a social media expert. You need to know that they can grow your brand in a positive way. You need to know how they will do this.

It’s a good idea to stay consistent by asking the exact same questions to all applicants during your initial interview. The key to finding the right people is staying relevant. 

Try to avoid hypothetical situations and rhetorical questions. That type of screening is best utilized through multiple-choice assessment tests. You could end up with very off-the-wall answers by being too vague. That doesn’t help you understand the person, and it doesn’t add value to the interview process. 

Ask about previous accomplishments for past clients. You want to hear direct, actionable data showing how they helped a company grow their business by reaching people on social media. Avoid questions that allow the person to answer them by saying what you want to hear. Be personable. You want to get to the roots of their past performance, expectations, and character. Asking them what they would do in a hypothetical circumstance leads to useless and unverifiable information.

Up-Sell Your Candidates

Great social media marketers are tough to find. If they really are talented, then you are going to want to make sure that you can get the most out of them. You can consider offering them more money for more results. You can even try offering them a performance based incentive. Up-selling is another option.

Up-selling is a term used to describe when a sales-person induces a potential customer to buy more costly products. The idea is for your business to be more valuable to the work-force than your competitors. If your company has slightly better starting rates, then you’ll get first-pick of the applicants in your area. 

You can entice potential employees to work with you by offering shared-bonuses and specialized-certification promotions. This allows you to maintain highly-skilled workers, and it helps you screen out those who aren’t willing to stay long-term. An established company should be able to attract better employees by essentially being the better option out of the applicant’s choices. 

Be the better option, and high-quality employees will come looking to work for you.

Write Concise Job Descriptions

You should always be as clear as possible in every job-posting. It is commonplace in certain industries to leave out important details in online job offers. 

The worst thing you can do in the hiring process is take applications from people who haven’t been clearly informed about the position. This is particularly common when hiring departments are forced to meet interview-quotas, and this is a good reason to avoid setting quotas. 

Reaching a wider group of candidates doesn’t help you narrow down people who are actually suited for the job. If you enjoyed this post, why not check out this article on Social Media for your Organizations Bottom Line!

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