Top 5 WordPress Themes for Corporate Websites and Their Features

Posted by | Posted in Content Management System, Website Development | Posted on 27-04-2016

With advanced competition comes enhanced creativity. In this competent world where businesses vie for each other and want to feature every detail about their products and services and impressively so, deciding on themes is a simultaneously important activity due to its facial value to the potential customer.

Here are the top 5 WordPress themes especially designed for corporate usage:

X:

One of the most efficacious themes X has been a choice of many corporate houses and thus manages to feature in more than one review. It contains four design styles, is fully customizable and comes with a multipurpose package. With short codes, responsiveness, several navigational options, the theme is retina-ready and consists of an easy one-page navigation set-up. The innumerable plugins available are free of charge with support staff ready to address any issues that might crop up.

Divi:

Divi is breathtakingly vast. It is resourceful and reliable due to its safety and security. Some of the prominent features are fast-loading, light weight, aesthetically pleasing, versatile, fully responsive, preordained layouts and extremely, easily customizable. Divi houses responsiveness and is a multi-concept, multipurpose theme. All the professionally designed themes have independent security features making Divi a reliable choice for commerce and business websites. Divi is easy to master with the drag and drop mechanics that takes just minutes to learn.

Monstroid:

Monstroid is interactive, contemporary and consists of some stunning visual elements. It has a full-screen layout, full-width slider and provides the user with an amazing scrolling experience. Predominant features include responsiveness, WooCommerce integration, social / SEO capabilities, backups, more than 50 choices of graphics, skin switchers, multiple layouts, and free plugins.

Wish:

Sophistication, elegance and beauty are all the features of Wish which is easily customizable, intuitive and responsive. It is a multi-purpose theme website which uses Visual Composer and Revolution Slider as premium plugins.Containing over 50 customizable elements, it is free of charge, has short codes and extremely commerce-friendly.As a unique concept, it has six distinct footers to choose from and match the business.

Pixova Pro:

For a clean and professional website, Pixova Pro is the best choice due to its integration to WooCommerce and its provisional support for online market places. With a full-width video header, Pixova Pro has the capability to create any kind of business and corporate website. It is retina-ready, responsive, consists of unlimited color schemes, embedded SEO support with SEO-friendly codes, and consists of unlimited Google fonts.

Top 10 Best WordPress Themes

Posted by | Posted in Content Management System, web design, Website Development | Posted on 22-04-2016

High quality looks and high quality content are crucial for the existence and visibility of a website. Good websites that display good themes engage the audience in creating potentials out of them. WordPress is one of the most versatile platforms that offers innumerable themes that can provide high grade functionality and can be visually appealing.

The top 10 WordPress themes of 2016 are:

AVADA:

Formulated sometime in 2012 AVADA is one of the best selling themes with workable design ambitions. It is high resolution, widget ready and owes compatibility to almost all browsers. Available in the latest WordPress 4.5 software functionalities, it has a 4+ and responsive layout. It also comes with speed enhancement and unlimited patch tools for custom fonts.

ENFOLD:

Enfold is extremely user-friendly and wonderful websites can be crafted in a matter of just a few minutes. This high-res theme is all-browser compatible and is also responsive. With extremely good Service levels it is considered as one of the most intuitive themes ever fashioned.

BRIDGE:

Created as recently as 2014 this theme has already gained a lot of popularity due to its applicability to small businesses. It is intuitive, multi-browser compatible and has many styles attached to it. With several custom fonts and a responsive layout, Bridge allows modular flexibility that can make a website simple and attractive at the same time. It is extremely fast and possesses excellent code quality.

BE:

One of the biggest benefits of BE theme is that they take customer feedback seriously. Leave a suggestion and BE will try and implement it for optimum user satisfaction. With one-click installation, it has over 180 pre-made layouts to choose from.

SALIENT:

Salient is a multi-purpose responsive theme which is considered as one of the most creative themes. It does not require any coding and stimulates most users’ thinking with amazing displays. There are several collections of icons, color schemes and over 600 fonts of advanced typography. The themes are powerful and controllable by the designer.

NEWSPAPER:

A unique theme of its own is best suited to write blogs and articles. It can be used for all publishing and media such as magazines, review sites and is supportive of YouTube. The theme has already been successfully integrated with Woo Commerce, bbPress and Buddy Press. It is responsive and encompasses modern and elegant design styles.

FLATSOME:

Flatsome’s primary advantage is that it is a responsive Woo Commerce theme. It contains modern ecommerce designs and available with WordPress 4.4 and above. Other features include SEO optimized, catalog options, page builder with drag and drop and Child Theme to name a few.

UNCODE:

Uncode is a creative and pixel-perfect multi-purpose theme that pays attention to details. Its performance is high-end and has over 30 concepts embedded in it. Each concept is a one-click import and web building capabilities are enhanced with WordPress and powered by Visual Composer.

THE7 :

The7 is a WordPress multi-purpose responsive theme which is easily customizable. There are more than 630 options and a library of readymade designs which can be used as they are. A professional design can be created in just a few minutes and contains indisputable add-ons features.

KALIUM:

Kalium is one of the best themes that are used by professionals and creative individuals. Layout designs are stacked with some high-end theme options. The content builder contains drag and drop elements that can help with shopping, portfolio creation and blog site creations.

TOTAL:

All features are totally packed into one and hence the name Total. The designer does not have to buy a new theme every time and can use the single theme with drag and drop elements for page building. There are several color options, possibility of live customizations and premium sliders that provide convenient front-end editing.

In conclusion, there are several more themes available in WordPress with amazing features. Let’s say this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Corporate Branding Strategies For Startups

Posted by | Posted in Branding and Stationery | Posted on 15-04-2016

“A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is – it is what the consumers tell each other it is.” – Scott Cook

The brand is the perception of the company more than just a logo or a name. It is the way people and potential customers judge the enterprise. A brand is intangible and does not discuss the products or services rather it projects the personality and image of the enterprise. People value the company on the basis of its branding. With such importance derived from public perceptions, there are many uncontrollable factors that can impact the marketing strategy if the branding foundation is inadequate. The value of worth is discerned on the basis of the brand. As a key component during a startup, branding is often overlooked. Some of the essentials of branding are to build the label right from the first day with an appealing tone and voice.

Planning:

Distinguished planning is essential before strategizing branding tactics. There should be clarity between marketing, branding and PR so that relevant focus is achieved to develop an approach to brand the startup. Branding involves selecting keywords, fonts, colours, description of the product and identifying it to the market (marketing strategies) and taking pertinent steps to etch these values. PR voices it out into the public domain.

The Logo:

A logo design communicates the essence of the company. The logo will adjust itself to a wide range of environments and visually represent the business.

Website:

With today’s increasing customer awareness and real-time accessibility it is absolutely essential for every company to have a website that will speak about the company’s products and services. More imperative is the responsive web design to make visibility available at the customer’s fingertips. Along with the website, choosing the right domain name, registering it and having an email facility will help build brand trust.

Business Presentation:

Corporate business presentations are a way of selling an idea, product or service. Making a visually exhorting presentation that provides a compelling story to capture the audience’s attention is one of the keys to branding. The presentation will capture the audience’s attention to influence personalized decision-making factors aimed at brand loyalty. It is crucial to contextualize the product or service to create awareness first and then lead the audience to execute their resolution.

Business cards, stationery, and other printing collaterals:

Any business’ identity package is incomplete without a business card. To establish brand identity and ensure the preservation of the brand with the physical customer, business cards are generated in the right quantity to create the first connection with the consumer. Letterheads and envelopes along with brochures are printed with the right kind of content that can link the client to the brand.

Overall, it is necessary during a startup to discover unique factors of the business to make the most them. Professional branding and design make the company stand out against their competitors thus creating an engagement with the customer and adding to sales. Collateral designs when professionally designed enhance the company’s credibility in the eyes of the customer. Branding guidelines would be to present the brand effectively and comprehensively that sets the tone of the brand to the target audience.

The Strength of Concrete – Is It The Best Open-Source CMS?

Posted by | Posted in Content Management System, Website Development | Posted on 11-04-2016

And so the world is agog with WordPress. Why it has been so – has been discussed elaborately and rightly so. It is an open-source, free and versatile CMS that can design practically anything. But then there are other CMSs available that are equally free and open-source. They may even possibly offer the same versatility that is preached for most CMS software. One such CMS is concrete5. Having seen an initial release in 2010 and a stable release as recently as 2016, it is already recognized and critically reviewed by many developers globally for its flexible platform. Concrete5 is a cross-platform CMS with an MIT software license. Based on the model-view-controller architecture along with object-oriented programming the main features consist of SEO compatibility, developer API, version tracking system and integrated server caching. The big question is – is this going to surpass WordPress?

Here Is A Short Comparison:

User base: It is a well-known fact that WordPress enjoys a wide user base spanned across subcontinents that would vouch for it. Concrete5’s fan base is good too. But the major difference lies in the levels of users. WordPress has serviced every user level, be it novice or experienced. Concrete5 attracts mid to higher level users. It is highly likely that a new user of concrete5 has already practiced their skill sets on WordPress.

Market Share:

Again concrete5’s market share is small and growing faster than any other open-source CMS. But yet its share remains a mere 3% as against WordPress which has a market share of about 80%.

Modules and Company Size:

Concrete5 has the ability to service large companies and is extremely good when building an ecommerce website. The software requires several levels of editorial control. WordPress can service companies of any size from small to the largest. It is easy to code and simple to use. The fact remains that ecommerce websites are not the preferred array of choice of every company. It has got to be more than just that.

Customization:

WordPress provides a number of themes and add-ons that can be used to customize the preparation. Concrete5 does have its own share of theme-base (to the tune of 1500!) but lacks the reach of WordPress. WordPress offers a number of add-ons that enable interfacing with several other platforms but concrete5 has a limited number of add-ons. Most add-ons on concrete5 have to be bought.

Conclusively it certainly depends on the users and their skill levels for their ability to use concrete5 or WordPress. To come to think of it WordPress has the popularity of a rock star and has innumerable documentation resources and third-party themes. It is managed by a strong community that offers extended services to its dedicated users. In comparison concrete5 does provide some balance between customization and abstraction with native sitemap features. But it would also help if concrete5 had more themes and some third-party resources to probably equate features with WordPress. Only time will tell!

The Top 10 Trending CMS (Content Management System)

Posted by | Posted in Content Management System, Website Development | Posted on 08-04-2016

There are several content management systems available that are open source and amazing features. It is just about learning more about the availability of existing software against the ones that are popular and considered default my most web development companies. Not that the popular ones are not good but awareness to new and obscure technology can bring favorable changes in terms of flexibility and design. Here is an attempt to bring some of the top trending CMS. The list is based on the overall rating of the software, its security offerings and ease of use.

1. WordPress

Much has been said about WordPress in the past that there are very few words available in admiration for this software. One of the most active community maintained software, WordPress has a number of add-ons that can create fully functional websites and comes with a strong community support. CMS reviews are incomplete without WordPress.

2. Joomla

Joomla is multilingual, and comes with fast front end editing capabilities. The software is customizable to about 7000 extensions. It is free and PHP based with a huge choice of commerce plugins and add-ons. Overall it certainly has the capabilities of building unique and professional websites.

3. Drupal

Another popular open source software Drupal has been the darling of many high-profile companies due to its assemblage of features which includes document management, project tracking and file distribution systems. Drupal creates websites that enable traffic support and hosting multiple pages of content.

4. OC Portal

Very obviously a new comer to the CMS market, oc portal does not involve any licensing costs which mean it is free. With field-tested documentation on development and PHP functionalities, the software has plugins that can be easily integrated into the existing code. HTML and CSS can be customized without using the PHP.

5. WebGUI

WebGUI by far is the best software that is designed to manage web content. It is reputed to have serviced independent businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. Some of the best features are shopping carts, POS systems, and file distribution and management.

6. Text Pattern

Text Pattern is easily customizable for design and development and considered to be one of the most flexible and easy-to-use CMS available. Content retrievals are controllable with the tagging system and ‘Textile’ can convert plain text into XHTML patterns. Less-technical users find this very user-friendly.

7. eZ Publish Platform

Several content can be placed in a queue with different publish dates so that they can be automatically published on that date. It has a simple and clear editing dashboard that can be adjusted to complex functions depending on the IT experience.

8. Concrete5

High-end business websites would normally choose concrete5 due to its document management and tracking systems. It has several choices of themes, templates and add-ons that can be filtered at any level of skills. The software is efficient, mobile ready, secure and flexible.

9. MODX

A flexible CMS option that has a strong community for maintenance the MODX is developer-friendly and content can be easily created and uploaded. It has the ability to recognize many programming languages and uses code to create each aspect of the website.

10. X3 CMS:

The X3 CMS contains multi-user supported granular codes and permissions with a powerful MVC core. It creates simple and secure websites. X3 CMS has a wide range of choices in themes, plugins and menus.

With many alternatives available for website development prudent and cost-effective choices can help companies provide the best services in the least amount of time. One enduring advice would be to choose well!

Transforming Invisible Businesses To Visible Entities With Advanced Responsive Design Techniques In 2016 – PART II

Posted by | Posted in web design, Website Development | Posted on 07-04-2016

With increasing mobile internet usage, development of web designs compatible with all devices was the first creative challenge faced by the developer. As a collective riposte, RWD provided a respite to the mobile website development albeit leaving room for improved approaches which could alleviate the potential consumer’s demand.

In the first part of the blog improved performance and advanced layouts held the key to speed up loading of the website. Flexible grid layouts worked towards easy readability and simplified novice understanding skills. In the second part of the blog, media queries, responsive typography and images will enhance responsive features aimed towards users’ requirements.

Initializing Media Queries:

Media queries can control layouts across view ports. Where native Enquire.js and Simple State Manager allows firing java script towards certain orientations, the same can also be built with match media but that have to be matched between CSS and JS. The answer would be to link CSS and JS media query values with getactiveMQ. The end of the body element is hidden with div#getActiveMQ-watcher and can be set within CSS at #getActiveMQ-watcher with {font-family: break-0;} 1,2,3… and so on. For checking changes in the viewport the watchResize() is used which will read the active font-family to maintain the orientation.

Responsive Typography:

Easy to ingest content along with responsive typography ensures comprehensibility in readership across viewports and devices. With the HTML font size set to the default 100%, it will be compatible with the default resolutions of the devices set by the manufacturers. Desktop browsers are set to 16px and other device browser defaults are set higher. Base font-size for an article byline can be set to 14px by setting .byline {font-size: 1rem;}. This way the byline style is not impacted even when the body: font-size is scaled to suit the viewport. Font loading performances can be improved using Enhance.js and semantic headings can be controlled using Typographic Mixins.

Responsive Images:

Finally with responsive images fluidity is a key component of RWD. Responsive image landscapes can be complicated due to varied screen sizes and density. Trying to achieve kilobyte size, physical size and image cropping for a particular size of a viewport, remain the greatest of concerns. The Lazy Load Plugin jQuery will help lazy load the images and feature detection can be done using HTMLImageElement.Sizes and HTMLPictureElement. Basics will be required to optimize images such as ImageOptim and PictureFill will provide polyfill support for the image.

Conclusively, innovation in RWD starts from within rather than without. Experimenting and implementing new practices and sharing ideas leads to greater responsiveness and happier users. It is always good to start base upward and incorporate newer techniques even as the initial web development is enacted.

Transforming Invisible Businesses To Visible Entities With Advanced Responsive Design Techniques in 2016 – PART 1

Posted by | Posted in Design, web design, Website Development | Posted on 04-04-2016

The future is here and there’s bound to be more mobile phones than people. With the internet and mobile technology spreading like wildfire, responsive designs are fast becoming a necessity rather than a marketing strategy. In order for a business to thrive it is imperative that it is found – EVERYWHERE especially on the fingertips of the user. An embarked enterprise should also be obtainable to the potential buyer. A web design company today focuses on user-centric designs that are pleasing and engage a prospect. A continuous practice has made this redundant with nothing out of the ordinary. Mobile phones and small-screened devices that network with the world created the new challenge discernability. This paved the way for the evolution of responsive web designs. And so developers mastered flexible grid layouts. The whole expanse of technology at their disposal, web development services by 2016 started innovating advanced design techniques that can help transform businesses into a visible format.

Improved Performance:

The top of the page requires HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to get fast performances for the first response from the server. The <head> has crucial CSS content in it when the HTML is loaded. To gain speed the <head> remains about 200 lines and the rest of the content at 14kb payload to break the 1000ms barrier. Basic loading techniques require GZipp for files and setting expire headers for content that is static. Lazy load requires a jQuery plugin which loads images after a certain timeframe. In advanced techniques CDNs can deliver static content fast and sanctioning SPDY for http2-enabled browsers will allow parallel HTTP requests instead of synchronous. Modular content patterns can be used to load content snippets from attributes data-before and data-after data-replace.

Advanced Layouts:

Flexible grids and media queries determine the layout. One simple option is :nth-child() selector. Responsive web designs can be coded with some of the most powerful options to improve website readability. Where floats make line-wrapping, left and right side alignments, and reversibility of floated items easy and supported by all browsers, there are certain problems that can be encountered. For example, relative height, maintaining content flow and alignment adjustments can be difficult. The new and advanced layout methodologies will require the usage of display:table-cell and display:table to present content even in a CSS table. Where the display:table-cell doesn’t allow wrapping, the text-align:justify used on the grid can handle margins at breakpoint 3n+3, 4n+4 etc. The text-align:justify does not need any calculating between the margin elements and allows easy wrapping of lengthy lists of elements. CSS flexboxes are usually used as a functional fallback. It is easy to write and true vertical and horizontal centering is possible with the margin:auto. The future of grid template layouts, though, is the CSS3 grid layout template. A novice front-end developer can use it easily to change page layouts by manipulating the order of ‘bbb’ to ‘bbc’. In addition, the box-sizing:border-box calculates the width of an element and the CSS3 calc function [calc()] receives 70% and 30% responsive widths respectively.

Having sped up the browser and decided on advanced responsive layouts, in our next part, we will explore more about media queries, responsive typography, and responsive images. Watch this space for more!…