Envato https://envato.com Design & creative inspiration Tue, 16 Oct 2018 06:49:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://assets.wordpress.envato-static.com/uploads/2016/08/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Envato https://envato.com 32 32 How to Build a Top-Notch Digital Portfolio Website https://envato.com/blog/everything-need-build-top-notch-portfolio/ Tue, 06 Feb 2018 05:53:42 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=65730 No matter what industry you’re in, having a portfolio website is going to help you get hired. Here are some resources you can use to create a beautiful WordPress-powered portfolio website of your own.

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No matter what industry you’re in, having a portfolio website is going to help you get hired. Building an online presence lets you showcase what you’ve worked on, what you’re capable of and provides contact information for people to get in touch with you.

First impressions are everything, especially when you’re competing in a crowded market. By having an online portfolio, potential clients or employees can get a sense of who you are before working with you. You can also control your online identity and what companies and clients see when they search for you.

Our subscription service, Envato Elements, provides all the bits and pieces you need to assemble a good-looking portfolio, from WordPress themes, and photos, to plugins and graphics. In this article, I’ll be sharing some resources you can use to create a beautiful WordPress-powered portfolio website of your own.

What Makes for a Good Portfolio?

There are 7 key elements that your portfolio must have in order to effectively communicate who you are, the quality of your work, and why potential clients or employers should work with you:

  • A great theme. The theme you choose will provide most of the framework and functionality for the rest of your website, so be sure to choose wisely.
  • Photography. You might have your own photos or images of your work, but if you don’t, featuring strong, authentic photography will help elevate your site’s design.
  • Case studies. If you’ve already worked with clients, it’s a good idea to feature your best work as case studies so site visitors can see examples of your work and understand your skillset.
  • Images of your work. If you’re a designer, artist, or work in a creative field, visuals are everything. So show off your work with big, bold imagery.
  • Social media. Integrating social media into your site will encourage visitors to share your information but also click through to your social accounts so they can get to know you better.
  • Testimonials. Genuine words of praise in the form of testimonials are powerful. Kind words from a real-life client or employer – someone who hasn’t been paid to say nice things – can persuade potential clients to do business with you.
  • Contact information. Ultimately, you want site visitors to get in touch with you, and find out more about your services. So, provide as many avenues for getting in touch as possible (i.e. contact form, email, social media, phone number, physical address).

Now that you know a bit about what to include in your portfolio, let’s look at some themes, plugins, and other digital assets you can download right now from Envato Elements that will help you build a great portfolio website.

WordPress Themes

Dreamy has a minimalist design that places the focus squarely on your work thanks to its grid-style layout. There’s clear navigation at the top of the page so visitors won’t get lost clicking around trying to learn more about you. There’s also a space just below the navigation where you can write your mission statement. Don’t be afraid to be bold – promote yourself! Competition in the creative community is fierce so you need to convince visitors that they should choose you, right from the first glance.

Adios is a solid theme for creatives, and agencies alike. It offers more than just the basics, and comes with a bunch of homepage designs (9, in fact), lots of typography options, compatibility with WPBakery Page Builder, and 33 shortcodes so you can change up the design even more. But what I particularly like about this theme is the built-in ability to display case studies – there are lots of pre-made templates for your portfolio, and blog to help showcase your work.

This elegant theme makes bold use of your images, and fits nicely together using a masonry-style layout. There’s built-in support for Adobe Typekit so you can use your favorite fonts. If you don’t like messing around with code, there’s support for WPBakery Page Builder on top of access to the WordPress Customizer.

Authentic photography

Imagery is absolutely essential for any portfolio. Great photos help convey a sense of space and presence that is difficult to get across with just words.

A mix of photography, and high quality stock images you can download from Envato Elements can be highly effective when filling out pages, like your “About” and “Contact” pages.

Here are a few examples of images you could include on your “About” page to show off your workspace (if only all workspaces looked this glamorous!), or on your “Contact” page to create a sense of fun.

Case studies

Creating case studies using WordPress can get tricky. Fortunately, using custom post types enables you to create just the design you want for your case studies.

While many themes – including the Adios theme above – feature case study functionality worth checking out, the best option available in Envato Elements is Mega Posts, and Custom Posts Display WP Plugin. This flexible plugin lets you create specific designs for different kinds of posts, so you can create the look and feel you want for your case studies.

Image gallery

Whether you’re a photographer, a painter, or a web designer, one thing remains constant: You need to display images in your portfolio. After all, people who visit your portfolio will expect to see examples of your work.

Image galleries provide a solid way to display your images as a collection of your body of work. Here are some of the best picks you can download from Envato Elements.

This versatile plugin supports a huge variety of gallery layouts (masonry, filmstrip, carousel etc) and animations so you can add microinteractions to delight your visitors. Everest Gallery also supports audio, video, posts, Instagram and a mixed gallery, in addition to regular ol’ images. There’s also a nice backend preview functionality so you can see your changes before they go live, as well as drag and drop gallery ordering for intuitive editing.

Create dynamic grids, and layouts using drag and drop with this feature-packed gallery plugin. Media Grid supports images, video, audio, lightboxes, links, and custom post types. There are also 675 icons so you can customize item overlays and SEO deep linking to help people find you on Google.

AD Portfolio is a responsive filter portfolio, and carousel plugin that lets you create and display image galleries. There are 5 styles and 23 presets. When you click on the gallery images, you can display descriptions and provide more information about your work.

Social buttons

Integrating social media into your portfolio, in particular, buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, will not only show that you’ve established a strong online presence, but also encourage visitors to share your work with their followers.

Keep in mind that your social media accounts reflect your brand, and online voice, so it’s important to ensure that you don’t share anything via social media that you wouldn’t want a client or employer to see.

Here are some choice plugins for adding social media functionality to your portfolio.

Display your social posts, videos and images from different social networks in a timeline format on your “About” page. It’s a great way to showcase your work experience chronologically in a very modern way. Social platforms you can access include Twitter, Facebook Pages, YouTube, Delicious, Flickr, Dribbble, Digg, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ and Lastfm.

With Instagram Widget, you can embed your Instagram images in a widget or simple gallery. You can choose to display a public Instagram account,  hashtag, or even several hashtags. This plugin is mobile-friendly, making it a great option if you want your portfolio to look good on smaller devices (doesn’t everyone?).

This simple, yet, feature-packed plugin lets your website’s visitors share your content on their social media accounts. Not only will sharing your work help get you more followers on your own social accounts, but it could also score you more clients, and work. This plugin lets you choose from more than 50 social media buttons, fixed, and floating display, 4 icon styles, 3 icon shapes and 5 animations.

Testimonials

Anyone can boast online about how amazing their work is. All it takes is some clever copy, great imagery, a cool video and you’re set to sell your brand. But often – especially when a potential client or employer is looking to hire someone – these tactics aren’t enough.

People are usually skeptical, and want to know you’re the real deal before committing to working with you. Using testimonials can help convince people of your talents.

Testimonials Showcase lets you display reviews and quotes in a whole lot of different ways using grids, and sliders, star ratings, and rich snippets. There are also 5 theme options – rounded speech bubbles, flat speech bubbles, flat card boxes, quote marks, and simple separators. What I especially like about this plugin is that there are several options for links. You can include a link in the sub-title of an entry, in the image or use a “read more” link that leads to a single page entry for that particular testimonial – perfect for case studies!

Contact Form

Your Contact page serves one simple purpose: to help site visitors get in touch with you. So it’s a wasted opportunity when sites throw up contact information as a quick afterthought.

It’s important you put a lot more time and thought into what you publish because for many businesses, your Contact page is the beginning of your relationship with potential customers or clients.

Make sure to include as many contact options as possible – everyone has their own preferred method of communication:

  • Email address
  • Contact form
  • Phone number
  • Links to social media accounts, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn
  • Physical address

Also, keep in mind that people who land on your site might not click through to every page. So include your contact details on every page – the footer is a good spot – to help people get in touch with you.

Ninja Kick is a super useful plugin that makes it easy for visitors to reach you. Instead of forcing readers to try, and find the link to your Contact page, this plugin adds hidden forms using a slider to your site. Visitors can access this form site-wide. This plugin works with popular contact form solutions, like Contact Form 7, and Gravity Forms. It’s also compatible with MailChimp.

Create any type of form with this easy to use drag and drop form builder. Whether you want to create a simple form with a couple of fields, or a complex form with multiple text areas, dropdowns, and checkboxes, Super Forms will let you do it. With this plugin you get 30+ elements, 850+ icons, anti-spam protection, AJAX functionality and conditional logic. It’s well worth checking out if you don’t already use a contact form plugin.

Tips for a Creating a Top-Notch Portfolio

Now that you have a good understanding of the elements you need to add functionality to your portfolio website, here are some additional tips to polish your site and make it shine.

  • Make your mission clear. What is the purpose of your portfolio? What are your skills? Who are you?? Make sure you include a short blurb about yourself on your homepage and a more in-depth bio on your About page.
  • Write strong, succinct copy. You want visitors to your site to get a sense of who you are, so make sure you use a tone of voice that reflects your personality. There’s no need to write pages and pages of copy – keep any text brief and to the point. If you do want to write lengthy text, be sure to break it up with subheadings, and bullet points to make it more readable.
  • Make sure it’s easy to navigate. You don’t want your visitors to feel lost when they land on your site. So keep it simple. Use obvious navigation that helps visitors find what they’re looking for.
  • Showcase your best work. Be thoughtful about what you include, and only select your strongest work. If you have a plethora of work to choose from make sure only the best pieces make it in your portfolio.
  • Don’t forget awards, and articles. If you’ve won awards for your work, or contributed to publications, include links to other sites that have relevant information about your work and contributions.

Be current. Don’t include anything that’s more than 3 years old. Trends, and techniques change quickly and you don’t want to appear out-of-date.

Your Portfolio is Ready to Shine!

Creating a portfolio that reflects you and your body of creative work is the best way to showcase what you’re capable of. Your portfolio is your online presence and reflects your brand, so be sure to carefully select the work you include and only choose your best pieces.

The resources I’ve featured in this post are just a very small selection of the files available on Envato Elements.  There are plenty more beautiful, and functional WordPress themes, plugins, stock photos, and digital files to help you build the ideal portfolio.

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How to Keep Your WooCommerce Store Running Smoothly https://envato.com/blog/how-to-keep-your-woocommerce-store-running-smoothly/ Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:39:08 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=65244 Essential tips to keep your WooCommerce store up and running.

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Setting up an online store involves a heck of a lot of moving parts. From products and shopping carts to inventory management and shipping, there’s a lot to consider, configure and organize.

One very important aspect of running a store is maintenance. WooCommerce is a fantastic eCommerce platform that powers over 28% of all online stores, but it’s not something you can simply “set and forget.” In fact, no eCommerce platform is.

WooCommerce store owners still need to invest time and resources in maintenance to ensure your store is always running the latest software updates available and is safe and secure for shoppers.

In this article, I’ll share some essential tips to help you keep your store running smoothly.

1. Make Time for Handling Updates

Keeping your store’s core software (including WooCommerce), other plugins and your theme up-to-date is absolutely essential. New releases typically include bug fixes, new features, performance improvements and, most importantly, security fixes that keep out nasty bots and hackers.

When it comes to updates there are two big problems: store owners either forget or neglect to do it or just straight up don’t want to do it. A lot of people hate updating their store, according to the WooCommerce support team. It’s not fun because you don’t know whether your store will make it out alive and in one piece when you click that little “Update” button.

So what’s a store owner to do?

First thing’s first: set aside some time for handling your store’s updates. Whether this is an hour every month for a small store, or a whole day every couple of weeks for a large one, it’s important that you schedule time in your calendar so you know it’s coming up.

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Doing it this way, you can go about updating your store in an organized fashion knowing you’ve got the time to handle anything unexpected. This is going to be more time efficient than updating your store on the fly with your fingers crossed, hoping that it won’t break, then panicking when it does.

To Auto-Update or Not to Auto-Update? That is the Question

WordPress introduced auto-updates for the WordPress core software a few years back so that when minor maintenance and security releases (i.e. WordPress 4.9.1) are made available, the software will automatically update itself. It doesn’t, however, auto-update when a major version (i.e. WordPress 5.0) is released or when new versions of plugins and themes are released.

Many store owners prefer to turn off auto-updates altogether to avoid unwanted surprises when an update breaks a store. To do this, check out the WordPress Codex for detailed instructions.

Note: If you do decide to turn off auto-updates, you must schedule time in your calendar to manually handle updates. If you don’t regularly update your site, you’re leaving yourself open to brute force attacks and other security threats.

2. Set Up a Staging Site

Updating your live store is risky. You’ve probably done it before – clicked “Update” for a supposedly small plugin update, thinking it’s not a big deal. But, when product pages start looking weird, or your entire store goes down and you get the white screen of death, that’s when the panic gets real.

Living on the edge isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The open source nature of WordPress and WooCommerce means there is the potential for code conflicts with other extensions or even your own custom code. That’s why WordPress developers know that testing changes on a staging site first is a no-brainer.

A staging site is an offline clone of your live store that only you can access since. With a staging site, you can test updates and mess around with your store without fear of consequences. It allows you to try things and avoid any errors, issues or downtime that might otherwise affect a user’s experience on your live store.

There are lots of different ways you can set up a staging site. Many good web hosts offer staging as a service, so check your hosting to see if this is something you can organize. Otherwise, there are lots of fantastic free plugins and services available:

  • Jetpack – This popular plugin offers a “staging mode,” which you can use to clone your site.
  • WP Staging – This free plugin brings one-click staging into the WordPress admin.
  • Duplicator – This free and hugely popular plugin is easy-to-use if you’re new to staging.

Alternatively, check out this great guide to staging sites by the folks at Elegant Themes.

3. Run Regular Backups

Backing up any website is crucial. But, when it comes to your online store you want to be saving backups even more frequently than usual. An error that breaks your site or an attack on your store could cause you major disruptions and lost sales. So, it’s important that you are able to restore your store quickly in the event of an emergency.

It’s important to have several backups available. This means automating backups with a plugin and having different copies of your site stored locally on your server and on third-party websites in the cloud.

Since online stores are transactional and shoppers are spending money and saving items to their wish list and shopping cart, you should be taking any and all precautions to prevent having to restore your store from a backup. Let’s say your store is hacked and goes down at 5pm. If you restore a backup that was saved at 1am and you’ve been taking sales all day, then all those sales will disappear from your system. Not only will you lose money, but you’ll disrupt the shopping experience, causing a hit to your reputation.

The WooCommerce blog offers some useful information on how to backup your store using Jetpack.

WooCommerce Settings Backup and Migration lets you backups all your store’s settings.

Alternatively, you might want to check out WooCommerce Settings Backup and Migration from our plugin marketplace. This solution enables you to save all of your store’s settings as a CSV file, which you can then use as a backup or import into another WooCommerce store.

I’m also a big fan of Snapshot Pro by WPMU DEV. This plugin allows you to schedule regular backups and even take snapshots of your site before and after backups so you can compare changes.

For more information on backing up WordPress, check out Design Bomb’s 8 Best Backup WordPress Plugins Compared – 2018

4. Always Be Testing

“Don’t use hope as a strategy. Test everything.”

This was my favorite quote from Brian Richards’s excellent presentation, Test everything, or just set money on fire, at WooConf a couple of months back.

Once you’ve got a staging site set up, you should be testing everything, including updates and changes to your site, before you update your live store.

But what does testing mean? Essentially, it means being patient and not clicking that shiny “Update” button as soon as you get a plugin update notice. A lack of patience is what leads to strange-looking themes and broken sites.

So restrain yourself. Update any new plugins, themes and extensions on your stage site one-by-one and then carefully test the following:

  • Click through to your site and check the design and layout looks good and functions well
  • Check your product pages work properly, including pricing, variations and adding items to a cart
  • Complete the checkout process
  • Pay special attention to any products or pages with custom code or elements of your store that might’ve been particularly impacted by the update.

If you come across any issues, you’ll need to solve them on your staging site before making any changes to your live site. Once you do apply the changes to your live site, you’ll need to test it all over again a second time through to make sure there aren’t any conflicts, errors, or weird-looking changes that you’ll need to fix, too.

Testing is boring, I know. But doing it thoroughly will save you a lot of stress and anxiety in the long run, not to mention time and money.

Robot Ninja is a great testing service for WooCommerce sites that takes care of testing for you in the background.

Robot Ninja is a great testing service for WooCommerce sites that takes care of testing for you in the background.

If you’d prefer to automate the process, I highly recommend you check out Robot Ninja, a relatively new automated testing solution for WooCommerce. It takes care of all the manual work involved in testing your store and is easy to use – just set up an account and connect your store. You can even schedule testing so it happens in the background, saving you a bunch of time.

Conclusion

I hope these tips help you come up with your own plan of attack for maintaining your WooCommerce store. Just to sum up, in order to keep your store running smoothly you should:

  • Make time to regularly handle updates,
  • Use a staging site,
  • Regularly save backups of your store, and
  • Always test your store to make sure it’s working properly.

Doing these four things will ensure your WooCommerce store is always stable and in tiptop condition, and shoppers can go about making purchases without running into issues.

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8 Tips for Creating Fun and Functional Forms That Don’t Fail Visitors https://envato.com/blog/8-tips-for-creating-fun-and-functional-forms-that-dont-fail-visitors/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 03:59:20 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=64637 Create well-designed forms that are intuitive for your site visitors, with these 8 tips.

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a website that doesn’t feature some kind of form. Whether it’s to help visitors get in touch, download an offer, subscribe to your site, or simply log in, forms play an essential role in how we share and retrieve information online.

Creating an effective form involves more than just displaying a few fields and adding a “Submit” button underneath. Forms should be user-friendly and help users towards completing the form quickly and easily without feeling like they’re in boring paperwork. Badly designed forms that are long and confusing can be frustrating for users and result in them abandoning your site.

To help you create well-designed forms that are intuitive for your site visitors, here are 8 tips to keep in mind.

Don’t Ask Too Many Questions

Only ask for the details you actually need. Most people don’t have the patience to complete long exhaustive forms. They will only get annoyed if they feel you are asking for unnecessary information.

The main objective of your form is to collect enough information to get a conversation started – you can collect any extra information you need after the user has made first contact.

For example, do you really need to know someone’s phone number when they are seeking a quote for your services? If you work locally with clients in your city, by all means, ask. But, if you’ll be corresponding by email then there’s no point making your form longer than it needs to be.

Where possible, it’s also helpful to show the user how far along they are in completing your form using a progress bar. Or use asterisks to show which questions are required and which ones aren’t so users can skip the fields they don’t want to fill in.

One of my favorite examples of a site that sticks to asking information that’s absolutely necessary is Emporium Pies. Not only does the ordering page only ask users for information needed to order pies online, but it does so in a visual way that makes it fun to complete.

Emporium Pies’ online order form is fun and functional.

Include Useful Error Messages

If a user fills out your form incorrectly – i.e. misses a field or enters their name in the email field – it’s important to display helpful error messages that clearly explain where they went wrong or what information they’re missing.

If possible, offer feedback in real-time, such as highlighting fields the user hasn’t filled in, so the user can correct their mistake before they hit the “Submit” button.

Healthcare provider Oscar does a great job of helping new customers in real-time as they fill in their quote form. The form asks for one piece of information at a time so as not to overwhelm users. And when you fail to fill in your details properly, an error message is displayed underneath that briefly conveys what you need to do to proceed.

Health insurer Oscar’s website features a very modern and user-friendly quote form.

Display Trust Signals

Nowadays, people are more reluctant than ever to share their personal information online, mostly due to spam but also because hackers target people’s sensitive information.

To address this, ensure your form is well-designed and professional – you want to make sure it looks legit. It’s also useful to include a link to your privacy policy and display the logos of any security organizations you are affiliated with, such as Norton. These elements will help make users feel more comfortable sharing their private information with you and instill confidence in your website.

Offer Autofill

Nobody likes filling out paperwork. It’s boring, and even more so when you have to do it over and over again, as you tend to do when shopping online. To help increase the likelihood of users completing your form – and hitting reaching the checkout part of your store, if you have one – save user information in form fields using cookies so the next time they visit their information will be pre-populated in form fields, saving them a bunch of time.

Don’t Use the Word “Submit”

Using the word “submit” isn’t really appropriate in the context of online forms. While it describes what the system does, it’s not helpful for users. Instead, try “Send,” “Join Our Newsletter,” or “Sign Up.”

Use words that are meaningful and describe the action you want the user to carry out. Using great copy delights users and encourages them to complete your form. So, avoid technical language or system words that mean more to computers and developers than regular users.

Check out how Cornflower Creamery’s newsletter subscription form asks users to “subscribe”, not “submit” or “send”. The button’s language tells users they are subscribing to a newsletter so there’s no confusion about how the user’s email will be used.

Cornflower Creamery’s newsletter subscription form is short and sweet.

Fulfill Offers Immediately

If a user has filled in a pop-up or other type of form on your site promising an incentive, the moment they enter their information and hit “send” (or whatever other language you choose to use), the incentive should be already on its way to their inbox. Alternatively, you might choose to display a download link on a thank you page that loads after the user clicks “send.”

The idea here is that you want to provide immediate gratification for the user. Nowadays, no one likes to wait, and there’s really no reason why anyone should have to wait for a downloadable file online (unless you’re drip feeding content as part of a campaign. But, that’s an article for another day).

Use Responsive Design

With so many people viewing websites on mobile phones these days, it’s crucial your form looks and functions well across the full range of devices, from smartphones to desktop. This is easier said than done, however, especially for complex forms such as eCommerce checkouts.

Ensuring your forms are responsive yet user-friendly can be a tough task. But, it’s an important one you should tackle. So, whenever you’re creating a new form, consider how it will be displayed on different devices from the outset.

For example, a pop-up newsletter subscription form might include some graphical elements, text and an email field for desktop users, but on mobile might just include some brief text and the email field.

Likewise, you could split a checkout form into multiple pages for mobile users so they don’t have to scroll forever to buy an item from your store.

Shopify uses a very simple design for its sign up form. When you enter your email address on the homepage to get started creating a new store, a modal immediately displays that asks for more details. The below image is what it looks like on an iPhone 8, and on desktop it looks pretty much the same, just with wider text fields. 

Shopify uses a basic design to capture new user details so you can get started creating a new store quickly.

Take the Time to Say “Thank You”

Taking the time to say “thank you” to users who fill in your forms is not only a nice thing to do but informs the user that they have successfully completed your form without error.

For example, have you ever filled in a contact form and hit “Send” only for the page to reload without any confirmation that the message actually sent as if your message has simply disappeared into thin air? It’s a confusing and frustrating.

Ensure your forms either display some kind of confirmation message or redirect to a “thank you” page upon completion that tells them what the next steps are.

Even better, you could personalize the confirmation message using the information provided in the form, i.e. “Thanks for subscribing, Robert! You’ll receive our next awesome newsletter in your inbox tomorrow.”

Bonus: Useful Plugins for Creating Forms

Below, I’ve put together a collection of some of the best-selling form building plugins you’ll find in our plugin marketplace.

With more than 20,000 downloads and an average 4.75-star rating, QuForm is the most popular form building plugin in our marketplace. It offers a stack of features including drag and drop, live preview, complex form layouts, 11 themes, on-submit conditions and conditional logic.

FormCraft is another popular plugin with 13,000+ downloads. Like QuForm, it offers drag and drop and features an intuitive and easy-to-use interface for creating forms. There are lots of useful add-ons for newsletters and other form functions, such as MailChimp and Recaptcha. It also features advanced logic, math formulas and responsive design.

eForm is a great multipurpose form solution that enables you to create any kind of form, from surveys and checkouts to quizzes and subscription forms. There are lots of themes (including 38+ inspired by Material Design). If you get stuck trying to build a form, there are demos, tutorials and support available to help you out.

This feature-packed plugin offers everything you need to create advanced forms including conditional logic, cost estimation, interactive forms, multi-step forms, pop-ups, responsive design, anti-spam protection, autoresponder and AJAX. There’s so much more but I’d be here all day writing it out. So instead, click through to the plugin page and check out the live preview.

Conclusion

I hope these tips have inspired you to create fun and functional forms of your own. With a little inspiration and using plugins from our marketplace, you can easily build forms for your site that encourage users to share their information with you, whether it’s their email or payment details for your online store.

Don’t forget to test your forms regularly to ensure they’re working. Just the other day I heard a client horror story about a site owner who set up a new website but didn’t check her contact form actually worked. Potential clients tried to get in touch with her but her form did nothing when people clicked “Send.”

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22 Must-Have WooCommerce Plugins for 2018 https://envato.com/blog/22-must-woocommerce-plugins-2018/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 21:29:35 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=63516 For store owners, WooCommerce gives you full control over you store, allowing you to sell anything online.

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WooCommerce powers over 28% of all online stores and is the most popular eCommerce platform on the web. Not bad for a bootstrapped product that you can download for free.

For store owners, WooCommerce gives you full control over you store, allowing you to sell anything online. And for developers, the plugin is open source, extendable, adaptable and integrates seamlessly with WordPress

There are hundreds of extensions available for WooCommerce that can help you add greater functionality to the core software. So whether you want better manage your store, grow your marketing efforts, display shipping information or even save time calculating sales tax, there’s an extension to help you do it.

In this post, I’ll share 22 of the best WooCommerce extensions available in our marketplace to help you improve your online store as we count down the days to 2018. Not only will these plugins make it easier to manage your store, but they will also help you increase your sales.

 Let’s kick off this collection with an extension that plays on the psychology behind buying decisions. With XL WooCommerce Sales Triggers, you can add one of 7 psychological triggers to your online store. These include:

  • Displaying a countdown timer to create urgency

  • Showing the items left in store to induce scarcity

  • Displaying potential cost savings to trigger loss aversion

  • Sharing the most recent sales activity for social proof

  • Displaying a list of what your store guarantees to reassure shoppers

  • Displaying the satisfaction rate to increase shopper confidence

  • Highlighting your store’s best sellers to reduce anxiety

It’s a clever plugin that uses sales tactics employed by stores like Amazon, eBay and Zappos to increase buyer confidence, reassure people who are nervous about checking out, and create a sense of urgency around making a purchase.

This useful and versatile extension lets you add additional product options to your store so you can provide more information to shoppers. Using a simple and intuitive interface, you can create forms (and use conditional logic), add new pricing options and create priced product variations.

The form builder provides advanced functionality so you can create checkboxes, radio buttons, select boxes, text areas, input fields and add range and color pickers.

If you’ve reached a point where you’re feeling limited by the basic setting WooCommerce provides, this extension will help you achieve even more with your store.

Want to earn some extra cash using your WooCommerce? With WooCommerce Amazon Affiliates you advertise Amazon products in your store and receive advertising feeds from qualifying purchases. You can also receive advertising feeds from products your site visitors buy and visit, not just the products you advertise thanks to the extension’s built-in 90 days cookie feature.

The on-site cart feature enables your customers to checkout with any Amazon products they want to buy using your store, which means more commission fees for you.

This extension is constantly being updated and features some nice additions, including shipping availability, cross-selling, Amazon coupons and reviews, and geo-targeting.

Help your customers find products in your store easier and faster with this useful must-have extension. It provides advanced product filtering functionality so customers can do everything from basic searches to advanced filtering with specific criteria.

Setting up this extension is a straightforward process and the admin interface is easy to navigate and configure. The filter is fully customizable and you can choose layouts, colors, filter criteria and terms, and create filter presets.

This is a great plugin for making your site easier to navigate and show shoppers what you have in stock.

When your store has hundreds of products, providing shipping options can be a headache. Fortunately, Table Rate Shipping for WooCommerce takes the stress out of setting up multiple shipping options based on a variety of conditions and pricing models.

This extension provides a comprehensive and well-organized settings page, making set up a breeze. Shipping options include an extensive list of conditions based on price, quantity, weight, dimensions, shipping class, categories, specific products and dates. You can also provide numerous cost types including flat, percentage and different multiplies for all numerical product data.

No matter what your pricing strategy is, this extension can help you achieve it. This all-purpose pricing and promotion tool provides a comprehensive list of pricing methods and conditions that you can mix and match to fit your online store.

There are lots of ways you could use this plugin, including for sales, promotions, special offers, bulk pricing, tiered pricing, bundle pricing, member pricing, loyalty programs and even location-based pricing. In addition, you can conditionally increase your prices or charge extra fees when needed.

Here are a few examples of what you can do with this extension:

  • Run a Christmas, Easter or Black Friday promotion
  • Set up clearance or flash sales
  • Clear stock – “All shoes 10% off until midnight!”
  • Create incentives – “Free case with every phone purchase!”
  • Reward loyal customers – “VIP members get 25% off items at checkout”

This comprehensive cloud-based solution allows you to manage online sales and process orders for your physical store at the point of sale using WooCommerce. What’s more, there are no monthly fees or hosting costs so you can activate this plugin and start using it right away without worrying about hidden costs.

Features include cash management, barcode scanning, order notes, product add-ons, currency rounding and reporting/analytics. The intuitive interface makes it easy to manage stock, print and email receipts, and offer discounts and coupons.

This is a great extension if you want to bring your online shop into your physical store.

Do you offer car rentals or some other product that people can book and hire? This extension offers everything you need to run your business through your WooCommerce store. It features a comprehensive set of features, including pricing, booking calendar, unlimited bookable products, inventory management, product availability control, pricing discounts, and the ability to request a quote.

You can also provide time or data-based bookings, set a general, daily or monthly price, in addition to many other settings.

Whether you’re a developer or a store owner who doesn’t code, this handy extension will help you create flexible shipping rates for your store. There are lots of options that allow you to set shipping rates based on conditions based on the cart (i.e. tax, coupon, weight, shipping class), user (zip code, city, state, country, user role) and product (width, height, stock, category etc).

The extension also provides conditional logic and multiple shipping methods, making it easy to configure and charge what you want to for shipping. For example, you could set your shipping costs based on the weight of what the customer is purchasing and charge more for heavier items.

Whether you sell t-shirts, business cards or mugs, this plugin provides the features you need to sell any kind of custom product in your store. Say, for example, you want to sell custom hats. You choose what kinds of hats shoppers can buy and what parts of the hate can be customized, including colors, prints and logos.

Products can be customized in any number of ways. Customers can upload images (i.e. JPG, PNG and SVG), use a color picker (or choose from a color preset you set), create and style text, and edit images.

What’s cool about this particular extension is the interface it provides for designing products. It’s user-friendly and just looks really cool – an easy win if you’re looking to further impress customers using your store.

According to the Baymard Institute, the cart abandonment rate for online retailers is 69.23%. If you’ve already put in place other measures to reduce abandonment for your store, this useful extension could help you get customers back and increase sales.

Here’s how CartBack works: After you install the extension, it adds a “Send to Messenger” checkbox to your product pages. When a customer adds an item to their cart, they are automatically opted in to receive Facebook Messenger alerts. If the customer doesn’t check out, he/she will get two reminders, which you can set.

It’s a useful chatbox and something many online companies like PayPal are already using to provide customers with information about their online activities.

WOOF is another powerful and flexible product filtering extension that lets shoppers search your online search using specific criteria, including categories, custom product attributes, tags, custom taxonomies and price.

For developers who want to create something a little different from the norm, this extension provides an API for even more flexibility.

Other features include shortcodes and a widget and AJAX mode for shop and category pages, which is super handy for speeding up your site and delivering a better user experience for shoppers.

Often, it’s difficult trying to find the perfect gift, whether it’s for a loved one’s birthday, an anniversary or Christmas. While giving cash can come off as lazy, gift cards provide the ideal alternative. They’re a simple convenience for shoppers that offers flexibility.

With this extension, you can create gift cards for any type of product, automatically generate emails for your gift cards and enable offline availability so customers can choose them in physical stores. Plus, there are lots of well-designed templates for any occasion, including Easter, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day and Diwali.

We’ve covered a lot of extensions in this collection so far that add front-end extra functionality to your store to help shoppers. This extension, however, is for backend to help you bulk edit your products. With 44 built-in fields that are searchable and editable, and the ability to create, duplicate and delete products, this extension is a must-have for inventory management.

The search and edit features of this extensions are super advanced. Say, for example, you want to update the pricing for all women’s t-shirts that you have in stock that are tagged a certain size. You can do that with this extension. You can also export products to CSV and filter products based on a huge number of variables, including price, SKU, title and category.

Emails are important when you run an online store. From sending receipts to updating customers on shipping, the emails you send leave a lasting impression on customers and whether they’ll return to your store to buy more.

This extension lets you create beautiful transactional emails so you don’t have to use the default designs. You can customize colors, the header and footer, add custom links and social icons, and updates what the email says using shortcodes.

What’s more, you can preview and send/resend emails for existing WooCommerce orders, so if a customer accidentally deletes a receipt, you can quickly issue another copy – a quick win for customer service.

Are you interested in setting up auctions for your online store like eBay? With this extension you can create auctions for your products, set start and end times and easily control how your auctions look through simple customizations.

Like eBay, you can display auction items that are ending soon, display featured auctions and display the current bid in multiple currencies. On the backend, you can control how product items are displayed, set bid increments and the item’s condition, and set the bidding start price.

Badges provide an eye-catching way to liven up your product pages, grab your customers’ attention and inform them of sales and discounts.

This extension replaces the default WooCommerce sales badges with well-designed SVG graphics for faster display. There are many different colors and customizable styles to choose from. You can even set a different badge for each product, set special badges for holidays and show customers how much they’ll save when buying a product.

There are 15 preset badges included as well as two bonus Christmas designs. Want to create your own badges? You can do that too.

Do you run a printing company? With this easy to use extension, you can enable customers to design and customize your base products, from t-shirts and badges to phone cases and anything else you can dream up. What’s great about this particular extension is the design interface – it looks fantastic and is easy to use on any device, whether you’re using a desktop or a smartphone. With the product design interface you can drag and drop to resize, move items, set dimensions, colors and text, and allow customers to undo changes if they change their mind.

Another great feature is the ability to save and re-use your design and share it on social media – a great way to encourage word-of-mouth and increase traffic to your store.

When you’re running an online store, providing currency conversion is a must. After all, you want as many shoppers as possible to visit your store and allowing them to view your products in their local currency will make them feel more at home, no matter what currency they live in.

This useful extension allows you to switch product prices and display currency conversions in real-time. There are some useful features, like widgets and shortcodes so you can customize where you want currencies to display. One interesting feature is the ability to create your own custom currency – maybe something useful for gamers?

Allowing customers to track the delivery of their online purchase is convenient for two very important reasons: it allows customers to easily check when their order is due to arrive and it free you up from having to answer customer inquiries about order status.

WooCommerce Order Tracker provides tracking for FedEx and Canada Post, with more shipping options coming soon. This extension also provides email notifications so you can update customers on their order status and customizable tracking templates.

According to Baymard Institute, 27% of shoppers abandon their carts because the checkout process is too long and complicated. A simple way to improve your checkout flow and make it easier for shoppers to complete their purchase is with a multistep checkout.

This extension helps you create a checkout wizard by splitting the default WooCommerce checkout page into different sections. This allows customers to move through your checkout without getting confused or overwhelmed. You can style your checkout using horizontal and vertical responsive layouts.

When you’re caught up in the day-to-day running of your online store, it’s easy to forget about one very important thing: reviewing the success of your business. With this extension, you can generate a complete report of your recent orders, a sales order summary, top product views, coupons, order status, stock, shopping, tax, categories… You can pretty much keep an eye on anything and everything to do with your store.

Here are a few examples of what you can do with this powerful reporting tool:

  • View sales by days, months – in fact, any time period
  • Generate customer history reports
  • Great a tax and refund report
  • See which categories of your products are top sellers
  • View all orders by status, gross and net amount, shopping amount and tax
  • Display products by stock levels

Another great feature is the ability to set your desired monthly sale amount (aka projected sales) and then view a report of projected sales versus actual sales for each month of the year.

Conclusion

This list barely scratches the surface of what you’ll find in our plugin marketplace. There are plenty more extensions to choose from that can help you extend how the core WooCommerce plugin works, so be sure to check out the hundreds of other plugins available. You can also learn more about WordPress in our collection of plugin tutorials.

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48 Best WordPress Themes and Templates – January 2018 https://envato.com/blog/best-wordpress-themes-templates/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 02:46:23 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=64136 A new year, a new you – or, at least, a new theme for your WordPress website. Whether you’re looking for a theme for a brand new website or want to refresh your current design, our theme marketplace has just the theme you’re looking for. There are so many stunning options available that choosing just […]

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A new year, a new you – or, at least, a new theme for your WordPress website. Whether you’re looking for a theme for a brand new website or want to refresh your current design, our theme marketplace has just the theme you’re looking for.

There are so many stunning options available that choosing just one is a tricky decision for the discerning site owner. So much so that it’s easy to spend hours searching online for the perfect theme.

So, we’ve done the hard work for you with this round-up of the best trending, multipurpose, niche, portfolio and blog WordPress themes to look out for in January.

Using insights from our content specialists, data from our online marketplace, and reviews from creatives around the world, this list brings together the best of the best WordPress themes and the latest trends in web design.

Scroll through the list below and don’t forget to bookmark your favorites.

Trending Themes

This beautiful eco-friendly theme has been designed with environmental organizations and charitable groups in mind. It comes with an easy to set up donations features so you can raise funds for your projects and even fun several fundraising campaigns at the same time. There’s also built-in events functionality so you can publish the details of meetings, conferences and other important events.

As cryptocurrencies have gained in popularity over the past 12 months, we’re seeing more themes that support digital currencies appearing in our marketplace. Crypto was designed and built for cryptocurrency blogs and magazines and is based on the powerful ThemeREX framework. It’s compatible with the Cryptocurrency All-in-One plugin so you can display the latest prices and exchange rates, calculators and charts, and accept payments and donations.

With 8 ready-to-use homepage designs, this theme is perfect for musicians, bands, radio shows, clubs, DJs and music-related websites. It comes with a stack of features including functionality for events, discography, galleries, blogging and online shopping.

Multipurpose Themes

This image-driven theme is ideal for sites that feature lots of photography, such as creative agencies, photographers and artists. There are lots of awesome features like WooCommerce integration, portfolio and blog templates, plus it’s retina-ready.

This bold theme comes with so many colorful homepage design choices it’s hard to choose just one! This theme can be easily customized to suit the look and feel of your branding using a combination of the powerful admin interface and WPBakery Page Builder. There are lots of portfolio variations and styles included.

Gullu offers a fresh and professional vibe that’s perfect for businesses looking to make their mark online. It comes with 19+ pages and 3 homepage variations. All the PSD files are included so you can make the most of the cute graphics and colors that really make this theme pop.

There’s a lot to love about Zyra. With its soft pastel look and large typography, it’s a modern winner. But when you look under the bonnet there’s so much creative choice – 15 homepage designs, 6 header layouts, plus lots of blog, portfolio, team and testimonial styles.

If you run a creative business and you want to present your work in an interesting way, Veso could be for you. It features a horizontal design, 12 homepage layouts you can install in one click, and hundreds of theme options so you can customize it ‘til your heart’s content.

Niche WordPress Themes

Bauhaus is a fantastic theme worth checking out for architecture and interior design firms. Its minimal approach to design is impressive, to say the least. Plus, there are lots of great design treatments, including pre-built pages, and light and dark styles.

It’s the small details that really make this theme – the squiggles, underlined typography and splashes of color. Blush is a great option if you’re looking for a theme to build out an online makeup or fashion store. It’s WooCommerce compatible, and comes with lots of eCommerce goodies, including tons of shortcodes for customizing how your store operates.

A solid theme for factory and industrial-type businesses that want to establish their presence online. If you like the look of this theme, you can get started right away with one-click install and then tweak the content using drag and drop.

This theme is better experienced live. The screenshot just doesn’t do it justice. When you hover over the images, they animate, adding color and movement to the design. It’s really cool. There’s a lot more to like about this theme – the ridiculous number of homepage designs (34 in total), the different navigation and blog styles, not to mention the fact it’s fast-loading.

Portfolio and Creative Themes

We’ve featured this theme before, but here it is again because it’s so well-designed. There are 17 different homepage designs to choose from, whether you’re looking for something for your portfolio, agency or service-based website. It’s also infinitely customizable and there’s one-click import so you can get started right away tailoring your favorite demo.

I’m a big fan of Fusion and its subtle animation. The “Freelancer” demo features an animated background, adding depth to the page. When you scroll through the portfolio, the images light up as you hover over them, indicating that you can click through to see more. When you reach the bottom, the primary CTA lights up on hover, encouraging users to take action and get in touch.

This straight up portfolio theme covers the basics well. There’s a nice amount of space up top to describe yourself and your mission statement, a sortable masonry grid layout for your work, and easy drag and drop customization.

From it’s classy color scheme to its sortable masonry grid portfolio design and bold header, this theme is as solid as they come if you’re looking for a portfolio design to showcase your work. There are also lots of lovely small details, such as animations and microinteractions that help take this theme to another level.

Featuring 12 stunning homepage styles, this WordPress theme is made specifically for designers and architects. It has a strong focus on bringing high quality images to the forefront. Using Ambient’s set of predesigned, easily customizable homepage layouts, you’ll launch your website in no time. 

Blog Themes

This theme features a thoughtful design that includes all the elements you’d want in a sidebar without feeling cluttered. Plus, this theme is fully customizable so you can pick and choose what you want in your sidebar.

Here’s an elegant choice for the lifestyle bloggers out there. Alder features a gorgeous minimalist layout and all the features you need for a successful blog, including social media integration, big imagery and modern typography.

The understated feel of Bjorn sets the perfect tone for thoughtful content that informs and entertains your followers. This theme makes great use of images, especially in the sliding header, and looks fantastic on any device, especially mobiles.

I love how sassy this GIF-friendly theme is. There’s so much going on, and at the same time it’s so well-designed and laid out that it’s not at all confusing. There are various gradient backgrounds you can choose from and multiple blog post designs. It’s also compatible with WooCommerce if you plan on setting up an online store.

This beautiful blog theme is absolutely ideal for lifestyle bloggers who want an elegant look. The typography is stunning, the images crisp, and all the little details like social media icons, comments and author profiles are just gorgeous.

Conclusion

This list is just a very small collection of what you’ll find in our theme marketplace. There are plenty more beautiful and functional WordPress themes to choose from if you didn’t find a theme you liked in the list above. Don’t forget to check out our collection of tutorials to learn more about working with WordPress.

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WordPress 2017: The Year in Review https://envato.com/blog/wordpress-2017-year-review/ Tue, 19 Dec 2017 21:13:41 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=62763 2017 – it’s been a big year full of shifts in the WordPress ecosystem: acquisitions, new versions of WordPress and, of course, some controversy.

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Today, I wanted to take some time out to look back at the major milestones, news and trends have shaped WordPress throughout this year, the theme and plugins trends that have evolved throughout the year, and also look at what to expect for WordPress in 2018.

WordPress in 2017: The Milestones

March: WordPress Plugin Directory Gets a New Look

The WordPress.org Plugin Directory.

The WordPress.org plugin directory was relaunched with a brand new design and an improved search algorithm after almost a year in the making. While the redesign was welcomed with mostly positive feedback, there were some initial hiccups around how plugin stats were displayed and the tabbed layout.

WordPress contributors also said they felt their feedback was ignored despite the WordPress Meta Team consulting with the community. But after a few more iterations of the redesign and useful updates for plugin authors, the consensus now is that the redesign was a success.

June: WordPress 4.8 Released

New widgets in WordPress 4.8. Credit:WordPress.org.

Named in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans, WordPress 4.8 delivered admin improvements that some might describe as minor, but if you ask me they’ve made my life using WordPress so much easier.

The most visible features included link improvements, 3 new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, an updated text widget that with visual editing support, and an upgraded news section for the dashboard displaying nearby and upcoming WordPress events.

For developers, this version didn’t disappoint. It delivered more accessible admin panel headings, Multisite updates, a text editor JavaScript API and a media widgets API.

As usual, there were lots of fantastic volunteers who contributed to this version – 346, in fact – including 106 who were contributing for the first time.

June: WordCamp Europe in Paris

WordCamp Europe 2017 was held in Paris, France.

Despite being promoted as “the largest WordPress event to this day” with more than 3,000 expected attendees, WordCamp Europe fell short with just 1,900 people actually attending the two-day conference in Paris. Compared to WCEU in Vienna in 2016, there were 5% fewer people. Organizers blamed the relatively low attended on a 24% no-show rate, selling tickets too early and the expensive French location.

Still, those who did attend had an amazing time meeting friends and colleagues and, of course, learning from the excellent presentations on offers. Many, many WordPress folks shared their memories in wrap-up posts you can find on the WordCamp Europe 2017 website.

WordCamp Europe 2019 will be held in Belgrade, Serbia.

June: Gutenberg Released for Beta Testing

The Gutenberg editor.

WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg launched Gutenberg at WordCamp Europe and ever since it has caused a stir in the community. Matt Cromwell from WordImpress.com was th efirst to share his impressions of the project, which aims to replace the visual/text editor in WordPress with a new post and page building experience that uses blocks.

A lot of other people have shared their opinions about the plugin, both good and bad, even prompting Mullenweg to defend the project. At one point, it was anticipated the plugin would be merged with WordPress 4.9, but work on improving it as a standalone feature-as-a-plugin continues.

While there have been big advances in how it functions and performs, a lot of work still needs to be done if it is going to really transform how we work in the backend of WordPress to publish online – and help the CMS compete with platforms like Wix, Squarespace and Weebly.

No doubt there will be more strong opinions about the project as the team behind it works towards including it in WordPress 5.0.

September: WordPress Reacts to React – and Wins

Drop it like it’s hot: WordPress said it would stop using React.

The Gutenberg team started looking for a new JavaScript library, albeit briefly, after Mullenweg announced the WordPress community would stop using Facebook’s React JavaScript library over concerns about a patent clause in the social media giant’s open source license.

In a blog post, Mullenweg explained he had hoped to officially adopt React for WordPress, given that Automattic had already used React for its WordPress.com app Calypso, and contributors had started using it for Gutenberg.

It didn’t take long for Facebook to do an about-face. Just a week later the company re-license React due to the backlash from the open source community.

November: WordPress 4.9 Released

WordPress 4.9 featured new site-building improvements. Credit:WordPress.org.

The latest version of WordPress, named “Tipton” in honor of jazz musician and band leader Billy Tipson, features a stack of updates designed to help publishers and improve the software’s performance.

The Customizer has been given a big update with all-new design drafts, scheduling, locking and preview links. There’s also code syntax highlighting and error checking aimed at creating a smoother site building experience. Other additions include a new gallery widget and improvements to theme browsing and switching.

December: WordCamp US in Nashville

The dust has only started to settle after WordCamp US on December 1-3, but by all accounts it was a huge success. Mullenweg delivered his annual State of the Word address, which highlighted the achievements of the past year while setting the direction for the year ahead for WordPress.

The big news was that WordPress has grown another 2%+ this year – it now powers 29.1% of the web. Mullenweg said he planned to keep his “lead hat” on for another year and see the Gutenberg project through all the way to inclusion in the core WordPress software.

WordPress Themes in 2017: The Design Trends

Trends can also say a lot about the times. Trends ebb and flow in web design and development, but a sMadeleine Morley at The American Institute for Graphic Arts says:

“A trend never simply emerges for a single year and then disappears in a puff of smoke. Instead, an aesthetic becomes popular gradually, even mysteriously, over time before fizzling out slowly without much notice at all.”

With that in mind, what has 2017 been all about? If our theme marketplace is anything to go by, minimalism and simplification are here to stay – at least for the time being.

This year has seen the beginnings of a resistance to the flat design movement, with more of a focus on originality and individuality in the use of custom graphics, illustrations and iconography.

Semi Flat Design

First there was skeuomorphic design and then flat design came along and dug its heels in thanks to Google’s Material Design. This year, however, has seen somewhere of a disruption with “semi flat design” becoming more and more popular.

So what is it? Well, it’s not flat and it’s certainly not skeuomorphic. Semi flat design adds more dimension to themes using subtle shadows to add a hint of complexity while still retaining the clean feeling of a flat design.

Freeman – Creative WordPress Theme for Agencies is one such theme embracing this design trend. Notice the shadows that lift the website examples to the right of this homepage design:

The Freeman theme.

Microinteractions

Microinteractions have become so ubiquitous in web design this year that any theme that doesn’t have them is boring. What are they? Essentially, a microinteraction is a small product-related moment that accomplishes a single task.

Whether it’s to inform a user that a button has been clicked or a form has been sent, microinteraction help add magic to sites and delight users while enhancing the user experience.

One of my favorite examples of a site that does microinteractions really well is Werkstatt – Creative Portfolio Theme. The fullscreen demo of the theme features a glitch effect for a unique user experience. Click through to see the effect in action.

The Werkstatt theme.

Geometric Shapes and Patterns

A trend leftover from 2016, shapes, patterns and lines continued to make their way into the most popular designs in our marketplace. Reminiscent of flat design, this trend added a cute and quirky feel to themes using modern design.

I’m a big fan of how Fusion – Creative Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme has made use of patterns, shapes and microinteractions to really make its homepage variations “pop.”

The Fusion theme.

Louder and Brighter Colors

This year marked a big shift away from muted, neutral colors to brighter and bolder designs. Not only has this helped cement the branding of some of the themes in our marketplace, it has helped give them a fresh look that’s on trend how tech companies like Dropbox and Spotify have redesigned their websites.

A great example of a theme leading this particular design trend is Halcyon – Multipurpose Modern WordPress Theme.

The Halcyon theme.

Authentic Photography

Who needs stock images when great quality photos are everywhere these days? These days, anyone can spot a stock photo. Likewise, free images resources like Unsplash have become so overused that you’ll find photos from the site everywhere – not a great look when you’re trying to be original.

Fortunately, since everyone has a smartphone these days it’s easy to take a great quality photo yourself. And if you don’t have an eye for photography, check out the fantastic images over at Envato Elements.

Check out Baker – A Fresh Theme for Bakeries, Cake Shops, and Pastry Stores for a mouth-watering example of how genuine, authentic photography can really sell a theme.

The Baker theme.

WordPress Plugins in 2017: The Technology Trends

One of the great things about WordPress is how extendable it is – if there’s a feature or function you need for your site, there’s a plugin for it.

As the web has evolved to keep pace with web design – and also make our online lives easier and more productive – plugin authors have stepped up to the challenge, releasing some exciting solutions to our plugin marketplace this year.

But while new plugins have gained in popularity, old favorites have shown the test of time and continue to dominate the top 10 best-selling products. As we close out 2018, here are the top trends in WordPress plugins.

Page Building and Drop and Drop

The WPBakery Page Builder.

It might’ve had a name change, but WP Bakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer) is still by far the most popular page builder plugin in our marketplace with almost 340,000 sales. The drag and drop plugin makes short work out of customizing any website.

When you search “page builder” in our marketplace, the results show a total of 398 plugins, revealing just show in-demand drag and drop solutions are for WordPress.

Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin, the world’s first decentralized digital currency, was first invented 8 years ago. While it’s not all that common to see websites that accept Bitcoin payments, the fact is 1.5% of Americans have used it or are currently using Bitcoin – that’s 4.8 million people.

Image:Bitcoin trading concept.

So it’s no surprise that plugin authors have developed a variety of solutions that enable websites to accept digital currency as payments – and integration cryptocurrencies with WordPress in other cool ways, including:

  1. Displaying market information
  2. Payment Gateways and Accepting Payments
  3. Accepting Donations
  4. Gaming
  5. Mining

eCommerce / WooCommerce

Image: Computer Table Hands Girl Credit Card Concept.

WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce platform on the web, now powering over 28% of all online stores. One of the best things about this free, open source solution is that there are hundreds of extensions available to help you add greater functionality to the core software – everything from tools to help you better manage your store, display shipping information at checkout and grow your marketing efforts.

Over the past year, 648 new WooCommerce plugins have joined our marketplace, bringing the total number of extensions we have available for WooCommerce to 2,276.

Live Chat

Just some of the live chat available in our marketplace.

This year has seen live chat become an essential tool for eCommerce and support teams. The great thing about live chat is that you don’t have to wait around for someone to reply to your email or phone call – you can chat to someone right now – actual people answering your questions in real-time. What’s more, it allows support team members to multitask while helping multiple customers.

There have been 42 new chat plugins added to our marketplace over the past year, helping websites provide more support options and also integrate customer support with social platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp.

What’s in Store for WordPress in 2018?

One word: Gutenberg. In his State of the Word this year, Mullenweg said his 3 big focuses for the year ahead would be around Gutenberg and core development (WordPress 5.0 is due out next year), specifically, Gutenberg editing, customization and a new theme.

While all of that will be keeping Mullenweg busy, in other parts of the WordPress ecosystem I suspect will see more shifts in the product market as plugin developers reassess their business models and some edge closer towards adopting a SaaS model (as Envato has this year with Elements) and big players like GoDaddy continue eyeing off small companies that are ripe for the picking.

Other things to keep an eye out for: cryptocurrencies and mining with plugins/websites as Bitcoin continues to rise in price, jostling in the managed WordPress hosting space as Automattic gets a foothold, and the continued rise of WooCommerce as the most popular eCommerce platform. When it comes to WordPress, the future is bright.

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38 Best WordPress Themes You Can Download Right Now from Envato Elements https://envato.com/blog/38-best-themes-can-download-right-now-envato-elements/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:24:03 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=62741 A round-up of the best business, eCommerce, creative and blog themes you can download right now from Elements.

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ICYMI, WordPress themes are now available to download from Envato Elements!

What does that mean? If you’re a designer, marketer or creative who downloads a lot of digital products, like photography, illustrations, icons, patterns, backgrounds, themes and plugins, then you probably fork out a lot of money to buy these things.

With Elements, you don’t have to think twice about what you download. Our subscription marketplace is like Netflix or Spotify and you download all the WordPress themes you want for one annual fee. How convenient is that!

To help you get started, I’ve put together this collection of some of the most popular theme you can download right now from Elements, including business, eCommerce, creative and blog themes.

New themes are being added all the time so be sure to check back often in case you miss anything!

Business and Corporate Themes:

Futurico – Business WordPress Theme

You’ll make a solid first impression with this dynamic business theme, which features modern fonts, strong iconography and parallax scrolling. Other features include a customizable pricing table, team slider and a great homepage showcase for your latest work.

KingMa | Creative Business One & MultiPage Theme

With its smooth scrolling, parallax design and CSS3 animations and attention to details, KingMa is a solid business theme that includes all the trimmings – a team carousel sliders, stunning icons, a pricing table, and 12 different homepage designs.

Apoa – Business WordPress Theme

Apoa provides a strong foundation for building your business websites. Built on Bootstrap v3.3.5, it comes with detailed documentation, custom shortcodes, support for post formats and a comprehensive theme options panel. Other nice features include Google Maps integration and Google Fonts.

Solicitor Law Business Responsive WordPress Theme

You know how some themes don’t feel like real-life? Okay, maybe it’s just me. But when I first checked out this theme I thought I was looking at a site for an actually law firm. The power of well-selected stock photography, maybe? Whatever the case may be, this theme is a great choice if you work in the legal sector.

A few more:

eCommerce and WooCommerce themes:

Cosi – Multipurpose WooCommerce WordPress Theme

This cute and colorful theme is hugely versatile. There are a bunch of different homepage designs to choose from, as as well as various header, footer, blog and portfolio layouts. It’s super easy to customize, too, with unlimited color combinations and 30+ shortcodes so you can change up how the elements look on the page.

Fashionist – WooCommerce WordPress Theme

With its gorgeous hero header slider, tight typography and beautiful design, this theme is ideal for classy stores looking to impress. It’s packed with features to help any store owner make the most of their online presence – drag and drop customization, MailChimp integration, mega menu and 25 PSD layouts included.

EOVO – Creative & eCommerce WordPress Theme

A stylish theme for the modern business if ever there was one. This theme will make great use of your photography with its abstract design and multiple layouts. There are 8 creative homepage designs and lots little extras like PSD files, lots of header and footer layouts, blog and portfolio templates, and an mega menu support.

Trendify – Fashion eCommerce WordPress Theme

This dapper theme is both easy to use and functional. It comes with 6 homepage design variations and lots of useful integrations for store owners who don’t want o mess around with code, including WPBakery Visual Composer (for drag and drop customizations), Slider Revolution and OWL Carousel.

A few more:

Creative and Portfolio Themes:

Oliver – Classic & Minimal WordPress Theme

Looking for a minimalist theme to showcase your writing? You can’t go wrong with this theme. Oliver does the basics well. It features post formats support, various blog layouts (including regular, grid and masonry), various header designs and a beautiful gallery (both lightbox and slider).

uCard – Animated vCard WordPress Theme

At first glance this portfolio theme looks very basic. But when you start clicking around you quickly realize it’s actually feature-rich and incredibly well-designed. For the curious eye, there’s lots to discover – a cute and quirky “About me” page, clean icons, a punchy portfolio and a functional blog.

MAMA – Creative Minimal Portfolio WordPress Theme

Don’t be fooled by this theme’s seemingly minimalist design. It’s all in the scrolling, which is hard to explain, you really need to see it for yourself. I suppose it’s split-page scrolling? Whatever it is, it’s attention-grabbing and a great choice for agency’s and creatives looking for something a bit different.

Dropout – Creative Multi-Purpose Theme

From it’s parallax slider header to smooth scrolling and AJAX portfolio posts, this is a theme that has been designed and developed with form and function in mind. There are so many ways you could customize this theme – all you need to do is one-click import and demo and start using the drag and drop builder to change up how the designs looks.

Adios | Portfolio WordPress Theme

With its subdued color scheme and bold typography, Adios is a design-drive and sophisticated theme. It comes with 9 homepage layouts and a collection of portfolio options so you can showcase your work. There are also shortcodes for all kinds of things, including blockquotes, Google Maps, icons, image sliders and counters.

A few more:

Magazine and Blog Themes:

Richter – Creative WordPress Blog Theme

This no-nonsense theme covers all the blogging basics and more. It features simple customization, modern typography (and lots of options to change fonts), CSS3 animations, Font Awesome icons, and the ability to hide elements.

Koala – Responsive WordPress Blog Theme

Ignore the tech speak placeholder text for a minute and imagine your own content in this theme. One of the best features of this design is the ability to feature a background image – ideal for food and travel bloggers. This theme is also hugely customizable, with multiple layout options, a stack of shortcodes, custom widgets and 585+ Font Awesome icons.

Slate – Responsive WordPress Blog Theme

Slate is a flexible theme featuring a two-column layout – not something you see all that often in theme design. It comes with 80+ theme customizer options, infinite post loading and is fast – it achieves a score of 93+ on Google PageSpeed Insights.

Passion Blogger – A Responsive WordPress Theme

This theme is ideal for anyone who runs a small business and wants their website to reflect their individuality. There are 10 different homepage designs, so you’re bound to find one that resonates with you. There’s also mega menu support, unlimited colors, a widgetized footer and lots more customizations in the WordPress theme customizer.

A few more:

This is just a small collection of what you’ll find at Envato Elements. So if you didn’t see a theme you like in the list above, head over to our subscription marketplace for more stunning WordPress themes.

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How to Publish Great Looking Testimonials in WordPress https://envato.com/blog/publish-great-looking-testimonials-wordpress/ Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:05:01 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=59829 Kind words from a real-life customer – someone who hasn’t been paid to say nice things – can persuade a potential customer to do business with you for the first time.

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Anyone online can boast about how amazing their product or service is. All it takes is some clever copy, high quality images, a compelling video, and you’re set to sell to sell your brand

But often, these marketing tactics alone aren’t enough. Many customers like taking the time to research, compare prices and read reviews before making a purchasing decision, whether they’re buying a new camera or just a pair or socks. Customers are skeptical. They need to know you’re the real deal. They need proof that they’re spending their hard-earned cash wisely.

This is why testimonials are so powerful. Kind words from a real-life customer – someone who hasn’t been paid to say nice things – can persuade a potential customer to do business with you for the first time.

So if you don’t have testimonials on your website already, it’s time to fix that. In this post, we’ll take a look some fantastic examples of testimonials done well, along with plugins that can help you integrate them with your site.

What Are Testimonials?

On weekends, I like to go out for brunch with my boyfriend. The only problem? He takes so long deciding where to go. While still in bed, he’ll spend 20 minutes searching Instagram for cafes in our city, scrolling through their recent photos, and even choosing what he’s going to order before we even leave our apartment.

It’s a well-established weekend routine that I poke fun at, but at the same time appreciate – we’ve never had a bad brunch experience. We always know that the cafe we go to will have great food because other people have already validated it for us.

This phenomenon is known as social proof: a psychological mechanism where people tend to follow the actions and behaviors of other people in an attempt to make the “right” choices. In my case, making sure my avocado toast is spot on every time.

So how can you make the most of this phenomenon to convince customers to buy your product or services?

Let’s take a look at four of the most popular types of testimonials: quotes, social media, case studies and videos.

1. Quotes

Quotes are the most popular form of testimonial because they’re relatively easy to get and display on your site.

Typically, the quotes are 1-2 sentences long and outline how a customer has benefited from a particular product or service. You’ll usually see them paired with the person’s name, title, company and photo – the photo reinforces that a real, live person is behind the words, helping to establish even more trust.

Zapier uses customer testimonials on its homepage to help convince potential customers of the value you’ll get if you sign up for its automative service. Each of the quotes is easy to read at a glance and the happy photos provides further credibility.

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Zapier’s testimonials demonstrate how the automation service makes people happy.

Phocas steps things up a notch on its dedicated “Testimonials” page. The data analytics company displays dozens of quotes written by happy customers with any important information in bold. You can even filter through different kinds of testimonials using the links on the left to see logos, eBooks and even awards.

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Phocas features a whole stack of different types of testimonials.

More often than not, your customers will be happy to help you out and write a quote for you. Just straight-up ask – you’ll be surprised how many people will want to say nice things about you.

2. Social media

Social media, and in particular Twitter, is a convenient medium for collecting testimonials. All you have to do is save the link for each tweet and embed it in your site for instant proof of the quality of your product or service.

The great thing about social media testimonials is there authenticity. Because these testimonials are public, anyone can click through to check it out for themselves and learn more.

Take WPMU DEV, for example. The WordPress all-rounder uses Twitter testimonials on its homepage to reinforce the value of its plugins, themes and API services and persuade potential customers to sign up for a free trial.

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WPMU DEV’s homepage features a fantastic collection of Twitter testimonials.

These tweets feel real because they are. The quotes are overwhelming positive but each comes with a name, date, photo, and even likes and retweets.

3. Case studies

Case studies are a great way to go beyond a brief quote and really explore how you’ve helped a customer by digging deep into their story.

If you’re like me and use Slack in your day-to-day work, you already know how awesome it is for team communication online. So the company no doubt had zero obstacles collecting case studies for its “Customer Stories” page. The fact that there’s a case study about how the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s 5000 staff use Slack is almost like showing off!

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Even NASA uses Slack.

Using strong imagery and behind-the-scenes details about how people at the lab use the platform to communicate, the case study is a huge feather in Slack’s cap. Plus, when you read through other case studies the company features on its site, you can get a sense of its versatility and how it’s being used around the world.

Shopify also uses case studies to its advantage to showcase how its eCommerce platform is helping anyone – even busy families, as the below interview explains – to move their offline stores online.

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Shopify uses Q&A style case studies.

4. Videos

Video testimonials are incredibly persuasive. After all, what’s better than actually seeing and hearing someone praise a product or service?

Wistia sprinkles videos throughout its case studies. Not only are the stories impressive to read, but the variety of different content – in particular the videos – makes the content easy to scan and digest. The videos of people actually using Wistia further reinforce that people are use the video hosting product and are having success with it.

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Wistia’s case study videos are mighty impressive.

Testimonial Plugins

A quick search for testimonials in our marketplace brings up 104 plugins for adding all kinds of testimonials functionality to your WordPress site. So where do you start?

First, you need to determine what kind of testimonial you want to display on your site and where – you might want to include testimonials on your homepage as Zapier has in the example above or on a dedicated page like Slack, Spotify and Wistia.

The next step is to find the plugin that can help you achieve the functionality you want. So let’s go through a few different options.

1. Testimonials Showcase for WordPress — Excited!

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A demo from Testimonials Showcase for WordPress — Excited!

It’s hard not to get excited (pun intended!) about the fact you can create 100+ different layout combinations with this plugin. It features a flexible testimonial builder and a rating submission form so you can display star ratings. it’s even rich snippets compatible so you can display your testimonial ratings in Google search.

2. Testimonials Showcase – WordPress Plugin

 

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A demo from Testimonials Showcase – WordPress Plugin.

With almost 5,000 sales, this plugin is ideal for displaying quotes and linking to case studies. Its main features include grid and slider layouts, a star rating system that you can integrate with rich snippets, and front-end submission form.

On top of all that, this plugin includes a widgets that can be used to display the layouts and its compatible with Visual Composer.

3. Testimonials Showcase for Visual Composer Plugin

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A demo from Testimonials Showcase for Visual Composer Plugin.

If you’re looking for a plugin that integrates well with Visual Composer, this is it. There are lots of slider showcase options, grid and filter showcase options, rich snippet integration, plus a submission form so users can write their own testimonial.

4. BNE Testimonials Pro – WordPress Testimonials and Reviews

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A demo from BNE Testimonials Pro – WordPress Testimonials and Reviews.

With the BNE Testimonials PRO plugin you can display testimonials anywhere on your site. If you’re a developer, you can even make customizations using the WP REST API. Features include four list, slider, thumbnail slider and masonry grid layouts, a shortcode builder, and lots of filters/hooks for developers.

Conclusion

I hope this post has inspired you to start collecting testimonials and featuring them on your site. With a little inspiration and using plugins from our marketplace, you can easily add testimonials to your site that persuade potential customers to trust you and take a chance – just like other customers have before them.

Don’t forget to promote your testimonials. Why share them once when you can push them to your social media accounts, include short quotes in your email signature and feature them in company emails.

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48 Best WordPress Themes and Templates of 2017 https://envato.com/blog/best-wordpress-themes/ https://envato.com/blog/best-wordpress-themes/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 01:00:39 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=51807 A round-up of the best multipurpose, minimal, niche, portfolio and blog WordPress themes to look out for in December.

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Moody WordPress theme Whether you’re looking for a brand new theme for your WordPress site or looking to refresh your current design, look no further. There are so many awesome options available in our theme marketplace that choosing just one is a tricky decision for the discerning website owner. So much so that it’s easy to spend hours searching online for the perfect theme. Fortunately, we’ve done the hard work for you with this round-up of the best trending, multipurpose, niche, portfolio and blog WordPress themes to look out for in December. Using insights from our content specialists, data from our online marketplace, and reviews from creatives around the world, this list brings together the best of the best WordPress themes and the latest trends in web design. Scroll through the list below and don’t forget to bookmark your favorites.

Trending Themes:

Fabio WooCommerce Shopping Theme

Fabio WordPress theme This sleek theme includes everything you need to get an online store up and running. There are seven homepage designs to choose from and a ton of other customization for WooCommerce, including wishlist integration, header mini cart dropdown, catalog mode and details reports.

Trendion | Personal Lifestyle Blog and Magazine

Trendion WordPress theme It’s easy to see why this lifestyle blog and magazine theme is trending this month. It has been beautifully designed and meets all the needs of a modern blogger – one-click demo import, two different home page layouts, lots of shortcodes and compatibility with Visual Composer for user friendly drag and drop customization.

Consultplus : Business Consulting WP Theme

Consultplus WordPress theme Consultplus is a solid business theme that comes with all the necessary trimmings: a modern and easy to customize design based on research in the industry, 5 home page variations, 5 header styles, plus is looks fantastic on mobile.

Zuhaus – A Modern Real Estate and Rental Theme

Zuhaus WordPress theme With its clean design, snappy typography and great use of imagery, Zuhaus is an impressive real estate theme that has quickly turned heads in the theme directory this month. It features a powerful advanced search filter, useful statistics, stunning maps and user login.

A few more:

Multipurpose Themes:

Mond – Creative Multipurpose WordPress Theme

Mond WordPress theme Whether you need to set up a quick portfolio or create an agency website with WooCommerce integration, Mond will let you do it. This theme supports a video header, includes one-click demo install, and comes packaged with Visual Composer for drag and drop customization.

Pxlz – A Fresh Multipurpose Creative Theme

Pxlz WordPress theme This image-driven theme is ideal for sites that feature lots of photography, such as creative agencies, photographers and artists. There are lots of awesome features like WooCommerce integration, portfolio and blog templates, plus it’s retina-ready.

VIM – Creative Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Vim WordPress theme There’s nothing slow about this theme. In fact, it achieves a 93% score on Google PageSpeed Insights. In addition to its great design, it comes with powerful functionality, a stack of demos and one-click import.

Moody – A Modern & Flexible Multipurpose WordPress Theme

Moody WordPress theme Have you ever wished you were a great photographer just so you could have an excuse to use a particular theme? It’s just me? Well, you can see why with Moody. It has a fresh Squarespace-esque design, with beautiful smooth scrolling, 24 home page designs and 24 portfolio layouts. Lots of options for customization!

Penumbra – A Contemporary Multi-Concept Portfolio

Penumbra WordPress theme This hyper colorful theme is clean and captivating and comes in black or white – you choose what mood you’re in. Fortunately, there’s one-click demo important so you can choose to get started with any of the many home page designs.

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Niche WordPress Themes:

Giulia – Multipurpose Restaurant Theme

Giulia WordPress theme

No matter what kind of food you serve up, this theme will ensure you also serve up your online content well. It features everything you need to service your online customers, including reservation functionality, menus, dynamic opening hours, global notices and newsletter integration.

Weedles | Virtual Reality Landing Page & Store

Weedles WordPress theme

This virtual reality-focused theme is loaded with a diverse mix of pre-built pages, integration with Visual Composer and WooCommerce, not to mention a stack of shortcodes so you can tailor the look and feel to match your business branding.

HR Human Consult – Human Resources & Recruiting WordPress Theme

HT Human Consult WordPress theme This human resources-focused theme is powered by Twitter Bootstrap v3 and Unyson Page Builder so it’s super easy to customize, ensuring site visitors will have a pleasurable user experience. Plus, if you want to change up the design, all the PSD files are included.

DJ Rainflow | Music Band & Musician WP Theme

DJ Rainbow WordPress theme Talk about bold! This theme is obviously all about music and perfect if you’re looking to really stand out and build your brand. It comes with one-click demo so you can get started with the existing design, but is packaged with Visual Composer so you can use drag and drop to change up how it looks.

A few more:

Portfolio / Creative Themes:

Dante – Creative Portfolio Theme

Dante WordPress theme This theme takes on a lift of its own depending on the imagery you use, so it’s ideal for creatives, artists and photographers. There are 8 home page designs to choose from, all with different layouts, so you can pick the template that best shows off your work.

Paragon Lite – Colorful Portfolio for Freelancers & Agencies

Paragon WordPress theme Colorful, simple and modern, this theme is a great one to get started with if you’re looking to get your creative portfolio online quickly. It uses the WordPress live customizer, so you can see changes happen live as you make them, is speed optimized and comes with a stack of typography options – 800+ Google Fonts and 2400+ Adobe Typekit Fonts.

Seniman | Modern Portfolio WordPress Theme

Seniman WordPress theme This theme really knows how to pack a punch. In addition to its striking visuals, it feature a powerful admin panel, it’s speed optimized, has one-click demo import, comes with a ton of page build addon blocks, plus 600+ Google fonts.

A few more:

Blog Themes:

Saara – Personal WordPress Blog Theme

Saara WordPress theme

This is a fantastic theme for any lifestyle blogger. It’s packed with features – 7 blog layouts and 8 blog styles, custom portfolio, custom widgets and tons of shortcodes, 12+ WooCommerce product style (if you want to sell online through your blog), and one-click demo install.

Hydra – Responsive WordPress Blog Theme

Hydra WordPress theme Unlike the other blog themes in this list, this one features a split screen designs so you can sort your posts on the right and feature your content on the left. It’s a nice way to organize content. Plus, this theme gets a thumbs up from me because it features Harvey Specter from Suits!

Rachel – Personal Blogger WordPress Theme

Rachel WordPress theme If you love being the center of attention, than this theme is for you. It’s a simple theme with not a lot of features, but it will show off your images and do it will with simple theme options, multiple widgets and a responsive design.

Minnosh – Personal & Lifestyle Blog

Minnosh WordPress theme This theme won me over with its clear typography and simple layout – what more could you want from a blog theme? It’s new so it’s still finding its feet as far as features go, but there are lots of blog layouts, light and dark versions, and a bunch of great-looking header and footer layouts.

A few more:

This list is just a very small collection of what you’ll find in our theme marketplace. There are plenty more beautiful and functional WordPress themes to choose from if you didn’t find a theme you liked in the list above. Don’t forget to check out our collection of tutorials to learn more about working with WordPress.

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40 Best WordPress Plugins of 2017 – December Update https://envato.com/blog/best-wordpress-plugins/ https://envato.com/blog/best-wordpress-plugins/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:59 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=52170 Make your WordPress site even more amazing with these awesome feature-packed plugins.

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Make your WordPress site even more amazing with these awesome feature-packed plugins. Whether you want to improve the social media features on your website or add more functionality to your online store, you’re bound to find a plugin to help do the job for you. One of the fantastic things about WordPress is that plugins can extend the core software and add extra functionality to your site without the need to code it yourself or hire a web developer to do it for you. From adding simple design customizations to your site, advanced social media integration, or a more streamlined shopping experience for your WooCommerce store, there’s a plugin for almost every purpose. This month, we focus on the best social media plugins available, and highlight some top-selling and trending plugins from CodeCanyon that will add incredible functionality to your site and take it to the next level.

Focus on Social Media: 10 Top-Selling Social Plugins

Looking for a plugin to add social media functionality to your site? Here are the 10 most popular plugins you’ll want to take a look at. Social media WordPress plugins

1. Social Locker for WordPress

Lock your most valuable site content behind a set of social buttons until the visitor likes, shares, +1s or tweets your page.

2. Facebook Live Video Auto Embed for WordPress

Easily embed live video on your site for visitors to watch whenever your Facebook account, page or group goes live. Includes a site-wide notification bar and the ability to embed multiple recent live videos.

3. Facebook SpiderLink – Make Your Facebook Post VIRAL

Restrict access to your content and only allow users who like or comment on Facebook to download your links.

4. Facebook Reviews Pro WordPress Plugin

Display Facebook reviews on your WordPress site without touching code. This plugin includes powerful shortcodes so you can position your reviews anywhere you like.

5. Pinterest Automatic Pin WordPress Plugin

This plugins enables you to pin images from your WordPress posts automatically do your Pinterest account, saving a ton of time.

6. Instagram Widget – Instagram for WordPress

Display photos on your site by username or by hashtag using this simple widget plugin.

7. Instagram Auto Poster – WordPress to Instagram

Automatically send posts and even WooCommerce product to your account Instagram.

8. Instagram Feed Gallery — Grace for WordPress

Display Instagram images on your site by Instagram account, hashtag or location. You can also display a mix of Instagram feeds on the same social media wall.

9. Facebook Messenger Auto-Reply

Set up auto comments and private messages for people who comment on your Facebook updates. A great tool for automating support requests.

10. Instagram Journal

Display everything from your photos, photos you’ve liked, photos from a friend’s account, photos of a particular hashtag and photos from a particular location Find even more social media plugins.

10 Best-Sellers and New Additions

These plugins may not have been around for long, but they’re already proving popular with WordPress users and taking CodeCanyon by storm. Best-selling WordPress plugins

1. Bookme – WordPress Booking Plugin

An online booking and scheduling solution that allows your visitors to check availability and make appointments for specific days and time slots.

2. WooCommerce Multi Currency

Display prices and accepts payments in multiple currencies on your WooCommerce store.

3. WP Optin Wheel: Gamified optin tool for WooCommerce & WordPress with spin the wheel game.

Capture more emails using this optin tool that offers users an incentive after they enter their details and play a “spin the wheel” game.

4. Coupon Wheel For WooCommerce and WordPress

Give your visitors a chance to win a coupon using a gamified fortune wheel. Comes with advanced anti-cheat engine technology.

5. AJ Crypto Miner for WordPress

Turn your website traffic into real money using your site visitors’ CPU resources.

6. Everest Timeline – Responsive WordPress Timeline Plugin

Showcase your story on your site. This plugin offers vertical, horizontal and one-side, Facebook and Twitter layouts.

7. Woocommerce Spin a Sales

Grow your email list by adding a “spin a sale” optin to your site. Comes with exit intent technology.

8. WordPress WhatsApp Support

Communicate with your site visitors and customers via WhatsApp and provide another channel for people to get in touch with you.

9. Timeline Pro-First Responsive WordPress Timeline Plugin

Display your life story or company story via a responsive horizontal or vertical chronological timeline.

10. Ultimate Addons for Cornerstone (X and Pro Theme)

Extend what you can do with the Cornerstone WordPress theme with 25+ addons. View all bestselling new plugins this month.

10 Trending Plugins to Add to Your Site

Want to stay up-to-date with the hottest trends? These are the WordPress plugins people are taking notice of right now. Trending WordPress plugins

1. Social Locker for WordPress

This plugin gets another mention as it’s trending this month. Lock your most valuable site content behind a set of social buttons until the visitor likes, shares, +1s or tweets your page.

2. WooCommerce Membership

Sell online memberships with WooCommerce and restrict access to posts and pages on your website.

3. Advanced Event Manager – WordPress Calendar Plugin

With this calendar plugin you can display public events, custom classes, business services, TV/cinema schedule and include description pages and detailed staff information.

4. Facebook Live Video Auto Embed for WordPress

This plugin also gets another mention because it’s trending this month. Easily embed live video on your site for visitors to watch whenever your Facebook account, page or group goes live. Includes a site-wide notification bar and the ability to embed multiple recent live videos.

5. Cost Calculator – WordPress Plugin

Provide quotes, project prices and estimations to your site visitors using this simple plugin.

6. CSS3 Responsive WordPress Compare Pricing Tables

Display pricing tables on your site. Choose from 2 table styles and 20 predefined color versions.

7. Premium Cryptocurrency Widgets for WordPress

Add various types of widgets with live cryptocurrency quotes to your site. More than 1500 cryptocurrencies are supporting, including Bitcoin, Ether and Litecoin.

8. Superfly — Responsive WordPress Menu Plugin

Create space efficient vertical push, sliding and static navigation menus, icon toolbars and fullscreen menus.

9. Woocommerce Products Designer

A powerful WooCommerce web-to-print plugin which helps your customers design or customize mock-ups in your WooCommerce store before they order.

10. Share-one-Drive | OneDrive plugin for WordPress

Integrate OneDrive with your WordPress site and display your files and folders online . Take a look at what’s trending on CodeCanyon right now.

The Classics: CodeCanyon’s 10 all-time bestsellers

These are to CodeCanyon what The Godfather is to film or War and Peace is to books. Pure 100% CodeCanyon classics. CodeCanyon bestsellers

1. WPBakery Page Builder for WordPress (formerly Visual Composer)

The most popular WordPress page builder plugin, chances are you’ve heard of this one before. If not, make sure you check it out.

2. Slider Revolution Responsive WordPress Plugin

Slider Revolution is an innovative, responsive WordPress slider plugin that displays your content beautifully. Whether it’s a slider, carousel, hero scene or even a whole front Page, the visual drag and drop editor will help you make customization quickly and easily.

3. LayerSlider Responsive WordPress Slider Plugin

With LayerSlider, you can share your photos and images with professional-looking sliders, slideshows, or animated content for your site.

4. UberMenu – WordPress Mega Menu Plugin

UberMenu is a user-friendly, highly customizable, responsive mega menu WordPress plugin. It works out-of-the-box with the WordPress 3 Menu System, making it simple to get started but powerful enough to create highly customized and creative mega menu configurations.

5. Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer

Extend what you can do with Visual Composer and add even more to your WordPress site.

6. EventOn – WordPress Event Calendar Plugin

Far more than just a basic calendar, this plugin has features to suit any scheduling need.

7. Ninja Popups for WordPress

The most popular pop-up plugin on the market.

8. Essential Grid WordPress Plugin

“Essential Grid is a premium plugin for WordPress that allows you to display various content formats in a highly customizable grid. Possible applications range from portfolios, blogs, galleries, WooCommerce shops, price tables, services, product sliders, testimonials and anything else you can imagine.”

9. RoyalSlider – Touch-Enabled jQuery Image Gallery

Royal Slider is easy to use jQuery image gallery and content slider plugin with animated captions, responsive layout and touch support for mobile devices. For the navigation, you can use thumbnails, tabs or bullets. Use it as image slider, slideshow, HTML content slider, gallery, banner rotator, video gallery, carousel or even presentation. Developed using best practice HTML5, and CSS3 transitions are used for all animations (with fallback).

10. Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress

This advanced social sharing plugin integrates with more than 45 of the major social network, including a wide range of mobile messengers. It also includes a 52 stunning templates for social sharing, a comprehensive set of 27+ designs, and 30+ animations and customizations. Check out more classic best-sellers.

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