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.

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!

WordPress Sites – Achieving Organic Rankings – PART 2

Posted by | Posted in Content Management System, SEO, web design, Website Development | Posted on 24-03-2016

In the last part we saw why WordPress is the best CMS to achieve organic rankings. In this part, we will see how to achieve organic rankings using WordPress.

WordPress by itself is fairly optimized system and every page is indexed but there are a few things that could make organic rankings better than it already is:

Optimizing Titles:

The <title> tag is the first line that everyone sees in the search results. There is always more weightage for the early words. If the required keywords appear in the beginning of the title, the ranking would improve. For titles and headings, the post title or blog name should only be <h1> in the front page. Cramming sidebars with <h2> and <h3> should be definitely avoided. The post.php and page.php templates are easy to edit this way.

Permalinks:

This is a very popular modification advocated for most WordPress SEOs and is seen right below the title on the page. The default permalink is ?p=<posted>. Though it is advised to always use /category/post-name/ and incase the category has to be included then /%category$/%postname%/ is a better option.

Optimizing Descriptions:

Descriptions are seen in the form of a snippet right below the permalinks URL. When automated descriptions are filled they are may be an introductory sentence and do not convey anything. But a custom-written description will have the right amount of keywords with enticing text for potential visitor to stay on the page.

Content and Backlinks:

Writing excellent content with keywords and engaging with other bloggers can do a lot of good for the website SEO. Backlinks are extremely good to boost the rankings of a website. A top ranking link is bound to have more links than a site that ranks lower. Spending time to build links into a website can boost SEO.

Tagging and Categorization:

One of the most ignored activities is categorization. Diligent tagging and categorization of the posts will increase user engagement as well as invigorate online SEO. Keywords are grasped better by Google by examining the site for relevance.

The Preferred Domain:

It is imperative to decide how the site should show up on Google search. Is it just xxxx.com or www.xxxx.com? Settings -> General will provide the general version to show up which is just xxxx.com. By changing the settings to the ‘preferred domain’ the site can appear with the favoured ‘www.’ prefix. This has to be changed in the Google search console as well.

Of course, WordPress and SEO are a vast subject and its never enough to talk about them. But at the outset, an experienced web design company can implement the above to achieve the most out of an already premier platform to gain more.

WordPress Sites – The Perfect Choice for Organic Rankings

Posted by | Posted in Content Management System, Design, web design, Website Development | Posted on 23-03-2016

Ever wondered why WordPress sites give the best organic results? Because everything runs on it – the webshops, blogs et al. WordPress is a fascination for most developers due to its versatility and adaptability to several platforms. It is simple to use and effective in implementation. Around 10 million websites around the world are built on WordPress.

WordPress is designed in such a way that it creates SEO-friendly websites. So what does WordPress have that other platforms don’t?

The features and functions of WordPress guide the search engine towards specific pages, categories, and posts. It enables the search engine to crawl the site for relevant information to include it within its database. WordPress comes with several built-in optimization tools.

Permalinks:

With the Permalink functionality search engines identify URLs easily with specific string characters. Once the Permalink is turned on in the dashboard, it can also be manually changed when necessary. In addition to the ability to use .htaccess to create permalinks, pinging, and blogrolling, WordPress also uses third party plugins that can be used for SEO.

Content Creation and Management:

WordPress provides great out-of-the-box SEO mechanics. All the themes available in WordPress are optimized for SEO and designed for Googlebot to crawl through them making all content easily discoverable. The internal logic and link structure are simple and can be universally shared among websites. WordPress does not generate duplicate content. WordPress has a built-in XML sitemap which is Googlebot’s guide to the best information on the site. A notification is sent by WordPress to Google about each publication and posting that is uploaded onto the page.

Plugins and Pings:

The vast WordPress community has a number of plugins and SEO support systems that can accomplish the basic needs of SEO goals. Interactive features such as pings, comments and trackbacks are supplemental tools that allow individuals to interact with the WordPress site. It enables visitors to provide free content in terms of blog posts and comments.)

In addition to the above, it is best to avoid using too many tags and categories for the posts because Google recognizes content. Stuffing postings on WordPress with categories and tags will only make Google wary and forcefully exclude the post from the readers.

WordPress has a solid foundation and reputation for being extremely SEO-friendly. With intended keywords, the organic rankings of a website are extremely good.

To Summarize:

Speed of publishing WordPress is outstanding
Automatic notification of any content with built-in Ping services
URL structures are exceptionally SEO friendly
Sharing and commenting are built-in features
Numerous development support and plugin features

With WordPress it is as easy as signing up, login, click a button and the process is ready!

WordPress – Most Preferred for Building a Simple CMS Website

Posted by | Posted in Content Management System | Posted on 12-02-2016

When you are looking to build a simple website, you feel lost in the deluge of site-builder /platform options available. You want a simple website with an easy-to-use, flexible interface for you to continue maintaining (a minimum of updating the content as required) the website. Content Management System (CMS) is on your mind but which one to choose from? WordPress, other open sources or a custom CMS with an open source such as PHP, which will best suit your purpose? As you grapple with all these queries, you would be debating on how to approach a vendor with your requirements?
Here are a few tips and guidelines:

Why should you choose WordPress?

When the objective is to create a simple, user-friendly CMS website that can be updated easily from time to time, WordPress stands out compared to other CMS because of the following reasons:

User-friendly interface:

The CMS section of wordpress is very user-friendly; most part of it does not require guidance for a first timer to go for any edits or other updates on the website.

Responsive web designs:

WordPress provides a wide range of free themes and layouts that support responsive web designs. There are plenty of paid visually appealing and user friendly responsive themes available on websites such as theme forest, templatemonster etc. It might cost you a little extra but the word press web design company you choose will be able to develop a theme from a customized unique design as well.

Customizable & Scalable:

Free and paid plug-ins are available online, to add any additional feature on your site than the regular content management. For example, if you want an online survey to be implemented on your website, it need not be coded by your wordpress website design company; as there are free plugins available online, for the same purpose. Only exceptional or unique features, relating to your business, may require coding/development, otherwise there are plugins for most of the generic features and your web design company only needs look for it on the internet.

Vast online Community:

The WordPress online community is a vast base for support on the technical and non-technical front. Once you take charge of your site, after it is deployed and is live; you can seek help and references for minor upgrades!

Approaching your Vendor – A few pointers

What will be the best structured approach to a vendor, who will be doing the wordpress website development for you? A few pointers…

Latest in the Portfolio:

Check the portfolio of the vendor with respect to the wordpress CMS sites they have delivered and have gone live recently. It will give you a fair idea about the professionalism, expertise and more importantly check if their design style is aligned with your taste of design.

Present your requirement:

It’s better to have a simple requirement document ready before you approach any wordpress web development company. The document may just comprise the site map and a very short description of the planned content or it can even include details of all the functions on each of the pages in the sitemap.

Get the prototype:

With the template/theme/layout selected, you may ask your word press solution provider to execute the design for the home page and another sub-page of your site-using your content and images. This way you will get a look and feel of your website and decide before they actually develop and implement wordpress.

WordPress friendly hosting Vs.Others:

Though it is not directly connected to the web site Development Company you choose, clarity on this will help you eliminate some doubts once the site is done and ready to go live. Hosting providers may claim that wordpress hosting spaces are optimized for wordpress and make the site faster. This may work for simple blogs and sorts but for latest themes, plug-ins to work well, without any version mismatch, and to override other constraints, it is best to go for regular hosting and leave the rest under the care of your webdesign company.

OPEN SOURCE CMS – Preferences

Posted by | Posted in Content Management System | Posted on 19-01-2016

This blog explores the big question – why would open sources be preferred as against a custom CMS?

Websites have to be developed keeping in mind SEO and online business growth strategies. There are many technological platforms available to choose from depending on business requirements. Content management system development is not a universal get-it-anywhere solution that suits every entity.

Broad classifications of platforms are open source systems and proprietary / custom CMS development –

Difference at a glance:

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Points to ponder:

The following points have to be considered before arriving at a conclusive decision to use the Open Source or Customized CMS:

* Budgetary constraints – Customized CMS options are definitely costlier
* Technological interest – Upgrading platforms, monitoring security and bugs can prove stressful especially with the proprietary CMS
* Online presence – The importance of the online presence along with its visibility

Downsides of the customized CMS: There are several customized CMS website development tools available. It was just a few years ago that every software developer was creating their own content management systems, before the introduction and advent of Open source systems. One of the primary drawbacks with the proprietary CMS is that the client is unsure whether the company behind the content management system development, is worth being invested in or not. The company that built the software has a copyrighted control over the source codes, which means the business does not possess any ownership or access to content and design. Every aspect of the customized CMS has to be learnt and paid for before execution.

Advantages of Open Source systems:
* For one, costly site maintenance activities are minimized.
* Administrators and individual users themselves can manage content without looking for additional        resources.
* There are several open source resources that can be customized to fit into a company’s framework.  WordPress, Drupal and Joomla allow content management system development with custom web design  components available at minimal costs.
* Some of these open source CMS systems offer third party support.
* Proactive upgrades and improvements rather than reactive
* The community that maintains the open source ensures its continued success offering users stability
* Easy integration facilities with the existing sites
* Runs on a powerful interface
* Excellent availability of highly creative templates
* Architecture is measurable

Features and popularity of the Open Source CMS:

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WordPress: Full standard compliance, WordPress pages-links-themes, cross-blog communication, comments, spam protection, workflow, user registration with password protected posts, easy installation, functionality, upgrade and import, XML-RPC interface, bookmarklets, multiple authors, typographical niceties and intelligent text formatting.

Joomla: Data reporting, inventory control, reservation systems, product catalogues, application bridges, integrated e-commerce systems, complex business directories, media manager, banner-language- contact management, polls, search, web links, content management, templates, web services and extensibility.

Drupal: Picture gallery, forums, podcast, file uploads, file downloads, peer networking, e-commerce and blogs.

PHPNuke: Web links, advertising, avantgo, downloads, encyclopedia, FAQs, feedback, forum, journals and publishing, statistics, stories, private messages, news submission, topics and content management.

In conclusion, the open source is cost-effective and provides great value for money. It is frequently updated and improved so that bugs are addressed quickly. The system thus takes advantage of the latest technologies available, which boosts both performance and security. One of the simplest and most popular open source CMS is WordPress, which takes minimal installation time (about 3 to 5 minutes) and has a self-explanatory interface. As the no.1 source of custom web design, as of today, it allows easy creation of new pages, placing links within the site, publishing content, modifying themes and user permissions and enabling usage of additional widgets to integrate popular applications Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter etc.