creative-portfolio

I often talk to clients that ask me where I get my inspiration from when working on new web design projects. When I say that I just browse the Internet looking for trends and new ideas they seem surprised as if this is too obvious for it to be true. Never the less this is where I find most of my inspiration.

For today’s post I want to share with you some of the great findings I have done recently. I have been looking for inspiration on a creative portfolio web design but needed ideas on how to incorporate different elements without it getting cluttered and most important without the design to lose its magic creative touch.

The list I have made might seem overwhelmingly large however, in order to find the perfect angle for a design assignment you often need to browse through many websites as one solves the problem of slider plugins well while another has a great solution for accordion menu. Nevertheless when designing a portfolio web design having a great looking theme is always a great beginning. If you have not already chosen a theme I can recommend this article I published previously with some really cool portfolio style themes. There are other collections as well that feature a large number of portfolio templates that all differs slightly from one another and it is a good place to find inspiration for a portfolio website.

I hope you can use this collection of creative portfolio web design examples in your search for design ideas. If you find this resource useful, I would appreciate it, if you would share the article with your friends and colleagues on the social networks. Enjoy!

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Aside from the comments posted on a blog, contact form serves as a channel of communication between visitors and administrators of the site. It is necessary for websites to have a well-built and fully functional contact form for their customers to reach them. Nevertheless, how do you actually implement contact forms into a WordPress website?

One quick way to do this is to use a plugin to add a contact form and implement it into a page via a shortcode. A cool free plugin that has all these functionality to cover most projects is Contact Form 7. With over a thousand five star rating in the WordPress Codex, this highly rated plugin can help you build, manage and customize your contact forms in no time.

Contact Form 7 is a simple yet flexible plugin to manage multiple contact forms. You can customize what data to collect from users from the forms using simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering, Google analytics form submission tracking, user access restriction and customized form layouts. The plugin can be enhanced by installing additional plugins recommended by the author:

  • Flamingo – Lets you save submitted messages via contact forms in the database.
  • Really Simple CAPTCHA – Really Simple CAPTCHA is a simple CAPTCHA module which works well with Contact Form 7.
  • Bogo – multilingual plugin for Contact Form 7.

The plugin is available at the WordPress Codex plugin directory. You can also search it using the search function of the WordPress Plugin manager and install it from there. Once installed you can access the settings of the plugin under the new menu item added in the WordPress dashboard. There is a default contact form made upon accessing the plugin menu. You can choose to make your own or edit the existing form. [click to continue…]

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ninja-popup

Popups are annoying to most people. They usually close or leave it behind without even looking at the information in it. We cannot blame this common mentality of Internet users as thousands of spam, viruses and adware have been floating around for years via popups. Nevertheless, it does not mean that website owners cannot not benefit from popups. With a well-designed popup using lighbox effect, you can actually improve conversion for e.g. signups and long term this will potentially increase the number of visitors to your website.

There are several solutions for integrating lightbox popups. If you run a WordPress website, it is recommended to use a popup plugin using the lightbox technique for capturing the visitors attention.

One of the good WordPress plugins to implement popups on your website is Ninja Popups for WordPress. You can create professional looking popups to help you convert visitors on your site/blog into taking an action. It may be a subscription for a newsletter, offering a discount/coupon for leaving customers, or locking content until they share your subscriber count and social signal of your website.

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30 Very Useful WordPress Slider plugins

by Moderator on June 2, 2013

WordPress Slider Plug-ins

Undoubtedly, WordPress is one of the world’s best publishing platforms with a high number of developers working round the clock, to develop new plugins or add some enhanced features to the extremely popular content managing system. The demand for professionalism is on a high, and we can now see a wide variety of customized plugins available for almost every need of a webmaster, an important one being WordPress Slider plugins for a website.

The most frequently used tools to attract attention to your featured content on WordPress include Sliders and Columns on the web site front page. These Javascript based plugins have gained considerable recognition in the retail sphere as it adds visual elegance to your website with pleasant impression on the eyes. In most cases, you can add these plugins to your website with no coding at all by accessing it via the WordPress Admin Panel, and the number of transition options available just keeps increasing.

Here, we are sharing with you some of the best WordPress sliders that you can use on your site easily. Some of these sliders are free and some premium. Check out this collection and see which of the WordPress slider plugins would fit your needs.

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responsive jquery slider plugins

With almost every aspect of the internet going mobile, more and more web developers than ever before are being hired primarily to ensure that websites acquire responsive capabilities. Indeed, as the mobile computing continues to heat up, the demand for responsive WordPress templates, HTML themes, and plugins is likewise on the rise. Among the web elements that need to go responsive to keep up with the times, are the image showcase mechanisms of websites.

We are referring here of sliders, carousels, galleries, accordions and others which are common features of websites and looks great on most sites using a to show off key content and images. These things need to go responsive as well to accomplish 100% responsiveness of any given site. Sliders with a responsive layout scale the images and the typography to fit the screen size. This is important as we all want sliders to capture users attention, but a fixed size slider on a mobile device may get visitors move on very quickly!

To make things easy for you, you can make use of some awesome resources on the web involving jQuery slider plugins. jQuery as we know it is the lightweight JavaScript library that makes it possible for us to traverse HTML documents, handle events, perform animations, and add AJAX; and it does wonders on sliders, etc.

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When designing websites or apps for mobile users there are quite a few options to choose from and starting out right is critical. More and more websites today are build using responsive layouts and therefore automatically function as mobile ready websites. However, responsive websites does not have access to functions in the mobile devices, such as location services and camera. These capabilities are only available in mobile apps and sometimes they are often required to make something really cool.

In this case, there is the possibility to develop what is referred to as native apps. These apps are dedicated to a particular phone architecture such as iPhone or Android. For games and highly complex apps that use specific features to optimize user experience this is a great option, but for reaching out to as large a audience as possible with your apps it is costly and time consuming way to go.

If you are developing hybrid apps that rely on cross mobile frameworks on the other hand, you may support a broad range of devices without going into the device specific details. This is a smart and very popular option and major platforms such as iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows are typically well supported.

One of the larger challenges web developers face at the moment is working with multi platform mobile development. Recent years the use of smart phones has exploded and so have the number of models and types. In 2012 the number of sold smart phones even exceeded the number of sold PC! With that in mind lots of web sites have changed to a responsive design as this accommodate the increase in visitors from mobile devices. Many webmasters use responsive themes for WordPress as there are so many available and WordPress is know to be easy to get started with.

From a client’s point of view creating a multi platform mobile app might seem easy however, from a developers point of view it is a hassle and it is extremely time-consuming. However, by having a multi-platform mobile development framework at hand you get the basics done in less time given you the time to focus on the details and user experience – which is the features your client will be most focused on any way. In other words, this is one of the important aspects to consider and you need to have these frameworks in your toolbox – you never know when they might come in handy.

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wordpress gallery plugins

With WordPress gallery plugins, one can transform what used to be a regular template into an online portfolio of your work, skills and services. By downloading a gallery plugin for WordPress, and installing it one can have a nice platform to showcase photos, creative works, and products in matter of minutes. This is commonly possible without changing anything in the theme or diving into the coding layer. When it comes to finding the right match for your business and website design, you should know that there are many plugins available and you need to know what you are looking for.

First, there are different types and approaches concerning how an online gallery should work.

Image slider / gallery in combination: This type of WordPress gallery typically contain a large image preview and a bar with 5-10 image previews for navigation below it. Some of these plugins include a lightbox image preview if visitors click on an image. Typically this type of plugins have an admin area where images are easily uploaded and

Image grid / column based galleries: With the grid style gallery all, the images are set up in columns of typically 3-4 images per row. This is great for Portfolio style websites.

Masonry style: The masonry style gallery is known from sites like Pinterest and works a bit like a grid. Difference is that images vary in height and makes the layout look a bit like a brisk wall. The style is really popular and great for showing off images because no cropping takes place.

Secondly, you need to consider if you visitors are mobile users. I would say, this is highly likely to be the case. Therefore, I recommend you look for plugins with mobile ready galleries. This is also known as responsive WordPress gallery plugins.

In this article, I am sharing with you a large number of cool WordPress gallery plugins to help you get started setting up your WordPress based gallery or portfolio website. You will find both free and premium items so you do not need spend anything to make a gallery out of your website. For those who want to have professional support and updates however, premium items in general are more likely provide these services.

This factor, along with personal design preferences or layout, transition effects and many others, must be considered in your plugin selection. This list has some of the best of those attributes. Meanwhile, if you want to a beautiful slideshow for your website with great transitions and animations, you can expand your search to some jQuery slider plugins readily available on the web. Keep in mind that a number of WordPress gallery themes may be useful as well. These themes all have the gallery features build in and helps you set up you portfolio without adding plugins. Check them out and enjoy!

 

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deadline-wp-theme

Before we had the Internet, most people got their daily news updated from printed newspapers. Every day, countless numbers of newspapers and magazines where sold. With the rise of the Internet, more and more people look for information and news online. The trend goes towards checking out blogs, news websites, and other “e-versions” of the classic news and magazines for everyday updates.

Setting up a content heavy news website is not as hard as it used to be. There are countless cool WordPress magazine themes available that does a great job and helps you get started. Deadline is a good example and worth taking a closer look at. It is a theme for WordPress targeted for news and magazine websites. It has a clean and professional design that allows your images, video and writing to stand out. The theme is fully responsive, uses fluid grids, fluid images and smart mark up to ensure your site automatically adjusts to any device or screen resolution.

Deadline theme uses a fully widgeted homepage, so positioning elements the way you like is easily done. The theme supports custom post types including audio, image, gallery, links and video. In addition, it is also translation ready, supports full localization and WPML compatibility.
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website carousel slider designs

Website carousel slider designs have become somewhat popular in the past several years. And with jQuery carousel plugins, it became much easier to implement them. A carousel is one of the best methods of presenting various contents that you want to be featured on your site homepage. By going through various features, carousels allow large amount of contents to be showcased in a particular area of a webpage.

If you still do not know what a carousel is, it is the turning display of the site content that is usually located on a prominent spot of the front page. By placing the carousel on an easy to see spot, the contents can grab user attention immediately. This is a very effective manner of attracting users to your contents. If you want your other contents to be given focus as well, website carousel designs might not be appropriate. The reason is that its visual prominence can distract your visitors instead. To prevent this, there are some methods that you can implement such as soft transition, pausing and other controls as well as proper timing. To enhance navigation, you can explore other options such as labeling and thumb nailing.

Website carousel designs should be explored if you want more contents squeezed into a webpage. To better enlighten you on how it could be done, here is a collection of more than 35 website carousel designs for your review. Please browse on each of these website carousel designs to have a better idea on how they work. Afterwards, you can share your thoughts and suggestions with us through the comment section below. If this post was able to inspire you, kindly share it with your friends.
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retro-tutorial

If you want to add a retro or vintage touch to you design there are many great Photoshop tutorials that will help you learn how to do it.

The technique of using retro and vintage designs is often used for designing posters, collages and as parts of graphical elements. Though these designs often seem simplified, it takes a great amount of work to achieve the right nostalgic look and feel. In order to get the design just right you need to find the perfect harmony of colors, grunge elements and of cause time typical textures and fonts that put together adds up to a design that takes you back in time. A great tool for adding a vintage style in your design is Photoshop vintage brushes that will help you get the job done more easily. Check out this article to find tons of free Photoshop vintage brushes to choose from.

In this post, I have found a huge number of incredibly inspirational retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials you can use for perfecting your next design. No matter the era you want to replicate these Photoshop, tutorials will help you achieve the techniques you need to add vintage and retro design elements to your design. Enjoy!

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