Envato https://envato.com Design & creative inspiration Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:30:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://assets.wordpress.envato-static.com/uploads/2016/08/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Envato https://envato.com 32 32 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 – December 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.

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Consultant Websites: How to Choose a Coaching and Consulting WordPress Theme https://envato.com/blog/consultant-websites-choose-coaching-consulting-wordpress-theme/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:50:52 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=59409 If you’re a consultant or coach and don’t have a website, does your business exist?

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Last week, one of my clients, a business consultant, told me he was this close to closing his biggest deal yet. The only problem? He doesn’t have a website.

“They don’t think I’m the real deal because they can’t find me online,” he said. “I need my site finished already!”

We’ve been working on his new site for a few weeks now and it will be launched next month – “two years too late!” according to my client.

But he does bring up a valid point: If you’re a consultant or coach and don’t have a website, does your business exist? Or are you just a person with a phone?

It’s 2017 and using the internet is more than just a part of everyday life – it’s the medium we use to access every piece of information we need to go about our day, from checking our emails to reading the news and shopping online. Our social lives and careers rely on the connections we make online.

So having an online presence for your consulting or coaching business is crucial since everyone who might want your services will turn to Google when they need help.

But before you go and get yourself a new website, here are a few key site features to keep in mind when choosing a WordPress theme.

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What to Look for in a Coaching / Consulting WordPress Theme

When you search for “consulting” in our theme marketplace, 322 results are returned. That’s a lot of themes. So where do you start?

Well, the kind of theme you choose all depends on the kind of work you do. For example, if you’re a life coach you should look out for themes that match your niche, so steer clear of business themes.

No matter what kind of consulting or coaching you do, it’s also important to consider the services you offer and what functionality your website will need to provide them online. For instance:

  • Do you offer courses? You’ll need a learning management system
  • Do you run events? You’ll need an events plugin
  • Do you want to accept appointments? You’ll need a bookings plugin

Let’s take a look at some of the website features to look out for when choosing a theme as well as some great examples you’ll find in our theme marketplace.

1. Contact Form

Let’s start with one of the most important element your website absolutely can’t do without: a contact form.

The reason you want to get your business online in the first place is so people can get in touch with you. Whatever types of contact information you choose to share, make sure it’s really, really easy for people to contact you by providing lots of different options, such as:

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

A fantastic example of a theme that has nailed its contact page is Business Consulting – Coaching, Business Training & Consulting WordPress Theme. This theme has it all – an eye-catching Google Map of the business’s physical address, as well as multiple other different ways to get in touch. There’s also space for a FAQ so you can answer any common queries and quell any concerns.

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The contact page for the Business Consulting – Coaching, Business Training & Consulting WordPress Theme.

For more on creating a killer contact page, check out The Essentials of Crafting a Killer ”Contact” Page on WordPress.

2. Testimonials

The success of many businesses hinges heavily on word of mouth. When potential clients are researching you online, they’re getting to know you by way of the content on your site. If they’ve never heard of your business before, no doubt they’ll be skeptical and hesitant to trust you.

Testimonials serve as a way to put site visitors at ease by showing how others have benefited from your services. Positive quotes that affirm the quality work you have completed and how easy you are to work with provide a powerful social cue, establishing trust and eliciting action.

Take Advice – Consulting & Business WordPress Theme by ThemesChannel | ThemeForest for instance. This business consulting theme displays testimonials in a slider that site visitors can scroll through. It can also automatically rotate between a number of quotes of your choosing. The large font size is eye-catching and the photo puts a face to the words, helping to humanize the message.

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An example of a testimonial in Advice – Consulting & Business WordPress Theme.

Tribe Coach – Feminine Coaching Business WordPress Theme also displays testimonials really well, as you can see here:

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An example of a testimonial in the Tribe Coach – Feminine Coaching Business WordPress Theme.

The quotes are easy to read, and like the Advice theme above, each testimonial displays the person’s name, role and business so you know the quote is legit.

3. Case Studies

Well-written case studies take testimonials a step further. Plus, here’s a stat for you: 88% of consumers trust online product reviews and posts on social networks as much as personal recommendations before making a purchase online.

So leverage your testimonials as much as you can and turn them into in-depth case studies that detail how you’ve helped your clients, further establishing proof that what you’re offering is valuable and of good quality.

LifeGuide – Personal and Life Coach WordPress theme is an excellent example of case studies displayed really well. The homepage demo points to a case studies landing page where you can display a number of different case studies.

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An example of a case study in LifeGuide – Personal and Life Coach WordPress theme.

4. Bookings and Appointments

If you would like potential clients to make appointments directly through your site, you can do this by installing a bookings plugin with your WordPress website.

You’ll need to install a bookings and appointments plugin separately to your theme, though many themes will tell you which plugins they are compatible with.

A great example of this is (again) LifeGuide – Personal and Life Coach WordPress theme. The latest version of the theme integrates nicely with the free Booked Appointments plugin so site visitors can make appointments and you can easily manage any bookings made through your site.

It offers calendar or list view, the ability to customize the confirmation email, a powerful appointments management calendar, and a responsive design so you can view upcoming bookings right from your phone.

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The bookings calendar that comes with the LifeGuide theme.

An example of the bookings calendar in LifeGuide – Personal and Life Coach WordPress theme.

5. Events

For many consultants and coaches, events plan an important role of their business – my own business consulting client included, he runs seminars for business leaders. So whether you plan to organize tax forums or run health and wellness workshops, ensuring your theme is compatible with an events plugin is essential.

Life Coach and Psychologist Personal Theme by AncoraThemes | ThemeForest provides integration with the Events Calendar plugin for its stunning events calendar. Its events calendar offers functionality for browsing months and you can also search dates and keywords.

 

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An example of the bookings calendar in LifeGuide – Personal and Life Coach WordPress theme.

Check out our plugin marketplace for more events plugins.

6. Online Learning

If you run workshops for your clients IRL, why not offer them online? Not only will you open your business up to a wider audience, but many potential clients will also find it convenient being able to access your materials from the comfort of their own home.

What you need to look out for are themes that include integration with a Learning Management System (LMS). LMS plugins for WordPress allow you to create and manage courses.

Take Speaker and Life Coach WordPress Theme | Coaching WP by ThimPress | ThemeForest, for example. This theme is compatible with the free LearnPress plugin so you can create lessons and quizzes, communicate with students, and sell access to courses.

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How courses can be displayed with Speaker and Life Coach WordPress Theme | Coaching WP.

What’s great about how this theme integrates LearnPress is that you can customize how your courses are displayed right down to how many students have signed up for a course.=

Conclusion

Whether you’re a career or skills coach, help businesses or executives, or simply want a website for your life coaching, you’re bound to find a design with the functionality you need in our theme marketplace.

If you find a theme you love that reflects your business but it doesn’t include all the features you need, don’t stress! There are hundreds of plugins in our marketplace that can add just about any functionality you need to your site.

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How to Create a Powerful Landing Page with WordPress https://envato.com/blog/create-powerful-landing-page-wordpress/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:55:15 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=58419 There’s no point driving traffic to your landing page if it doesn’t convert, so here are 10 tips to help you get started.

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If you want to sell more products or services, get more subscribers on your mailing list, or generate leads for your website, you need a killer landing page.

What’s a landing page? Essentially, it’s a web page that has one highly specific purpose: to convert visitors.

Every page on your website has a purpose: your homepage introduces your business to people visiting your site, a “Product” or “Services” page informs users about what your business offers and blog articles educate visitors. A well-designed landing page is an effective marketing tool that can steer visitors to complete the desired action, be it signing up for your newsletter, buying a theme or plugin, or signing up for a free trial.

Ready to create a landing page to boost your marketing efforts? Read on to learn more about what landing pages are, tips for using them effectively, plus some great themes to get you started.

What is a landing page?

You’re probably landed on a landing page before and not even realized it, so let’s take a look at a clear example.

Wistia is my favorite example of a landing page done well. First, here’s the homepage:

Wistia homepage

Notice how the homepage introduces Wistia as a fun video hosting services built for businesses.

When you click “Sign up” at the top of the page, here’s what you see:

Wistia landing page

Woah, where did the navigation go, right? Wistia’s Sign Up page assumes you’re ready to do one thing: sign up. The thinking here is that you’ve learned all you need to know about the video hosting service so there’s no need to educate you further. This page strips away any distractions, including navigation, so you can focus on signing up for a free account.

Did I say there were no distractions? I lie. There are scrolling testimonials to the right to further encourage you to complete this page’s desired goal: to sign up already and get your free account!

This is just one example of how to use a landing page. Let’s look at some more.

Great landing page examples you’ll want to copy

Want to get inspired? Check out the great landing page examples below.

Shopify

Shopify landing page

Go on, click “Start today”, you know you want to. Shopify’s landing page is crystal clear: they want you to click that shiny purple button and sign up for a free 14-day trial.

When you scroll down the page, the simple copy works to convince you of the benefits of using Shopify to run your online store.

The word “today” on the button CTA also emphasizes the immediacy of signing up for an account and getting started right away, e.g. turn your idea into a reality right now.

Flywheel

Flywheel landing page

I’m a big fan of Flywheel’s landing pages and take my hat off to the web host’s marketing team – their landing pages suck me in every time. On this landing page, the offer is a free ebook with a big, green “Download” button.

When you scroll down the page, there’s a cool parallax design that shows off each chapter in the ebook, finishing with some positive testimonials and another CTA nudging you to download the ebook.

The page is well-designed – it’s simple and friendly and removes any distractions that might take you away from handing over your phone number and download the ebook.

Airbnb

Airbnb landing page

Airbnb is another great example of a persuasive landing page. Why does this page work?

  • It features a bright header image with friendly faces, creating a sense of trust.
  • The headline tells you that becoming a host will help you make money – and fund your passions.
  • The sub-heading reinforces the sense of trust the page elicits, telling you that when you become a host you’ll be joining a community that helps people.
  • The three examples of ways to host with Airbnb lists the different advantages of becoming a host.

Overall this page is simple and answers common concerns for potential hosts, steering visitors to click on one of three CTAs: “List your space”, “Become a co-host”, or “Create an experience”.

Tips for creating landing pages that convert

There’s no point driving traffic to your landing page if it doesn’t convert, so here are 10 tips to help you get started.

  1. Use a headline that clears states your offer. Your visitors want to know what they’re getting in exchange for their email or credit card information, so clearly tell them what they’re getting with a brief headline.
  1. Clearly state the benefits. When visitors fill out your form, what do they get in return? Make sure you explicitly state the benefits of what you’re offering because your visitors will be wondering “what’s in it for me?”. Visitors should be able to understand your value proposition at first glance.
  1. Use engaging button text. Now’s not the time to be boring. Forget using generic text like “submit” or “send” on your contact or submission form. Be specific and use words like “download”, “sign up” or even “give it to me!”.
  1. Hide your site’s navigation. Ensure you remove any elements on your landing page that might distract visitors from completing your desired action. You’ve got them on your landing page so don’t let them click away!
  1. Keep your form short. If you’re using a form to collect information, keep it short and don’t ask for too many details. You don’t want to overwhelm your visitors. All you really need is to ask for their name and email. You can always follow up later to gather more information if necessary.
  1. Think about design. Consider the layout of your page, colors, CTAs and any other elements you want to include on your landing page.
  1. Include social proof. Remember how Wistia displays testimonials on its “sign up” page? Yes, that’s social proof and it’s a powerful way to elicit trust and credibility. So if you have happy customers or clients and have awesome testimonials, use them!
  1. Make it mobile-friendly. Consider creating a separate landing page especially for mobile users that is even more minimal and easy to read on smaller devices. With more and more people accessing the internet on mobile devices, you could be losing out on potential customers or clients if you don’t cater to people using devices other than desktops.
  1. Create a “Thank You” page. You’ll want to thank your visitors for taking the time to fill out your form. Now that you’ve captured their information, you can redirect the user to your website, re-introduce your navigation, and encourage them to further explore your website.
  1. Testing your landing page. Last, but not least, always test your landing page. A/B testing can help you determine which elements are working well on your landing page and what could be improved.

Bonus: Get inspired with these landing page themes

Ready to create your own landing page? Below, I’ve curated examples of some of my favorite landing page themes you’ll find in our WordPress theme marketplace.

Landkit – WordPress Landing Page Theme

Landkit WordPress theme

Landkit features a variety of different landing page designs aimed at all kinds of purposes, including lead generation, ebooks and whitepapers, webinar registration, free trials, product launches and crowdfunding. It uses the Hybrid Composer page builder so you can carefully craft the look and feel of your landing page without touching a line of code. There’s also one-click demo install so you can get up and running in minutes.

Inbound WordPress Landing Page Theme

Inbound WordPress theme

Designed to convert, Inbound is a well-designed landing page theme that includes all the building blocks you need to sell anything from ebooks to email newsletters. This theme is fully customizable with a built-in page builder, a unique banner system, unlimited color and layout options and integration with popular plugins including WooCommerce and MailChimp.

One – WordPress Product Landing Page

One WordPress theme

Looking for a theme to promote a digital product? With its modern design, this theme is ideal for generating hype ahead of a product launch. One features Visual Composer compatibility, MailChimp integration, custom shortcodes, AJAX animations and one-click demo installation.

Create your own powerful landing page

Landing pages provide an effective and highly targeted way of converting visitors to your site. So next time you have a new product or service you want to launch, or if you just want to capture emails and generate leads, consider setting up a landing page on your site.

Don’t forget to check out our theme marketplace for landing page themes and our plugin marketplace for more tools to help you create the perfect landing page for your website.

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Surprise and Delight: How Microinteractions Can Bring a Boring Website to Life https://envato.com/blog/surprise-delight-microinteractions-can-bring-boring-website-life/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:10:37 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=59908 A microinteraction is a small moment that accomplishes a single task.

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Microinteractions are so ubiquitous in web design these days that any site that doesn’t have them feels bland. They’ve been a hot trend in UX design for a couple years now, helping to provide important feedback to users, explain functions and even entertain.

These small “product-related moments” add magic to sites, delighting and surprising users, while at the same time engaging users and enhancing user experience.

So if your site doesn’t use microinteractions, it’s time you added some.

What is a Microinteraction?

A microinteraction is a small moment that accomplishes a single task. They’re everywhere online, and especially in apps. Here are just a few examples of microinteractions in action:

  • Liking a Facebook status, or holding down the thumbs up icon in Messenger to create a bigger thumbs up
  • Google autocomplete finishing the rest of your sentence
  • Hovering over a product photo in an online store to see a zoomed in section of the image
  • Swiping left or right on Tinder
  • Liking a tweet on Twitter

These bite-sized interactions have become so normalized now that we expect them when we’re interacting with websites.

Kalium – Creative Theme for Professionals totally nails microinteractions, using them to guides users through architectural designs, changes and states. The clever use of animation for the burger menu further guides users to explore the site.

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A demo of Kalium – Creative Theme for Professionals.

Here’s an unusual example from 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:

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A demo of Werkstatt – Creative Portfolio Theme.

Why Use Microinteractions?

You might be thinking, they’re such small design elements, why bother spending time adding them to your site. Sadly, this is a common attitude among developers that drives UX designers mad. Ignoring these little details can mean the difference between the success and failure of a website.

There are many reasons why microinteractions have become essential to modern web design:

  • They offer subtle guidance to users
  • They give instant feedback to users
  • They make it easier for users to understand and interact with your site
  • They provide easy visual cues for notifications or messages
  • They enhance user experience and make it much more rewarding
  • They improve website navigation
  • They encourage sharing, commenting and liking of content

Microinteractions are about much more than just animations. “Because they look cool” is a terrible reason for using animations on any website. They shouldn’t be used for showing off.

User experience should be the priority over visual aesthetics when it comes to microinteractions. Any animations should be subtle and necessary, not over the top, distracting or hindering to the user.

Take Flow – A Fresh Creative Blog Theme for example. This blogging theme is already packed with images and there are plenty of opportunities for interactions, but the theme author has kept the microinteractions to a minimum – when you hover over a post, the “read more” button animates and the image zooms. It’s a subtle change that tells the user to take action and click the button. Check out the live demo.

Flow - A Fresh Creative Blog Theme.
A demo of Flow – A Fresh Creative Blog Theme.

Another great example of subtle microinteraction design is Flora – Responsive Creative WordPress Theme. The main demo guides users to scroll down the page using an animated mouse, and click through the header slideshow using arrows that appear out of nowhere when you hover over the header. As you scroll down the page, CTAs change state and stats animate. And when you reach the bottom, a back-to-top arrow flashes, letting you know it’s ready to click. Check it out live.

Flora - Responsive Creative WordPress Theme.
A demo of Flora – Responsive Creative WordPress Theme.

The Four Main Components of a Microinteraction

A micro interaction, as Specky Boy explains, is made up of four main parts: the trigger, the rules, feedback, and loops or modes. One that’s well-crafted will encompass all four components.

  • A trigger is what initiates the microinteraction process. It can be a manual action like clicking an icon. It can also be a trigger built into the system that will occur whenever an action is completed. For example, the sound you hear when you receive a text message is the result of a system trigger. When the trigger is switched, it engages the rules of the interaction. The rules are programmed into the microinteraction itself and tell it what it can and can’t do. Since these rules aren’t made apparent to the user, we only understand them through feedback.
  • Feedback is how we know the trigger engaged the rules and the microinteraction is working. For example, the vibration your phone makes when you take it off silent. It lets you know you triggered the action and the rules were followed correctly. Without the feedback, you wouldn’t know what was happening. If you switch your phone to silent and it doesn’t vibrate, you know something might not be working correctly.
  • Loops and modes are the final stage of the micro-interaction. Loops define how long a microinteraction will continue, like the cycling of a loading icon. Modes define an uncommon action critical to continuing the process, like inputting geographical data to find local weather.
Four components of a microinteraction

Image: Engage.

Tips for Using Microinteractions Well

Before adding microinteractions to your site, it’s important to consider what you want to achieve with them. Are they necessary, a fun way to make your site interactive, or are you adding them just because?

Here are a few things to keep in mind when designing microinteractions:

  1. Be timely. Microinteractions should always be instant – within 0.1 seconds to be precise. Anything longer than that and the user will dissociate the initial action.
  2. Be predictable. If your microinteraction is too clever or gimmicky it will annoy and maybe even confuse the user. So keep in line with what users expect.
  3. Practice simplicity. Restrain yourself when it comes to colors and typography. Take a minimalist approach to your design and don’t add more detail than necessary.
  4. Be natural. Microinteractions should mimic natural human behavior, so keep things familiar so you can account for any possible human error.
  5. Be subtle. I’ve said it already but I’ll say it again – use subtle animation. Animations can be fun and inform the user about progress and provide feedback, but too much is overkill and will annoy the user.

Here’s a great example of subtle animation done well: Fusion – Creative Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme. The “Freelancer” demo features an animated background, adding depth to the page. When you scroll through the portfolio, the image 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.

Fusion - Creative Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme.
A demo of Fusion – Creative Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme.

Make a Big Impact with Microinteractions

Microinteractions may be, well, micro, but they can make a big impact on your design and the overall user experience of your site. If you haven’t used microinteractions before, consider starting out small with subtle hover actions on buttons and links. By making these elements interactive, you’re not only helping to guide users through your site, you’re infusing your design with personality.

Be sure to check out our theme marketplace for themes such as those included in this post that feature microinteractions – no doubt you’ll be looking out for these small design experiences next time you’re searching for a new theme.

Read next: how do you know if your website is boring? Here are 7 signs

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Cool Ways Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Are Being Used with WordPress https://envato.com/blog/cool-ways-bitcoin-cryptocurrencies-used-wordpress/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 04:00:48 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=58963 6 ways to use digital currencies on your WordPress site.

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It’s been eight years since Bitcoin, the world’s first decentralized digital currency, was first invented. While it’s still rare to see websites that accept Bitcoin payments, the fact is that 1.5% of Americans have used it or are currently using Bitcoin – that’s 4.8 million people.

Interestingly, while many developers have created plugins for accepting Bitcoin payment, they’ve also come up with other cool ways to integrate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with WordPress. So in this post, we’ll take at different ways you can use digital currencies, predominantly Bitcoin, with your website.

But first, a recap.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency and digital payment system that works without a central repository or administrator – meaning no banks. It was invented by an unknown developer using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto and released as open source software in 2009.

The system is peer-to-peer and transactions take place directly between users without any intermediary. For example, when you transfer money digitally to another person, you usually do it via bank transfer. Bitcoin removes the need for a bank.

All Bitcoin transactions are verified by network nodes and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain.

Acquiring Bitcoins

There are three ways you can get hold of Bitcoin:

  • Mining. People compete to “mine” Bitcoins using computers to solve complex math puzzles. This is how Bitcoins are created.
  • Buy on an Exchange. There are marketplaces known as Bitcoin exchanges where you can buy or sell Bitcoins using different currencies.
  • Transfers. People can send Bitcoins to each other using their computers or other devices, much like how you would when making a bank transfer.

Bitcoins are stored in a “digital wallet,” which exists either on your computer or in the cloud. You can send or receive Bitcoins, pay for goods or simply store your money using your wallet.

Bitcoin trading concept
Image: Bitcoin trading concept.

Why Use Bitcoin?

There are many reasons why you might want to use Bitcoin over other forms of currency:

1. It’s decentralized

Because the currency is decentralized, you own it. There’s no central authority, bank, or middleman that can take it away.

2. It’s fast

When you make a bank transfer, the money is usually held for a period of time to ensure the funds are really available. The same goes for international wire transfers. Bitcoin transactions, however, are much faster. Transactions can be instantaneous if they are “zero confirmation” transactions. This means the seller takes on the risk of accepting a transaction that hasn’t yet been confirmed by the Bitcoin blockchain. Or, the transaction can be confirmed in around 10 minutes – much faster than any bank transfer.

3. It’s cheap

PayPay and many banks charge some kind of fee for transfers and payments. Bitcoin transaction fees are minimal, and often non-existent.

4. It’s fraud-free

Once you’ve sent someone Bitcoins, they’re gone and you can’t get them back without the recipient’s consent. This makes it difficult to commit the kind of fraud associated with credit cards, in which people make a purchase and then contact the credit card company to make a chargeback, effectively reversing and cancelling the transaction.

5. It’s secure

When you made payments online, you usually have to enter personal information, such as your name, credit card number, expiry date and CSV, which isn’t 100% safe and secure. While Bitcoin needs to be linked to an individual in order for them to make a payment, unlike with credit card and banking payments, you don’t need to hand over any personal information.

Cool Ways to Use Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies with WordPress

After searching for “bitcoin” in our plugin marketplace, I was surprised to discover six different types of products that developers have created for integrating Bitcoin with WordPress. Who knew?

Here’s a rundown.

1. Displaying market information

Much like currency conversion information you see on bank websites, like how many US dollars you’ll get for British pounds, there there lots of plugins and scripts you can use to display up-to-the-minute Bitcoin and cryptocurrency rates.

Virtual Coin Widgets – Cryptocurrencies Shortcodes WordPress Builder provides 10 widgets you can use with your WordPress site to share market information for 1000+ cryptocurrencies (I didn’t know there were so many cryptocurrencies!).

Virtual Coin Widgets plugin
The Virtual Coin Widgets plugin provides lots of great design options.

Likewise, the Virtual Coin Widgets For Visual Composer add-on provides the same widget functionality for Visual Composer users.

If you prefer to use shortcodes instead of widgets, take a look at Bitcoin Shortcodes. This plugin provides 10 different shortcodes for displaying Bitcoin information, such as the total number of Bitcoins in circulation, average transaction value, and the current value of Bitcoin in US dollars.

Other market information plugins:

2. Payment Gateways and Accepting Payments

The most popular Bitcoin products for WordPress are payment gateways, which allow online stores to accept Bitcoin as payment for goods and services.

Bitcoin for WooCommerce is a simple payment gateway for WooCommerce that allows stores to provide a Bitcoin payment option for customers. It generates a configurable QR code at checkout and ensure incoming payments are received. It also features a built-in exchange rates function so customers can automatically calculate their order total in Bitcoin.

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A demo page for the Bitcoin for WooCommerce plugin.

Digital Paybox – WordPress Plugin lets you distribute files through payments. Once set up on your site, people can decide how much to pay and what payment gateway they want to use (PayPal, Authorize.net, Bitcoin via BitPay), but you can set the minimum limit of payments, or even set a fixed amount for each file separately.

Digital Paybox plugin
A demo for the Digital Paybox plugin.

Once payment has been completed, the plugin automatically send a temporary encrypted download link to the payer’s email.

Other payment and gateway plugins:

3. Accepting Donations

Here’s a charitable way of using Bitcoin for a good cause.

Bitcoin Donate – A WordPress Plugin lets you accept Bitcoin donations on your website. The plugin is easy to configure and includes widgets and shortcodes you can use to display information on your site to visitors. You can create unlimited donation requests and display a full list of donations received.

Bitcoin Donate plugin
A demo for the Bitcoin Donate plugin.

Alternatively, AltCoin DonationBox Shortcode also provides Bitcoin donation functionality for WordPress.

Interested in learning more about how to collect donations on your WordPress site with Bitcoin? Check out our tutorial.

4. Gaming

Now here’s a fun one: with the Cryptocurrency Price Prediction Game for WordPress you can bet on major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin and Monero and see how their prices fluctuate with the market in the short term.

The game comes as a WordPress plugin or JavaScript you can embed in your website. The cryptocurrency prices are automatically retrieved and aggregated from major exchanges and updated in real-time in the game.

Cryptocurrency Price Prediction Game
A demo for the Cryptocurrency Price Prediction Game.

 

5. Mining

Here’s another plugin I was surprised to see: JCMW – Javascript Cryptocurrency Miner for WordPress, a plugin for actually mining cryptocurrency.

You may have heard about the recent controversy around Showtime secretly running scripts on its sites to mine visitors’ extra CPU power for cryptocurrency, in this case Monera. Well, the JCMW plugin enables you to do this with WordPress.

The plugin works using a JavaScript miner for the Monero blockchain that you can embed in your website. Your users run the miner directly in their browser and mine XMR for you in turn for an ad-free experience for whatever incentives you can come up with.

JCMW plugin
Mine your own cryptocurrency with the JCMW plugin.

The plugin includes a bottom banner that lets visitors know you’re mining in the background.

What Other Ways Could Cryptocurrencies Be Used on Sites?

I hope you’ve found this post enlightening, especially if you’re new to Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

As interest cryptocurrencies grows in the coming years, no doubt we’ll see more plugins and other creative creative and unexpected solutions for using Bitcoin become available in our WordPress plugin marketplace.

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The Anatomy of a Successful WordPress Blog Post https://envato.com/blog/anatomy-successful-wordpress-blog-post/ Mon, 06 Nov 2017 21:44:29 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=58942 My formula for writing a successful blog post, along with some writing advice and tips on how to choose an effective theme for your WordPress blog.

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Recently, a friend asked me about my blog writing process. She wanted to know how I come up with ideas, plan posts, structure content and actually get on with the task of writing. Essentially, she wanted to know my secret formula.

I do, in fact, have a formula. I would describe it as more of a blog post template that I’ve developed over the years as a professional writer, both online and offline. Whenever I start a new post (much like this one), it helps me write faster because I’m not flailing about in the dark when I’m getting started. I can dive straight into a topic and just write.

So here is my formula for writing a successful blog post, along with some writing advice and tips on how to choose an effective theme for your WordPress blog.

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Image: Newspaper Article Update Checking Publication Department

The Essential Elements of Any Blog Post

My blog post template includes these seven elements:

  1. Headline. Every great post starts with a catchy headline that grabs the reader’s attention and draws them in to start reading. Online readers have a very short attention span – around 8 seconds – so your headline is one of the first elements that will help them decide whether your post is worth clicking through to read. WordStream and Neil Patel both other some great in-depth data on how to write effective headlines.
  2. Introduction. After the headline, this is the second more important component of any post. Your introduction needs to quickly convince the reader that your post is worth reading through to the end. It should provide a summary of what the reader can expect in the rest of the article. There are different ways you can approach writing an introduction, whether through storytelling, humor, asking a question or stating a fact. Whatever approach you decide to go with, it must be attention-grabbing. If you struggle to write an intro, I suggest going with the most interesting or surprising information you learned while researching your topic and starting with that.
  3. Main content. This is the bulk of your article. Always include things like lists – bullets and/or numbers – and blockquotes to help break up the text to make it easier to scan and read.
  4. Sub-headings. Sub-headings helps make your content easier to digest for readers who scan through your content, but also just in general as it helps provide structure for your content.
  5. Images. Have you ever picked up a magazine that is just all text? Exactly. Relevant images help pull readers into your content and provide quick context for your words. Always include captions – like headlines and sub-headings, they provide another element that readers can quickly scan.
  6. Featured image. Choose a feature image that reflects what your article is about and provides a point of intrigue for readers.
  7. Conclusion. Sum up your blog post with a brief conclusion that recaps what you covered in the content. You might also want to include resources or links for further reading.

Tips for Writing Great Blog Posts:

There are also some general writing tips that I follow when writing posts:

  1. Research. No matter what you’re writing about, always research your topic inside-out. I usually start by googling my chosen topic and reading as much as I can about it, and then compiling my research into a list I can refer back to as I write.
  2. Plan out the structure of your post. I don’t really get those people who “just start writing.” Just thinking about it stresses me out. I find that planning out how I want to structure my post, including writing a brief summary to get me started on the introduction and titles for each sub-heading, helps me fill in the blanks so I know exactly what I need to write for each part of the part. For example, I’m halfway through writing the post you’re reading now and I’ve already set it out into four sections (introduction, essential elements, writing tips, and choosing a theme). All I need to do is fill out each section.
  3. Short paragraphs. There’s a reason why newspapers paragraphs are only 2-3 sentences – they’re easier to read and digest. Likewise, stick with short sentences online, otherwise, the content will look too heavy and readers will give up.
  4. Aim for 2,000-2,400 words. A Hubspot analysis found the ideal blog post length is roughly 2,100 words. Medium found that posts that took seven minutes to read earned the most engagement and attention, and serpIQ found that most of the top 10 Google results are between 2,032 and 2,416 words.
  5. Include statistics and numbers. Whenever possible, use data and numbers in your writing. Nielsen Norman Group has found numbers written as numerals instead of words attract reader attention when they quickly scan online content. Also, using facts and figure in your articles provide credible information and add authority to your work. Just remember to include links to stats you provide – you don’t want people thinking you made them up!
  6. Provide internal links. Where possible, link to other posts and further reading on your site. Not only will this encourage readers to explore your content, but it means you don’t have to explain a topic in full each time you write about it.

Choosing the Right Blogging Theme

Whether you have a personal blog, work for an agency or write long-form, storytelling content, there are different layout elements you should keep in mind when selecting a WordPress theme for your blog.

Typography

Your words should be as easy to read as possible, so stick with a simple, classic font that matches the look and feel of your site.

Waves – Personal and Community Blogging Theme uses different variations of the Soleil sans-serif font for its titles, sub-headings and body content. The typography looks clean and is incredibly easy to scan through and read thanks to the line-height and simple layout.

Waves WordPress theme
Waves features simple typography that is highly readable.

Social media share buttons

You want your posts to be shared so make it as easy as possible for readers to share your posts. You can do this by including social share buttons in the header, footer or sidebar of your content.

Higo – A Responsive WordPress Blog Theme features share buttons just below blog post headlines, but above the content. While the buttons are displayed in a prominent location, they also match the look and feel of the site.

Higo WordPress theme
The Higo theme is classy yet functional – perfect for lifestyle bloggers.

Sidebars

Sidebars are a great place to display useful information for readers, like popular posts, categories, archives, and your author bio.

My favorite example is Flexblog – A WordPress Blog Theme. 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.

Flexblog WordPress theme
The Flexblog theme features a well-crafted sidebar design.

Related Posts

Displaying related posts on your blog posts encourages users to stick around and continue reading our content, which also helps to reduce your bounce rate – great for SEO.

Monica – Personal & Shop WordPress Blog Theme features two related posts at the bottom of each post as well as arrows to navigate chronologically through your content. Not only does this give readers the option of choosing from four different posts to move on to reading, it also helps give readers a sense of where they are on your blog and how your content fits together.

Monica WordPress theme
The Monica Theme’s related post section is easy to scan but also functional.

Author bio

Providing a well-crafted author bio to go with your posts helps readers get to know who has written the content, and see that a real person is behind the words. Always include a photo with your bio. Don’t hide behind your words! Seeing your face will help readers quickly recognize your work.

Hemlock – A Responsive WordPress Blog Theme features a clean and contemporary design for its bios, complete with all the most popular social share buttons. The author photo is round – very trendy – and there’s space for a three-line bio, which is not too short and not too long, just right.

Hemlock WordPress theme
The Hemlock theme’s author bios are simple and elegant.

Conclusion

As I mentioned above, the conclusion of a post is where you sum up everything above. So here goes:

There’s a lot to remember when crafting a blog post, which means there’s also a lot to forget. Hopefully, this guide has given you a solid understanding of the essential elements that should be included in any successful blog post, and tips to keep in mind once you start writing.

I encourage you to check out the themes I’ve mentioned in this post if you’re looking for a new blog design. And if none of the above designs caught your eye, there are many more designs for blogs to explore in our theme marketplace.

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Standout New and Trending WordPress Themes of 2017 So Far https://envato.com/blog/standout-new-trending-wordpress-themes-2017-far/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:36:49 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=59219 We’ve taken a deep dive into our theme marketplace to uncover the trends, dissect the bestsellers and best-rated, and give you the rundown of what’s hot in WordPress themes in 2017.

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It’s never been easier to find your ideal WordPress theme. Big statement? Well, this year so far, 3,790 new themes have been added to our ThemeForest marketplace covering the usual suspects, multipurpose, blogging, business and creative. But there are also themes for just about anything you can dream up – air conditioning installation, pottery and even limousine rentals.

We’ve taken a deep dive into our theme marketplace to uncover the trends, dissect the bestsellers and best-rated, and give you the rundown of what’s hot in WordPress themes in 2017.

ThemeForest Highlights of 2017

While themes are being sold for all kinds of uses, business still dominates our theme marketplace. Of the 3,790 new themes added so far this year, the top five categories are:

  • Corporate – 905 themes
  • Blogging – 731 themes
  • Creative – 648 themes
  • eCommerce – 441 themes
  • Retail – 405 themes

We’re also seeing the same keywords appear month-on-month as theme authors design and develop themes to meet customer needs. The most popular tags are:

  • Clean – 1153 themes
  • Blog – 1088 themes
  • Modern – 1042 themes
  • Creative – 1021 themes
  • Business – 984 themes

Theme authors are also placing a great focus on compatibility with third party products, the most popular being:

  • WooCommerce – 2047 themes
  • Visual Composer – 2033 themes
  • Bootstrap – 1967 themes
  • WPML – 1824 themes

It’s great to see 1,163 themes have received a 4-star rating or higher, though 1,345 have received a 1 star or higher rating (scroll down to read more about the importance of customer support…).

Fun fact: The most expensive theme in the theme marketplace is NOAH – A Witty Photography WordPress Theme at $225 and the cheapest themes are just $13.

Trending WordPress themes

The top 10 is a mixed bag of different themes, from Grace, a blogging theme in top place, to Arte, an art gallery theme and Lynk, a social networking and community theme.

There doesn’t appear to be any solid trend connecting these themes other than the fact people are creating WordPress sites for a myriad of reasons – not just for businesses and personal use, but for blogging and community purposes, too.

1. Grace – Minimal WordPress Blog Theme

Grace WordPress theme

It doesn’t get much more minimalist than this. Grace provides a monochrome design with hundreds of different page variations that you can customize – and even add your own colors.

2. Calafate – Portfolio & WooCommerce Creative WordPress Theme

Calafate WordPress theme

With its content-first approach, Calafate provides a minimalist canvas that puts your work front and center. It features an AJAX-driven design, a stylish blog layout, and eye-catching hero header options.

3. White Label – Clean Theme for Modern Web Businesses

White Label WordPress theme

This clean and neutral multipurpose theme is aimed at web businesses, startups and web services. It uses the WPTF modular framework, which features 1000+ customization options.

4. OneMall – Multipurpose eCommerce & MarketPlace WordPress Theme (Mobile Layouts Included)

OneMall WordPress theme

Looking to set up an eCommerce marketplace? OneMall comes stacked features for online stores, including AJAX-powered cart, wishlist and compare functionality, QuickView lightbox, AJAX quick search, product image zoom/gallery, featured video thumbnail for products, color swatches and image for WooCommerce.

5. Knowhere Pro – Multipurpose Directory WordPress Theme

Knowhere WordPress theme

Knowhere Pro is an impressive directory theme that accommodates a huge range of niches, including restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, sightseeings, malls, museums and galleries, hair and beauty salons, job searching and classifieds. It also comes with job finder and city portal functionality.

6. Arte | Art Gallery WordPress Theme

Arte WordPress theme

Arte is an easy fit for any art gallery thanks to its focus on beautiful imagery and on-point typography. It comes with functionality for special events, articles and artist profiles.

7. CrownIT – Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

CrownIT WordPress theme

This straight up business theme comes with four homepage styles, advanced header options and cool company features such as a cost calculator and templates for a portfolio, blog, lists, charts and bars, and galleries.

8. Lynk – Social Networking and Community WordPress Theme

Lynk WordPress theme

Lynk seems like a simple theme on the surface, but it comes with so many cool features, including an easy install wizard, an impressive mega menu design that makes it easier for visitors to find what they’re looking for on your site, and simple notifications so you can keep members up-to-date.

9. Piroll – Portfolio WordPress Theme

Piroll WordPress theme

With 20 homepage demos and compatibility with Visual Composer, Revolution Slider and VC Copy Paste Add-ons, Piroll is an easy theme to customize for any portfolio or creative purpose.

10. Rigel – Multi-Purpose Business Portfolio Theme

Rigel WordPress theme

Multipurpose themes are still as popular as ever and Rigel doesn’t disappoint. With 20 homepage demos, it’s super easy to customize using Visual Composer.

Best-Selling WordPress Themes

At first glance, it’s easy to see why these themes are all bestsellers – they all feature beautiful, modern design and are completely customizable in every way.

But when you take a closer look, the theme authors have taken the time to communicate the time and care they have put into design and development. When you click through to the theme pages below, there are extensive lists of features. But not just that. These authors also take the time to answer customer questions and provide support when you need it.

1. The Ark | WordPress Theme made for Freelancers

The Ark WordPress theme

Ark is about as multipurpose as you can get. It can be used to create any kind of site, from small business sites to online stores, membership portals and landing pages. It also features special functionality for adding and advertising online training workshops to your site.

2. Newspaper Magazine AMP – Publisher

Publisher WordPress theme

Whether you want to create a news site, an online magazine or a personal blog, Publisher offers unlimited customization options for layouts and headers. It also features an ads management system that can be integrated with Google Adsense.

3. Werkstatt – Creative Portfolio Theme

Werkstatt WordPress theme

Werkstatt is a creative theme with some really stunning homepage demos. Plus, with Visual Composer integration, you can change anything you want on your site with drag and drop.

4. Stack – Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme with Variant Page Builder & Visual Composer

Stack WordPress theme

Stack is a robust multipurpose theme with reuse and modularity at its core. It boasts move than 150 demo pages and 290 customizable interface blocks.

5. ListingPro – Directory WordPress Theme

ListingPro WordPress theme

With 2,687 sales, ListingPro is the most popular directory theme in our marketplace. Its features include auto-location, near me functionality, smart search, smart filter, and auto recurring payments.

6. Native – Powerful Startup Development Tool

Native WordPress theme

This multipurpose theme comes with a collection of homepage demos perfect for small businesses. It also comes with 14 header styles and WooCommerce integration.

7. Speaker and Life Coach WordPress Theme | Coaching WP

Coaching WordPress theme

Coaching themes have become a popular feature of our marketplace in 2017 and Coaching WP is a great example. It features integration with the LearnPress LMS plugin so you can quickly get online courses up and running.

8. Sober – WooCommerce WordPress Theme

Sober WordPress theme

With its stripped back minimalist design, Sober is a fantastic theme for modern stores. There are 12 homepage demos, beautiful product pages, product quick view, and live search.

9. Calafate – Portfolio & WooCommerce Creative WordPress Theme

Calafate also makes the top 10 for best-selling themes. Scroll up to see how it looks.

10. Jannah News – Newspaper Magazine News AMP BuddyPress

Jannah WordPress theme

Another multipurpose theme, Jannah News features so many features it’s hard to know where to start. It features fully customizable layouts (fullwidth and boxed, amongst others), hundreds of font options, BuddyPress and bbPress compatibility, and even an animated weather widget.

Best-Rated WordPress themes

The same phrase appears time and time again when you scroll through the reviews for these themes: customer support. Nine times out of 10, it’s exceptional customer support that wins ratings for themes. Most users will download a theme and disappear, but when a theme author goes out of their way to help users who are experiencing issues, they’ve won a customer for life.

These themes are best-sellers, but have also been created by theme sellers who care about their customers and go above and beyond to answer user questions.

1. MF – Premium WordPress Theme

MF WordPress theme

This fairly standard multipurpose theme comes with all the usual features – plenty of homepage demos, Visual composer integration – but there’s also a big focus on providing great customer support.

2. Admania – AD Optimized WordPress Theme For Adsense & Affiliate Enthusiasts

Admania WordPress theme

The aptly named Admania theme has been ad-optimized for Adsense users and affiliate marketers who want to focus on revenue through online advertising and click-throughs.

3. Look: A Fashion & Beauty News, Magazine & Blog WordPress Theme

Look WordPress theme

Look is a beautiful blogging and publishing theme for lifestyle bloggers. There are lots of useful features, like infinite scroll, a built-in review system, and one-click demo import.

4. Fortun | Multi-Concept WordPress Theme

Fortun WordPress theme

With 18 stunning demos, Fortun makes it easy to create any kind of site. Like other multipurpose themes, the demos provide an easy launching pad that you can customize using Visual Composer.

5. Typology – Text Based Minimal WordPress Blog Theme

Typology WordPress theme

With or without images, this theme is ideal for bloggers who just want to get their words out there. Simple styling, clean typography and clear CTAs make this an easy theme to use for any kind of writer.

6. Vitrine – WooCommerce WordPress Theme

Vitrine WordPress theme

There are so many different ways you could customize this versatile eCommerce theme to suit your online store. With 20+ different demos, another 50+ extra page designs, and Visual Composer integration, this theme is endlessly customizable.

7. STEAM – Multipurpose Restaurant, Pub & Cafe WordPress Theme

Steam WordPress theme

Looking for a theme for your restaurant or cafe? STEAM has all the functionality you need, including a custom-built menu book, responsive reservation system, one-click map setup, and even haptic feedback from mobile users.

8. Fildisi – Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Fildisi WordPress theme

Multipurpose themes are a dime a dozen so it takes a lot for them to stand out in our marketing. Fildisi makes its mark with contemporary designs, clean lines and gorgeous typography.

9. Universal – Smart Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Universal WordPress theme

Lightweight and fast loading, this modern multipurpose theme is easy to set up and ideal for small businesses and even personal websites.

10. UX Shop – Responsive WooCommerce theme

UX Shop WordPress theme

With just four carefully crafted demos, UX Shop isn’t setting out to impress with a huge array of designs. Instead, the theme author focuses on creating functional design with attention to detail. Some of its WooCommerce-ready features include product image sliders, mega menu, products list, page covers and an advanced grid system.

Newest WordPress Themes

The newest themes in our marketplace are still finding their feet, but theme authors have learned from theme authors who have come before them. All of these themes are infinitely customizable, easily integrated with popular plugins like Visual Composer and WooCommerce, and feature beautiful designs.

1. Bomond Hotel WordPress Theme

Bomond WordPress theme

While this theme is yet to make a sale, it’s only a matter of time before someone snaps it up. Bomond offers simple features for hotel and rental services, but if the theme author’s work is anything to go by, future versions will be packed with more features.

2. Cogito – Clean, Minimal WooCommerce Theme

Cogito WordPress theme

Your online store will look great on any device with this theme. It comes with all the trimmings you’d expect of a WooCommerce theme – a mega menu, quick view module, built-in pop-up, and a blogger module.

3. Darwin | Creative WordPress Theme

Darwin WordPress theme

The first version of this new creative theme comes with some great features, including Google fonts and maps, one-click demo import, MailChimp integration, and an AJAX-power contact form.

4. CrownIT – Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

CrownIT isn’t just a new theme but also a trending theme for 2017. Scroll up to see the theme.

5. Ember – Marketing Agency WordPress Theme

Ember WordPress theme

Aimed at marketing agencies, this theme comes packaged with ACF Pro and is compatible with Contact Form 7. It also comes with 24/7 support.

6. Zaker – My Stock Photo Shop

Zaker WordPress theme

Designed with photographers in mind, this theme features huge imagery. It’s compatible with the Easy Digital Downloads plugin so you can sell licenses for your photos.

7. White Label – Clean Theme for Modern Web Businesses

Making another appearance in this post, White Label is both a new theme and a trending theme. Scroll up to see what it looks like.

8. Grill and Chow – A Fast Food, Pizza, and Diner Theme

Grill and Chow WordPress theme

Grill and Chow is an explosion of color! All nine of the homepage demos for this theme focus on different cuisines, including Italian food, burgers, and milkshakes.

9. Knowhere Pro – Multipurpose Directory WordPress Theme

Knowhere Pro makes its second appearance in this post as a new theme in addition to being a trending theme. Scroll up to see the theme.

10. Cancer – Creative Portfolio WordPress Theme

Cancer WordPress theme

Colorful and creative, this portfolio theme is ideal for agencies looking to make an impact without the fuss that comes with customizing a complicated theme. There is one-click install and theme options powered using the Redux Framework.

There are plenty more WordPress themes for you to explore in our theme marketplace – 10,777 of them, in fact. So if you didn’t see one you liked above, search our collection. You’re bound to find one you love. And don’t forget to check out our collection of tutorials to learn more about working with WordPress.

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